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Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« on: September 06, 2016, 11:12:40 PM »
After getting the feared RED X last month, I decided I wasnt going to let that be the end of my iPod.  7th gen, 160gb, slim line.

Found these nifty little flash cards, that will take up to 4 microSD cards and figured getting away from a optical HDD would be better in long run.
https://www.iflash.xyz/store/iflash-quad/

Figured for $40, why not?  Plus $150 for 512gb of microSD cards, way cheaper than any iPod Classic on eBay currently (499$ +)

Opened the case, swapped the hdd out for the flash drive, with microSD cards, replaced the holdswitch.headphone jack and battery with a 850mah, longer.  Bam, I'm tested at almost 490gb, and have finally been able to sync my full iTunes.  Something I've never really been able to do, without using two iPods.  I still prefer the 30pin > rca jack for real listening, but for now i'm happy.

Am curious if anyone thinks I should go ahead and RockBox this or not.  iTunes does work for now and no errors. 
EDIT: NEVERMIND, ROCKBOX is ok, what a difference compared to iTunes, wish it was more reliable.

This is described in Youtubes as being difficult, it is not.  I just went slowly and got the cheapo tools that came with the extra parts.  I got some additional rear covers but never ended up needing them as the metal spludger and guitar picks were enough to pop the case.

Wife, sister, family all want boosted iPods.  Wish the iPads were as easy, unfortunately they are all part of the boards.
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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2016, 11:13:24 PM »
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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2016, 09:19:12 AM »
Thanks for posting this. I have an iPod 5th gen that I use almost exclusively in the car. But it is has the annoying habit of starting at the first song alphabetically and does not resume from the last spot  played.
The will be cheap alternative to buying a flash based iPod touch.


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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2016, 10:53:12 AM »
check your serial # and generation model against this list:

https://www.iflash.xyz/store/iflash-compatibility/

some need different cables, but it should work out well.  the bigger battery is something i found on ebay

that sandish looks legit, but be careful i have 2 256gb cards sitting on my desk that only test out to 60gb each.  chinese knockoffs from ebay, fwiw.
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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2016, 12:29:15 PM »
Nice job! I've been planning on trying this with my old v5.5 video. If rockboxing the Classic is anything similar, it retains the original OS as well and you can boot into either while holding buttons down.

edit - saw your edit.

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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2016, 02:18:49 PM »
I have a 320GB 7th generation classic that I would love to get 800GB flash, nice work!!! :cheers:


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V62XBQQ/ref=psdc_3015433011_t2_B012PKUTHQ
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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2016, 04:15:36 PM »
dont hold back, there are 256, but only ones i've seen as confirmed are the samsung brand of microsd

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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2016, 10:45:57 PM »
Very cool.

I tried a HDD upgrade on my old 5.5g, but ran into all kinds of problems that required manual partition table editing because of Apple's ridiculous non-standard partition alignment.  I eventually abandoned it; more work than it was worth.
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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2016, 03:38:08 PM »
Very cool.

I tried a HDD upgrade on my old 5.5g, but ran into all kinds of problems that required manual partition table editing because of Apple's ridiculous non-standard partition alignment.  I eventually abandoned it; more work than it was worth.

I bought the 4 slot micro SD card flash card reader.  I have three iPod videos--5.5g 30gb, 80gb , and 7th or 6th gen.  The last one I opened but mangled the case.  Then somehow removed the battery connector from the board.  Tossed it and started on the 30g 5.5g.  Slowly and easily opened the case.  Carefully released the battery ribbon and removed the hard drive.  Installed the flash card reader but had some issues at first but realized the cable to the flash card reader was disconnected.  Everthing is working fine now. 2x128gb micro SD cards so far.  Restored and everything is working fine.  I have another 128gb card coming and then I'll seal up the iPod video and load it up. 

This 30gb 5.5g was my wife's.  she never really used it.  My 80gb 5.5g has ton's of video on it and I occasionally use it.

Thanks Todd E for sharing this.

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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2016, 03:45:06 PM »
congrats, only noticeable difference is how light these things get without the HDD. 

fwiw - you can order a rear case for real cheap, and it's recommended unless you have experience with disassembly.  nevermind, i see where you pulled the power connector off the motherboard.
yikes, sorry bout that.

I also had a deep epiphany last night.  For the past few months, I had been using a CD player 'cell phone' mount that operates by using a disc shaped magnet.  I assumed that they magnet was grabbing the metal case of the ipod, hmmm, not exactly.  Without the HDD inside, the magnet wont work, saying to me that the magnet was attracted to the HDD itself and by nearing the HDD with a magnet I caused the RED X.  Lots of 'ifs' but it's very probably.

i have tried the ROCKBOX option for the huge list of benefits, unfort, the 7th gen classic is not as reliable using dual boot.  i t worked for a few days, then i would encounter errors and frozen screen, etc.  not worth it, as everything else works well.

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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2016, 03:58:22 PM »
Yeah, no biggie on the first iPod video I messed up.  It was in a gym bag in the garage for who knows how long before I found it.  Belonged to my older son who is in the Navy and he told me he didn't want it anymore.  I learned a lot about how to open the iPod and carefully unlock the battery ribbon.  I might replace the battery, but right now I'm happy to get it where it is.  FWIW, this 30gb ( now 239gb ) iPod video was in a case from day one it was purchased.  I really didn't want to mess it up or scratch it.  Just gotta go slow.

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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2016, 11:42:39 PM »
417gb  :o  I read the 5.5g iPods had Wolfson DACs.  Does this mean anything?  I'm thrilled to have the humongous capacity to start loading all my live stuff I have.  Barely scratched the surface with my CD collection.

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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2016, 01:18:07 AM »
Just gotta ask, my classic 120 too has the red death X but I'm electronically incapable of doing this kind of work.  I'd be happy just to have it work again in any capacity, is this something one of you guys would be willing to work on?   
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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2016, 08:47:53 AM »
http://macintoshhowto.com/ipod/which-ipod-has-the-best-audio-quality.html/2

"Generally, the best iPods are those with a Wolfson audio chip"

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Re: Turbo-charged iPod Classic
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2016, 08:51:55 AM »
Just gotta ask, my classic 120 too has the red death X but I'm electronically incapable of doing this kind of work.  I'd be happy just to have it work again in any capacity, is this something one of you guys would be willing to work on?

no electronic work, other than unplugging items and replugging them in.  not once did i touch a soldering iron or have to do any splicing, it's pretty much plug and play apart from disassembly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryjzuIhqAbo

i've gotta do my wife's next, fingers crossed

 

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