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(Solved) - Looking for a SSD replacement for Zune 120 HD MK1231GAL

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Enthusiast
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An elderly friend and coworker came to me with his Zune 120 and a sad look on his face. He tried to use it and he is getting a 5 error and a notice to Contact Support. The 5 error is a hardware error. I can hear the drive clicking inside as it tries to spin. As the device is out of warranty I thought I would ask the SSD gurus here if there is a compatible SSD replacement for this drive.

I would recommend replacement of the Zune, but I know this gentleman doesn't really have the money for that. He saved up for a long time to buy the Zune, on my recommendation, I might add. If I can find a compatible SSD, I plan to purchase it for him and make the repair. We all know hardware failure happens, but I feel kind of guilty about this one.

Any help is appreciated, as always.

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raphoenix
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Enthusiast,

Doesn't Zune have a PATA hard drive ???

Rick P.

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Enthusiast
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Yes, Rick, it is. Does that rule out SSD replacement?

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raphoenix
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Not necessarily but makes matters difficult.

Let me research a bit.

Rick P.

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Enthusiast
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Thank you, sir.

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Lighthouse
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Pretty much. Even PATA drives are getting hard to come by these days. If you put it up as wanted, in the buy and sell forum, you may get something.

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minigeek
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@Lighthouse

Is PATA the same as IDE?

I've got a pile of IDE drives sitting the cupboard, unused!

MiniGeek

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Lighthouse
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Yep. In 2003 WD (who had the copyright on the name IDE, changed it to PATA. There were other companies involved too)

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raphoenix
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Something like these ??might?? work.
http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/runcore-pata-ssd/

Rick P.

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Enthusiast
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Thanks for the efforts :). I am attempting to verify the connector on the drive in the Zune now, but that 128GB SSD looks promising. I will check back with status.

One thing, during my investigation, it seems the current drive uses a ZIF connector on the drive. I can't tell if the SSD has the same connection option. Is this a problem?

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Enthusiast
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Take a look at this ZIF SSD and the OEM Zune Drive. Can you see a reason that I cannot substitute this SSD for the OEM drive? I don't want to have to buy it to find out it doesn't work.

Appreciate the efforts.

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Enthusiast
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I ordered the PATA ZIF drive, however I received the PATA IDE drive. Waiting for the replacement to come on Monday.

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coolicer
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Could you report back if this worked?

I have been wanting to buy one of these Runcore SSDs to fix my Zune 120 as well, which has been broken now for more than a year. I have searched the internet many times in search of an answer and this is the first time I've found something relevant (the site with the guide on putting an SSD into the Zune 120 doesn't exist anymore).

While I love my Zune HD, it just doesn't sound as good as the 120.

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Enthusiast
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Sadly, the Zune does not support the SSD drive I attempted to update to. I wanted to use "MX-Technology 120GB 1.8" PATA MX-NANO Series ZIF SSD - MXSSD1MNANOZ-120G", but MyDigitalDiscount was out of these and sent "Super Talent 1.8 inch 128GB DuraDrive ZT2 ZIF Solid State Drive(MLC)". I wanted to wait and try the MX when it became available, but a 15% restocking fee on the drive I sent back shot that option down.

I was unable to get the Zune to reload the firmware and and recognize the drive. I ended up replacing the Samsung drive that was originally in the Zune.

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