Author Topic: MV-8800 Modification - Removable Compact Flash drive w/ machined case opening  (Read 979 times)

Offline JohnDetroit

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I wanted to share my recent successful upgrade of my MV-8800 with a StarTech.com 3.5in Drive Bay IDE to Single CF SSD Adapter Card Reader. Below are the steps of the modification with images.

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1.   Opened MV-8800 bottom and located open bay on mounting rail to the right of CD-RW/DVD drive (after mod, CF drive will be on left side of MV-8800 under pads). Note: this is where the floppy drive is located on an MV-8000; so, I chose this location for this the CF mod.

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2.   Removed StarTech CF Drive PCB from bracket and positioned onto open bay and traced on backside of MV-8800 case with permanent marker. My plan is to create rectangular opening for the CF card for insertion/ejection on the outside.

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3.   Drilled Pilot holes near edges of traced rectangular opening for CF card. I plan to use a Dremel (handheld rotary) tool with different cutting and sanding bits to machine the opening.

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4.   Used small router bit on Dremel tool to create opening “by hand”, which I expected to be an ugly cut.

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5.   After using some other Dremel tool bit accessories (cutting wheels, conical sanding stone) I was able to create functional (not perfect) opening on MV-8800 for the CF Card to be inserted/removed.

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6.   Re-seated the CF drive bracket, then marked and drilled two holes. And then used two self-tapping machine screws for secure mounting.

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7.   Mounted the CF PCB board onto bracket and attached 44-PIN IDE drive cable. NOTE: a longer 12-16 inch IDE drive cable is required (original is too short).

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8.   Dissembled the drive bay frame and vacuumed out all the metal filings from the drilling/cutting/grinding of the CF Drive’s card opening on MV-8800. I left the old 3.5 IDE drive in place for safe keeping. Then, reassembled (as shown below).

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9.   Here is the view of the MV-8800 on Left Side under the pads with the Compact Flash card installed.

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10.   Here is the view of the MV-8800 with the Compact Flash card removed.

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Finally, I formatted the 120 GB flash drive (128 GB micro SD in a CF card adapter) and transferred over all my backed up MV-8800 files on my Mac to the newly formatted CF card. Inserted the card, powered up the MV-8800 and last project was loaded automatically.  I’ve been using this removable CF drive modification to also transfer project, instrument, and sample files between my MV-8800 and MV-8000 (where I’ve done the same CF mod, but without case modification).

JD




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Good job mate! Cheers!

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Good job mate! Cheers!

Thanks!