ZOOM MRS1266 hard drive change

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ZOOM MRS1266 hard drive change

Post by Mattpfs » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:07 am

Hi everyone, after a bit of advice. I have had my Zoom MRS1266 for years and released a few cds and vinyl from stuff recorded on it, its been a great bit of kit! Unfortunately after a drunken 'drop' the dial came off and as i was half way through recording album number 3 I got myself another one second hand to transfer the projects on. Unfortunately the one i picked up has had hard drive issues (projects skipping etc when it seems you start to build a song up)
My question is do I need to get exactly the same Hard drive with same firmware etc for this to work? I still have the original MRS cd which came with my original machine but dont want the hassle of fitting another hard drive and it not working? I have considered putting the one from my original machine in the new one but dont want to risk losing what I have done and what is already stored on the machine.

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Re: ZOOM MRS1266 hard drive change

Post by Jim_Fogle » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:27 pm

A replacement hard drive does not have to be same make, firmware or size up to a point. Chances are the existing hard drive is either a 40 or 80 GB size hard drive. New drives that small were common when the MRS-1266 was released but now they are difficult to find and expensive if and when you do find one.

You can likely find a used or refurbished hard drive at a computer repair store or online at a reasonable price. Locally, Goodwill industries trains computer technicians to refurbish used computers and sells used hard drives for $10 to $20 US.

BestBuy, Staples and Office Depot sell new 120 GB Western Digital, Seagate and IBM/Hitachi hard drives to replace failed drives in older computers. They are available in both 2.5" and 3.5" sizes. Newer hard drives have a jumper setting that forces the hard drive to report a smaller storage size to the motherboard so the hard drives remain compatible with older motherboards.

Another alternative is to replace the existing hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD). Because of the relative young age for the development cycle of solid state memory storage, small size SSDs are readily available at very reasonable prices. Over the holidays I replaced the laptop hard drive with SSD for $70 US. SSD is retrieves and stores data faster than a mechanical drive but you will not see any difference because the MRS-1266 hard drive interface is slower than either mechanical or solid state drives. What you WILL eliminate though is the possibility of a drop or jar destroying the drive.
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