Electronics, Flash memory, Computer Ipod Classic 3rd gen restomod Part II: solid state flash memory swap

I will also give you the required information about what kind of parts go into this modification as well as show you how to do it so let’s talk about why you should consider doing this modification. The third generation ipods, use traditional hard disk drives or hdds. For short, these drives use, spinning magnetic discs to store the data and, as the mechanical technology inside them is quite complex, they are not only fragile and somewhat noisy, but also slow and not very power efficient. Consequently, replacing the ipod’s traditional hard disk drive with some solid state. Flash media, like a compact flash card or an sd card, has quite a few benefits. Firstly, you get significantly improved battery life, because solid state flash memory simply consumes less power when in use. Secondly, solid state storage media is much more durable and rugged because it uses no fragile mechanical moving parts. Now, in my experience, i’ve seen plenty of ipods that are more than 15 years old and still have working original hard drives in them. But with this modification it’s nice that you can get rid of the fragile mechanical discs altogether, so it’s one less thing to worry about. Thirdly, the ipod works a little bit faster after this modification for a third generation. Ipod it’s, not really that noticeable. But you will see improved transfer speeds when copying files from the pc into the player. Lastly, unlike all sorts of clicks and pops that you tend to hear from a traditional hard drive when in operation, the solid state media mod makes the ipods completely silent.

Now, personally, i don’t find that much of a benefit at all. In fact, i’d much prefer my ipa to continue making strange noises when in operation, because i feel it gives it a little bit of that extra vintage charm now granted. It might be a benefit to some of the viewers, so i think it’s worth mentioning it here. Well, i hope i managed to convince you that this is a very useful modification, so let’s get started complete the modification. You will need a few things: a usb cable, to connect the ipad to your pc, a firewire charging brick and a firewire cable, some spudgers to pry apart the ipod, some tweezers to aid this assembly, a utility knife or a scalpel having a soldering iron, would also Be beneficial but it’s not required and, lastly, you need a combination of an adapter and some solid state media. This point here is very important, so i’d like to discuss in more detail from my personal experience and from various discussions. I’Ve read online. The third generation ipods are extremely fussy about what kind of storage you put in them. Some of the combinations that i’ve tried during the making of this video resulted in weird issues like the ipod discharging the battery overnight, even when not in use and put in sleep mode, various lock ups when disconnecting the ipod from the pc, as well as just randomly Failing to play songs each time requiring a reset to put it back into a working state, let me briefly introduce to you the storage media that the ipod can or can be made to accept.

Firstly, the 1.8 inch ide hard drive not to be confused with its beefier two and a half inch cousin, they’re, both small, but the 1.8 inch is obviously smaller and they’re not interchangeable. This is what these third generation ipods come with from the factory. Secondly, the sd card – these are quite common, you’re, probably well familiar with them. They come in regular and adorable, miniaturized varieties and, lastly, the compact flash card or cf. For short, these used to be popular for old pocket pcs and are now still used in high end cameras. Now that that’s out of the way you have quite a few combinations of adapters and solid state storage media that you can use for this modification. The first option is to get an sd card, an sd to cf adapter and the cf to 1.8 inch ide adapter. This combination is by far the cheapest Music. However, luck might have played a big role in this, and the combination of parts i had might have been just right for this application, so do keep in mind that your experience may differ. The second option is to buy a cf card and a cf to 1.8 inch ide adapter. This option is usually more expensive simply due to cf cards costing more than the equivalent sized sd cards. During my experimentation with this ipod, i have bought 3 different cf cards and i have since returned 2 of them because they were just not playing well with the ipod.

In my opinion, however, i think that this combination is far superior than the sd and multiple adapter combo, because there’s less adapting happening between formats and thus less things that can work themselves loose or end up malfunctioning. As a result, i decided to leave my ipod configured with this combination. The third option is to get a direct sd card to 1.8 inch, ide adapter or any other combination from The parts marketed on their website are specifically designed for ipod modifications now i’d, like to give a full disclaimer here. I have personally not tried any of iflash’s products, but i’ve seen people claiming to have had excellent success with their adapters, so i think it’s worth mentioning them in this list. Now let’s take a look at how to do the modification. I will be using a cf card as well as a cf to 1.8 inch ide adapter to do the modification in this video. But regardless of what combination of adapter and storage media you choose, the steps will all be very similar. I would like to recommend you take a look at part. One of this mini series to get a better understanding on how to open up and take apart your ipod. But the main key points are too pop off the back case from the ipod using some spudgers open up the two sides carefully: disconnect the audio jack cable and then disconnect the battery. So here are the parts that i’m going to use.

