Ipod classic HD storage vs other Ipods FD storage?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by marc55, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    I thought I read that the Classic has a hard drive, and all the other ipods have flash drives; is that correct?

    If so, what are the benefits/drawbacks to the Classic's HD storage capability VS the other ipods? Will it last as long? Is it more susceptable to damage or crashing?

    Thank you
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2011
    Georgia, USA
    Yes, as of now, the Classic is the only iPod that uses a hard drive.

    Pros of a hard drive:
    - Cheaper
    - Variety of storage capacities - up to TBs

    Cons of a hard drive:
    - they're large
    - they have moving parts, which make them not wonderful for exercise, and they can be damaged easily that way.

    Pros of a flash storage drive:
    - no moving parts - ideal for exercise
    - not nearly as susceptible to damage

    Cons of a flash storage drive:
    - Expensive
    - limited storage capacities at a low price (<$100)
  3. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    Also I thought flash storage devices were faster. On computers I use Hard drives but with mobile devices I like having something with no moving parts like flash memory.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Of the 6 years of using hard drive based iPods and dropping each model several times I have only had one go out on me and it was a refurb unit. I've had:

    4th gen 20GB (traded in for the iPod video)
    5th gen video 60GB (stolen)
    5.5 gen video 80GB (lost)
    6th gen 160GB (taken back to the store due to all the firmware bugs at the time)
    6th gen 80GB (sold)
    5.5 gen video 80GB (refurb, this is the only hard drive iPod to fail me, replaced this one with a 240GB hard drive)
    6.5 gen 120GB (still using, dropped a dozen times, dented in the casing and still runs like a champ 3 years later)
    6.5 gen 160gb (got it for christmas last year, hasn't been used yet)

    I think the idea that the hard drive models are unreliable is bogus, it may have been true back in the earlier days but the later models (6th gen up) have much better shock absorption ratings than the older ones. Single platter models are more reliable than the dual platter models (the 5th gen 60GB, 5.5 gen 80GB and the 2007 iPod Classic 160GB).

    + hard drive models, ironically, sync data MUCH faster than any of the flash models
    + cheaper on a gigabyte to gigabyte basis over flash models

    - obviously moving parts due take the reliability rating down but as said I haven't had much of a problem.
    - "bulky" in comparison to flash models
  5. macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2011
    Georgia, USA
    Flash is faster, or at least it's supposed to be. My iPod classic is faster than my iPod touch on most occasions however. Maybe it's just because iOS can be so bloated at times.
  6. macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2004
    Northants, UK
    You can go running with the classic.

    When your next in a shop, shake the classic like a demented lunatic......still plays and dosn't skip.

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