I feel that the RD2780 should have shipped with a minimum of a 40GB drive.
Unfortunately, it only comes in the 20GB flavor. The good news is that
Thomson did not make it very difficult to upgrade the hard drive yourself.
The RD2780 can use any 9.5mm IDE 2.5" laptop hard drive.
I am writing this to help you, so if you mess up your $400 RD2780...
it is your fault, and I and this site assume absolutely no responsibilty
for anything. Follow this guide at your own risk. If you are cautious,
you should not have any problems.
Step 1: Preparing your new 9.5mm Hard Drive
I purchased a HITACHI/IBM 80GB 08K0635 2.5" 9.5MM 4200RPM 2MB NOTEBOOK
HARD DRIVE from www.mwave.com for $199. I also purchased an aluminum enclosure
for $25.50 to house the 20GB Hitachi drive that I will be removing from
my RD2780. Here are the links (if you are interested)
- Install the HD inside of the enclosure.
- Hook it up to your USB 2.0(preferably) or USB 1.1 port.
- If you are running Win2K or WinXP, the enclosure will be auto-detected
and install the correct USB Mass Storage driver automatically. If you
are using WinME or 98SE, you will have to install drivers off of the
bundled install CD.
- Right click the "My Computer" icon and select "Manage.."
- Click on "Disk Management" in the left panel.
- (Sorry, I am going from memory here... so the actual terms may differ
slightly) Find your new drive in the right window and right click on
it's bar, then choose "Create Partition".
- Create one Primary Partition that is of the FAT32 flavor at it's maximum
size. (DO NOT USE NTFS.. IT WILL NOT WORK)
- A window will pop up asking you if you want to format it... Choose
"Do not format at this time". The reason for this is that
Win2K and WinXP will not let you format a FAT32 drive any larger than
32GB. If you are using Win98, you can simply format a FAT32 drive without
any problems. My 2K & XP workaround for this problem took a bit
- Once the partition is created and it says "Healthy", Right
click it and set it to be "Active".
- Close out of the Computer Management Control panel.
- Download H2Format
(it is freeware).
- Unzip the file and copy the H2Format.exe file to the root of your
- From the Start menu select "Run..." and type in "cmd"
then press Enter.
- Your DOS prompt should read "C:\>". If not, type in "c:"
- Then type in "H2Format H:" (Substitute your drive letter
for H if it is different).
- In a couple of seconds, it will format your drive to it's full capacity
as a FAT32 drive.
Step 2: Copying your Movies and Videos to your
new 9.5mm Hard Drive
- Attach your RD2780 to your USB 2.0 port.
- Copy your audio, photos and video folders from your RD2780 to your
new hard drive.
- Do NOT copy the "lyra_sys" folder.
- After the files are transferred, safely remove both the USB HD Enclosure
and your RD2780 from your computer.
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