If it doesn’t exist why not build it? One of our readers did just that. Searching for a replacement hard drive for his old school iRiver H300, abi reader Andrew, decided to go with an SSD drive to avoid future hard drive failures. He was unable to find the proper SSD drive to replace the H300s so he looked for a broken hard drive player to marry with an SSD drive.
Not wanting to pay $300 for a new flash player, he wanted to go cheap and hack something cool together. He was able to dig up a broken Zune 120 and a refurbished SanDisk EIDE/PATA SSD drive for a total cost of $130 bucks off of eBay.
Want one? Andrew has made a nice detailed guide- you should be able to follow and make your own.
One of the things I really appreciate about the Zune is every time the Zune gets a firmware update, its like a brand new device. Even the old school Zune 30′s function just as any of the new hardware after the 3.0 firmware update. Like I mentioned way back in the very first Zune 1.0 review, the Zune development shares a lot of characteristics of the Xbox 360 where the software drastically improves the functionality extending the life of the device. If you think about it this make sense since Microsoft has always taken the position of being a software company, not a hardware company.
While I will get into the 3.0 software when it is released in a few days, this review is aimed to show off the new hardware in a lot of great pictures as well as point out the subtle differences in finishes and accessories with the new hardware.
Long Zheng over at IStartedSomething is reporting that the Zune 120 has passed the FCC’s radiation tests with flying colors. This is fantastic news since I get a sense that many users are looking for more capacity, especially in hard drive players. One of the reasons the Zune 80 is a staple in my gadget travelling ensemble is because I can sync my entire collection without having to make a decision on what I feel like listening to in the future. While I haven’t filled my 80 yet, I’m getting close.
One of my sources says the hard drive will be a Toshiba MK1231GAL- this is a 5mm drive so the Zune 120 be sized the same as the Zune 80. As far as price I would go agree with Long’s estimated price of $300.