Tuesday, July 15, 2008

How to add more storage to Asus Eee PC 901


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Toshiba HDD I used

CF card adapter I tested

UPDATE: 8mm drive would work only if you cut the inner bottom away:



UPDATE: as you can read from the comments, some 901s don't have the connector anymore... solution coming soon..

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101 comments:

Kjeld Olesen said...

Cooool JKK!!

I will have to reconsider the Aspire One versus the EEE 901 now once again ;-) Do yo have any idea if the Aspire can also be modded with a 1.8" HD drive?

Anonymous said...

The hdd won't overheat right? have you tested it

Anonymous said...

The aspire can even handle a 2,5" drive... you can get it with 8gb flash or 120gb hdd.

Kjeld Olesen said...

Hi, yes, but if you get the 8 GB SSD version isn't it soldered and is there any space and connectors in that version for the 2,5" drive?

Kjeld Olesen said...

Hi again - OK, I see that the Aspire One SSD drive is a "1.8" Intel Z-P230 PATA (SSDPAMM0008G1ES)" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspire_One) so at least that should be replaceable with another 1.8" HDD if not a 2.5" drive.

run dmc said...

thanks jkk that was simple and easy, i realy mean it thanks for the video.also the first touchscreen video was cool but if you would be so kind to make another video, slow and simple modding a 901 touchscreen i think we all will cast our vote for you to win the first ever 2008 Eee Oscar award. again thanks!

Kola said...

Looks like you can plug SDD and HDD simultaneously, one over one. JKK, don't you try to do so? And thank you for the cool vids.

Anonymous said...

Can this also be done on the 900??

Anonymous said...

can you also do this on the 900??

JKK said...

I tried to use all same time ( 4GB/8GB and zif HDD ) but it didn't work...

This wont work on 900 ( no room or connector )

It looks like you could add HDD to Acer SSD version too, but I don't have any confirmation yet.

chs said...

Problem with room around the HDD i solved with some thicker cable tie. I cut pieces which fit perfect around the drive :-)

ak said...

JKK, will a cf adaptor without a ribbon cable work? if not where do you get one that will work?

Anonymous said...

JKK,

bigger (80GB or 120GB) toshiba hard disk instead of 30GB HD possible/compatible?

possible to have multi-boot? like Xandros in the 4GB SSD, win XP and VISTA on two different partitions on the Hard Disk.

TIA

chs said...

Bigger drives mostly are 8mm drives. 901 only supports 5mm drives.
Multiboot is possible, yes.

Anonymous said...

largest capacity 5mm drives i believe is 40Gig.

JKK said...

I remember seeing 60 and 80gb too..

here is one 80GB

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=mk8022gaa

JKK said...

.. and yes, multi boot works fine.

I have XP on 4GB SSD and Vista on the HDD now.

Tale of two citues said...

Jkk couldn't you just install the MBR on the compact flash card but leave the operating system on the SSD drive?

Anonymous said...

Looks like if you removed that portion of the case you could fit a 8mm drive in? I haven't received my 901 yet so I can't measure, but if the 8mm drives are only 3mm thicker than the 5mm drives and if you remove that portion of the case(about half the size of the HDD) one would fit in.

Anonymous said...

could some one post a link to a hard drive that will fit? some one posted only 5mm would fit, also in the video it looks like ZIF conector, so 5mm with ZIF conector hd, link any one?

JKK said...

30GB 5mm HDD mk3008gal
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=mk3008gal

80GB 5mm HDD mk8022gaa
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=mk8022gaa

tucka-ne-medved said...

http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/bin/view/Main/HardDriveReplacement#1_8_Drive_Comparison

Anonymous said...

Hi JKK,

Thanks for all the work you're doing, are you also planning on adding the touchscreen to the 901?

Regards, Martijn

Anonymous said...

Please note, as far as I remember the extension of GAA is 8mm thick while GAL is 5mm which should be perfect fit on 901. Not sure if the new version of GAAs are now 5mm.

rgds

EpoXXy said...

