My iPod classic has a hard drive problem.

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  1. Freshmen, Apr 2, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2014

    Freshmen macrumors member

    Freshmen

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    Its damaged and needs to be replaced I think, idk how else it can be fixed. Took it to apple and they wanted 130 to replace with a new one, thats essentially half the price of a new one.

    I was looking at stuff online and its possible to fix it yourself, you buy a new hard drive and replace it? Is it worth it? Basically i need recommendations. Should I just pay the 130 and get it replaced or try to fix it myself?
     
  2. Zimmy68 macrumors 65816

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    $130 for a new one from Apple?, I would have hugged the guy.

    Unless you are a DIYer and want to play around with different hd sizes, I don't think it is worth the trouble trying to open it.

    I ended up buying a refurb from Cowboom for $140 because I couldn't get mine to launch anymore.

    I was able to sell it as damaged on ebay for $60.

    But I never thought of going to the Apple Store.
    I will next time.
     
  3. kingtj macrumors 68020

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    Fair, IMO ....

    The special type of "micro drive" used in the classic iPods isn't exactly cheap or easy to obtain. (Well, unless you only want a low capacity model like a 30GB -- which I'm assuming you don't!)

    For example, here's one of the 160GB replacement drives for sale:

    http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Apple-C...36494&sr=8-4&keywords=iPod+classic+hard+drive

    That price is higher than Apple's repair quote, before you even talk about any labor to actually do the swap!


     
  4. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    If its the 6th or 7th Gen, pay the $130! If its a Video (5th Gen) or earlier, then its easier to work on then the 6th or 7th Gen, but there is still a chance of damage.

    If you do have an older model, then I would just buy a new one. At $130, you are only $100 short of buying a new 160GB model from Walmart.com. You could also buy a 160GB used or refurbed in working condition and use that. That would be cheaper then a brand new one.
     
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Or find one of those nice SSDs that have a compatible connector and see your iPod play your music faster than you ever needed it to. ;)
     

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