Ipod 6th gen 160GB hiccups

Discussion in 'iPod' started by blackfang, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. blackfang macrumors member


    Oct 7, 2014
    Bought an old iPod 6th gen 160GB the fatty one, and noticed that in an average of 15 mins of playing it has at least one slight hiccup, like takes a break for a sec and continues. I noticed the HDD is super noisy.

    I formatted the iPod before filling it in with almost 140GB of music

    Lemme share the HDD smart data:
    Retracts: 588
    Reallocs: 2
    Pending Sectors: 2
    PowerOn Hours: 627
    Start/Stops: 127

    What seems to be the cause?
  2. Ipod Collector macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2015
    Hey Blackfang,

    In simplest terms, the hdd is on it's way out the door.

    It's what happens to all of them, it's just a matter of time when.

    Honestly, if you knew a bit about it, you'd be better off just
    scrapping the hard drive and going completely solid state in it.
    The only pitfall you'd have is that since it's a 6th gen classic,
    it has a max capacity of 128gb's, unlike the 7th, which is good
    to at least 1tb. But, nevertheless, the good thing about it if
    you wanted to upgrade it you can use a 128gb SSD in it, which
    will give you a total of 119 available gb's after format. Another
    nice thing about the ipod you already have with the thick back,
    you could install a 1900mah extended life battery that will give
    you over 100 hours of play time on a single charge....wow!

    So, there is one minor set back which is the memory limitation,
    but minus that, it's still well worth it compared to just installing
    another hard drive. Total cost if you could do it yourself would
    be around $130 for the 3 parts you'd need in order to complete.
    You already have the thick back so the same headphone jack
    can be used. The battery will be snug but fits good. Here's
    the best part, like literally speaking, under normal operating
    conditions, you'd have an ipod that basically would be fully
    functional for at least the next 10 years, including life left
    back in the battery. This could even be an understatement,
    it's simply too early to tell as these mods have only recently
    begun, within around the last 2 years now. It's in one sense
    taking off now, in part because the price of memory is coming
    down. Add that to the fact that it's solid state and you have
    yourself a winning match.

    If you knew how to disassemble the ipod and/or capable of
    tearing it down you could possibly do it yourself and upgrade
    it to a SSD drive & a Tarkan iFlash SSD adapter board.
    It's all plug and play. When connected all back together
    you'll be prompted to restore.

    Check out the mod I built on this other thread I posted here:


    Tell me what you think of it. I'm in the process of doing more.

    If you want more info, feel free to message me. I'll get back with
    you as soon as possible. Have a good one !

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