Exchange tips and tricks for the Akai MPC4000
By JamieOxford Thu Nov 03, 2022 10:39 pm
I picked up a Z8 today but it has no hard drive or HDD cables inside.

Just wondering if there's a particular spec that the IDE ribbon cable has to be to work? Or is it just 40 pin male to female?
Also, does anyone know what power cable it takes from the CPU board to the hard drive? I found this which looks correct:

I'll be installing an SSD using the Startech IDE2SAT2 (as I've done in another Z4 & 4k) and hoping to install a removable SSD caddy for it too:

I might also try one of these to see if the Z8 will work with two SSDs:
By JamieOxford Fri Nov 11, 2022 10:39 pm
An update on this:

The 4 pin connector looks to be a non standard part and is proving hard to find! Molex connectors don't fit too well and don't lock in, so not great for a touring setup.

If anyone can help identify the connector used, it'd be super helpful! The pictures below are from my other Z4.

(Also the ribbon cable required is a 40 pin female to female lead, and the Icybox enclosure works great - though I'm yet to try running multiple drives).