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15th January 2008

Launched : iFlash Ipod Compact Flash Adapter (mk II)

By Tarkan | Permanent Link
Updated Thu, 14th February 2013

iFlash iPod Compact Flash AdaptorDue to recent surge in demand for the iFlash – the iPod compact flash adaptor. I am happy to announce the mk II version.
So what is different…



  • Sleek Black finished PCB
  • Slimmer by 0.7mm
  • High Quality Connectors (DDK Connectors as used on the original Apple iPod Hard Drives)
  • works with most CF cards from 512Mb to 256gb (read more..)
  • SDHC and SDXC cards using a SD-CF Adapter (read more..)

iFlash iPod Compact Flash Adaptor
The Benefits of Compact Flash Ipod

  • Smoother User Interface, no waiting for the hard drive
  • Reliability – no mechanical hard drive about to fail
  • Lighter by 27grams, 20% weight saving (based on 30gb version)
  • Drop proof if the LCD survives, so will the Compact Flash
  • Extended Battery life up-to 50% increase (real world usage)
  • Fits all 30gb, 60gb, 80gb, 120gb, 160gb  5g 5.5g 6g 6.5g 7g Video Ipods
  • Simple and very easy installation (takes less than 5 minutes)

iFlash iPod CF Video
For this new version I have decided to go with a clean matt black finish. The connectors have been upgraded to even higher quality versions.


iFlash iPod Compact Flash LogoThe Zif connector is made and supplied by DDK the people who make the connector on the Toshiba / Apple Hard Drives that are used in the iPods. This insures that the connector is 100% compatible with the ribbon cables (FPC) used by Apple and is the only connector guaranteed to the same specifications as the original hard drive connection.

iFlash iPod CF high quality DDK connectorThe cheap generic  Taiwan made ZIF to CF adaptors found on the web use very cheap and poor quality Zif connectors which do not work well with the Apple ribbon cable and are likely to damage the delicate connections.

This adaptor is even slimmer than before which makes it lighter and leaves even more space for people who want to carry out further mods – like audio capacitor upgrades or even integrated bluetooth modules!! (the new size may also allow fitment in to the new iPod Classic, to be tested!). iFlash iPod CF thin

I have left the best news for last, I am pleased to announce a huge price cut – so if you only do one mod to your iPod this should be the one. With prices of Cf cards coming down, this adaptor and a good sized card will be cheaper than replacing the faulty hard drive.

iFlash iPod 5g 5.5g video
Want to Buy?

Visit my store…..


Watch the installation video below. The biggest challenge you will face is to open the iPod, but with patience and perseverance most people manage it. Most important tip I can offer is to make sure the thin sharp end of the opening tool is pushed deep in to the seam between the front and back case, and with a gentle pulling action away from the ipod run the tool up and down the seam. Make sure the tools is kept inserted as far as possible in to the seam – this is what releases the clips!!! You will hear and feel them release.


Due to the world of litigation, I need to warn you that everything you read is for information only – if you decide to open your iPod, install the adaptor, or attempt anything because of what you have read here then you do so at your own risk.

I cannot take responsibility to any damage you cause to yourself, to someone else, to your iPod, to your Compact Flash card, and to any other property belonging to you or not from information gained on this site.

What this means is if you manage to blow up your iPod and in the panic fall out of your second floor window – you are on your own!!

If you are not comfortable or have some doubt with the techniques shown on this page or you are just frightend at the prospect of falling out the window please do not attempt them, get someone else to do it for you.




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  1. 1 On January 16th, 2008, Modding : Apple Video Ipod (5g & 5.5g) - The Compact Flash Version - Tarkan Akdam’s BORED said:

    […] UPDATE: iFlash iPod Compact Flash adaptor has been launched. More information can be found here. […]

  2. 2 On January 17th, 2008, Corey said:

    After restoring your iPod with iTunes did you need to connect your iPod to an external power source? I have found this is necessary for the iPod mini but it would save me a trip to Walmart if it is not needed on an iPod video.

  3. 3 On January 18th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    No need for external power.
    Once you restore the iPod with iTunes, the iPod will work exactly like before and charge via the usb – data lead.

  4. 4 On January 26th, 2008, Christian said:

    Thanks Tarkan! I just got the adapter and put in a 32GB compact flash card in my girlfriend’s iPod! Everything seems to be working alright.

  5. 5 On January 26th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Christian, You’ve stolen my thunder – I am publishing my 32GB CF Ipod article on Saturday. :) and you’ve beat me to it!!!

    Thanks for the feedback regardless and enjoy….

  6. 6 On January 26th, 2008, The 32Gb Compact Flash Ipod - Tarkan Akdam’s BORED said:

    […] Launched : iFlash Ipod Compact Flash Adapter (mk II) […]

  7. 7 On January 31st, 2008, kareem said:

    Would this connector work for hdd camcorders? I have a Sony HDR-SR1, and it is extremely easy to replace the hard disc drive with another hdd that has a ZIF connector.


    Could this work? or is the ZIF connection specific for iPods?


  8. 8 On January 31st, 2008, Tarkan said:

    The circuit and the ZIF connector will work in your Sony camcorder. Just need to make sure the camcorder has enough space for the adaptor.

  9. 9 On February 3rd, 2008, Benson said:

    Does this work with 4G 40Gb ipods??

  10. 10 On February 3rd, 2008, Tarkan said:

    No sorry only the 5g 5.5g Video Ipods – for 4g read this instructable. It covers modifying the 4g iPods.


  11. 11 On February 10th, 2008, Nick said:

    i have to say this is the best mod you could do. i have been using this adapter with a 32GB x133 card for almost a month in my ipod video it is incredible, very fast, reliable & i get a lot more battery life!

  12. 12 On February 10th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Nick, which 32Gb card are you using? Also do you have any timings for the syncing / transfer speed from Computer to iPod?

