WOW!!!! I would reply to EACH one of you one-by-one but I don't want to flood this thread... Thank you all SOOO much for all the help & comments!!!! Just wanted to post an update... I'll explain my reasoning, but I can say that sadly the MPC3000 is on it's way back to to original Guitar Center location I got it from... I stayed up last night just to give it one last swing based off all info I gathered & in the end I decided that it was best to just take it back before my 30 days ran out.... Maybe i'll revisit it again in the future once I have a bit more wiggle room & cash to spare... But in the end/after trying it every which way, I could not get my computer to read the MPC3000-formatted zip disk, nor could I get it to format one in the MPC3K format using the full version of MPC editor... Even though I would have gladly sampled individual sounds into it as needed (at least for kicks & snares), I just didn't want to have to "settle" for never having the ability to load sounds from a disk (especially given the fact that I spent just shy of a stack on it, which obviously nearly could have gotten me a Renaissance lol)... Also tried the MIDI SDS a few more times using some configuration tips from another forum (just tried to send a single 48KB snare through in .snd format, w/ 4 letters in the filename) & C6 just hung & once again never completed the transfer... I was done at that point.
After all the info I gathered from this forum & a couple others, I realized that I would have had to spend another $200-$500 (or slightly more) on CF flash readers+IDE>SCSI adapters+cabling/CF cards if I got 1 for the MPC AND one for the PC... & that's JUST to be able to load/transfer my drum sounds, which still quite possibly wouldn't be readable in Windows 7 64-bit... I could have tried to use Windows XP 32-bit for the job, & now that I think about it, I actually have another computer just sitting at the house that I believe has XP/32 on there... But even still, I just didn't wanna be bothered with all that... I know some ppl would disagree man, but to me it's just stupid to have to either A. spend $200-$500+ more dollars on 2 CF card readers (which may or may NOT work)+necessary accessories or B. have an entire older computer/os taking up precious space, solely dedicated to loading sounds to/from the MPC3000 (all because my brand new computer+OS won't read/format the MPC3000 zip disks using MPCEDITOR or what have you)...
More than anything tho, without official confirmation of whether or not a Windows 7 64-bit PC will read MPC3000-formatted CF cards, I just didn't wanna chance spending that kind of cash on 2 CF readers & STILL end up not being able to read the CF cards... So I took it back, cashed my refund check & got a... wait for it...... MPC2000XL.... LOL yup, tried & true... Clean, with 8 outs+internal zip, $337.89 shipped... Listen, I REALLY wanted a 4000... But I kid you not when I tell you that EVERY GC store I called w/ a used 4K in stock said that theirs had issues (but being the geniuses they are, they listed them for sale anyway & conveniently left off the star ratings :-\)... One even had NO hard drive (which meant no sounds), possibly TWO non-functional pads, PLUS a broken CD-rom & they still had the AUDACITY to list it for $799.99...
... Unbelievable... But its clear that the 4K must be somewhat more fragile than other models & it's BAFFLING to see so many lemons out there (especially after hearing so many ppl rave about them on here & elsewhere)... Guess that's why I tend to go for older gear since the build quality of most newer gear seemingly continues to go downhill.
Coulda grabbed a 4K on eBay for about the same price as what I paid for the 3K... I'm cool tho, i'll deal with the 2000XL 4 now... Call me crazy, but I might grab a 3K once again in the future if I can either A. get that damn Vailixi 3.5 OS or B. confirm that Win 7 64-bit WILL work with the CF cards... As for the 2KXL, I think i'll like it for what I need & from what i've read I think it should work out much better for me... Maybe not as thick as the 3000 from what several have said in this thread & elsewhere, but I got madd outboard gear (2 DBX 160X's, other compressors, enhancers, etc) & my boy stays 100% in the box (& his drums KNOCK)..... So I KNOW I can get mine to do the same, especially if I bribe him to show me a few more his mixing secrets LOL... But yea, i'm str8. PLUS i'm lookin at roughly an extra $425 in the wallet at this point & can use that for some other gear I need lol Thanks again, all