Major frustration (and so far waste of $60) with CF upgrade on 4th gen

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Chorny, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2012
    Bohemian California
    My 4th gen started to freeze up and my experience with these made me think the hard drive was starting to go, so I decided it was time to try the Compact Flash upgrade. Would love to get all this crap off my coffee table but this saga is dragging on a good month now . . .
    Using this card:
    And this adapter:

    I get it together, do the reset (toggle hold button, hold select and menu) and if connected to mac I get Apple and then do not connect for a while, if not connected just Apple, but either way I get the sad iPod with Apple support URL.
    I initially suspected the adapter, got them to send me another . . . then suspected the card. My only reader is in a Canon AIO printer-- can see it fine in system info, get info, Disk Utility, can verify it in Disk Utility, see that it's FAT-32 formatted, but it shows as read only, and all formatting options are grayed out. I contacted Transcend tech support and their first response was that it was probably a defective card as it should format right up in Disk Utility, so I RMA'd it and got my exchange today. Exactly same as previous-- read only, can't be formatted or modified.
    Reviews on Amazon can be found from others who had success with this adapter and this card and this gen of iPod-- so what's going on here?
    BTW when I put the HDD back in it works . . . something of an advantage here having a stock HDD on hand that's not completely dead, but only a minor help in terms of frustration. Any help, or clarifying questions appreciated (there is amazingly little discussion of this to be found on the web.)

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