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iPod SSD/CF card in an original 1st/2nd gen iPod?

ApolloBoy

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I've been thinking of getting an original 1st or 2nd generation iPod just to futz around with, and I was wondering if anyone has ever added an SSD or CompactFlash card in place of the original hard drive? It would at least be a nice way to give it a second lease on life...
 

rgarjr

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Have several 1st and 2nd old pods and you can't install an adapter, several people have tried and they weren't successful. This is possibly due to the FireWire only interface which causes problem connecting to computer.
 
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ApolloBoy

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This is possibly due to the FireWire only interface which causes problem connecting to computer.
My MBP has an FireWire 800 port and I have a FW800-FW400 cable which would make connecting an original iPod a snap so I'm not sure how that would be a problem.
 
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rgarjr

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Yeah I have the same port and FW cable. The problem is once you replace the HD with a SDXC adapter it now won't connect to the computer.

The 3rd Gen has the same processor and FireWire chipset and has the same trouble connecting through FW with an SDXC adapter. Works fine over USB though.
 
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ApolloBoy

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Yeah I have the same port and FW cable. The problem is once you replace the HD with a SDXC adapter it now won't connect to the computer.

The 3rd Gen has the same processor and FireWire chipset and has the same trouble connecting through FW with an SDXC adapter. Works fine over USB though.
Does it even show up in Disk Utility?
 
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ApolloBoy

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I'm wondering if deleting the preexisting partition on the SD card might do it; I just upgraded my iPod mini with a 128 GB SD card and iTunes didn't even recognize it. It did show up in Disk Utility, so I deleted the partition that was preloaded on the SD card and iTunes immediately offered to restore it. I'm curious if the same process would work on the older iPods or does this not work at all?
 
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rgarjr

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i played with different formats on the sd card and still a no go. Like I said the 3rd gen has the same kind of hardware and even with its proper firmware and partitions, it won't or has trouble with communicate through firewire, only USB works.
 
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glay78

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hmm how about a USB to FW400 cable? Does it work then?

 
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