Malcolm Davies Amps CAS

SSD for SD744

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Malcolm: " Has anyone fitted an SSD into a SD 744 "

yes, I did...

long ago, with an adapter (PATA?) I got from from SD, and it was really unremarkably routine.

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Hi Malcom

I installed an 80gb Intel SSD using the Sound Devices PATA to SATA kit which had clear step by step instructions

I was simpler than I thought it would be. 

 

NB: Sound Devices based on some users experiences  warns against using an SSD drive with the 744t.

I have had no issues.

Al 

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I installed a Transcend PATA SSD in my older 744t.

Has worked flawlessly.

 

Glen

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Thanks for all the advice.

If these modded machines have worked so well I wonder why SD don't recommend it?

Mike??

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Malcolm: " I wonder why SD don't recommend it? "

you could ask Howy at Zaxcom...

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Malcolm: " I wonder why SD don't recommend it? "

you could ask Howy at Zaxcom...

Can't think why but just in case you didn't know there are quite a few of us over here who don't get on with that particular company.

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>If these modded machines have worked so well I wonder why SD don't recommend it?

 

Apparently some people had some issues, maybe it was the senator, who knows ?

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I used unapproved CF cards for years. They were fine until they weren't. Then a slew of problems.

So I am now a firm believer of not doing what is not recommended by manufacturer. SD anyway.

Robert

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Malcolm: " I wonder why SD don't recommend it? "

you could ask Howy at Zaxcom...

I'm sure this is one of Senator's off-centre jokes. A variant of his droning "ask the manufacturer"

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I looked into this recently and found:

 

- Sound Devices don't recommend it as they have encountered a few issues and unlike the 788 it wasn't specifically designed for SSD.

 

- There is no real speed advantage or otherwise.

 

- Much more expensive, particularly if you need the SATA adapter.

 

- Standard Drive has proven reliable with no issues, so no real reason to change.

 

Based on all that, I replaced mine with another standard drive which cost $40 and it's been going like a champion.

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SD also told me several years ago that there were almost zero heat or battery advantages with SSD, which surprised me very much. 

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You can, however, put in a larger capacity spinning drive and get extra record time. I put a 320gb with no issues. Was pretty cheap as i recall too.

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Hi Malcolm,

 

I upgraded to an SSD in my 744T a few years ago as i do a fair amount of work involving extensive travel and was taken in by thepotential additional robustness.

 

I used a Sandisk SSD using the XLSATA adapter but had some issues and changed to a Kingston SSD upon recomendation by SD support. Since then no problems and very glad i made the swap. Thread on the SD forum with more detail here :-

 

http://forums.sounddevices.com/forum/-7-series-digital-audio-recorders/general-hardware-and-operation/2883-744t-garbled-and-thin-audio-output-intermittent-fault

 

Mat Adams.

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My 744 evidently has the original 40GB drive and I'd like to replace it soon, for longevity/reliability and increased capacity.  I wish to stick with the original PATA drives, and skip the SATA adapter etc, which I've heard can have issues.  If someone has a recommendation for a good replacement PATA drive (around 120GB or so) that has worked for you and may still be available, I'd love to hear it.  Thanks.

p.s. I *HAVE* read messages on the SD forum on this subject, in case *someone* suggests I go there...  That's where I learned about the non-benefits (other than possibility avoiding crashes by jarring or dropping the recorder) of going SSD.

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Re replacing the 744 drives PATA for PATA, I just patrolled Ebay etc with the model number of what I had in hand until I found someone selling the same thing, NOS.  I went thru the PATA>SATA thing twice and it didn't work out for me, so I'm still PATA on both of my 744s.

 

philp

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I replaced the internal drive with a PATA to CF adapter. So now the internal 'drive' is the 64gb CF card. It works flawlessly and boots up in no time. Doing file transfers are still painfully slow but I usually grab the removable CF card for delivery anyways. I do think it runs a little cooler though. I don't think the CF cards generate as much heat as the SSD, but I'm probably wrong about that. It's been working great so far!

-ivan

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