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4th August 2007

Modding : Apple Video Ipod (5g & 5.5g) – The Compact Flash Version

By Tarkan | Permanent Link
Updated Wed, 16th January 2008
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UPDATE: iFlash iPod CompactFlash adaptor has been launched. More information can be found here.



I got into the IPod phenomena very late well actually only a few months back. Everyone around me had these ever so wonderful gadgets and they loved talking about their new found expensive toys.

Did I feel jealous hell no, I have programmed myself to follow the ultimate contrarian life – if it is popular and everyone around me likes it I will always find several reasons why I don’t. With Apple the reasons were pretty clear, I don’t like propriety technology and I don’t like popularity!!! So a few months back I heard these evil words from my wife – why don’t you get me an IPod, before I went in to a rage of rants I decided ok I will.

Being a cheap skate and also having the self believe that I can fix anything, I decided to start my purchasing search in EBay’s faulty and broken categories. While I was searching I noticed that 80 to 90% of faulty video IPod’s seem to suffer from dud hard drives, so popular in fact that it has been coined the ‘click of death’.

Let me remove the wife element of this tutorial – she got her video IPod lovingly restored by yours truly and she is living happily ever after with it!

The Task

So after spending several hours playing with the video IPod and I could feel my hatred for this iconic symbol waning and I did not even have to use their propriety ITunes as someone was good enough to write an excellent Winamp plug-in. However every sound coming from the miniature hard drive working away inside reminded me about the click of death, which is when I decided to find a solution to remove the mechanics from the equation.

I decided the best solution would be to replace hard drive with a solid state alternative in the form of a compact flash card. Various searches later had showed me lots of people had been successful in replacing the HDD in older IPod’s but not the 5th gen video IPod’s, these people should also be put forward for some sort of prize with their amazing hand soldering skills working on 50 way 1.27mm pitch connectors. So no one had cracked the video IPod and this is because of the new fangled connector found on the hard drive, it is zero insertion force (ZIF) type 40 way connector which uses an eye watering 0.5mm pitch.

The installed hard drive is manufactured by Toshiba and a quick search of their website turned up the user manual for the said MK3008GAL drive, thankfully the connector may be different but the signals carried are the same old ATA type. So theoretically it should be no problem interfacing it to a compact flash card.

So after a few hours measuring and prodding with my oscilloscope and going through several pdf’s from SanDisk and Toshiba – finally I came up with a circuit which I felt would do the trick. So now I was left with tracking down the relevant connectors to mate to the IPod and to the compact flash card.

Design

Internally the IPod is extremely well packed and it was pretty much a necessity that my circuit and all its extra’s had to fit in the same form factor as the hard drive I was replacing. The hard drive measures 5mm x 54mm x 71mm, a compact flash card only measures 4mm x 43mm x 36mm so no problem there. Compact flash connectors are pretty much standard things and most measure 47mm wide, once again no problem.

In fact the only place I could see a problem was in the height most CF connectors are 4.5mm and need to be mounted on to circuit board which is going to be 1.6mm in my case. The IPod side was going to be the least to worry about in terms of sizing – the connector is ultra small. Final PCBAfter spending lots of time flicking though parts catalogues I settled on the connectors, 3M supplied the low profile CF connector (4mm height) and Hirose the 40way 0.5mm ZIF flip-lock connector.

Now I could finalise the circuit board design and get the PCB made. My final design would measure with the Compact Flash card inserted 5.6mm x 51mm x 61mm, great!! Form factor smaller than the hard drive, slightly thicker but that should not matter as I will not be using the rubber mounts that hold the drive.

The PCB finally arrived and the very hard task of mounting the connectors began, these things are designed to be soldered by exotic techniques such as solder reflow and wave ovens – sadly I don’t have luxuries like that so with my trusty hot air soldering station and some solder paste I set to work!!! PCB with connectors (and fixes)

Eureka moment came and went very quickly, after perfectly mounting and soldering the connectors I discovered some errors in how I had routed the tracks – normally at this tiny scale I would have ditched the PCB and ordered new ones, but I was so eager to see if this would work I set about correcting the errors using a magnifying glass and some conductive paint to bond wires (note to self: don’t try this again!). Neoprene back

As you can see from the images I applied some self adhesive neoprene to the bottom of my circuit board and along the top of the CF connector, these will hold the interface tight when the case is closed. click on images for larger versions.

