Ipod Classic 7th gen 256gb Samsung SSD Mod - Gold!

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  1. Ipod Collector macrumors member

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    Here's pics of 2 of the ipods I've just modded to a
    Samsung 256gb ssd, Tarken iFlash SSD adapter board
    and 1900mah extended life battery, capable of more
    than 100+ hours of playtime off of one charge.

    Which one you guys like better and your opinion of it....
     

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  2. vantt1 macrumors member

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    Black click wheel>red, but I personally don't like that gold housing...

    Any possibility of modding one with a silver front, black click wheel and a non-U2 back?
     
  3. Ipod Collector thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I can pretty much mod it in any color/back plate combination,
    but in order to use the extended life battery I'd have to use the
    thicker back, which is better to use when going the ssd route.
    The bigger battery helps eliminate any stability issues.

    If you were personally interested in a mod, private message me
    and we can go from there. Thanks!
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I like how the silver faceplate looks with a black ClickWheel and silver center button. I've ordered some parts to do that for mine.
     
  5. Ipod Collector thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey rgarjr, how you doin ?

    That is a nice subtle color combination, too.

    I've done that one before. Might do a couple like that again.

    I couldn't beat the price this guy gave me for the gold fronts
    and backs. I ordered a bulk lot of 30 of them apiece.
    I've built 10 so far, 20 more to go.

    I just got done ordering 25 black clickwheels for the 7th
    while I could get em for the price I did. Even though there
    might be a lot of stock out there for the 7th's still, I think
    the price is going to rise on parts before it comes down,
    especially if their new parts and do go out of production,
    you know ? Eh, either way I'll end up using them for
    something. If not, they paid for themselves, not to mention
    that the hobby of it all in itself is worth it to me, fun shht.

    But yeah R, that's a good color combination, too.
    I'd actually like to get my hands on some of the black
    chrome backs once I take a moment to see if there
    are any out there still. I did one of them up on my
    buddies 120gb when he dropped it and busted the
    screen. He's got the charcoal colored dark grey 7th.
    I found a u2 black chrome online and bought that
    to replace the original back with. I told him I was
    going to more than likely have to change the back
    depending on if I could take it off without jacking
    it up. Well I did get it off easy, but changed back
    anyways and he loved it. That was almost 3 years
    ago now. He still uses it today at work. But yeah,
    cool shht.
     
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Yeah sounds like you got some good deals buying bulk. Do you have any photos of the ones you built with the black click wheels and silver face? I also ordered the black U2 back, I never seen them up in person so, why not.
     
  7. Ipod Collector thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey R,

    As of lately I haven't done up any in that color combination,
    I got the clickwheels, center buttons and front faces for em,
    I need to order some thick back plates if I go the ssd mSata
    route with them.

    I was testing out playtimes on a full charge on a brand new
    original 650mah thin back battery versus a 850mah thick
    back battery and this 1900mah battery, each on a 256gb
    samsung msata drive to try to get a better idea of what
    type of rear case to go with, thin or thick.

    Respectively I got a bit over 27 hours on the 650mah,
    almost 35 hours on the 850mah and, as expected with
    the 1900mah battery, over 100+ hours straight.
    It actually went a bit over 110 hours, but that was just
    straight play time from fully charged till they died on their own.
    I had the volume at around 2/3's of the way up.

    But I think if I can continue to get a decent price on
    the big batteries that I'd rather go that route in a
    custom mod to avoid as much stability issues that
    might be related to power issues with them,
    especially after some time. I figure with the big
    battery in it, it will be a good time to come before
    it would need to be replaced, hence (ugh) at having
    to open it. My main thing is trying not to scratch em
    if I plan on reusing, you know.

    Ok, blah blah blah, long winded that I am....

