Icy Box IB-MP301 HDD Media Player

Installation & Setup

Installation

Getting the IB-MP301 up and running couldn't be easier. Simply open the side of the unit by unscrewing the four large black screws and lift out the plastic side panel. Once inside you are presented with an IDE cable and a molex connector. These need to be connected to the hard disk you have chosen for the unit (in this case an 80gb Hitachi Deskstar).

Icy Box IB-MP301 Inside Icy Box IB-MP301 Hard Disk

Once you have re-assembled the unit, connect the power and USB leads. The Icy Box will first check the hard disk is installed and then perform a quick scan of the files on it. Once this is completed, the device will be detected under Windows as a standard hard disk.

If the hard disk you've installed is brand new, it will need to be formatted using the FAT32 file system. Unfortunately, due to an operating system limitation, Windows 2000 and above are only able to format up to 32GB when using FAT32 (see Microsoft KB article here). However, Raidsonic do have a DOS based utility that can be downloaded from their website (here) that allows the disk to be formatted up to its maximum size.


Setup

With the disk installed and formatted, you will then be able to transfer files to the Icy Box and access the main setup menu using the remote control. The following images have been taken directly of my LCD display with the IB-MP301 connected.

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IB-MP301 Setup IB-MP301 Setup

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IB-MP301 Setup IB-MP301 Setup

A comprehensive range of options are available under the 6 menu headers, and navigation around the menu's is easy using either the remote control or the directional buttons on the front of the unit. One thing I did find disappointing was the lack of any options to do with the installed hard disk. In my opinion it would be beneficial for users to be able to format the hard drive using the menu system and even check the current space left available on the device without needing to connect it to a PC.
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12-07-2007, 06:30:12

JN
"Looking for easy access to your MP3, video and image collections via your TV without the need for an expensive HTPC setup? Maybe Icy Box have the answer with their HDD Media Player."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...224003620s.jpg

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12-07-2007, 07:24:23

Rastalovich
Great read m8. All through the descriptions I kept stopping and thinking "hmm ageing tech.." - then getting to the end and seeing the price tag, it`s pretty decent.

I couldn`t see myself buying it to house my DVD collection, as frankly it wouldn`t fit (limiting to 500g), but I could however see myself filling it with all music, photos/pictures and maybe music videos. Even tho that`d probably only take perhaps a safe 200g.

For the price I think it`s great, not a movie thing for me tho.Quote

12-07-2007, 07:32:27

JN
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Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'

I couldn`t see myself buying it to house my DVD collection, as frankly it wouldn`t fit (limiting to 500g), but I could however see myself filling it with all music, photos/pictures and maybe music videos. Even tho that`d probably only take perhaps a safe 200g.
Yeah agreed. In all honesty I can see it appealing more to people who download things like episodes of Lost, 24, Simpsons etc off the net (note: I don't condone this!) and just want to be able to watch it on a big screen without faffing around burning it to disks.Quote
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