120 gb on 5mm

EpoXXy said...

120gb on 5mm

http://www.span.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=23_504_1803&products_id=13931

(the link was forgotten) ;)

Anonymous said...

where can someone get the right cable for these hdd's i can't seem to find one. Well whatever the correct one is. Lol

Waldzio said...

I don't undertsand (my English is very low)

Are you tell, that Asus can't boot from, CF with adapter...??

Becouse I want instal Vista on CF 32GB, becouse on 4GB can be impossible...

eloj said...

The Toshiba MK6028GAL 2MB 60GB seems like a good candidate too.

JKK said...

cables:

http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=zif+cable&_fromfsb=&_trksid=m270

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=zif+cable

JKK said...

You can boot from CF adapter.

England said...

Jkk, in the bottom left hand corner of the EEE, is that the bluetooth module?

JKK said...

nope, bt is upper side of the mobo.. left from mousepad:

http://jkkmobile.blogspot.com/2008/06/asus-eee-901-fully-dissected-future.html

JKK said...

Updated with new picture to see if 8mm would fit...

Mike Cane said...

Wow, jkk, that was GREAT! Alas, the prices here in the US seem to be not so great now:
http://mikecane2008.wordpress.com/2008/07/16/ouch-jr-news-about-asus-and-msi-wind/

However, it looks like the 900 might be getting a big price drop.

Anonymous said...

Oh... remember that some of the those new Toshiba 1.8" ZIF HD for Apple Ipod is only 3600 rpm! I think the MK4009GAL is 30GB 5mm and 4200 rpm.

rgds

Emilio said...

Quick question; does this kind of operation void the warranty of the device? Well, if you don't use a cutter to make some extra space like JKK did.

JKK said...

dunno about the warranty... I would not send it with hdd to repair shop..

Emilio said...

Oh, let me rephrase that. If you reverse the operation, would someone be able to see that you've opened that case?

JKK said...

Nope, none could see it.

Inquisitor said...

The necessary cable is called FFC-cable and should have 40pins (20 pins each side).
Find the specifications at http://www.storage.toshiba.eu/index_manual.php?pid=54&sid=15&la=en

I ordered 10 pieces with a length of 5cm each for $4 from a Chinese eBay-seller, since I couldn't find that short FFC-cables in Germany:
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=250262111241


1.8" HDDs with a height of 5mm are available as follows:

brand new Toshiba MK4009GAL (40GB) from German eBay seller for € 42.80:
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=110270820879

brand new Toshiba MK4009GAL (40GB) from American eBay seller (shipping within USA only) for $60:
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=350079016656

price comparison of European online sellers for thin Toshiba 1.8" HDDs:
http://geizhals.at/deutschland/?fs=toshiba+gal&in=&x=26&y=8

Anonymous said...

Important:

MK4009GAL hasn´t a ZIF connection - it is a LIF connection - so don´t buy it for 901!

Anonymous said...

Can the SSD be put back in once the HDD has been installed? I ask because it looks to me like you only removed it to gain access to the ZIF connector.

Anonymous said...

greetings from sydney, oz JKK

thanks for making the video!!!!!

i've installed a 40gb hdd into my 901, thanks to you

do you think you could get the SSD as well as a hdd to work at the same time?

love your work :)

Inquisitor said...

"MK4009GAL hasn´t a ZIF connection - it is a LIF connection - so don´t buy it for 901!"

JKK says, he has used a Toshiba MK3008GAL, which according to this page has a LIF-connnector, too:
http://www.sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=StorageSolutions/1.8-inchHardDiskDrives/MK3008GAL

Further I couldn't find any 5mm-high 1.8" HDD with ZIF-connector.
You get either 8mm-high ZIF-HDDs or 5mm-high LIF-HDDs, so the EeePC must have a LIF-connector.

@JKK
Could you definitley clear up the confusion about ZIF, LIF and the required HDDs? Thank you!

chs said...

Eee901 has a ZIF connector

Inquisitor said...

