Archos 5 IMT 250GB: HDD Upgrade / Hack / Dual Boot

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judgechuck
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Archos 5 IMT 250GB: HDD Upgrade / Hack / Dual Boot

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Hi,

I have an Archos 5 IMT 250GB (currently running official firmware v1.7.11) and I think that my hard disc is on its way out... I have had the dreaded "FAT32" errors and although I have reformatted my Archos and got things working again, I think I am living on borrowed time.

What I would like to do is replace my drive with a new 500GB unit (I am going to use the Hitachi HTS545050B9A300 Travelstar 5400rpm 8MB cache unit, as people have reported success with this) and at the same time install the dual boot firmware to allow me to run AOS and Spz0's E17 Illume build (http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=32460), based on Kevin's Angstrom project (http://www.openaos.org/~kevin/archos_an ... index.html), as this looks like the most mature alternative OS available. I am not interested in installing the plug-ins for free, as I already have purchased them all, but would obviously like to have them installed in AOS once the hack is complete.

To summarise:
I would like to end up with my Archos 5 IMT upgraded with a 500GB HDD, running AOS v1.7.11 (hacked version is required, I believe) with all plugins available and also able to dual boot into Angstrom.

There are a number of excellent guides that I have read, including http://sites.google.com/site/archos5imt/main, but I would be very grateful if someone could check my requirements and post a high-level step-by-step guide of the correct order that I should be going about this.

For example, something along these lines:

1: Downgrade firmware, see http://www.xxx.com/yyy
2: Install x hack, see http://www.ppp.com/qqq
3: Replace hard disc, see http://www.aaa.com/bbb
4: Install x.y.z firmware, see http://www.lll.com/mmm
5: Install Angstrom, see http://www.sss.com/ttt
6: Install Spz0's E17 Illume build, see http://www.fff.com/ggg

etc etc... Or whatever is the correct order.

Many thanks in advance.

JC
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Re: Archos 5 IMT 250GB: HDD Upgrade / Hack / Dual Boot

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If you don't care for the boot logo and already have all the plugins enabled as you bought them you can go for the SDE route like explained in the other thread and in my blog post.

If you'd like to stay with an open flash you should install the special SDE aos file that only works on hacked firmware.

As your harddrive is still sort-of-working you actually have a fallback to go through later if you decide to go the other way.

In your case it boils down to:
  1. Install the boot menu (both ways are OK, depends on your preference)
  2. Replace harddrive
  3. 
  4. Profit!
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Re: Archos 5 IMT 250GB: HDD Upgrade / Hack / Dual Boot

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judgechuck wrote:I have an Archos 5 IMT 250GB (currently running official firmware v1.7.11) and I think that my hard disc is on its way out... I have had the dreaded "FAT32" errors and although I have reformatted my Archos and got things working again, I think I am living on borrowed time.
There is no need to worry. Just having some filesystem errors in a FAT32 filesystem doesn't necessarily mean that your harddisk has a problem.
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Re: Archos 5 IMT 250GB: HDD Upgrade / Hack / Dual Boot

Post by judgechuck »

grond wrote:
judgechuck wrote:I have an Archos 5 IMT 250GB (currently running official firmware v1.7.11) and I think that my hard disc is on its way out... I have had the dreaded "FAT32" errors and although I have reformatted my Archos and got things working again, I think I am living on borrowed time.
There is no need to worry. Just having some filesystem errors in a FAT32 filesystem doesn't necessarily mean that your harddisk has a problem.
I agree, but I'd rather be safe than sorry... Plus doubling my disc space and having the additional OS to play with appeal! ;-)
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Re: Archos 5 IMT 250GB: HDD Upgrade / Hack / Dual Boot

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dm8tbr wrote:If you don't care for the boot logo and already have all the plugins enabled as you bought them you can go for the SDE route like explained in the other thread and in my blog post.

If you'd like to stay with an open flash you should install the special SDE aos file that only works on hacked firmware.

As your harddrive is still sort-of-working you actually have a fallback to go through later if you decide to go the other way.

In your case it boils down to:
  1. Install the boot menu (both ways are OK, depends on your preference)
  2. Replace harddrive
  3. 
  4. Profit!
Thanks for your reply. Can you post the links to the thread and the blog post that you are referring to?

Many thanks!
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