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So the circuit was ready for testing, I won’t bore you with how to open the video IPod several websites already do that and they probably do a better job than I ever could (they can be found here and here.). So I removed the hard drive by lifting the flip lock so the ribbon cable slides out of the connector. I inserted a 4 GB CF card to my module then carefully bought it up to the iPod ribbon cable, sliding slowly in to the ZIF connector once it was home I pushed the flip lock down.

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  1. 1 On August 4th, 2007, Collin Allen said:

    Wow, nice work! (And thanks for the link, too!) You’re the first modder I’ve seen who has successfully attached a CompactFlash card to one of the 5G iPods. That’s pretty impressive.

  2. 2 On August 5th, 2007, ROBERT_SAN6 said:

    Hello this is cool ipod video working with compact flash, where could i get this adapter ? can i find it on ebay

  3. 3 On August 6th, 2007, Ignacio said:

    Hello I’m interested in doing this to my Ipod video. I am wondering where you got the board? I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Thanks.

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  15. 15 On August 9th, 2007, Promaxum Technology News » Blog Archive » 5G iPod mod trades the hard drive for CF storage said:

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  18. 18 On August 9th, 2007, Your Gadget Guide » Blog Archive » 5G iPod mod trades the hard drive for CF storage said:

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  19. 19 On August 9th, 2007, » 5G iPod mod trades the hard drive for CF storage said:

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  20. 20 On August 9th, 2007, James Pearce said:

    Hi there, im currently working on a similar project (just waiting for the parts to arrive!), except not with an Ipod, but instead with a Mustek PVR which I use as a recording device for my helmet / bullet camera. I want to be able to strap the device to my mountain bike, but I just know its gunna be bad news for the hard drive!! So anyway, ive ordered a CF to IDE adapter, and an 8Gb CF card. I see no reason why a 16Gb shouldnt work. Also, before with the hard drive, battery life while recording wasnt great, so this should improve things quite well. What sort of improvements in battery life have you experienced with this modification?

    Thanks,

    James.

  21. 21 On August 9th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    James,

    I will be able to give you exact figures in 2 weeks – I am in the process of making a modified adaptor which will allow me to make current measurements while the ipod is operating.

    I can say with your device you should see some serious improvements – Assuming your hard drive is spinning while recording it will be drawing over 300mA, while the CF should not exceed 100mA. This does not mean your device will work 3 times longer as you need to look at it in context of how much the whole device draws.

    If your device uses 400mA recording then with the CF you may see a doubling of time.

    I will be updating my article with exact figures, so please come back!

    regards, Tarkan

  22. 22 On August 9th, 2007, 设计界 » Blog Archive » 5G iPod mod trades the hard drive for CF storage said:

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  23. 23 On August 9th, 2007, James Pearce said:

    Thanks for your quick reply Tarkan, and email notification. I really dont know how much power the device consumes, but yes the hard drive is constantly spinning while recording. I guess quite a lot of power goes into the encoding process of the video and audio. Double battery run time would be fantastic to be honest. I certainly will check back, ive added the site to my favourites. I saw your modification on Engandget. Unfortunately I havent got a site such as your to host the details of my mod when it happens, I might be able to do it on my fotopic account. I think when it’s done I’ll let Engadget know about it, im sure they would be interested to see it. I need to get it modded before the end of the month, as im off biking in the south of Wales, and I’d really like to use it there! Just need the parts to arrive, as the mod should only take a couple of mins (ive already tried it with a spare laptop hard drive to check it will work).

    Thanks,

    James.

  24. 24 On August 9th, 2007, Planeta IPLegal » 5G iPod mod trades the hard drive for CF storage said:

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  25. 25 On August 9th, 2007, Hardware Hacking: Broken iPod 5G Replaces Hard Drive for Compact Flash : Teknicks Blog said:

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  26. 26 On August 9th, 2007, Anthony Moore said:

    Hey Tarkan, just a suggestion here. A really cool idea would be to make that CF card accessible outside the iPod. That way you can upgrade without cracking open the case again/risking hurting the pod again.

    Maybe make the PCB at an angle, with the CF out to one side, then cut a cf-sized hole in the side of the iPod.

    I am tempted to design myself an MP3 player which, unlike the iPod, takes AAA batteries.