After some research I came to the conclusion that LIF and ZIF are compatible sockets for the very same "FFC/FPC"-cables (Flat Flexible Cable) / Flexible Printed Circuit). The difference is only in the mechanism of the socket itself, however the same cable is used. (see http://www.ggi-international.com/en/products/membrane/connectors/zif.php)

Another clue for the compatibility of LIF and ZIF is the following detailled product specification of a LIF/ZIF-to-IDE adaptor, which comes with only one FFC-cable but is compatbile with all Toshiba drives ("GAL"-models with LIF-connectors and "GAH"-models with ZIF-connectors):
http://www.esdci36.de/Produkte/Anschlussadapter/HDD-1.8-REV1/ADA-HDD-1.8-ZIF-IDE44.pdf

I will report again, after I've received my EeePC 901 and a Toshiba MK4009GAL HDD next week.

Anonymous said...

If anyone succeeds in cramming an 8mm drive in, please post. The 5mm versions are lower capacity and more $/GB than 8mm versions, as the capacities increase.

Anonymous said...

Where to get those rubber holders for 1.8 inch Harddisks?

Anonymous said...

Sorry für the double Post.
Are there different types of zif-cables? If yes, what kind of cable do I need for the zif connector?

EpoXXy said...

A rumor is telling me that ASUS is removing the ZIF-connector on new motherboards on the 901?! Is this just a rumor or can someone confirm?

Valentin said...

JKK could you tell me if it's possible to replace the 4 GB SDD with the 8 GB SDD (Provided with windows edition) and then place a toshiba MK4009GAL 40 gb drive ? one more question also... the ZIF is the same with LIF? tnx.

Minna said...

Because the ZIF connector is missing from the newest and, most probably, the future 901 batches, I got tired of waiting for the 20G model to be released in Europe. I bought 701 4G instead. It fulfils my current needs as a toy and as a mobile surf board.

Valentin said...

jkk the zif to zif cable came with the hdd??

JKK said...

you can't put 8GB to internal 4GB slot as it's smaller ( 4GB about 20mm shorter )

I got the cables with the cf adapter from eBay

Valentin said...

@EpoXXy I confirm. I finally got the 901 in romania and when i open the backcover i had a surprise... no zif connector... so i'll have to buy a 16 gb sd card cause the internal memory is to small for me.

Anonymous said...

How much does this affect the battery life?

Anonymous said...

Excellent work JKK.
Is there information on the Model\Part numbers of the 901s that still support the ZIF connector HDDs. In other words is there any way of telling which ones can be upgraded with a 1.8" HDD without having to open them?
Many Thanks.

Anonymous said...

JKK - Two thumbs up! really appreciate your efforts.

Anonymous said...

@EpoXXy I confirm too, I ordert the Eee PC 901 from UK an I got no zif Connector!!!!

--------has no ZIF Connector------
Asus Eee PC with windows XP:
ID: EEEPC901-W007X
VN: 1822
--------has no ZIF Connector------

Anonymous said...

yeah mine doesn't have one either.

http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=38800&p=1

it would be good if there were another way then soldering.

Anonymous said...

JKK dou you have any solution for zif Connector
Thank you for your patient
Mary

Anonymous said...

Here also: a german 901. no zif connector...

Renaud said...

Brand new French 901 bought... big aluminium type cover hiding what should be zif connector. ARghhhh! Please help us on a solution asap !
thx

Anonymous said...

JKK from Madrid We need your no zif connector solution, I need to boot from a disk with more space and the ziF solution is ideal for us
Best Regards

Anonymous said...

I have just installed a Hitachi 1.8" 30 GB hard disk in my Eeepc 901, but now the bios can't find the internal 4 gb ssd as a "IDE slave" (it returns : IDE Slave: not detected).
What could I do????????????

Anonymous said...

Hi JKKMOBILE!
I bought a MK3008GAL for my Asus Eeepc 901. I have retired the Asus PHISON 16GB and I have conected the Toshiba HD, but the eeepc don't turn on. If I retired the Toshiba HD, the asus eeepc turn on. Why?

