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    Re: MP C6501 HDD Replacement

    You do not need to order the drives from Ricoh. I have used two 250GB drives off the shelf plenty of times.

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    Re: MP C6501 HDD Replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by anothertech View Post
    You do not need to order the drives from Ricoh. I have used two 250GB drives off the shelf plenty of times.
    Have you done this specifically with this machine ? I know that other machine HDD's can be replaced with any other of the shelf. But i tried two 160GB HDD's and it didnt want to format.
    If you certain about this im willing to get 2 used identical HDD's to try. Did you preformat them to FAT32 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Like1mS View Post
    Have you done this specifically with this machine ? I know that other machine HDD's can be replaced with any other of the shelf. But i tried two 160GB HDD's and it didnt want to format.
    If you certain about this im willing to get 2 used identical HDD's to try. Did you preformat them to FAT32 ?
    Yes I have done it on MP C6501, I did not preformat, I just put them in and used the format function in the machines service mode. Did you go into service mode to format them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anothertech View Post
    Yes I have done it on MP C6501, I did not preformat, I just put them in and used the format function in the machines service mode. Did you go into service mode to format them?
    Yes i did. And exectute failed. I checked the hard drives one has FAT32 other one only exFAT, i will try with other HDD's if you say it works it should. And let u know. Thanks.

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    Re: MP C6501 HDD Replacement

    Here is the poop as I understand it. The 2 hdd's are in a striping array. Striping increases the r/w speed of data transfer, plus increases the total storage. The 2 hdd's need to be the same size, preferably new unpartitioned. Find 2 identical hdd's, if they are used, do a low level format on each. Stick them into copier and have copier format the hdd's. In theory you should be g2g.
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    Re: MP C6501 HDD Replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by anothertech View Post
    You do not need to order the drives from Ricoh. I have used two 250GB drives off the shelf plenty of times.
    Agreed!
    They simply need to be 2 identical units (brand/size/ speed).
    You cannot mix and match

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    Re: MP C6501 HDD Replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by sandmanmac View Post
    Agreed!
    They simply need to be 2 identical units (brand/size/ speed).
    You cannot mix and match
    and they shouldn't be pre-formatted .. clean IDENTICAL Drives.

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    Re: MP C6501 HDD Replacement

    If you try all the recommendations for using 2 identical 160GB drives and it works, fine. If it goes not work it could be that instead of treating them as 2 striped 8 bit drives, Ricoh treats them as one single 16 bit drive. In order to do so there is a code sequence placed on absolute sector 0 that identifies whether the drive is the upper 8 bits or the lower.

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    Re: MP C6501 HDD Replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil B. View Post
    and they shouldn't be pre-formatted .. clean IDENTICAL Drives.
    Agreed also once in machine will need format in service mode also stamp from rom

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