  13. 13 On February 26th, 2008, Command-Tab » iPod 5G Hack: Bluetooth and CompactFlash said:

    […] attached to the ever-shrinking connectors inside the iPod. You can get the full details and photos here, and see more hacks at […]

  14. 14 On February 27th, 2008, Robert said:

    I’m anxious to buy please answer my e-mail

  15. 15 On February 28th, 2008, Alqvimista said:

    What about a 3G Pod?


  16. 16 On March 7th, 2008, Jurriaan said:

    You can order a adapter for your 3G iPod at http://geektechnique.org/projectlab/767/put-flash-memory-into-almost-any-ipod .
    Tarkan, is does your adapter work for the iPod Classic?

  17. 17 On March 14th, 2008, Tom said:

    Would it be possible to fit the 60/80GB battery into the case of a 30GB when using cf??

  18. 18 On March 14th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Not sure, but I doubt it. The 60/80Gb battery is a few mm thicker than the 30Gb, but several companies now supply greater capacity 30Gb batteries and combined with the iFlash adaptor – you will get very good battery life.

  19. 19 On March 18th, 2008, Woot! My 30gb RWA iMod is now 32gb flash based! - Head-Fi: Covering Headphones, Earphones and Portable Audio said:

    […] Posted by Than What adapter did you use? This guy in the UK developed a very slick adapter. Works great! And, yes, it is fully functional. I’m listening to music as I type. […]

  20. 20 On March 19th, 2008, Mike P said:

    Hello Tarkan,

    The adapter is working great! Many thanks for a high quality product. I am spreading the news about this
    mod and expect to see some demand for it as the Summer approaches. Will keep you posted.

    I have a question for you regarding the iPOD Classic and 3rd Gen Nano. As you know the front case is aluminum cast
    and is extremely difficult to seperate from the back case without damage. I am wondering if you have found anyone
    out there that has been successful in removing these cases without damage or replacement required?? This seems to
    be a huge comodity right now, and I am willing to pay for the services for those that can open in a high quality
    method. Or better yet, have a “fixture” that can be purchased that would allow for opening them. Let me know if you
    can help or have a line on someone I can contact. Appreciate your time and reply.

    Best regards,


  21. 21 On March 19th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Mike, Glad the adaptor has worked out for you.

    Apple have really moved bar in terms of the fittings on the Classic and 3rd Gen Nano. Few weeks back I had to fix someones Nano that had been dropped and I had destroy the case back to get it open.

    I am not sure it can be done as the clips cannot be accessed, but I would need to study the case back some more – so if you have a case back that you can send me that would be a good start.

  22. 22 On March 20th, 2008, New hard drive for video ipod or buy Sansa Fuze? - Head-Fi: Covering Headphones, Earphones and Portable Audio said:

    […] OR, you can get a CF card and install it in your iPod (5th gen) using this adapter…. Launched : iFlash Ipod Compact Flash Adapter (mk II) – Tarkan Akdam’s BORED […]

  23. 23 On April 5th, 2008, Scott said:

    First off – terrific adapter. Very well thought out and took me all of 10 minutes to do the switch. I haven’t had any real issues with the player but if my player is off for more than 24 hours, when I go to turn on the iPod I get the screen telling me I need to connect it to my computer and restore it through iTunes. If I do a reboot then it works fine. This is a very minor annoyance but I thought I would ask if you’ve experienced this and know any possible work arounds. Otherwise, it is working flawlessly.

    I’m using A-Data’s 32gb CF if it matters.

    Thanks again for a great product!


  24. 24 On April 5th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    The issues you noticed is sadly a bug in the apple firmware.

    When you turn the iPod off it goes in to a sleep mode – it stays in this sleep mode for anything from 8 hours to 36 hours (time is dependent on battery level and battery condition), after which it switches to a deep sleep.

    When the iPod is resuming from the deep sleep it reloads the operating system from the drive, I’d say something like a soft reset – however it is this which is the problem. The firmware polls the CF card and does not wait long enough or is not told to wait by the CF card – so it throws an error. The funny things is this problem sometimes occurs with the hard drives as well, it seems the time-out for the resume from deep sleep is very aggressive.

    I am still experimenting with this issue but I think UDMA and certain very fast CF cards have the speed and communication skills to ask the iPod to hang on while it gets ready (like the hard drive would do). So they do not seem to be effected by this bug.

    As a side note, when this restore message occurs the iPod will switch off after a few seconds and hitting the menu button will get it to restart normally – you do not have to initiate a hard reset.

    I will have an article up once I have investigated this further.

  25. 25 On April 5th, 2008, Scott said:

    I see. Makes total sense. Thank you for the response – it is much appreciated.

    Keep up the great work!

  26. 26 On April 5th, 2008, Adam said:

    With regard to the comments made by Scott on the 5th April, I cannot agree more, a fantastic product. I too have the same issue when the iPod has been left off for more than 8 hours, I have just been reseting until now. I did wonder if this was the PEAK 16 Gb I have been using or the iPod itself.

    I have had another problem where I can operate the iPod but no tracks actually play, every track I try just sits at 0.00, however a quick reset fixes this and all is normal again, this has only happened twice in two weeks use. This could be fault with the iPod itself, I bought the iPod used on ebay, it had a faulty drive and drive cable.

    Thanks for a great product.

    – Adam

  27. 27 On April 5th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Like my response to Scott, restore message is a combination of the apple firmware and slow CF cards.

    I never seen the ipod not playing tracks and just sitting at 0.00 – that would occur if it cannot find the track. I would to run a chkdsk command on the iPod drive (you may need to enable disk use in iTunes). You could have a corrupt filesystem.

  28. 28 On April 6th, 2008, david said:

    would the ipod appear on my computer as a mass storage device so i can add music with out the need for itunes?

