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Old Dec 9, 2010, 10:31 AM   #1
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ipod Classic and SSD retrofit

Has anyone here fitted an SSD to their iPod classic? I see 1.8" SSD's available all the way to 256 GB in size. They all have a SATA interface though. I know the older iPod's used PATA drives, I don't know about the newer ones. Anyone know?

I have a huge music collection. Many hundreds of CD's. I keep them all stored in iTunes in Apple Lossless format. I have the 160 GB iPod, but it isn't big enough. It would be awesome if I could stick a 256 GB SSD in there, that would be big enough, plus it would make the device more shock resistant and durable.
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 08:43 AM   #2
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So nobody knows whether or not the 160 GB iPod Classic uses a PATA or a SATA drive?
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 08:59 AM   #3
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According to

http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/10/t...y-for-kirfers/

it's a PATA drive inside.
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 09:18 AM   #4
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it's a PATA drive inside.
Good info, thanks!

Looks like a no-go then. Every 1.8" SSD I can find is SATA.

Prediction: iPod Classic stays unrefreshed for another year or so, until it is replaced by iPod Classic SSD model, in 128 GB and 256 GB capacities.
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 12:12 PM   #5
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Good info, thanks!

Looks like a no-go then. Every 1.8" SSD I can find is SATA.

Prediction: iPod Classic stays unrefreshed for another year or so, until it is replaced by iPod Classic SSD model, in 128 GB and 256 GB capacities.
Hint. MBAs use(d) a 1.8" PATA SSD.
http://www.activemp.com/SSD/18-IDE-P...SD-upgrade.htm

Price is a bit inibitive; 128GB = $369.99 Would cost less to get a whole new iPod lol.
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 12:15 PM   #6
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Hint. MBAs use(d) a 1.8" PATA SSD.
http://www.activemp.com/SSD/18-IDE-P...SD-upgrade.htm

Price is a bit inibitive; 128GB = $369.99 Would cost less to get a whole new iPod lol.
Nice find! It's true, SSD is not for cheapskates and price-shoppers.
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Old Dec 11, 2010, 06:05 AM   #8
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I've think that the latest ipod classic uses ce-ata interface. And the motherboard is also compatible with pata if you get an cable from an ipod 5.5G.
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Old Dec 12, 2010, 10:49 PM   #9
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It'd be more cost effective to just upgrade the hard drive to 240GB [I think there was a 320GB at one time] if you have a old 2007 160gb classic, 5G 60GB, or 5.5G 80GB.

Though there is a guy on this board I believe that did swap out the hard drive for a SSD and he loved it.

I took my 5.5 gen 80GB with a broken hard drive and swapped it out with a 240GB drive, but due to limitations in the firmware [no artists listed in song lists, no quick shortcuts like the latest 120GB - 2008/160GB - 2009/2010 classic models] I chose to use it for my iTunes videos so I can watch them on my TV and still use my 2008 120GB classic for my main music player.
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