View Full Version : Old school meets new school...1G iPod with Compact Flash

Jul 20, 2009, 07:22 PM
So I recently got my hands on a pretty banged up (but fully functional) 1st generation iPod (the headphone jack is even intact!)

I have been reconditioning an old faceplate to fit on it and working some dents out of the back.

I figured, as long as I was inside, I would put in a new battery.

However, now that I've gotten inside, I thought about taking out that hard drive!

Is this a possible modification?

I have come across a few different listings for 1.8" IDE Toshiba hard drive to CF converters. Does anyone have any experience with these/know if they work?

Here are some examples:


Any thoughts on if it will work. For the $4.00 everyone seems to be asking I really want to give it a try...but if there is no way it will work, I might as well save my $4, haha.

Thanks, any input on this would be greatly apprecaited :-D

Jul 21, 2009, 01:12 AM
Yes this has been done many times (http://www.engadget.com/2007/04/03/add-compact-flash-to-almost-any-ipod/).

(that's just one of many links)

From what I understand, you just need to research an make sure the CF card you buy is compatible. I bought 2 of the adapters on ebay for $10, but haven't gotten around to doing it yet.

Jul 21, 2009, 07:58 AM
A very classic project. Just be careful with the ipod's internals.

Jul 21, 2009, 08:05 AM
Ill be doing this to the iPod Mini when 64GB CF become cheaper.

Jul 21, 2009, 10:34 AM
...and I did my research before asking, but I wanted to check with the experts ;-)

I still a bit confused as to which part I can use. I have never heard of anyone doing this with a first gen iPod. Furthermore, I just recieved an email from that eBay seller informing me that the part I listed will NOT work.

Where did you purchase the two $10 eBay adapters?

Are the internals (that matter for this project) the same as the other iPods? I hav read several reviews of this done on 4G and 3G iPods, but never on the 1G.

Thanks again, guys!

Jul 23, 2009, 09:33 AM

Jul 28, 2009, 05:45 PM
It's funny because I'm trying to do this exact same thing with someone who wants to keep the first gen but play music again. Let me know how it works, I wish it was compact flash compatible like the mini, if I get to it first, I'll let you know.

Jul 28, 2009, 06:10 PM
i has 64gb iPod mini