  29. 29 On April 6th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    No, the iFlash only changes the storage medium – the iPod operates exactly as normal versions.

    However, if you want to avoid the use of iTunes than I suggest these two options.

    one option is ml_ipod plugin for Winamp which can be found here http://mlipod.sourceforge.net/

    second options is to install the rockbox operating system which would allows your ipod to be used as a mass storage device where the music is dropped in to directories on the drive.

    Hope this helps…

  30. 30 On April 12th, 2008, Edmond said:

    Is it possible to use compact flash in 1st Gen iPod?

  31. 31 On April 16th, 2008, Adam said:

    Looks like my 16Gb PEAK card was flaky, the iPod decided it wanted to be restored but the 16Gb card was not having it. I popped the suspect card into an iPod Mini that was using a 2Gb CF card and into numerous card readers but nothing could access the 16GB card.

    I have never encountered a dodgy CF card before ( have I just been lucky?) but the supplier has agreed to replace the PEAK card so I will see how it goes when I get a new CF card.

    I have put one of your adapters and an A-Data 32Gb CF card into a friends iPod, and so far so good. Their only comment was it took about 3 hours to sync 26Gb of music, hopefully they won’t have to do this too often. To be honest I don’t know how long it takes to sync this amount to blank HD based iPod.


  32. 32 On April 16th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Dodgy CF cards are rare. Having said that I have had about 2 cards fail on me in the last few years.

    Yeah the A-Data is not the fastest tool in the box. I measured the A-Data transfers topout at 3MB/s where as the hard drive can achieve 11Mb/s.

    Good news, modern UDMA cards can transfer as fast as the hard drive. My old Sandisk Extreme III card has the same transfer speed as the hard drive.

  33. 33 On April 25th, 2008, Mike H said:

    My adapter came a couple days ago – nice job on fast shipping! I immediately tried it with two different 1-GB CF cards I have: a plain old Sandisk, and a Sandisk Ultra II. The plain Sandisk refused to work – I couldn’t even read or write to it in disk mode, all I/O errors. I figured it was just too old to be recognized properly, so no big deal. The Ultra II card worked perfectly, like a dream. So I decided to order an 8 GB Transcend card (133x).

    The Transcend card came today, and I’ve spent the last 6 hours banging my head against the wall trying to get it to work. I/O is fine – I can read and write in disk mode with no corruption. But any time I restore the iPod from iTunes, I get the dreaded recovery mode loop. Even though the firmware appears to copy over just fine, the iPod is absolutely convinced that it still needs to be restored after rebooting.

    I have scoured the internet and I’ve tried everything I can possibly think of. Different computers, old firmware, newest firmware, Windows format, Mac format, disk mode, normal mode, reset iPod. I even repartitioned it to move the firmware partition to different blocks on the card to see if that would do it. Everything I tried worked like a champ in the Ultra II card, failed on the Transcend card.

    Again, I/O to the card while it’s in the iPod works just fine. From the computer I can partition it, format it, copy files, low-level block copy the firmware, everything without corruption or errors. I’m stumped!

    I’m sending the card back to the vendor for a replacement in the small hope that I just got a bad card with a really obscure glitch. If the replacement doesn’t work, I’ll either settle for the 1 GB Ultra II (a bit small!) or shop around for another card. I hate to keep buying different cards, as this was supposed to be a low-cost replacement to hold me over for a while after I dropped and broke the original hard drive from this iPod.

    Anyone else have good or bad luck with the Transcend cards? Aside from that issue, the adapter itself seems to be great!

  34. 34 On April 25th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Mike,

    I have had a couple of people mention they had issues with the 16Gb 133x Transcend, but also people who I know are using them with no problems.

    Interestingly someone in the USA sent me a 8Gb Transcend 133x for testing ( picture here:- http://www.tarkan.info/images/Transcend8Gb_133x.jpg )

    This card has been working ok in a 5g Video iPod with the latest 1.3 firmware, is this the same card as yours?

    It could be that Transcend just have bad quality control.

    At least you know the iFlash and your iPod are working ok!!

    Let me know how you get on.

  35. 35 On April 25th, 2008, Mike H said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Yeah, that’s exactly the same card I have. Good to know that it’s been working for you, gives me hope that a replacement will work. The odd thing is that everything else seems fine with this card – if I were using it in my camera, I’d probably notice nothing wrong at all!

    It goes back in the mail today, hopefully the replacement comes next week. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  36. 36 On April 25th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Mike, have you tried the diskpart command in windows to delete the partition table – and then re-attempt the restore process?

    I have had issues where iTunes would not bother rewriting the partition table if it can see the small 40Mb partition it creates to store the iPod O/S.

    By deleting the partition table will force iTunes to do a complete restore.

  37. 37 On May 3rd, 2008, Dave Marcotte said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    I wanted to share with everyone my experience using your CF adapter for my broken iPod.

    I have a G5 Video iPod and it started having the click of death a week or so ago. I tried everything to get it to restore, but perhaps because the battery also ran down, I was having no luck. So I decided to try your adapter.

    We’ll, I’m completely satisfied with it. I received it the other day and last night I followed your installation video and within less than 5 minutes my iPod was restored and working using a 4GB CF card I had. I’m stoked!!!

    I’ll eventually get a 32GB card, but for now, it runs much faster than it did with the HD, and from what I’ve read it will use less battery power as well. But even better, I can now go jogging with it, which I couldn’t have done with the HD in it without risking the click of death again.

    So I wanted to give you the kudos you deserve for bring to market something that works so flawlessly and much improves the original design of the HD based ipods.

    For anyone who’s hesitating, I can say that I had a flawless experience ordering and even installing the adapter and hope this encourages others out there to spend the few bucks for a much better upgrade to their iPod.

    Thanks Tarkan.
    Dave Marcotte

    PS, shipping was also quick, even coming from GB to USA. Thanks for being so responsive.

