Want to replace the HD in a 3G... what form factor do I need?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by AVR2, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    A friend's 15Gb 3G iPod had just died, and I want to replace the HD for him. What form factor do I need? I know it's a 1.8", but checking my purchasing options, I can buy both 1.8" and 1.8" x 1/8" models - can I use either of those?

    Also, will any off-the-shelf drive of the correct form factor work, or do I need a specific model? The Wikipedia entry for the iPod indicates that the Toshiba 1.8" drives use a proprietary connector, which got me concerned that I could end up buying a drive with the right form factor, but the wrong sort of connector.

    I've Googled around a lot of iPod repair sites, but I haven't found the answers I'm looking for. Any assistance greatly appreciated!
  2. ipodrocker macrumors member


    May 11, 2004
    that wa happened to my iPod too, you could look around on eBay sometimes ppl sell hard drives on there
  3. AVR2 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    I don't want to mess around with eBay - I could buy one over the counter right now if I only knew what specific form factor I need!
  4. combatcolin macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2004
    Northants, UK
    The hard drive specs have to match EXACTLY with your iPods hard drive.

    If not your iPods firmware will just ignore it.

    The iPod can be a very difficult beast to fix as it was never meant o be opened by the end user.

    Best advice is to consider buying an exact dead model from ebay, dead screen, dead connecters, dead battery - that sort of thing and swap out the hard drive.

    Or, do the much more intelligent thing and wait until 1st April, when the new iPods are out! Probably be cheaper to buy new than fix.

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