    Pic of rendition included below. HB
     

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  8. vantt1 macrumors member

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    When I still had my Classic (which I got pretty much for free - I just needed to replace the hard drive and LCD), I covered the steel back with carbon fiber vinyl. I wish I hadn't sold it :(

    gALLRWQ.jpg hxCp52m.jpg
     
  9. frifra macrumors 6502a

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    That looks quite nice. And the older ones are easier to mod/repair than the new ones.
     
  10. noodles5666 macrumors regular

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    I just modded my 7.5G to the 5.5G housing. My iPod is now light as a feather!!!
     
  11. rgarjr, Mar 13, 2015
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    rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Here's my 7G Classic Silver and Black with Tarkan iFlash mSATA board and 512GB SSD.

    [​IMG]
     

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  12. MH01 macrumors G4

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    Nice. Though still prefer the red/black of the original U2
     
  13. vmaniqui macrumors 6502a

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    nice. a really awesome upgrade. i checked SSD and for the 256GB it's still quite prohibitive. $338 wow. that's one of the reason i went with the HDD. hope this my hdd last for a very long time.
     
  14. Dangerbird77 macrumors newbie

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    Hey all,

    I have been trying to get this mod working, but continuosly fail. I have a 5th gen Ipod that I'm trying to get the Samsung 256gb 840 evo SSD drive to work with. I have tried formating with FAT32 before install but the computer won't recognize the device. I have tried with the SSD unformatted, same thing. I have tried another 5th gen ipod, same. I've tried making a Y cable to provide more power. No luck. The ssd works fine outside of the ipod. I can stick it in a USB adapter and it works great. I've tried using different computers. I can only conclude I'm doing something wrong. But I can't figure out what it might be. Any help/advice would be appreciated.
     
  15. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    you don't mention what the iPod does when you have the 840 EVO in there.
     
  16. Dangerbird77 macrumors newbie

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    when I have the drive in the Ipod, it comes up Low Battery. I can get it in Disk drive mode but that doesn't seem to help. The batteries are fully charged, and I have my Y cable plugged in for additional power. But itunes will never recognize it when it is plugged in. If I put the old Ipod drive in, everything seems to work as normal.
     
  17. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Have u tried a different ribbon cable? Check and re-seat the ribbon cable on both ends. Which adapter do u have
     
  18. Dangerbird77 macrumors newbie

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    I've replaced all of the cables and adapters. I've replaced my SSD to Zif adapter. When I used the other iPod the only thing in common was the SSD drive. I keep thinking the drive is needing more power, but I have read others gave had success with this drive.
     
  19. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    So you're using a generic adapter or Tarkans adapter? Tarkan has mentioned that the generic ones have cheap ZIF connectors and don't grasp the ribbon well.
     
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  21. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    How easy would you say is it to mod an iPod. I don't have experience with this I have a classic 160gb I'd be curious how to do the mod. OP are you selling any of these?
     
  22. vmaniqui macrumors 6502a

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    it's pretty easy but the hardest part is opening the ipod classic. watch all the you tube videos you can watch regarding opening an ipod classic 6th/7th gen. once it's opened, it's pretty easy.....
     
  23. Ipod Collector 2 macrumors member

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    Hey all who remember me. I had 2 create a new account. Forgot password to old account,
    tried to make new password for old account and somehow I could not get new password
    to link with old account. I just opted to make a new account instead of going through the
    hassle of figuring out what was going wrong with old account.

    Anyhoo, just wanted to say hey to rgarjr and the rest of you on here still.

    I haven't done much with ipod upgrades lately. Took a break to enjoy the summer months
    while it's nice and balmy outside.

    I have, however, scored some new "old" ipods sealed in original factory issued boxes
    to add to my ipod collection. I will manage to get them in order and take some pics
    to post of my collection thus far.

    Here are some pics of one of the ipods I managed to score on ebay last month.
    It's a brand new factory sealed 4th gen classic 2nd edition 60gb photo model.
    The box itself isn't exactly in the greatly condition, but it is still factory sealed
    which of course is the main contributor to value :)

    Anybody know what the value would be considered for it ?
     

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