  38. 38 On May 3rd, 2008, Tarkan said:


    Thank you for your kind words and for the feedback – I am glad you like your iFlash’ed iPod.

    That is the beauty of flash storage is no more click of death. As memory capacity goes up and prices go down – it is easy to swap out the CF card when necessary!!

  39. 39 On June 2nd, 2008, Alex said:

    Hi !! I just got a new gen Ipod Nano..(8G) and I wonder if I could use your product to fit in it or is it just for the larger video ipod ? hope so..

    thanks a lot

    regards, continue your great work

  40. 40 On June 5th, 2008, Rob said:

    Hi, thanks for the adapter, it works great. I bought an iPod classic 80gb on ebay and the hard drive was faulty. With care i managed to open up the ipod classic and fit your adapter inside. It fits perfectly. Not tried getting the lid back on yet!! Shud be ok. I had a 1gb lying around so i used that but im going to buy a larger capacity CF card. The casing has to be bent out to release the clips, hope i can put it back together to make it look as good. The interface is really fast now, no more waiting around for cover artwork to load. Coverflow is much better.

    Here are some pics:

  41. 41 On June 6th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Alex, Sadly it is only designed for Video iPods (5g, 5.5g, and 6g Classics). The new Nano’s are very problamtic – to open up you need to damage the rear casing and also the flash memory is soldered – so any upgrading would need major solder reworking skills.

    Rob, Thanks for the feedback!!! I am glad the Classic has worked for you – I have had a Classic here for the last few months and having tested around 8 different CF cards I could only get it to work with the Sandisk Ultra / Extreme range.

    You have been very lucky to get it working with a cheapo Jessops card!! To save you some time and money I have tried the following cards with no joy.

    32Gb Adata
    16Gb Adata
    8Gb Samsung 150x OEM
    16Gb Samsung 280x OEM
    8Gb Transcend
    16Gb Transcend
    16Gb Peak Technology

    I would be really interested in knowing what the iPod reports about the CF card you are using. To do this enter test mode (press back and select buttons during boot up, scroll down to i/o and select hard drive).

    Can you tell me the info displayed on the hard drive screen.

  42. 42 On June 7th, 2008, Rob said:

    Thankyou for the advice about the CF Cards. I actually bought an 8gb sandisk ultra II on ebay but when i put it in it only showed 2gb (it seemed to work with the ipod though), so i checked it in my PC and its only got 2gb. Im pretty sure its a fake, so im getting a refund. This is bad news, i was thinking of getting a 16gb if the refund works through and the 16gb sandisks are expensive. Maybe ill get a real Sandisk 8gb instead cos they are a good quality brand. Anyway, i just pulled up the HDD Specs and heres what i got:


    Doesnt mean much to me but hope it helps. Do you know why the compatibility for 6g should be different to 5g.

  43. 43 On June 9th, 2008, Rob said:

    Hi again, what is the problem with those cards btw? Do they get past the restore process??

    Anyway, do you think a Lexar premium II 80x will work?

  44. 44 On June 10th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for the screenshot. I just wanted to see what information the Classic was reading from the CF cards.

    For example the Sandisk cards caused an error on the HHD Spec screen, where as all the other cards I tested reported their serial numbers and firmware correctly.

    Before your posting and testing, I had assumed the sandisk worked because they did not report the fact they are CF cards.

    Now I am thinking maybe this is not the case – all my Sandisk cards are 4Gb and below, where as all the other cards I tested were 8Gb and above.

    The problem with the cards I listed is that they work fine in disk mode and through the iPod you can read and write on to them, but they do not get past the restore screen.

    I think it is either the Apple firmware which is not happy with you using a CF cards or that firmware is not happy with the partition table or byte layout on CF cards.

    Sadly, I gave up with the classic so returned it to the owner – if I can get hold of a 16Gb Sandisk Extreme card maybe you can try it for me.

  45. 45 On June 18th, 2008, Rob said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    The refund came through and i bought an 8gb Lexar Platinum 80x from mymemory for £20.99 bargain!! Anyway, it works like a charm. So far ive tried Jessops 1gb, IBM 1gb Microdrive and Lexar 80x 8gb. All of them have worked for me. For you it may have been a problem with your ipod, or maybe the ribbon cable, or even you adapter. Anyway, just to let you know that im working with iPod Classic with 8gb Lexar.


  46. 46 On June 18th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for the feedback. The Classic I had was fine with the Sandisk cards.

    Having said that I would class Lexar to be equal to Sandisk in quality and technology for CF cards – so maybe all the larger capacity budget brand cards are out of the question for the iPod Classic.

  47. 47 On June 24th, 2008, Chris said:

    This looks great. Will it work on the iPod classic. Just thinking ahead for a drive failure.

  48. 48 On June 25th, 2008, Tarkan said:


    Yep!! the adaptor fits and works in the new iPod Classic (6g).

    The firmware is fussy about the CF cards that can be used – I hope to have an article up once some more testing has been done.

  49. 49 On June 26th, 2008, Desi (Norway) said:

    Tusen takk, Tarkan! [Thank you, very much!] The 2 adapters arrived in all haste, but I had to chew my nails 9 days longer for the 32GB Transcend CF card to arrive from the U.S. The wait has paid off. I installed both adapter and card, restored the iPod and synched 687 songs and 52 podcasts in 35 minutes (Windows XP). Yes, slower than the hard disk, but reliable. I look forward to seeing how this works out over time and usage. Great work!
    One glitch, however: the first of the 2 adapters which I tried to fit into my iPod would not seize hold of the ZIP connector strip. After closing the clamp bar, the connector persisted in slipping out. The 2nd adapter (not bought backup purposes, but for a 2nd iPod – yet, thankfully (!) available right away) held onto the connector and fit as it should. [It seems that the slot does not open deep enough to accommodate a sufficient length of the connector. This was true of the drive connector for the 2nd iPod as well.] Any suggestions?