What we have here is a cf card and a cf to 1.8 inch ide adapter, as you can see, putting these bad boys together immediately results in a simple ssd replacement for the ipod’s hard disk drive disconnect the hard disk drive using your spudger by gently prying. It out from the sides Music before proceeding, take a good look at your adapter and make sure to shave off this protrusion on the right side of it. If it has one like mine, this is needed so that it doesn’t interfere with the plastic pin on the receiving side Music. Once you have the adapter and the cf card, combo ready, insert the new flash memory assembly into place, pay attention to where the first pin is marked on the adapter and match it with the receiving connector. At this point, you can reconnect the battery and try powering on your ipod. As you can see, we immediately get an error on the screen. This means the ipod couldn’t find some required files from the flash memory which is expected as there’s, nothing on there once you’re. At this stage, you can connect the ipod to your pc via the usb cable and wait until it goes to the do not disconnect screen. As seen here, Music then open up itunes and the application should prompt you to restore the ipod once the process is finished, disconnect the ipod, and it should then display this screen Music if it does not and happens to get stuck on the do not disconnect or Ok to disconnect screens then restart the ipod by holding down the menu and the play buttons Music.

Now, if your ipod does not get detected by itunes, then you might have a bad connection and should try disconnecting and reconnecting the memory assembly now, if that doesn’t help, then you might need to use a usb card reader like this one and format the card to Fat32 using your computer now here’s, where the firewire cable, as well as the firewire power brick, come into play to finalize the restoration procedure. Your ipod must be connected to a charger. However, as you’re probably aware it doesn’t charge via usb only via firewire in part 3 of this mini series, i will show you how you can modify the ipod to allow charging via usb, but for now i will assume that you have a firewire power, brick and A cable available at your disposal once you’re on the screen from the previous step, you need to connect the firewire charging cable to the ipod. The ipod should then finalize the memory restoration. It should then reboot into its normal mode when finished. As you can see here, Music at this point, you could just close the ipod up and be done with it, but i recommend doing some small adjustments on some of these adapters. There is an led light that is active whenever the cf card is being accessed. We don’t need it all. It does in this case, is just needlessly waste power from the battery to remove it. You can take a sharp knife or scalpel and just cut away the led from the pads on the circuit board.

There’S no need for a soldering iron. Here just use common sense and don’t damage any other components. If you do have a soldering iron, then i recommend doing an additional adjustment desolder. These two jumper pins and bridge the connection from the top using a spare piece of wire Music, but because my jumper wasn’t being held very tightly and i was afraid it might rattle itself loose inside of the ipod. Now if your jumper is also loose. But you don’t have a soldering iron, then what you can do is pinch the pins together, which will then hold the jumper tighter. An extra thing i want to point out here is that, if you happen to have a thick 40 gigabyte ipod like mine, the original hard disk drive is twice as thick as the adapter ncf card combo. This means that you can swap out the case back for a thinner one from a 20 gigabyte ipod. I happen to come across this one day on ebay, pretty cheap for some extra safety. I also suggest sticking little piece of foam to the compact flash card. The only thing i had on hand was a dishwashing sponge, so i cut some small pieces of it and stuck them down using double sided, sticky tape. This will prevent the adapter from rattling loose and disconnecting. All that’s left now is to carefully reconnect the audio jack and then snap the case back together. If you got this far, congratulations Music now before wrapping up i’d like to pause here for a second and add some additional notes.

Now, as i mentioned before, i tried three different cf cards and i couldn’t get the modification working with two of them. The ipod simply wouldn’t wake up after putting it in sleep mode. I had a few other spare cards of lower capacities made by transcend that. I had lying around at home and when using those, the ipod had no problems coming back from sleep mode, so i ended up ordering a 32 gigabyte transcend card to replace this blue piece of highly advanced, yet slightly malfunctioning piece of technology. In addition to the sleep mode issue, i faced some other weird problems too. For example, one of the cards the ipod would get stuck every single time. I tried disconnecting it from the pc with the other card. The ipod would sometimes just fail to play anything at all after starting it up, the play button would be completely unresponsive and the song would simply be stuck at zero seconds now. Neither of these two issues are actually deal breakers, though, because they can both be sorted by a quick restart by holding the menu and the play buttons together until the apple logo appears. But more importantly, what i want to stress here is that you shouldn’t think you did the modification correctly or that you broke something if it doesn’t work, because more than likely the ipod simply doesn’t, like the combination of parts you’ve used. The only solution here is to simply buy other components and that’s all i have for this time.

If you manage to successfully get this far, congratulations, but as before i’m, not done with this ipod just yet and in part 3 i’ll show you how to modify it to allow charging via regular usb cables. I hope this video was useful and that you’ve managed to successfully replace the internal hardware of your ipod with some solid state flash memory. If you had any troubles, let me know in the comments down below and i’ll try my best to help. Thank you.

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