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Thread: Mod an MP3-CD player to accept HDD

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    Mod an MP3-CD player to accept HDD

    Hey,

    Is it possible to replace the CD-Drive in a Mp3-CD player with a IDE HDD? I don't have a Mp3-cd player but looking at designs of mp3-cd players, I guess that each one has a IDE/ATAPI controller.

    A cheap chinese mp3-cd player costs ~US$25. That gives you a Mp3 decoder DSP, DAC, LCD, IDE/ATAPI controller. Pretty hard to match that price for all those components if one built an Mp3 player from scratch. Now only if I could mod the Mp3-cd player to replace the cd-drive with a HDD.

    I forsee two problems with that:
    1. The controller would be IDE/ATAPI. So some translation from IDE/ATA to IDE/ATAPI might be required.
    2. The ATAPI controller might be programmed to read addresses covering only 650MB (size of a CD)?

    Any help/comments/suggestions?

    TIA,

    Siddhartha

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    I doubt it. You might want to check out YAMP3 (Yet Another MP3 PLayer)

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