  50. 50 On June 26th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Desi,

    Glad you like the adaptor and it is working for you!!

    I wonder if the ribbon connector backing plastic has moved, could I ask you to email me a photo of the connection front and back.

    Have you tested the 2nd adaptor yet? if it is faulty let me know and I will have another one sent out to you.

  51. 51 On June 28th, 2008, Rob said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    Received your 32GB today, good news is that it seems to work ok for me in the classic!! Before i started, i did a fat32 format with gparted to make sure it wasnt confused by the firmware already on the CF card. I slotted it in and it said restore, so i did and hey presto it works. Ive taken a couple more pictures as proof. Interestingly when i go to HDSpecs in the diagnostics mode, the serial no contains the “CF CARD”. I will send it back, asap for you, unless theres any other testing that you wish me to do. It is very strange how it did not work for you. Its a shame you still dont have your classic.

    http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc58/rob2910/DSC02918.jpg – Diagnostics mode “SMart Data” comes up with an error, but that happened with the previous CF cards too.

    Thanks ,Rob

  52. 52 On June 29th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Rob, this is excellent news. With your testing it is beginning to look like the same cards which work on the 5g will work on the 6g Ipods.

    I will email you directly shortly.

  53. 53 On June 30th, 2008, Repaired iPod, iPod Repair - passion is disorder of the mind, madness said:

    […] converting from HDD to Flash […]

  54. 54 On August 5th, 2008, Macon said:

    ok, I have an off-topic question. your posts have all been about the iflash for the ipod 5G, 5.5G, and 6G. I’ve recently stumbled upon a topic in this link: http://epizenter.net/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?167471 about the creative Zen Vision:M with a dead hard drive being revived/resurrected by a ZIF to compact flash adapter being sold at ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310033632991 which I think has a lower quality than the adapter you are making/selling. I was wondering If your adapter is similar to the one on ebay, and would it work on the creative zen vision:M? Also, would it fit the Zen Vision:M? Thanks in advance to your reply.

  55. 55 On August 5th, 2008, Tarkan said:


    The problem with them cheap Taiwanese adaptors is the bad Zif connector, they are very poor quality and not designed for the same thickness FPC as the Apple hard drive FPC, I think about 15% of the iFlash buyers are people who have tried the cheap adaptors first – they find they get intermittent connection issues and the fact that the adaptor stresses the FPC causing failure.

    I have never owned a Zen Vision:M, I would think electrically the iFlash will work fine, but it is will it fit inside the Zen which is the unknown thing….

    I do offer refunds on the iFlash, so you are free to order one and return it if you find it unsuitable.

  56. 56 On August 12th, 2008, EgitimTUBE said:

    Thanks Very good

  57. 57 On August 20th, 2008, jher said:

    Adapter received, video ipod drive replaced with a-data speedy 16GB flash card and up and running in less than a 30 minutes! It seems amazingly light now that the old 30GB drive is out! Thanks for making this product!

  58. 58 On August 22nd, 2008, Hammid B said:


    I bought and installed your adapter into my 60GB iPod video 5G and enjoy the better battery life and less weight. Thanks!

    I also have a Fujitsu u810 and experimented with using a CF as a harddrive. The CF/hard disk adapter I have installed in it supports up to UDMA 4, but the CF (32GB 300x) I have in it will support UDMA 5. I was thinking of switching the u810’s adapter with the one I bought from you, but I want to know if your adapter supports UDMA 5 before making the swap. I’ve used your adapter in the u810 with a slower CF before (32GB 133x UDMA 4 comapatible), so I know your adapter will work, but I really want the UDMA 5 to be enabled for maximum speed. If your adapter can provide the UDMA 5 compatibility, then I’ll do the swap.

    Please let me know…

    Hammid B.

  59. 59 On August 22nd, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Hammid,

    Glad you like your iFlash’d iPod.

    The iFlash is fully UDMA compatible, so in theory should give you the highest transfer speed available between the host and slave devices.

    In practice you may find it is very different. Some of the ratings on these devices need to be taken with a huge pinch of salt!!!!

  60. 60 On August 26th, 2008, Dan B. said:

    I received my iFlash earlier today (4 days to the U.S.) and just finished syncing and doing a play test on my iPod. I don’t know if it’s any snappier, but it’s definitely not slower. Installation went fine except I think I’ve discovered I should have formatted the CF card (a 32GB AData) prior to installing it. Instead, the first time I attempted to restore the iPod, it froze halfway through, and went into an infinite reboot loop. I removed the CF card, reformatted it (Mac HFS+ Journaled), and reconnected everything. After some testing, I was able to put the iPod into Disk Mode ( http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1363?viewlocale=en_US ) and restored it again – now it works perfectly.

    Tomorrow I’ll test it throughout the day, but it’s working great so far.

  61. 61 On September 9th, 2008, Brandon said:

    imagine an ipod nano with 64 gb ultimate ipod!!!!!!!!!

  62. 62 On September 12th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Yeah all we need now is 64Gb cards that are affordable!!!

  63. 63 On September 15th, 2008, Robbie said:

    Hi guys, I am gonna give this mod a go but I was wondering has anyone who ordered the 32GB card from Newegg been stung for duty. I am in Europe and was wondering if I can get the card without being hit for duty as I am thinking of ordering 4 of them. Any help would be great. Thanks!

  64. 64 On September 15th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Robbie, I don’t think Newegg sell international, but someone else may correct me.

    The best way is if you know anyone in American who do the purchase for you then forward the cards on to you.

  65. 65 On September 15th, 2008, Robbie said:

    Many thanks for that Tarkan, I’ll organise someone to get these for me and post them back, or is there an alternative?

