Treo 8GB HDSC Memory Card Great On My 680 + Hack For Treo 700p
I have recently discovered that the Treo 680 natively supports the new 8GB SDHC cards (the Treo 700p also works via a simple hack) and naturally I just couldn’t wait to to get my hands on one and take it for a spin…
Over the years I have amassed quite a large collection of SD cards – the ones above are just ‘a few’ of these – which have been key to help me really enjoy the digital entertainment capabilities of my Treo – with music (Pocket Tunes Deluxe), movies & TV shows (CorePlayer), photos (SplashPhoto) audiobooks (Audible), ebooks and podcasts.
To date I have typically travelled with some ten SD cards (see The Joy of Large Capacity SD Cards) giving me close to 30GB of mobile storage but I will now very happily change this to four 8GB SDHC cards (the fact that their price keeps dropping and is now below $75 per unit at places like Newegg also makes it affordable). Another plus is that I am now finally able to put the _entire_ contents of my PC’s personal and business files (excluding music and movies) on just ONE 8GB card and access these on my Treo on the go (with DocumentsToGo and other applications) – absolutely amazing.
Getting started using an 8GB SDHC card with your Treo 680 simply requires you to insert it in the SD card slot. However, there are two things to note.
First, when you check Card Info in your Applications you will see that it will state that your card has 3602.4MB Free (image above left) instead of 7602.4MB but don’t worry as this is just a small reporting error and does not reflect the storage capacity that you have available – all applications on your Treo will have access to the full 8GB storage capacity. For example, in the image above right my card actually has 7044.3MB used but it only reports 3044.3MB.
Secondly, unless you have recently purchased an SD Card Reader that specifically works with the new SDHC cards you will be unable to use your old card reader to transfer files. I personally chose to get the small SanDisk MicroMate SDHC Card Reader (pictured here) which I like a lot and is backward-compatible to work with all previous SD cards that you might have. Some people have also reported some success using the Softick Card Export II software (which turns your Treo itself into a card reader) with SDHC cards but I personally prefer the simplicity of a standalone card reader.
Enabling the use of an 8GB SDHC card on your Treo 700p is a bit more complex but even a novice user should be able to do this within a couple of minutes. You’ll first need to:
- Download and install the free FileZ application (or a similar one such as the great Resco Explorer)
- Download but do NOT install and do NOT HotSync this SDIO-sdsd.prc file
- Have a standard (not SDHC) SD card of any size ready
- Have your new 8GB SDHC card ready
Then do the following:
- Copy the SDIO-sdsd.prc file to your standard SD card (not SDHC)
- Insert the standard SD card in your Treo 700p
- Open FileZ, browse to your SD card, select ‘Copy’ the SDIO-sdsd.prc file and ‘Paste’ it to your ‘Internal’ memory folder
- Exit the application and soft reset your Treo
After all this you should now also be perfectly able to use your new 8GB SDHC card with your Treo 700p.
It may not be ‘super’ easy to get started with these new 8GB SDHC cards but the fact is that our Treo is actually one of the very few devices out there that is actually able to even use them so I think that the small trouble and some patience is well worth the effort. To be honest I haven’t yet quite absorbed the fact that I now have an incredible 8GB on a single SD card on my Treo! Amazing…
Treonauts are always amazingly amazed…