So the ipod classic is hard to open, but what about 5.5?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Zellio, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Zellio macrumors 65816

    Zellio

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    I am ordering a 5.5 off of ebay for around $123 (New battery and new 80 gig hdd). How hard is it to open the 'enhanced ipod video'?
     
  2. weckart macrumors 68040

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    I upgraded the hard drive and battery in my iPod 5.0 Video a few months back. Structurally, I believe it is identical with yours with only minor differences in electronics or firmware. I found it surprisingly easy to crack open following the iFixit guide. Nothing broke en route and everything worked first time I powered it up afterwards and reliably since.

    I only needed a spudger to prise a gap between the facia and the metal back after which a couple of guitar picks strategically placed gently separated the two.

    Only bum note is that the battery I sourced, whilst nominally of a larger capacity than the one it replaced, does not seem to be giving anything like the battery life I expected and noticeably less than the one my iPod Classic can muster. It might pay to not skimp on that and check reviews before buying.
     

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