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Old 05-01-2015, 10:42 PM
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DIY Upgrade Navigation CIC Hard Drive to SSD Solid State Drive

I have been planning to replace the sluggish Toshiba 4200rpm mechanical drive to SSD on my 2011 X5D and finally completed the project.
The speed improvement is great. The upgrade is well worth
Pros:
- instant boot when you start the vehicle, no more BMW logo hanging on screen for 10 sec
- no more waiting for mechanical drive to spin and find the data
- Navigation is much more responsive, finds addresses quickly, faster zoom-in and zoom out
- noiseless
- shockproof
- low power usage

I decided to create this DIY for anyone who wants do this project and turbo charge the CIC
It's for BMW X5 E70 but it would work for other models as well

What you need
- 128GB ATA-6 / PATA SSD - I got ZHEINO SDD of eBay for $92 shipped
- ATA-6 / PATA to USB adapter
- hard drive clone software - I used Partition Hard Disk Manager 15
- regular phillips screw driver
- flat screw driver
- Torx T9 screw driver
- plastic pry tool /optional/ - I used my fingers

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You have to do bit by bit copy. They use their own specific file system and 1:1 mirror clone is the only option to have working drive after that. I wish I could expand the 12.7GB Music Storage partition but I didn't find a way to do it. As you can see there are 43.4GB left unused on the SSD

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Use your fingers or plastic pry tool to lift the bottom of the ventilation exhaust and pull it up out of place

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Step 1 - remove the two phillips screws
Step 2 - gently pull the plastic frame towards you and slowly pry out both sides to the bottom

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Remove the two Torx T9 screws holding the HDD tray

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With a flat screw driver carefully pry both sides little by little

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Pull out the HDD tray

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Remove the four Torx T9 screws holding the HDD in tray

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Install SDD in tray and replace the four T9 screws
!!! IMPORTANT !!! - Remove the jumper before you slide the tray in

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Slide the tray gently into place, don't force it hard at the end - go very slow

Install everything back in opposite order
- Torx screws
- frame
- phillips screws
- ventilation exhaust

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Navigation loaded from SDD, old 4200rpm mechanical HDD retired /keep it as a backup/
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:21 AM
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WOW...thats a GREAT upgrade. What is the size of the Toshiba HDD you removed? Thanks.
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:00 AM
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That's a great little mod!!! Great write up. SSD FTW!
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:24 AM
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Thanks!
Re music partition, it won't allow you to expand it after the copy process is complete?
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:44 AM
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WOW...thats a GREAT upgrade. What is the size of the Toshiba HDD you removed? Thanks.
It's 80GB Toshiba 4200rpm, slow spin, slow seek time, slow data transfer

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Thanks!
Re music partition, it won't allow you to expand it after the copy process is complete?
No because when the software doesn't recognize the file system the re-size option is not available
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:59 AM
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How about doing the same mod an an NBT, but of course with a larger SSD?
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:33 AM
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:59 AM
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Excellent upgrade and info/pictures!! I didnt know the drive was right there (always thought it was hidden deep somewhere!) Maybe I'll have to try this mod too soon!!
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:03 AM
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How about doing the same mod an an NBT, but of course with a larger SSD?
Blame me but don't know what is NBT
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:24 AM
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NBT is CIC's successor.
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:02 AM
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NBT is CIC's successor.
As long as they use regular 2.5" HDD you can do the upgrade
From quick research it shows that they use Toshiba 200GB Model MK2060GSC which is SATA interface /you still have to take it out and check it before you order SSD/
Once you confirm the interface and the size you most likely have to get 250GB SATA SSD
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:24 AM
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Hmm, I'm wonder if you could use an mSATA SSD drive and then a mSATA to PATA 2.5" converter. mSATA drives are cheaper and faster and the converter would make it interface compatible. 128GB mSATA is less then $70 for a name brand, the converter not a name brand but under $10.
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:28 AM
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Oh, since the system uses QNX, I'd expect it to use the QNX4 filesystem.
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:53 AM
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What a fantastic upgrade! I can't believe BMW was using 4200 rpm hard drive.
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Old 05-02-2015, 12:20 PM
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Almost all of the HDD based systems use the 4200 RPM drive. So BMW is not alone here. There are a few reasons and in no particular order
1) Cheaper
2) Reliability
3) Vibration handling

The drives used are designed to be used where there are more vibration than say a laptop sitting on a desk. Part of making them work in environment is slower rotational speed. Faster just means more problems.

Could manufacturers of used a 7200 RPM drive? Sure, but the warranty would have been voided as the drive was used in a non-approved way.
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What a fantastic upgrade! I can't believe BMW was using 4200 rpm hard drive.
True that!
Wonder what would be their explanation, may be the gyroscopic effects of the spinning disk platters on driving dynamics
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Awesome. I swapped out HD's in a couple Macs with SSD drives and it was a huge speed improvement, so makes sense IDrive would be more snappy.

Wonder if that'd void warranty - original and/or extended - for any related electronic or navigational systems that interact with IDrive?
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Old 05-02-2015, 12:34 PM
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They would need to prove that the alteration caused the failure. The screen failing has nothing to do with the drive being replaced unless you put it back together wrong. Just never admit you replaced the drive, the previous owner could have done it.
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Old 05-02-2015, 12:38 PM
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This is great, thank you so much for documenting it and sharing!
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:23 AM
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Awesome. I swapped out HD's in a couple Macs with SSD drives and it was a huge speed improvement, so makes sense IDrive would be more snappy.

Wonder if that'd void warranty - original and/or extended - for any related electronic or navigational systems that interact with IDrive?
Make sure you enable the TRIM support on Macs because when using non Apple SSD the Mac OS X cannot recognize the hardware and turns this option is off. If you don't enable it in 4-5 months the drive will become very slow and will eventually stop working
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This is awesome and you did an outstanding job of #1 Thinking of doing this, and #2 Doing it and documenting it the way you did.

Obviously you need to copy the data from the existing drive and then load it to the new SSD drive.

Anything to watch out for here or potential 'gotchas' with this process. I only ask as I know with BMW most everything is coded to the car in some form or fashion.

With that said, one could actually perform a service to customers. Once you have a current drive file, I'm guessing you could pre-load it to SSD's and ship them out to customers with the simple instructions on how to change out the drive. -Just a thought................

Lastly, Thank you!
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Since map data is in there and the FSC code is tied to a VIN, it may not work they way you think it will. Also, any settings you have set or destinations, etc. would all be in the cloned drive. So, it could cause more issues by doing that.
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Awesome. I swapped out HD's in a couple Macs with SSD drives and it was a huge speed improvement, so makes sense IDrive would be more snappy.
I remember swapping in a SSD in my circa-2010 MacBook Pro a few years ago. The difference was night and day.

It's nice to see SSDs go completely mainstream. They're basically in every mid to high-end laptop/ultrabook. Can't wait for prices to get lower. I remember spending $500 to spec a larger SSD on the retina Pro back in 2012.
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Since map data is in there and the FSC code is tied to a VIN, it may not work they way you think it will. Also, any settings you have set or destinations, etc. would all be in the cloned drive. So, it could cause more issues by doing that.
As long as you do a complete drive clone (block by block), there shouldn't be any issues. The key is to find (and use) proper cloning software. If the cloning process stops at any point, it is best to wipe the SSD and start all over again.

For OS X, the best cloning software I've found is SuperDuper.
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