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Bricked my D888 - any advice very gratefully received!

 
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sdole72



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:38 am    Post subject: Bricked my D888 - any advice very gratefully received! Reply with quote

I have managed to completely kill my D888 – have been using it with no issues for years, started getting the ‘disk busy’ message so thought formatting the HD would be a good idea – did it via my PC, which was a very stupid thing to do! Whenever I power it on now the display says ‘disk error’ and it immediately shuts down – I have tried reformatting to FAT32 as I thought that might be the issue, then dropping the D888SYS.BIN fil in the root folder – still wont work. I tried looking for the earliest version of that file online, which I did (the first update to the software) – dropped that in the root folder – still the same issue. I have run out of ideas, save trying to install a new HD – any advice much appreciated!
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voip
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can the D888 Menu item HDD format utility be used to reformat the drive?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, cant get as far as loading the on screen menu - the only thing that works is the USB PC connection to see the drive. As soon as thats removed, it says Disk Error, press OK - and then once you do that, it shuts down.
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Bias



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:26 pm    Post subject: d888 hard drive Reply with quote

Hi

It sounds like the system wont recognise the drive so you may have to go down the new hard drive route - you could try removing the drive and deleting the partition with it connected to your PC so that it appears to be a new drive but this may be a waste of time as you were getting errors before. I have recently changed my hard drive but not because it was faulty, but because the noise was annoying me.

I would wholey recoomend doing what I have done but would add that you need to know what you are doing or get somebody that does know to do this:

I purchased a small SSD and a suitable IDE to SSD adapter. But to fit the SSD, you will need an adapter cradle or a bit of ingenuity - I had to angle the drive slightly to fit the adapter but as its solid state, it doesn't need to be in a horizontal or vertical plane.

After fitting and powering up, the D888 asks you to initialise it, because its a new disk, click ok then when finished turn off the D888 by the switch at the back. Then power on again and go to the menu and select format drive and toggle to the 'yes' option and click ok ..when that is complete, you are ready to go.

What you end up with is a more resiliant and quiet machine - yay.

The above procedure also applies if you are fitting a new HDD rather than SSD but old style IDE HDD's that are new or in good condition are hard to come by these days.

ps, the SSD I fitted is 40Gb, which is plenty for me. I don't know for sure, but my guess is the machine will only detect up to 120Gb so bear that in mind. Anybody please correct me if I am wrong.
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