Finished 256GB upgrade of 2nd gen iPod Mini (See Pics)

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  1. noodles5666, Jan 31, 2015
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    noodles5666 macrumors regular

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    Well finally finished my Mini upgrade. Currently have over 15,000 tracks on it and only using my db file is only at 28.5MB. Getting an average of at least 20 hours straight play time.

    1 Used 2G iPod Mini 4GB
    1 Tarkan CF-SDXC Adapter
    1 PNY 256GB SDXC
    1 Custom made 256GB 1G iPod Mini housing

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  2. studIOS5 macrumors 6502a

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    Bravo! That looks fantastic. What alterations did you have to do to the housing to make that work if you don't mind me asking. There's just something great about a bare bones straight to the point music player that just makes sense for some people. The click wheel is just awesome for navigating menus as well.

    Great Jon though! And thanks for sharing :apple:#
     
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  4. noodles5666 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I bought a used 2G 4GB Mini off of eBay. I then took the Tarkan CF-SDXC adapter and a PNY 256GB SDXC and replaced the 4GB Microdrive. I also replaced the clickwheel as it was scratched up. I have an issue with my devices not looking like they were new. The only alterations I did to the housing would be the 256GB engraving on the back. The Tarkan adapter is plug and play.
     
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    Nice! Ill be putting this on the wish list
     
  6. rgarjr, Jan 31, 2015
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    I didn't know the Tarkan board can also fit the iPod mini. How much was the new casing?

    Did u have to use a different ribbon cable?
     
  7. noodles5666 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The Tarkan CF-SDXC adapter plugs n play as the Microdrive is the same as it is CF Type II.

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  8. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I see what u mean now. You don't need the board just that seperate box which is the CF to SDXC. You using OEM spec battery or more power one?
     
  9. noodles5666 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Correct. Tarkan sells just the CF-SDXC adapter for $18.
     
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  12. noodles5666 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So testing has been done and it looks like the Mini 2G can handle about 25,000 songs and have a 30.5MB iTunesdb file. I am waiting for Amazon to get the Sandisk 512GB SDXC to test it in the Mini with ALAC files. I love the SQ the Mini puts out.
     
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    $600
     
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    I bought a used blue one the other day on eBay. Battery is shot, probably the original one. Microdrive also doesn't work, so waiting on some parts to repair.
     
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    Wow... you are a true Head-Fi'er.:eek:
     
  17. noodles5666 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ???
     
  18. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I must say, the audio from the Mini really does sound good. Nice and crisp.
     
  19. jruschme macrumors 6502

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    What's the saying over on Head-Fi? "Welcome to Head-Fi. Sorry about your wallet."

    Building a 512GB iPod Mini, even just as a test, pushes it right through Budget-Fi into the upper reaches of Mid-Fi and beyond.

    My comment was meant as a testimony to your dedication.
     
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  21. noodles5666 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah...yeah. I'm going to test it in the Mini but will eventually be my drive for my 7.5G Classic.
     
  22. Ipod Collector macrumors member

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    Those are some nice fresh mods he's doing there.....

    Thanks for posting that link, one mad Russian,
    even though now you got mind on more than just
    what I already had going on on my end.

    Now I want this capacitor/filter done to my 5.5g
    motherboard with the 64mb dbfile on it. I actually
    already messaged RSF to ask him if he'd like to do
    an upgrade to my board for me. I told him I could
    do it myself if he'd help me out a bit or I'll send
    him the board for him to do himself, whichever
    way works for me. But if he's comfortable doing
    it himself, I'm more than happy to pay him to do it :)

    Oh, and noodles, nice mod on the mini, that's fresh.
    And yes, the mini's definitely have a nice crisp sound
    to them, especially when using the dock output on it.

