Alesis Masterlink ML-9600 Hard Drive Upgrade

A mastering studio needed the hard drive upgrading in their Alesis Masterlink. Unfortunately, as these units are quite old now, the maximum hard disk size they will accept is 32GB, and it proved impossible to source a drive with a capacity lower than 40GB. This is not a major issue, however, as a number of drives will allow you to limit their capacity to 32GB with a jumper setting. The only problem was that the lowest capacity drive that we could source that supported this feature was a 160GB Seagate Barracuda. Disassembling the unit is pretty straight forward, firstly removing the rack ears then the screws that hold the cover in place. There is a post on this procedure here.

The only thing to note is that the drive needs to have a jumper set to ‘Master’ as well as the ‘limit to 32GB capacity’ jumper, so if anyone is attempting this themselves you may need an extra jumper as drives are often only shipped with one.