  27. 27 On August 9th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    Anthony,

    Your idea is not that crazy, one of my original ideas was to mount the CF side ways, all that would be needed is a slot cut at the side of the backing cover (and small amount of filing down of the metal frame where the slot would be), and you could have a removeable CF arrangement.

    regards, Tarkan

  28. 28 On August 9th, 2007, Feed Me Feeds » Blog Archive » 5G iPod mod trades the hard drive for CF storage said:

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  29. 29 On August 9th, 2007, Gizmodo Technology » Hardware Hacking: Broken iPod 5G Replaces Hard Drive for Compact Flash said:

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  30. 30 On August 9th, 2007, Esta roto su ipod? No lo tires a la basura todavía. said:

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  31. 31 On August 9th, 2007, Darren said:

    Can you make me a circuit board? I don’t have the patience to solder all those connectors. ;)

  32. 32 On August 9th, 2007, Josjua said:

    could this be done with a 1.8 inch ssd that had the ribbon cable and the same dimensions as the 30gb harddrive because you would not need an interface board and they come in up yo 64 GB

  33. 33 On August 9th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    Josjua, Yes – the Sandisk SSD’s would be a drop in replacement for the original hard drive, however with these SSD’s the price is main issue – they are extremely expensive.

    regards, Tarkan

  34. 34 On August 9th, 2007, Technical world - All about technical things » 5G iPod mod trades the hard drive for CF storage said:

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  35. 35 On August 9th, 2007, Multimedias.mobi » 5G iPod mod trades the hard drive for CF storage said:

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  36. 36 On August 9th, 2007, Hardware Hacking: Broken iPod 5G Replaces Hard Drive for Compact Flash | Hizs - The lowdown on gadgets said:

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  37. 37 On August 9th, 2007, Jammed.mobi » 5G iPod mod trades the hard drive for CF storage said:

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  38. 38 On August 9th, 2007, Francisco said:

    There’s a 32GB CF out there. http://www.microdia.com

  39. 39 On August 9th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    Wow!! All I need now is someone to donate one for testing :)

    regards, Tarkan

  40. 40 On August 10th, 2007, 5G iPod mod trades the hard drive for CF storage | Tech News said:

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  41. 41 On August 10th, 2007, Crowpod said:

    This mod makes no sense.

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  45. 45 On August 10th, 2007, Rogue said:

    With your hatred of iPods and Apple I am surprised you haven’t reflashed with Rockbox yet as it would give you your final separation and allows the iPod to act like a USB drive when plugged into your PC

  46. 46 On August 10th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    Never heard of Rockbox, looks cool – will give it a try when I test 8 gb and 16gb CF cards.

  47. 47 On August 10th, 2007, Ipod Express » Blog Archive » Broken iPod 5G Replaces Hard Drive for Compact Flash said:

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  48. 48 On August 11th, 2007, DvD del.icio.us bookmarks : August 8, 2007 - August 10, 2007 at Wannaplay.it said:

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  49. 49 On August 11th, 2007, Abraham said:

    Are you by any chance selling the bare PCBs?

  50. 50 On August 15th, 2007, Evan said:

    The harddrive on my 5th gen ipod crapped out do you think it would be possible for this to help me out so I can continue to use my ipod?

  51. 51 On August 15th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    Evan, It will help you but – if you need 30gb of storage than replacing the hard drive would be better and cheaper for you.The Compact Flash route is more expensive but better reliability.

    regards, Tarkan

  52. 52 On August 15th, 2007, Corey said:

    How much extra room did you have with your single CF card? Would it be possible to fit two CF cards in the same space given you can find some way to make two CF cards read as a single drive?

  53. 53 On August 16th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    Corey, Sadly it is a No on two fronts. It is easy to design a two card design but 2 CF will not fit in the Ipod, just not enougth space for the cards and connectors. 2nd the Ipod firmware does not have necessary coding to access both cards.

    Tarkan

  54. 54 On August 16th, 2007, Blog - iPod iPhone informacje … » iPod Video w wersji Flash said:

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  55. 55 On August 18th, 2007, 5G iPod mod trades the hard drive for CF storage : Power Webblog said:

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  56. 56 On August 19th, 2007, Hadrien said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    First congratulations for your work…I feel this really amazing ;-)
    I have to change my hard-disk on my ipod 30Gb 5g and i’ve heard that a special repartionning (3 partitions actually) of the drive was requested by the itune ipod updater… When you’ve made your modz,didn’t you have to create any partitions?
    Regards,
    Hadrien

  57. 57 On August 20th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    Hadrien, No once you have installed the iPod will display the connect computer to restore. Itunes will detect the iPod and will offer you to format and restore.

    regards, Tarkan

  58. 58 On August 21st, 2007, Dave said:

    Hey Tarkan,

    After my HD died, I was considering something like this but realized that the task would go well beyond the scope of my soldering skill, and for that matter, the usefullness of the iron I have: the connectors are just too small! So if you ever consider selling CF adaptors, or your PCB design, please let me know.