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I’ just bought a Swiss EEE 901 and unfortunately, the Ziff connector is not anymore present on the system board.
The place is there put the connector is not soldered!
So adding a HDD will just start to be a little more complicated since I will have to solder the connector first!
Olivier

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I have bought à french 901 ZIF-less.
Anyone know a solution to connect an HD without
soldering.
Thanks
Robert

Anonymous said...

Please JKK you said "some 901s don't have the connector anymore... solution coming soon.."
help us
Maria

Paulo said...

hi jkk...
bought a little time my eeepc 901 and saw some of your upgrades ... I also wanted to install an IDE 2.5 in my eeepc but noticed that my pc is not like your ... I bought the Linux version and I do not know why but not brought the plug to connect the IDE as this ... what should I do?
I await an answer ...
if you want photos can strip them to see how my eeepc

compliments.

Neil said...

Just got my self a 901 at the same time got myself a zif hard disk!! Sadly on my new 901 NO!!!! Zif connector!!!! any other ideas? can connect my drive via usb some how????
A usb hub????
Please HELP!!!!!
Neil

Anonymous said...

To answer a often asked question ZIF is not LIF compatible. I asked the Toshiba Hotline because I had the ZIF / LIF problem too. The LIF connector is thiner than the ZIF connector.

Anonymous said...

Any way to move system folders to an 8gb SD card so the C drive doesnt run out of space so quickly?

medah said...

hey jkk. can you clarify this for me. can i use an 8GB (or larger) SLC ssd from mydigitalssd along with a ZIF hard drive? would that require me to physical removing the 4GB internal SSD to make it work?

Thanks and keep up the outstanding work!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU JKK.I have a ZIF port in my 901 and I have just bought a 5mm, 1.8 inch HDD from Ebay and a ZIF cable. Hopefully it will work, as soon as it arrives I will install it. Thank you in advance, even if it doesn't work you are an extreme asset to the computer modifying world. Thank you from RAQ

Cade said...

Any word yet on the solution for the ZIF-less 901's? Tnx!

Anonymous said...

I tried to fit a Seagate Lyrion ST730212DE but couldnt get the cable into the hd's zif socket help:

Anonymous said...

240GB 1.8" HDD!!!
Toshiba introduced new, larger 1.8" hard disks last week, both of which could find use in PMPs, UMPCs, and camcorders. The two new drives are 120GB and 240GB (single-platter and dual-platter, respectively), spin at 4200rpm, and measure 2.12"x2.79"x0.31." The smaller, 120GB drive weighs in at just 48g, while the 240GB drive is 58g; pricing has yet to be announced.

Anonymous said...

Is there a trick to inserting the cable into the drive? It doesn't seem to want to go in easily and I am afraid to apply too much force.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Thanks for the video.....BUT,

I`ve installed windows on this toshiba 30gb drive and now my audio stutters everytime I watch a youtube video through wifi or if I do something that has audio, it stutters a lot.I`m not sure if its a hard drive issue (slow access times), but this weren`t happening before with the SSD present.Anyone has this issue?

Anonymous said...

....all is well!Disregard my previous post.It was a problem with the DMA of the hard drive due to cloning the device (from SSD to HD).A reinstall on the chipset drivers and a reset of the DMA fixed it.Wow, as fast as an SSD drive, maybe a little bit faster.I can now hibernate the device as well (before lack of space on C: drive)

Thank you for this!

Jessica said...

Hi,

I tried install a toshiba 5mm HDD in my Eee, but when I tried to turn on, the blue light came on for a second then turned off before reaching BIOS/POST, then wouldn't turn on again.

I removed the HDD, and reinstalled the SSD, and it powered up fine and booted into my current OS.

Obviously, I am doing something wrong in the install, but I'm not sure what.

I have a ZIF/LIF cable with a blue end, and white end, and plugged blue end into mobo connector with blue facing outwards, and white end into HDD with white side facing labelled side of Toshiba hard disk.

Could you please help???

Thanks,

Jessica

Felipe Dutra said...

