No new HD available for 5th gen iPod Video?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by iTurbo, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. iTurbo macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2008
    I called OWC today with the hopes of having my 5th gen iPod Video repaired. It needs a new battery and hard drive. They say they can replace the battery for about $60, but the hard drive is no longer available.

    Is there anything I can do or is it a goner? I've read a bit on the SSD swap but I'm not technically inclined enough to take on that project.
  2. iTurbo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2008
    I have been attempting to sync this iPod without much luck. It is still functional, but won't get through a whole sync without a pop-up on my iMac suddenly telling me that some random song couldn't be read or written. At this point the iPod starts making rhythmic clicking sounds...

    I have about 9000 songs on my library and my last sync attempt I was able to get through about 7500 of them before this happened. So frustrating.

    On the other hand, I'm learning more and more about the iFlash upgrades from Tarkan and will probably buy some tools and the iFlash Dual upgrade as well as a new battery. Gotta say I miss the click wheel and dedicated music player functionality vs trying to use my iPhone 3GS at work.
  3. iTurbo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2008
    After lots and lots of attempts at syncing this iPod (all fail), I have finally bought the iFlash Dual from Tarkan ($42) and a new battery from OWC ($18). So far $60 doesn't seem too bad given the age of the device.
  4. ipod restorer, Oct 24, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2015
  5. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2015
    San Jose, CA
    I'm pretty sure the main reason why you can't get new iPod HDDs is because they're not being made anymore AFAIK.
  6. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    I had no idea such a thing existed! I've sworn by my 80gb iPod 5G since 2007, I just filled mine with videos and get through an episode before bed - it's really relaxing! But when they pulled the iPods from the store I quickly picked up a 180gb iPod. It's very good to know should either drive fail I can just replace it with that. Thanks!
  7. iTurbo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2008
    Well my upgrade to the Tarkan adapter did NOT go well. I don't blame the Tarkan adapter though.

    I FINALLY got my two 64 GB SDXC cards in from and proceeded to install the new battery (from OWC), the Tarkan iFlash Dual, and the two SDXC cards.

    I plugged it into my iMac and proceeded to restore it. It recognized it as having 128 GB, and started sync. I did notice that the write speed was noticeably slower than the original hard drive, but it sync'd about 10k songs without a hitch.

    I noticed that while syncing, my iPod had a white out screen. I tried resetting it and even taking the iPod apart and reseating the ZIF cables for the screen/battery/Tarkan adapter to no avail. Now it won't even respond to anything. If I plug it into my iMac to restore it, I get a 1429 error.

    So glad I spent $18 for the battery, $42 for the Tarkan, and $60 on SDXC cards for nothing:( With shipping, probably $130 down the drain. NOT HAPPY.
  8. gixxerfool macrumors 65816


    Jun 7, 2008
    I tried replacing my failed HDD with several different solid state options and none worked. I eventually bought a refurbished HDD off of eBay for around $60. I still use this everyday. I didn't realize how much I missed it.

    After some research it seems the bios doesn't play nice with solid state adapters. The unit was designed around the 1.8" drives. I read some people did get the SSDs to work but had severe battery drain and heat. Others ended reflashing to an open source firmware, but I don't think it worked with iTunes well. I managed to get the money back for the ssd but the adapter is now collecting dust. Thankfully that was cheap enough.

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