  66. 66 On September 16th, 2008, Hammid B said:


    Well, I found out the problem with using your adapter (or any other 1.8″ CF-to-IDE ZIF adapters) in a Fujitsu u810 and not achieving UDMA Mode 5 speeds. Apparently, 300x CFs need to run at 3.3VDC to achieve UDMA Mode 5 speeds. My 300x CF can use both 3.3VDC and 5VDC, but it can only operate in UDMA Mode 4 if it uses 5VDC, which is what the u810 provides.

    I need some type of transformer “thingy” to knock the 5VDC down to 3.3VDC in order to use your card at UDMA Mode 5 speeds. I’ve found other cards that have voltage selectors on their boards, but none with a ZIF connection.

    Any ideas how I can knock the voltage down to 3.3VDC on the adapter?

    Hammid B.

    P.S. Your adapter is still working great in my 5G “60GB now 32GB” iPod video. I love how light the thing is now.

  67. 67 On September 17th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Hammid,

    Have you measured the voltage and is it 5v? The problem with dropping the supply voltage to 3.3v is that CF interface on the u810 will still be working at 5v levels which will probably cause issues.

    One things you can try is that my adaptor forces the CF card in to 3.3v mode when you say the u810 is working the card at 5v. To switch the card to 5v mode you need to remove pin 33.

  68. 68 On September 21st, 2008, microft said:

    Hi, I made the this mod to an 5th Gen iPod video.
    Seems to work and the battery life is arounf 13,5 hours (tested).

    The only issue is that when I turn on the ipod I get the same error message you get when when you replace the HDD for the CF card. It tells you to connect it to the computer. However if I reboot the ipod (Menu+Center) it boots fine. Anyone else having this happen to them?

    Thanks! Loved this mod!

  69. 69 On September 26th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Microft, Glad you like your iFlash’d iPod – it is rather good isn’t it (even if I do say so myself!!!).

    Are you getting the restore message after you leave iPod off overnight? if so that has been discussed previsouly due to the iPod firmwares agressive resume from deep sleep timings.

    However, if you are getting that message everytime you are turning the iPod on – then it could be you have a bad partition table on the card, you would need to remove the card and rewrite the paritition table either via partition software or fdisk, etc.

  70. 70 On September 28th, 2008, microft said:

    It’s only when I leave it overnight. I had a feeling it had something to do with timings.
    I’m going to search the other comments for a solution or try to install RockBox.


    PS – I’ve been getting around 14hours of continuous play. This is awsome!

  71. 71 On September 29th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    It is not that much of a issue, if you just let the iPod power down then press menu again it will power up ok.

    The other options is to leave the iPod in a dock, so it never enters deep sleep.

    Becareful with Rockbox, looks like they have updated to version 3 and you may have issues with it and the iFlash – I am hoping to do some testing over the next couple of days.

  72. 72 On October 7th, 2008, george said:

    Installed the flash card in my 5G iPod. I get the message about restoring the iPod, then prompt for admin password. However, when I restore I get the dialog:
    The iPod “iPod” could not be restored because it is busy.

    This is on a Mac with iTunes 8.0.1

  73. 73 On October 28th, 2008, Macon said:

    Hello Tarkan, it’s me again. Hope the ipod classic project is doing well.

    I’m commenting here again because last time I mentioned the microdia CF you said it was vaporware.

    Now Pretec just released their own CF cards, a 48gb and a 100gb one. I’m wondering if it’s compatible with your adapter. Hope you do an update on the compact flash ipods and see if these cards are compatible :)

  74. 74 On October 29th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    You’re right they have become real. Sadly the price is too real as well I think the Microdia 64Gb is running at US$350 – so long way to go before it is affordable.

    I do want to try them but Sterling (£) is going to sh*t against the US Dollar so it has become too expensive me for me to purchase.

    But I do hope to get hold of these new cards to do some testing as soon as I can……

  75. 75 On November 4th, 2008, Macon said:

    Ouch! that high eh? At least the prices of the 32gb CF cards have gone down, right? The last time I checked a 32gb Ridata Compact Flash card costs 112 dollars on egghead. I wouldn’t be surprised if the price has gone down further than that. Anyways, have you released a full list of the compatible flash cards that work with the adapter?

  76. 76 On November 5th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Scrub that newegg have the 32Gb A-Data up at $64 !!!

    List is slowly coming together, you can find the current list in that article.

  77. 77 On November 5th, 2008, PghBiker said:

    I have a 5th gen 80gig. I mounted it on my bike so road vibrations over 60 MPH would cause it to frequently stop playing and lock up, finally the drive just died.
    Bought one of these a few weeks ago, sure I lost 50 gig of space and had to cut my music library in half, But it was well worth it.
    I just have to say THANKS.

  78. 78 On November 6th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the feedback – it is nice hearing peoples experience with my iFlash….

  79. 79 On November 13th, 2008, Richard said:

    I’m going to sound a bit dense here, but how do you open the ZIP connector? I’ve tried putting a little bit of pressure on the side the cable would go in, but I don’t know if I’m supposed to lift up or push back toward the circuit board, or what. The thing looks so fragile that I’m afraid to exert too much pressure because I might break it.

    Would in be possible to put up a few pictures showing it in the open position with maybe a few pointers on how to get it open. The light colored part just does not seem to want to move. I’ve tried using an iPod opening tool to get into the slot that the cable goes in and lift up, but that doesn’t seem to be right.

  80. 80 On November 13th, 2008, Tarkan said:


    The black bar is what locks the ZIF connector.

    If you place the adaptor down in front of you, with the black bar of the zif connector away from you (white part nearest to you). Place a finger on the black bar and gently pull up and towards yourself – this should lift and rotate the bar to unlock the Zif.

    If you need anymore help ask – have you watched the video? I show the Zif connector operation.

