Originally Posted by wajo
I wonder if you'd consider posting some details of your upgrade that others might be able to learn from, like some of those in the linked section. If you do, I'll post a summary in the Pioneers section with a link to your upgrade post.
Thanks for the insights!
Can you provide more details on the HDD upgrade?
Which brand/model of HDD did you use? Simple swap? Any fiddling or hack required? Thanks in advance!
The upgrade wasn't too tough. Remember to format the drive. Here are the specific details that both you and wajo asked for:Installing/Upgrading 2160A to 500G w/ HDP725050GLA360 (Hitachi Desktar)Some extra Precautions:
1. It's always good to wipedown/clean the area you will be working on before you start.
2. Try to work in a low/no static area. It is also a good idea to touch the case BEFORE touching anything inside it (in order to discharge any existing static on your body).Warning:
1. By removing original drive, you will not be able to access existing information/data stored on it (recordings, etc). However, if you choose to re-install the drive, the information/data should still be in tact.
2. Opening up this unit will void the warranty.
1. Unplug the 2160A for at least 10 minutes
2. Remove case (cover) screws: There will be 5 to remove from the back, and 2 to remove from the side
3. Pull outer case (cover) toward the back of the unit to remove it.
4. Gently pull away the data cable that is taped to the top of the hard drive. (You just want to temporarily remove it from the TOP of the drive).
At this point, leave all cable connections alone. Take a look at the hardrive connection. Notice that it is NOT connected to standard SATA cable, but rather to an adapter.
5. Remove the drive bracket screws (3 screws from mainboard)
6. Lift up drive bracket and remove electrical tape (located on bottom of bracket, holding adapter and bracket together)
7. Disconnect SATA ADAPTER (NOT CABLES) from original drive.
8. Unscrew drive and replace with new drive. (side note: these screws can be kind of tough to get out) Use original screws to attach new drive to bracket.
9. Attach SATA ADAPTER to new drive. Use electrical tape to fasten to bracket (as originally done) to hold it in place.
10. Set drive bracket back on mainboard and fasten it using the 3 original screws.
11. Press the data cable (from step 4) onto new drive (it should still be sticky enough to hold in place)
12. Replace original cover and screws.
Power on 2160A and use the SKIP 079 method to test the hdd cable connections. If everything is okay, press the OK button to format your new drive. (side note: "SKIP" is labelled as "V. SKIP" on remote control). Once formatted (assuming you turned your unit back on), press HDD and record a small clip of anything (10 sec will do). This will initialize/activate the drive (so that the HDD menu shows up). Enjoy!