iPod Video flash memory modding

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Further to my excursion into refurbing my iPod (see this post… iPod Video refurbishment) I took it up a level and decided to mod it in OEM++ style

I found a faulty iPod on eBay as I would rather keep my original as a working one in case things went wrong..

I have been reading that you can fit a HDD with up to 256gb capacity into this version of the iPod… the capacity appealed… further research suggested other storage formats such as an SSD could also be used… then I found references about using flash card storage…

There are a few ZIF to compact flash adaptors available but CF cards are pretty old skool these days and decent capacity is either non existent or bloody expensive… I then stumbled upon iFlash which is not only a purpose made compact flash to ZIF adaptor but also comes with a compatible CF to SD card adaptor which are more readily available in decent sizes at good prices

iFlash information can be found here…. http://www.tarkan.info/store/iFlash-bundle

This is the unit…

It comes with a compatibility list of cards so I got a 256gb one from Amazon

The logic board was damaged on the iPod I bought but other than that it was in mint condition… shame as it was an 80gb iPod and had the best logic board for the job… ah well… I found a logic board on eBay… it was from a later model 30gb video so had only 32mb of buffer memory but for a flash player its not an issue..
iPod Video modding

Removed the 80gb HDD and fitted the flash card adaptor…
iPod Video modding

Tested and restored in iTunes….
iPod Video modding

Nice bit of space…. 😀

…and compared to my trusty 60gb iPod video…
iPod Video modding

Essentially loaded my current crop of ‘ticked’ music and podcasts (plus a few new ones it seems since I last synced) … 185gb of free space is a little better than 6gb lol

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iPod Video refurbishment

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So the other week I refurbed my trusty iPod Video… 10 years old, still on its original battery, screen and hard drive… thats at least 9 years, 11 months and 28 days longer than any of my kids iPhones seem to last 🙂

The screen had ‘lines’ on it from backlight issues and hard drives older than 3 years always makes me nervous… the headphone socket was a little dodgy and would pause playback for no reason and I got a clickwheel as mine looked used… with parts becoming thin on the ground and Apple no longer pushing an ‘iPod’ product worth having (the classic being the last of the decent iPods imo) I collected a bunch of parts and got stuck in..

All ready for surgery… mines a 60gb Video (iPod 5) so I bought an 80gb hdd as an upgrade… this as it turns out was a bit of a fail… the logic board in my iPod is the early type that doesn’t support the larger hdd… DOH!!… non of the research I did into changing the hdd mentioned that… only when looking into where people have fitted 240gb hdd’s did this little gem crop up…

The logic board for the iPod 5 has a part number of 820-1763-A which in itself comes in two versions… one with 32mb on board and the other (mine) with 64mb on board memory… this is for buffering the music files to increase battery life… 30gb iPods got 32mb, 60gb and bigger got 64mb… what I needed was the logic board from the later iPod Video 5.5 which supports the larger hdd (part number 820-1975-A) and also comes as 32mb (30gb) or 64mb (80gb >)… 64mb boards are like rocking horse poop so I have found a 32mb one… it will work but reduces battery life a bit… no great shakes as it spends most of its life connected to a power source anyway..

I used this site as a guide…
https://www.ifixit.com/Device/iPod_5th_Generation_(Video)

The pics…

iPod Video refurb

iPod Video refurb

iPod Video refurb

iPod Video refurb

Obviously I didn’t realise I needed the newer logic board until I had put it all together and was trying to restore it from iTunes… obviously it was failing and I spent an hour trying to sort before stumbling on this information… DOH!!

Put the old hdd back in and all was good again…

I now at least have a working screen, headphone socket and battery (that was starting to bulge!!)… I can replace the hdd later once I have sourced the later logic board 🙂

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