  81. 81 On November 22nd, 2008, Frank said:

    Hello Tarkan,
    your Adaptor works fine with Transcend 16 Gb 133 CF
    in our I pod 5G 30 Gb

    Thanks from Berlin


  82. 82 On December 24th, 2008, Dave said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    I bought the mkII and am very happy with it. But now I want to upgrade from my 4gb CF card to a 16gb card and am thinking I want to use an SD card instead.

    Do you think this SD to CF adapter would work:

    Is your mkII adapter a CFI or CFII type adapter? Which type of CF card / adapter will be compatible?

  83. 83 On December 24th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Dave,

    I have a long time ago test a SD to CF adaptor and that worked with a cheap 2Gb SD card. Someone did try a newer SDHC to CF adaptor with a 16Gb SDHC – I don’t think that worked but it was not investigated further.

    The iFlash will work with type 1 or 2 CF cards – the type 2 are 5mm thick compared to the type 1 3.3mm. The 5mm CF type 2 cards will fit inside the iPod it will be tight.

    I would suggest getting a 16Gb CF card they are so cheap now.
    For a list of CF cards that have been reported to work.

  84. 84 On December 31st, 2008, Dave said:


    My name is also Dave. I live in the Seattle, WA, USA area. I just stumbled on your 32Gb Compact Flash iPod mod on your blog. Great post!

    I’ve been looking for an adapter similar to your “iFlash – Compact Flash Adapter” however, with a bit of a twist. What I need is an adapter that connects CF/CFII MALE (as in a CF card end) to the iPod ZIF. I want to adapt a 60GB or higher 1.8″ format HDD to connect to a standard CF/CFII slot of another (not iPod) portable electronic device.

    I’m wondering if you’d be willing to provide a design based on yours that I could use to have fabricated, or if you could design and provide one.
    Please email to discuss possibilities.

    Dave in Seattle

  85. 85 On January 4th, 2009, Tarkan said:


    What you are after maybe possible – you could have one issue. Most electronics which use CF cards tend to use them in PC card mode which would not work with the HDD. If the device does use the CF cards in True ATA IDE emulation mode then building an adaptor should be easy.

  86. 86 On January 20th, 2009, mark said:

    Just installed my CF, and it goes into the restore loop, I can write to the card and it seems to work fine, I noticed something about diskpart where you said to remove a partition, since I am not all that great with that stuff and I already checked it out online, could you possibly walk me through it?
    appreciate anything!!!

  87. 87 On January 29th, 2009, FS: RWA 32GB FLASH Imod 5g (somewhat rare- I think) - Head-Fi: Covering Headphones, Earphones and Portable Audio said:

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  88. 88 On February 7th, 2009, Jason Price said:

    Hey there!

    I ordered one of these a few weeks ago (The order from Canada) and have been messing about for the last 2 weeks. I have a couple of questions and issues…

    First, the adapter works great as I have a ZIF to IDE adapter and hooked the iFlask with a 4 GB Sandisk Ultra II on it and it was all seen as a hard drive by a PC. I was able to boot with Acronis Disk Director and delete the partition and everything was going well.

    And then…

    I removed the bad drive in the 5G Video and replaced it with the iFlash. I have since been unable to get multiple PCs to be able to properly recognize the iPod. The current machine that I am now doing the bulk of my troubleshooting from is a 780G based mobo with an X2 5200 and it is running Vista SP1.

    Vista sees the device as a USB mass storage controller and also sees a “Disk Drive” but that is it. I have reset the iPod till my fingers cramped up. I have also gone into diag mode to see if I can get any useful information. When I go into the I/O section and then look at the hard drive information, the diags report a lot of bad characters and also claims that there is 96 GB of storage on the drive. At that point, the iPod locks up and then I have to reset it again.

    Any and all advice is welcome as this iPod was a freebee and I would love to get it going and not have to hunt down a different one that has a dead disk (I REALLY want to accomplish this hardware mod :D )


  89. 89 On February 16th, 2009, passionist » repairing ipod, part deux: said:

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  90. 90 On March 13th, 2009, Vladimir Campos said:

    Hi I installed iFlash with a 32GB Transcend CF Ultra Speed 133x and thought I can mount the iPod and copy files to it I’m having problems with iTunes.

    I restored the iPod and after the iPod “boot” it goes back to the iPod restore page and iTunes asks to restore the iPod again.

    If I put the iPod in disk mode I can finish the restore process sync content to it but when I disconnect it from the computer and boot it I get the “Use iTunes to Restore” page again on the iPod.

    PS.: My iPod is a 5.5 generation with a 30gb HD.

  91. 91 On March 14th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Have you bought this Transcend recently? It does look like since Feb 2009 Transcend have changed the internals of their cards resulting in the restore loop issue.

  92. 92 On April 3rd, 2009, Jimmy said:

    I got my 5th Gen 30gb working with a Sandisk Ultra II 8gb, or so I thought. It restores correctly, and I can load music and listen to it. When I plug it back into the computer, Windows (Vista) asks me to format the drive, and itunes either asks to restore again or just does not recognize the ipod at all. Has anybody else had this issue? I’m going to buy a new card to see if that is the problem.

  93. 93 On April 9th, 2009, Tuna said:

    Hello, I live in Vietnam, how to buy the card MKII???

  94. 94 On May 28th, 2009, Joseph said:

    Tarkan and all!

    A direction that could be researched that i’ve thought of, is using SDHC or SDXC (Secure Digital) cards with an adaptor to your (excellent) iFlash. This presents a number of issues, but some great advantages as well. These are the problems i’ve thought of so far: perhaps someone can take this up and work on it…

    1) The biggest issue, vanilla SD cards do not use ATA formatting. However, this would be solvable. http://forum.pbase.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=33564&p=210685 contains some interesting info various people have done for cameras. What would be needed would be a CF bay that would hold SD cards… and contain a chipset to convert the USB/SATA/SerialBus data from the SD card to a ATA/IDE type stream. Believe this is already available on the market… needs research.

