I had a couple of readers mention difficulties with upgrading the Cowon Q5W PMPs with larger hard drives.There may be an issue if you purchase a hard drive with no file system on it. The drive I purchased for my Q5W upgrade was already formatted with the NTFS file system, and although the Cowon requires the drive to be formatted with the FAT32 file system, having no file system may not allow your Q5W to boot properly and be recognized as an external drive on your computer. If this is the case, you may need to format your new unformatted drive first by placing it in a hard drive enclosure that has an ATA-100 interface, connecting it to a computer, and formatting it. These can be found online from numerous vendors such as this one. Turns out one of the readers was able to resolve his issue. The other sent his Q5 to me and I found a damaged/defective hard drive ribbon cable, but not before I had used my own hard drive enclosure to format his new drive. So, I can’t confirm that having no file system on your new drive actually is a problem, but if it is, a cheap hard drive enclosure should solve the problem.
See the original Q5W Hard Drive Upgrade post here.
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