iPod How much storage can I add to an older iPod?

jruschme

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I've got an iPod Color (4G) and a couple of Minis that I am thinking of upgrading with CF and/or SD. Anybody know what the limits are?

Sorry if this is a FAQ, but I can't seem to find solid answers via Google.
 

matthew2926

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For the limitations, I assume that you mean the maximum amount of memory that your iPod 4G and minis will recognize. Not sure about these limitations but below are some great instructables for the iPod 4G (Photo) and Minis. I have personally done the CF upgrade to my iPod Video as well as a Mini that I used to own, so I can tell you that overall the process isn't that hard as long as you are careful and gentle when working inside of the iPods. Let me know if you have any additional questions about these upgrades or need any help working through the process of upgrading. Also, if your battery in any of the iPods is starting to die, I recommend replacing them while you are doing this mod since you will already have the iPods open. Battery replacements are very easy and replacements are only a few bucks on eBay. Let me know if you have any questions!

iPod 4G (Photo) Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-your-4th-Gen-iPod-to-use-Flash-Memory/?ALLSTEPS

iPod Mini Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Ipod-mini-to-32gig-and-new-battery-without-scratch/?ALLSTEPS
 

jruschme

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Yes, I was mostly concerned about the maximum drive size.

I've seen one claim (not well documented) that the 4G/Photo/Color won't recognize anything above 60GB. Unfortunately, most of the articles detailing this upgrade date to when 32GB was a huge upgrade, so there seems to be little information about the older Classics and "big" drives (unlike the 7th Gen Classic which as been upgraded to 1 TB).

Thanks for the links.
 

Smellmet

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Are there any companies that will swap out the HD and battery on iPods? I'm not very confident doing it myself. I've got an 80GB classic that's still going strong but I know it won't last forever.
 

matthew2926

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Are there any companies that will swap out the HD and battery on iPods? I'm not very confident doing it myself. I've got an 80GB classic that's still going strong but I know it won't last forever.
Any iPod repair place should be able to do it. It's not that hard to do yourself but if your uncomfortable then take it to someone. The hardest part is opening the iPod but once you have that done, it's all just a matter of unplugging the old parts and plugging in the new ones. If you change your mind and want to try it yourself, HMU, I can walk you through the whole thing.
 

srshaw

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I've got an iPod Color (4G) and a couple of Minis that I am thinking of upgrading with CF and/or SD. Anybody know what the limits are?

Sorry if this is a FAQ, but I can't seem to find solid answers via Google.
I'm not sure If you found out but I have bought a 128gb sd card to try and put into an iPod photo (4g I think). I figured if it doesn't work then I'll just use it in my camera. My iPods broken so nothing really to lose.
 

xbpr

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I put a 64 GB Compact Flash card in my iPod Photo a while back. I had a hard time getting iTunes to see it at first, but after that, it's been pretty stable.
 

metrocon

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I just put a 128GB Compact Flash card in my old 60GB iPod Photo. I had to put it in disk mode to get iTunes to recognize and restore it, and needed the original Firewire cable/charger to finish the restore, but after that it has had no problems. Currently syncing music, 80GB has copied over so it doesn't seem like there is a 60GB size limit.
 
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