  59. 59 On August 22nd, 2007, Tarkan said:

    Stay tuned I will have some news in the next few days about the for sale version of the adaptor.

  60. 60 On August 22nd, 2007, kevin said:

    If you can put me on the list of people to email when you are ready to sell adaptor

  61. 61 On August 24th, 2007, Darren said:

    you mentioned were you sourced the connectors, but where did you find the PCB. When you said “Now I could finalise the circuit board design and get the PCB made.” do you mean that you made this yourself? or did you have someone make it for you?

    Your help is greatly appreciated and thanks for the work you’ve done already.

  62. 62 On August 25th, 2007, Dunks0r said:

    Can you put me down for one to purchase as well. I happen to have a dead 5G and a 8Gb CF which would love to meet each other.

    Thanks!

  63. 63 On August 25th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    I have invited ten people to test out the pre-release version. As soon as I receive feedback – I will start mass selling.

  64. 64 On August 29th, 2007, utp said:

    Hi, wonder does this connector would work on my laptop with a 1.8″ ZIF connector? (Toshiba MK6008GAH or Sandisk SSD5K-B8Z1-S032), if you can you also can you please put me down for one as well???

    Great thanks!!!!

  65. 65 On August 29th, 2007, Sean said:

    Tarkan, about how much do you think the adapters will cost when you put them up for sale?

  66. 66 On August 29th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    I have written up my battery life tests using compact flash… it can be found here http://www.tarkan.info/20070826/tutorials/apple-video-ipod-battery-life-compact-flash/

  67. 67 On September 1st, 2007, Rick said:

    hi Tarkan, great work, I have a dead HD in my 5G iPod so this would be a really cool thing to do. But I’m no good at soldering, so if you decide to sell this awsome adaptor, I would be happy to buy a couple! – thanks, Rick

  68. 68 On September 1st, 2007, Rick said:

    ps where did you get your price for the replacement hard drive, I still havent found one for around 60 quid…
    – I’d still prefer flash memory in mypod – let us know – Rick

  69. 69 On September 4th, 2007, more adapters… : Wonderful Thoughts said:

    [...] then, the reason I was almost blown away with Tarkan’s project is because I’ve got a 5G-adapter coming up too. I already told in my video that an adapter [...]

  70. 70 On October 21st, 2007, kyle said:

    hey man, ill be willing to buy one of these if possible. thanks send us an email.

  71. 71 On October 27th, 2007, Luis said:

    Where I can get the adapter and with than solicitous name
    Thanks

  72. 72 On November 9th, 2007, Tony said:

    Still around?! I may need this adapter too! :P Small problem though, I can’t seem to get the “flip” up on the zif drive… taking my time though. I see two little “pry spots” one on either side of the ribbon but as I’m trying to pry… not good.

  73. 73 On November 9th, 2007, Tony said:

    OK. You don’t flip the connector up or unlock it at all, it just pulls out apparently. I see your adapter is finally for sale. I’m interested in purchasing one, please e-mail me to let me know they’re still for sale. Thanks again for your wonderful work.

  74. 74 On November 18th, 2007, Chris said:

    Hey Tarkan, this question is semi off topic. I am trying to repair a friends ipod video 80 gig model,
    I replaced the headphone jack but it appears there may also be a problem with the battery, but before I go ahead and
    order a replacement I was hoping to find the measurements from a functional battery pack, my google searchs have turned up
    little to nothing about the actual measurements I should be getting from the ribbon cable coming off the battery pack. Hoping
    you might be able to supply those numbers for me

  75. 75 On November 18th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    Hi Chris,

    The Li-Ion batteries that are used in the iPod are hard to measure capacity and condition from terminal voltage.

    I would say the best way to determine if it is worth changing the battery or not is to connect the battery to the iPod leave it on charge till the iPod reports that it is full (about 4 hours).

