iPod HD to Flash Memory: does it work, and who has done it?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Xfujinon, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Xfujinon macrumors 6502

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    Folks,

    I have a 4G iPod that is dead, I suspect it is the hard drive. Soon, I will be in the possession of a 3G iPod as well.

    Hard drives eventually fail, and I like the robustness of having a wholly solid-state music player. If it worked, I would use it for years. Trouble is, I haven't the cash for an iPod Touch, and I generally enjoy tinkering as an aside.

    I've searched, scoured, and read the internet until my eyes have grown red. Despite various reports, I can't seem to pin down if the conversions ACTUALLY work. Someone here has to have made it work! What I want to know is the following:

    1. Has anyone effectively replaced their iPod (3G and/or 4G) hard drives with flash memory (such as CF cards)?

    2. Where did you get the parts or adapters?

    3. Has it worked well? Any major problems?

    Someday, when I have real money, I might get an iPod touch, but I love the older ones, the simplicity is divine. It would be pretty cool to get one, with a flash brain, that would truly and finally be reliable.

    My heartfelt thanks in advance.


    ~X
     
  2. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

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    I really really wouldn't count on it to work. I don't want to discourage you, but still, this would be hard. In my opinion you could just save a bit more for an iPod Touch, maybe it will go down in price in June. If you do try, I wish you best of luck!
     
  3. Xfujinon thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I appreciate the reply, and I recognize that it is difficult, but there is a certain appeal for legacy devices and sometimes a little elbow grease is needed to make them work right.

    Many people would love for their old computers, iPods, electronics, etc. to continue to function while replacing old or worn parts. This is my quest here.

    Yeah, the Touch is a modern replacement, and is in fact very cool...which goes with being very expensive.

    I'll hold out hope that SOMEONE on this board, somewhere, has managed to make this work.
     
  4. CortexRock macrumors 6502

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  5. Xfujinon thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've been following his work closely! I was mostly curious if anyone here has managed to make it work in the meantime.


    Thanks for the direction!
     
  6. bloodycape macrumors 65816

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    If you live in America you can get a 32gb or 16gb(if 32gb is to large for you) for a good price at newegg.com 32gb is about 150usd while the 16gb is less at closer to $78 or so. Then you can get an adapter HD to CF for cheap of ebay or you can ask around some of the DAP site and see what brand and from where they recommend. The process is not that hard at all, and the nice thing is you actually save battery as there is no HD spinning any more. I went from a 4gb Mini to a 32gb mini and it was pretty seemless, then again in my case the mini doesn't need an adaptor seeing as it using microhd, which use the same connecters as cf cards do. Good luck
     

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