Hi Ted, I agree with you and having a back drive would be a good idea.Hi Saul,
Way awesome man that you have been able to share the cloning procedure. IMO having a clone image saved can only be a a GREAT safety feature from any other kind of future PCM failure, so even as a preventative measure worth doing !!
A few questions please:
1) Have you performed this cloning, and if so, did you notice PCM general speed improvements? I would think loading mp3,GUI, maybe maps etc, has to be way faster , as an SSD is waaaaaay faster than Sata in general.
2) Your drive selection, is 120G, is that the Max the QNC O/S can Address, can we go bigger? The suggested drive is $22.00 , is it the best quality? I would make multiple copies of this at once.....but would want to use only the best SSD drive.
What are the “compatibility” requirements when searching for the SSD ?
3) Once complete, say you are under warranty, and there is a PCM update campaign, do you see any problems from dealer with update or this drive would be “invisible” ?
4)Do you have NAV on your system ? Does the clone move all this dataover ? Are the maps NAV firmware saved or pulled down continually?
Thanks once again man.
Now to figure out how to pull the PCM out
2016 Macan T
To answer your questions. I did not replace the drive myself. I learned this method from a 911 Owner with the same PCM 3.1 but he had let the PCM go in a reset loop for weeks so the PCM drive ended up going corrupt and having bad clusters to where resetting did not work. The drive i listed is the same one he sent me a link for but did not comment on improvements. A lot of Cayenne owner have been doing this upgrade to SSD drives so it is not an uncommon upgrade and many recommend it in fact.
Many use SATA HDD or SSD Drives (minimum 100GB HDD or 120GB SSD ) 2.5 inch 'laptop size') Early PCM3.x systems i believe use PATA disks which may be the reason why this is happening to begin with since in today's industry standards car manufacturers use
SSDs/HDDs because they handle extreme climates very well.
I personally notice improvements on my own PCM simply by resetting. I was having a bit of issues where it was freezing or it would slow down an even freeze to the point it would reboot. All that is working smoothly and i feel like doing a soft reset here and there can fix almost all PCM issues since it isn't a bad habit to do on phones or computers. The PCM is no different. I have read it fixes most Bluetooth and XM Issues as well.
I am pretty sure upgrading the drive can be done but i wouldn't go too much higher than OEM as most manufacturers enhance their OS to keep up with a specific range. Also the larger the drive, the harder the OS has to work to archive and scan through all the files. We have to be mindful that while upgrading the drive, you are still working with an older OS with limited amount of RAM and processing power.
I am not under warranty anymore. I am pretty sure upgrading your drive would void your warranty as it is something a dealer did not do and i highly doubt dealers would do this type of hard drive upgrade. From what i've seen in all forums is that they simply replace the entire PCM under warranty and i have seen many people having to go back multiple times to get them replaced more than once.
If anyone is still under warranty. I would just suggest follow the video to learn how to do a soft reset and if it continues to do a full handover reset. If caught in the resetting loop, do not wait too long to do handover reset or it may trigger the drive to corrupt files, clusters or even worse corrupt the drive and at this point a dealer warranty replacement is a must. If outside of warranty, then the DIY Drive cloning would be the least expensive
From what i have seen is that it became so common that they actually had to send an official email with a common hard reset instruction since many warranty claims were just PCM's that had corrupted files or were resetting because owners did not know how to do a simple maintenance soft reset to clear the cache of their PCM's.
In my opinion they should had also included the soft reset instructions in that email. As this will improve the interface speed and fix most small issues that lead to the final resetting loop.
Lastly, yes i do have Navigation and the handover reset will delete all user data. Now if you are referring to when cloning the drive. The answer is yes as the first step before cloning is to do a handover reset as you are trying to minimize the amount of corrupted files before cloning and hoping the OS and booting files did not get affected by the hard drive crashing.