    Then remove the battery from the iPod and leave it alone for an hour or so, then measure the terminal voltage.

    If the battery is very good I would expect the voltage to be very close to 4.0v or even higher, anything below 3.8v would make me suspect the battery’s condition.

    Terminal voltage at full charge is 4.2v, with no load a freshly charged battery should show 4.2v – however the iPod battery is smart, i.e. it has builtin battery monitoring and charging circuits, which does draw a very small amount of current which will bring that voltage down.

    regards, Tarkan

  76. 76 On December 15th, 2007, Alex said:

    Hi Tarkan!
    Really nice and structured job you did…
    I like the idea to improve an ipod with a lesser probability of failure and optimized power consumption. I am using my old 3g ipod, have only 2 hours batterie capacity with the same habits to use the device you have and now i would like to do this project with a better 5g ipod.

    could you deliver more information how to print the pcb and where you made it? also i have now idea which pins to connect on the pcb.. i checked the hirose page and think you used the FH12- 40 S-0.5SH connector, right?

    another thing: do you have suggestions to install a bigger batterie? after the adjustment to CF drive theres plenty of space to carry many ampere hours.. is the smart batterie necessary or can you simply use any pack with the right cell voltage?

    thanks for a short reply!

    ciao
    alex

  77. 77 On December 16th, 2007, Alex said:

    cool, i just found out youre selling the stuff..
    looks good.

  78. 78 On December 17th, 2007, Alex said:

    hello!
    thanks for your reply.

    just an additional comment…
    theres an adaptor to combine 2 cf cards.
    here you can find something that might work together with standard IDE communication the ipod is using:

    http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/33190/139/

    also on the sonnet batteries homepage you can find slim and nice batteries used for the 1st generation ipod. there could be a chance that this one could fit inside later ipods… 2000 mAh would be plenty of juice.
    who thinks it could work that way?

    cioa alex

  79. 79 On December 17th, 2007, Tarkan said:

    I’ve seen that before, I did contemplate fitting 2 CF cards in to the 5th Gen ipods. The cards will fit plus the connectors but you needs lots of circuitry to emulate 2 cards in to 1. I do have a design for a 2 CF card circuit but wired in a master/slave config, not sure if the iPod can do that and most certainly would need a firmware hack – maybe Rockbox.

    I cannot find any size specs for them 1g batteries, but it just maybe possible to use one of them with the deeper back case from a 80/60Gb ipod – also the connection has to be altered.

  80. 80 On December 21st, 2007, barcj said:

    Great news.With CF card,I can put all my music on computer to the ipod.The last question left is the price of CF card.:(

  81. 81 On January 5th, 2008, Frank said:

    can you tell me how to buy the adaptor via money order i live on the usa thanks

  82. 82 On February 17th, 2008, Bidoux said:

    I would like to try the same thing with a zune 30gb.
    I thing the hardrives are the same (MK3008GAL).
    Would it work ?

  83. 83 On February 17th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Yes it should work, the Zune has the same ZIF connection as the iPod.

  84. 84 On August 4th, 2008, go to work bog said:

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  85. 85 On January 13th, 2009, khikho said:

    Tarkan, I notice you used StarTech ZIF2CF Compact Flash (CF) to ZIF / LIF Adapter from NewEgg in one article and in another about using 32gb CF you used iFlash Video iPod Compact Flash Adapter (mk2). Can you use either? Great article BTW.

  86. 86 On January 13th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    No I only used my iFlash adaptor.
    I don’t support them other generic Cf to Zif adaptors as they are generally very poor quality and the Zif connector used is not designed for the iPod ribbon – which causes all sorts of problems. Not to mention the fact they don’t fit in the iPod very well, so cause straining on the ribbon.

  87. 87 On May 18th, 2010, jrock said:

    so i bought the flash adaptor, and a cf card but my ipod wont start up. i got the topram 32 card. any ideas that could help? thanks

  88. 88 On May 29th, 2010, Papaz Büyüsü said:

    so i bought the flash adaptor, and a cf card but my ipod wont start up. i got the topram 32 card. any ideas that could help? thanks

  89. 89 On May 29th, 2010, Tarkan said:

    Hi,

    Are you able to read and write to the card when the iPod is in diskmode? This will show you if the iFlash is installed ok and the iPod is able to access the card ok.

    Generally Topram 32Gb cards work have been reported to work.

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