    I like to use my ipod at work during the day.
    I have a bose dock I use it on. I bought a Kokkia
    30 pin dock bluetooth adapter a couple of months
    ago and I simply can't get enough of it. It's a little
    rough on the battery usage but no biggie, there's
    always a plug around to charge her back up.
    I'm using a 900Mah battery in it, but with it being
    modded to a 256gb SSD and using bluetooth along
    with it, I guess I can say I'm pretty happy at getting
    10-12 hours worth of play on one charge.
    Not too shabby anyways.

    I also have another mod I just completed this past week
    after I received my SSD adapter boards I ordered from Tarkan.

    It's a 7.5G Ipod Classic 256GB mod. (I could have went
    the 512GB or 1TB route, but opted for the 256gb for
    the time being with this one.)

    I did this mod with a gold faceplate, red clickwheel,
    gold center button, thick gold U2 back plate, a 7.5G
    motherboard (7th gen thin 160gb board), a Tarkan
    SSD iFlash adapter, Samsung PM851 256GB SSD,
    and lastly a 1900mah battery, (which is why I went
    with the thick back plate with this one. With this
    battery it's a tight fit, but pretty much a perfect
    fit at that.)

    Here's some pics, let me know what you all think of it...
     

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  23. Ipod Collector, Feb 13, 2015
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    Hey all

    Hey Noodles,

    Nice job on the mini-mod !!

    I just wanted to ask a couple questions
    about your mods you have done thus far.

    Have you used an SD card & tarkan adapter on a 7.5g mb yet ?
    If so, what memory size and SD are you using on ?
    Are or did you use the same sized factory ipod battery ?
    Do you have an idea of how many hours of playtime you
    can net off of one full charge on it ? Ever measured it ?

    I've used compact flash in the mini's before,
    but that's about as far as I got as far as the mini's go.
    I honestly think I still have around a dozen or so mini's
    around here, most in great to excellent condition.

    I bought many mini's back in the day where most only need
    a new battery. Eh, I still have a box of around 17 brand new
    seagate 5gb minidrives. I think I paid like $22 for a box of 20
    of them like 7 years ago. I used 3, and as you already know,
    they're pretty much obsolete though ;(

    But anyhoo, just interested to know how well the sd cards
    work in them and/or how long you've been using it with an
    sd card in it.

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  24. Ipod Collector macrumors member

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    ipod moddin'

    This is some of the other stuff I've learned lately from
    messing around with these mods. I originally bought 10
    of these generic zif to ssd adapter boards on ebay,
    I got 10 of em for $46 to use for mods until I ran into
    Tarkan.

    My first mod was a 5g with a mb with 32mb dbfile.
    It didn't dawn on me until after I did a bit more
    research about the buffer sizes on em. I had read
    about this long but had been some time and forgot.
    I pretty much got the refresher course I was looking for.

    I used the generic adapter first on this 5g with a 256gb
    ssd. It was basically plug and play, it synced and worked.
    I think after a couple of times of loading onto it, it got
    buggy and more less suffered from PCL (power consumption
    loss). This is when I then realized I was running it off of
    a 480mah battery, I was like Doh! So I broke out a 900mah
    battery, installed it in hopes that it wouldn't break the lcd.
    It didn't (whew, that was close) and after restoring it
    and reloading, I tested it for about a week. It works, but
    sometimes it would still freeze up and I had to do a hard
    reboot. This is when I then decided to break out a 5.5g
    board with 64mb dbfile in another of the same type of
    mod with a 256gb Samsung SSD, generic adapter and
    900mah battery. Restored it, synced it and have been
    testing/using for a little over a month now without a
    single issue. A majority of the time after I shut it down
    for the night and use it the next day, it goes right back
    on, no reboot necessary. Nice. I've been using it with
    a Kokkia bluetooth transmitter plugged into the dock
    to a bose sounddock and it's been working great.
    I use it at the job and I have some folks that really
    love it, not to mention enjoy listening to it :)
     
  25. noodles5666 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have another thread for my 7.5G iPod Classic with all my mods.
     

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