Upgrading the drive in your 2488, Step by step instructions


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There have been reports of lock-ups and other errors after upgrading the drive. These problems might be related to bad clusters on the hard disk and can be addressed by doing a zero-fill or low level format on the drive before installing it in your 2488.

To low level format your drive, install it in a PC and run utility like Seagate's "Disk Wizard" (available on their web site) to initiate a low level format. Please note: Utilities like "Disk Wizard" are dangerous ohmy.gif - and yes, I am trying to scare you! They allow you do all sorts of destructive things to your drive, so it is important that you know what you are doing. If you don't, then find a friend who does to give you a hand.

Many thanks to Kent, a moderator of this forum, for coming up with this solution.

That said... On with the upgrade!

Step by step instructions for upgrading the drive in your 2488


First things first: you'll need a hard drive. smile.gif

The 2488 ships with an Seagate ST340014A Barracuda 7200.2 40gig hard drive. The Barracuda 7200 series drives are 7200 rpm, 8.5 ms seek Ultra ATA/100 drives which Seagate represents as having "Superior performance, quiet operation and outstanding reliability." They also have a three year warranty. cool.gif

It seems that the 2488 will only support four partitions, with a max partition size of size of 32gig. Given this I suggest any of the following drives:

ST380011A - 80 GB
ST380013A - 80 GB
ST3120022A - 120 GB
ST3120026A - 120 GB
ST3160023A - 160 GB

This is not to say that these are the only drives that will work - drives from other manufacturers with specs similar to the Barracuda 7200.7 drives should work as well. But as the Barracuda 7200.7 drives are readily available and relatively inexpensive, there isn't a compelling reason to choose another manufacturer.

Tools & Workspace

A #1 philips head screwdriver
A large flat surface (e.g. Table)
A blanket or a couple of towels


Back up your songs! You will be removing the existing hard drive from your 2488. Once removed, you will not be able to access any of the data on the old drive. So, if you have any songs on your 2488, you will have to back them up.

After backing up, Unplug your 2488! Opening up the 2488 will expose the power supply, making the potential to get shocked that much greater.

Fold the blanket (or towels) and place them on the table. This will provide a nice soft 'bed' for the face of the 2488.


Remove the two screws from the panel on the left side of the unit and set them aside.

Flip the 2488 over, face down, with the I/O jacks at the top.

Remove the top two screws located directly under the I/O jacks. Set them aside with the two screws from the side panel.

Remove the Bottom three screws.

Remove the left and right side center screws.

Remove the top left, center and right screws.

Set these eight screws aside, separate from the previous four. The two sets are different sizes and should not be mixed up.

Grasp the metal base - lifting and folding back over the top of the unit - so that the feet on the base are on the table. You will now have the base with the power supply, CD drive and hard drive on the table above the 'top' of the 2488 with some cabled connecting the two.

Remove the Drive

Locate the hard drive. It will be on the right with two cables attached: a grey ribbon cable and four wire power cable.

Disconnect the power cable, grasping the sides of the white power connector.

Disconnect the ribbon cable - you'll probable gave to grasp the cable, close to the connector and gently 'rock' it out of the socket.

Press on the left side of the drive towards the right side of the case. The drive is mounted on a plate which, with a bit of force, will slide out of the side of the base.

Configure and Mount the New Drive

Look at the back of the drive. You will see a small connector with eight pins - two of which are connected by a jumper. This sets the drive as the 'master' in the system. Unpack your new drive and make sure it is jumpered the same way (if you are not using one of the suggested drives, make sure your new drive is set as the master.)

Flip over the 2488 drive and mounting plate (noting the orientation of the drive on the plate) and remove the four screws mounting the drive to the plate.

Set aside the old drive and mount the new drive on the plate (same orientation as the old drive.)

Install the New Drive

Slide the mounting plate back in the right side of the case until is pops into place.

Reconnect the ribbon cable - Do not force it! It is keyed to go on only one way so, if it doesn't connect easily, try flipping it around.

Reconnect the power cable - Do not force it! It is keyed to go on only one way so, if it doesn't connect easily, try flipping it around.

Check that the cables are properly seated in their sockets and the drive bracket is properly seated in the base of the 2488.


Lift up the base and flip it back over and seat it onto the top of the 2488.

Replace the top left, center and right screws.

Replace the left and right side center screws.

Replace the bottom three screws.

Replace the top two screws located directly under the I/O jacks.

Flip the 2488 over, face up, with the I/O jacks at the top.

Replace the two screws on the panel on the left side of the unit.

Power It Up

Reconnect the power cord.

Turn the 2488 on.

If the planets are aligned correctly and gods of hardware are in a good mood, your 2488 should tell you it is finding the drive, creating partitions, creating a song and finally reading the song.

If you've gotten this far, congrats! You can check the number and size of the partitions by pressing MENU, selecting the DISK menu and selecting REFORM. After viewing, press HOME to exit back to the main track display.

If you backed up any songs, restore them.

Reconnect all your cables and you're all set.

Enjoy your 'expanded' 2488!

Please feel free to email me with any questions.


This was posted and and last edited by Mr. Rock: Nov 1 2004, 09:02 AM

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Re: Upgrading the drive in your 2488, Step by step instructi

Given that this was *originally* posted 8 years ago, does the information also apply to the

(didn't notice that the re-post indicated any changes or updates)

When you hook up your old hard drive to an IDE-USB adapter, you can backup your songs to the pc faster than using the 2488.
"When you hook up your old hard drive to an IDE-USB adapter, you can backup your songs to the pc faster than using the 2488."

I thought the 2488 used a proprietary data format. Are you saying that the WAV files will be usable after transferring to the PC?
I think what the above USB/IDE comment means to say is that:

When you remove the old hard drive, you can use a USB/ide adaptor to more quickly backup the old drive to your PC... meaning: just a backup ...and very likely to also use the usb/ide adaptor to restore that backup’s contents quickly to the new drive (after it is partioned/initialized).

The reason is the direct hdd->usb/ide connection to a computer is much faster than backing up your songs to CDs or via a tethered/wired connection between the 2488 and the PC (or restoring them for that matter).

This doesn’t mean you can directly read the proprietary format...it is just referring to the backup and restore of your songs between old and new hard drives.
Theoretically, it should be posssible, however the speed difference of the ssd might not be very apparent since often times the logic processing is still going to be very slow and hence be a bottleneck. Although there is at least a 50-50% chance that you might get some faster startup and other speed increases (save/load).

What you would need is this: IDE to SATA adaptor (Amazon $9.99)

At the very least the unit would be more bump-proof during read and write to disk operations due to no moving parts... unless you are writing to CD.

I do think someone might have posted a tutorial of sorts about doing this somewhere in this forum.
Yeah indeed EricH I saw the other tutorial, but i think it stranded somehow. For me it is not necessarily about speed, but using something more acquirable like a sata SSD instead of searching for an old disks......Any tips are welcomed!
One thing to note is that the operating system of the 2488 probably has a limit in the size, so try to get an SSD that matches the size of the highest known working capacity... for best chance of success.

There was a post (check google) of a successful upgrade of a BOSS BR-1600 from a 80gb mechanical drive to a SSD... there may be some clues in that article...but that’s about all I know.

If you try it please post back with your results.

Yes Eric, I will do. Will first gather all content I can find, fund Amazon a bit ;-) and then see if it works and let you know. Thanks a lot already for the quick replies!
No problem, just remember me when you’re rich and famous !


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