Can I upgrade my IPODs Hard drive?

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  1. DavidCL23 macrumors 6502

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    Can I upgrade my IPODs Hard drive?
    I currently own the 5gb model and I don't care too much about voiding the warranty, what I really want is a 40gb+ ipod (for mp3s and HDD). Would a standard travelstar 40gn (2.5inch drive not 1.8inch) drive fit inside my ipod case, would I have to remove the back, and if so what should I place there instead, any clever suggestions (besides tape!). I really don't mind taking the whole thing apart and throwing out the back metal if need be.
    Please include hints tips etc... Would the plugs be the same for the travelstar and the current HDD in the ipod (when I was researching that point I heard many contradictory opinions)
     
  2. DavidCL23 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Also, do you think a fast, but large hard drive would work in the ipod, like the ibm travelstar 32gh, or 48gh? (the 60gh is not worth the extra money)
     
  3. macstudent macrumors 6502

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    The size difference obviously wouldn't allow it to work.
     
  4. Choppaface macrumors 65816

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    maybe you could rip out everything but the hard drive, take that apart, and hook it up to a western digital caviar :D :D :D
     
  5. Beej macrumors 68020

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    I haven't been looking, but I haven't even heard of anyone who's managed to open an iPod.
     
  6. Beej macrumors 68020

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    Oh wait, yeah I have... Macworld Australia managed to rip the back of the iPod off by dropping it onto the road while traveling at 40kmph (from memory).

    As you do.
     
  7. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    you can take the back off of the iPod quite easily, actually.. but you just have to be VERY VERY careful... I've heard of many people doing this (obviously you haven't been reading much at iPoding.com... they just love to take their iPods apart!!)

    And, going back to the main question, I've only heard of people replacing the hard-drives with either the 10-gig or the 20-gig drive from Toshiba (the same company which made the one used in the iPod).. so I don't know if it will work or not....




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  8. Beej macrumors 68020

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    Well there you go. Just goes to show how much I know about mutilating iPods!

    I think I'll leave this thread to people who know what they're talking about :)
     
  9. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    I hope that's not standard procedure... :D
     

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