Hello!
I've just saw your video at you tube, about add another driver inside asus 901. There is a nice video, but im thinking to put 2 SSD, leave the original one, and put another. can i do this?? or 901 works with only 1 SSD??
thx for answer!

Eben Flood said...

I can't find any lif to zif cables. Where can I find one of these?

Anonymous said...

any news for the 901s that does not have the ZIF connector? solutions?
thanx!

All`Fury said...

Any news about the minipcie to zif adapter?

Anonymous said...

i see some comments were deleted.
so any news on it or are we blowing bubbles?

fungamesvideosandmore said...

Wow Thanks! I was about to buy another hard drive for my EEE 901 (32gb for $99.99) When I noticed that MK8022GAA TOSHIBA was 80gb hard drive space for only $60!

Thank you again
E.E.

sophocha said...

!!!!!!Pay real close attention to the zif cable!For the past 6 months I was trying to solve a clicking sound that was coming from my 1.8 toshiba ( the hard drive was spinning down and up again).Some other times the asus could not detect the hard drive, just like that! out of the blue.....it turns out to be the zif cable leads touching the body of the hard drive!!!Can you believe this?If the leads are too long cut a little bit from the zif cable so that you don`t short the connection with the body of the hard drive!!!!!

Anonymous said...

!!!!!PAY REALLY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE ZIF CABLE!!!! mine was touching the body of the hard drive shorting my connection leading to intermitting problems ( hard disk was spinning down out of the blue, not recognized in the bios....and so on).Cut a little piece from the tip of the cable so that the leads don`t touch the body of the hard drive.

Anonymous said...

jkk, how do you manage to run XP at just over 2GB? I install XP on the 4gb SSD and it runs at about 3.2gb, I have very little space left. Can I do something to prevent this?

Anonymous said...

could one use any zif 1.8" harddrive on the eee?
I mean not only the toshiba but also the samsung or hitachi 1.8" hd's with zif connector!

thank you .

Anonymous said...

hello jkk,
I found some toshiba 1.8 hdd's and the mini pci to zif adapter.
some of ebayers suggest to take out the other ssd because otherwise it won't work . is this true.?

Mika said...

Hello..

So if i solder ZIF connector and i use that hard drive: http://dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7834 would i remove 4gb SSD or can i use it on same time?

Thanks allready!

JKK said...

U should disable the internal one from bios.

Pilotair said...

Can someone please help me!

I bought the mini-pciE connector & a 1.8inch 8mm HDD Toshiba MK1214GAH for my 901, however the bios is not detecting it. I can hear it powering ON but nothing more...I made sure to isolate the contacts from being touched to the main hdd case...hope there's a solution :/ Am I missing something??

Thanks for your help in advance.

Pilotair said...

further to my comment i noticed that jkk's bios was version 0304 ?!? I had the latest bios provided by asus and the 4Gb SSD is being detected as a Secondary Master..any help please?? :S

Anonymous said...

Do you know if one can change the master to a slave and the SSD to the Master?
The 4 gig on board is a little small.
What I would like to do is Turn my 64 gig SSD into the master and then start the recovery Disk ,so that windows is rather installed on the SSD instead of on the on board.
Ingo

Eric said...

Hi JKK,
Just watched this Eeepc 901 vedio clips from youtube, i got 1 question that you may help.
Q:i found one 1.8'' HHD (Hitachi travelstar 30GB)to replace the 2nd 8GB SSD (like what you show)and once the 1.8 HHD works the 4GB SSD(The primary SSD) gone. And nowhere i can bring it back(even update the bios), bios said ''not connected''.
Do you think i did somethig wrong?
And how can i bring it back?
Thanks
Eric

Asus Eee PC 1001P said...

Windows always likes to be installed on the first disk. So if you want to
install Windows XP (or even Vista) to the first disk and a Linux distro on
the second disk, you should be OK.

But if the Eee PC 901 uses the same SSD modules as the Eee PC 900, then
those second disks may not be as fast as the primary disk, making them less
than optimal for dual boot systems.

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