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Expanding the memory on 2box DrumIt Five, Three and Five MKII to 64 GB?

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  • Expanding the memory on 2box DrumIt Five, Three and Five MKII to 64 GB?

    We recently had some major breakthrough on the unofficial 2box forum in the challenge to be able to use bigger SD Cards in 2box modules than 32GB. Just want to hint about this!

    Our member Jojo34 found a extremely clever way to get a 64 GB SD cards to run properly on the DrumIts. The background to the issue is that most SD Cards above 32GB/2TB are of the type SDXC cards (Below 32GB is SDHC) and these are normally formatted in exFat file format. The 2box module requires Fat32 to be able to boot.

    But it is actually possible to format bigger cards than 32GB in FAT32, but this requires a third part software's to do it. (Cant be done on a PC or Mac as default) But using a third part software and doing the FAT32 formatting on a a 64GB card will most often leave you with cluster errors when booting up the 2box or the module just boots forever. So we (I) had been given up on running bigger cards than 32GB. But Jojo34 found a new way to do it and fool the filesystem how 2box OS handles the memory!

    The process is the following: (Using W10 based PC)
    • Clone you current 2Box SD card with using Win32 Disk Imager (Can be a 32GB card, this can probably work also with a standard 4GB card) and save the image on your PCs hard drive. (So you get a backup of your original card) The original card will also be safe, we are not using it in the process below so if anything goes wrong you can just use your original card as usual)
    • Insert a new 64GB SDXC card and write the created image to this card using Win32 Disk Imager.
    • It will now create an exact copy of your original 2box card. (with the same partition size as original card and in FAT32 format) Verify that this card is booting in your 2box as usual.
    • Now, insert the 64GB SD card in your PC again and launch use the application Minitool Partition Wizard and extend the 2box partition to the full size the 64 GB. Please be cautious here, so you don't pick your internal PC hard disk! Instead look for the SDXC card with 2 partitions, one with a 4 or 32 GB partition size and a big unused/unallocated partition. Extend the working partition to also include the unused part e.g. the complete 64GB SDXC card!
    • Ready! You will now have a 64GB working 2box card! Verify that it is working in your 2box module without any sound hiccup's or glitches before your load all of your beloved VST sounds using the fantastic SDSE tool from Lustark!

    Ok, I know what you all might be thinking here, can I use even a bigger cards?
    The answer is no, when going over 60 GB partition size (a 64 GB card will give about 58GB partition size) will result in that the 2box module will not boot. But you can still use bigger SDXC cards as long as the total partition size don't exceed 60GB. I have tried this with a 128GB card and this works fine even if you are only using 50% of it.

    Final
    Based on the fairly advanced process to generate a working SDXC card and I think we can estimate that 2box never officially will be supporting 64GB on the DrumIt's.
    But we have a nice workaround and it is actually quite hard to fill up all 60GB with dsnd files!
    Kudos to Jojo34 at the https://www.2box-forum.com/index.php?topic=4865.0#msg30880 forum!

    References and links
    Software's are both freeware
    Tested with DrumIt Five, Three and Five MKII using OS 1.36.3, with or without SD extension cable. (I was running my tests on 50 cm length)

    Tested cards so far:
    • ProGrade 64GB 250MB7s SDXc V60 2 10
    • SunDisk Extreme Pro 64GB 170MB/s sdxc V30 3 10
    • Sandisk Ultra 64GB 120MB/s (SDXC card class 10)
    • Kingston CANVAS Select Plus 128 GB (100 MB/s 1 A1 class 10 SDXC Cards

    Moving VST sounds to 2box?
    Then you need the fantastic SDSE Tool from: www.Lustark.com


    Anders / www.zourman.com / Roland and ATV Hi-hat and Ride conversions for 2box DrumIt Five, 2box snare samples, e-sticks, Approved 2Box 32GB SDSC cards, extension cables, card mods and knowledge!
    Last edited by angr77; 01-09-21, 08:46 AM.
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    Earlier, there has been discussion that the reported speed of the card should be 80-90 MB/s and no more than that. Is that old information now?

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      To be honest - for the bigger 64GB SDXC cards...here could be a complete other story regarding speeds. I have not been testing this. My tested 64/128 cards are around 100 MB/s.

      The tests continues on the 2box forum.

      Best Regards

      Anders / www.zourman.com
      Pearl CrystalBeat and Sonor Safari, Roland CY-14/13R/15R/12CR,RT-10/30,BT-1,VH-11/12/13 & KD-10, Dingbat,Triggera D14, D11, ATV AD-h14, PCY-155, 120MHz MD with PS board, 2box 3/5/5MKII, dd4SE, Yamaha DTX502, Addictive Drums 2.1.19. All ADpaks, Microsoft Surface PRO, Macbook, Pearl Throne Thumper, Zourman HH & Ride Conv Kit www.zourman.com

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        Last edited by bucko0875; 01-12-21, 08:59 PM.

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