Looking for a guide - 4G iPod hard disk replacement

Discussion in 'iPod' started by HereBeMonsters, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. HereBeMonsters macrumors 6502

    HereBeMonsters

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    Found my Dad's old iPod 4G (clickwheel, b&w screen) at the back of a drawer, couldn't remember why he got rid of it. Charged it up, all seems to work except when you move it, you can feel the hard drive clicking and the song stops.
    This freezes the unit or crashes it.
    I'm fairly confident it's a hard drive issue - so what can I do to get it up and running again? Are they easy to take apart? I guess I can get a replacement drive (and I might as well get a battery at the same time!) on ebay, but can I upgrade it to a solid state drive?
    If so, is it a Compact Flash card I need?
    Would very much appreciate a link to a trusted site/guide on how to upgrade these old things. Can't bear to throw it away!
     
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  3. HereBeMonsters thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for that, are these guides that you've used? Looking for tried and tested methods here!
     
  4. srshaw macrumors 6502

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    I bought a cf card adapter but I can't open it. Tried all sorts. Any tips?
     
  5. burne macrumors 6502

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    Assuming you're right-handed..

    Place your left thumb halfway down the display, at the place where you see the white tab in the picture. Squeeze. Try to insert your spudger/pick/etc below your thumb, where the gap between the first and second tab is. You don't need to squeeze very hard, but just enough to flex the plastic a bit so you can get your tool in between it and the metal back. The metal back is thin stainless steel which will flex quite a bit, as soon as you have some purchase on it.
     
  6. HereBeMonsters thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What hard drives can I buy that would fit it? Compact Flash?
     
  7. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    I've seen guides that address the 5th Generation, 5th Generation (Enhanced), and the various iPod Classic models as well as SSDs that are compatible with them (you could put in up to a 480GB SSD that is compatible, if I remember correctly). Not sure how it would differ on a 4th Gen iPod, though it probably does.
     
  8. HereBeMonsters thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, the 4th gen has a little monochrome screen for a start. Totally different dimensions etc.
     

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