    2) Secure Digital is currently working with 2 or 3 different formats… SD, SDHC, and the new SDXC, currently just being released. Would create some confusion… older cards use a different ID string length, could not be read.

    3) Access speed: This is both good and bad. While SDHC cards can be found that have comparable speeds, such as 100x or 133x, in general, SD cards do not exceed a transfer rate of a low Class 6 — around 50/60x. However, newer formats such as SDXC with speeds of up to 400x have been proposed and developed — this is about twice the speed of transfer to a Hard Drive, i believe.

    And others i may not have noticed. However, the advantages are quite noticable:

    1) Size:
    The current “Price per GB per Cubic inch” ratio is much lower than for CF for larger sizes. Pro Exemplum: The largest currently obtainable CF card, i believe, is a 100GB with a rather high price tag, and of course 32GB is still hovering around $80-$150. a 32GB SD, however, can be obtained for only $50 or so. Currently, the SDHC (Secure Digital High Capactiy) format is limited to 32GB. However, a 32GB SD card is much, much smaller than a CF card, and bays can be purchased that will hold (i believe) up to 4. Consider: 128GB of storage on a Solid State iPod… with a 30GB back cover! Secondly, SDXC, which just coming onto the market, offers a theoretical limit of no less than 2TB. an 8TB iPod!
    And of course, there’s Mini SD and Micro SD, both of which can be found in up to around 16GB i believe. Could provide an even larger amount of storage for the same space.

    2) Cost:
    As mentioned above, the cost of a SD card is much less than the per GB cost of a CF. Also, SD cards are somewhat easier to find than CF. (Wal-Mart even carries them in up to 4GB sizes on occasion)

    3) Durablity:
    While both CF and SD are SSD (solid state devices), SD has greater reliablity in cold or hot environments… this would be an advantage to anyone using an iPod in winter sports or the like.

    Seems to be a field that bears further investigation… perhaps this will be an inspiration for someone to look into it further. Again, thanks for your great adaptor Tarkan! i’m currently running a 5.5G with a 32GB Kingston (which is working excellently.. no restore loops yet), iVue, and internal Bluetooth. Now if only Apple would catch up… and decrypt their firmware… (:

  95. 95 On June 27th, 2009, Scott said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Has the iFlash been tested with any 64GB CF cards yet? I’ve recently purchased a 64GB Pretec card and have been trying to get it to work with my 5.5G iPod along with a Startech.com ZIF2CF adapter. It seems to be suffering from the restore loop problem. The Startech adapter worked ok with a Kingston Elite Pro 133X 4GB card. Do you think I might have better luck with your iFlash adapter with the Pretec 64GB card?


  96. 96 On July 3rd, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Sorry, not got a 64Gb card yet!! Do not see why they would not work.

  97. 97 On July 11th, 2009, Tim said:

    Did the conversion to my 5th gen 30g ipod. After I close it up and plug into my computer itunes will not see the ipod. The screen has the sick ipod and the ipod support web site. What did I do wrong? How do I correct? I went back into the ipod and can not see anything that looks broken or out of place. Thanks.

  98. 98 On August 3rd, 2009, Jonas said:

    Exactly the same problems as Tim wrote: “Did the conversion to my 5th gen 30g ipod. After I close it up and plug into my computer itunes will not see the ipod. The screen has the sick ipod and the ipod support web site. What did I do wrong? How do I correct? I went back into the ipod and can not see anything that looks broken or out of place. Thanks.”

    Sad ipod all the time. Neither Windows or iTunes recognize ipod. Cannot enter disk mode. Have tried to format CF but no success. Is there a way?

  99. 99 On August 3rd, 2009, Tarkan said:

    It does sound like the connection is not good. Make sure the ribbon is fully inserted in to the ZIF connector – it goes in quite a bit around 1.5mm.

  100. 100 On August 13th, 2009, Jonas said:


    Unfortunatley doesn´t work with my IPOD 5th. I will try to describe my problem:
    I have fitted a Kingston 16 gb 133 in the adapter, I also replaced the battery since the old was dead. I get the sad ipod when turning on ipod and sometimes I get the “wait very low battery” message. Sometimes I get the “connect to computer to restore” message. I am able to put the ipod in disk mode and by doing that I have charged the battery so I know it is fully charged. So after I have charged the Ipod for several hours in disk mode I connect it to my computer. The computer signals detected USB device and it pops up in the device manager as USB mass storage and in removable device list as Ipod. However windows never assigns a letter and after 30 secs or so the ipod restarts and windows signals disconnected USB device, just when it does windows pops up a unknown drive icon in my computer an when I look at properties it says empty with RAW or unknown file system. When I refresh the drive is there no more and the ipod, after it have restarted show the sad ipod and then after that the “Please Wait Very Low Battery”

    I cannot get into ipods diagnostic mode.

    It is like the battery still is not charged even if it says so (I have changed the battery) or the CF have the wrong format (I did format it with HP format as FAT32). Is ther a way to charge the battery outside the IPOD or a possibility to measure the battery.

    Any help would be appreciated, I´m very close to giving up

  101. 101 On August 21st, 2009, » No-Brand 4GB-CF 4GB CompactFlash? Memory Card – shopping-reviews.net said:

    […] Launched : iFlash Ipod Compact Flash Adapter (mk II) » Tarkan … […]

  102. 102 On September 12th, 2009, Sean said:

    Thanks Tarkan for this Device! It is very specific to the IPOD and works flawlessly. You cannot lose if you buy this cause if it does not work you can get a refund within 7 days. The only problem with that is you better get it to work cause you wont have much time to troubleshoot anything. I got home from SAN FRANCISCO on a business trip and popped in the adapter. First off I had the 6th gen 160 gig IPOD originally and tookt he old drive out and tossed it. It was making the click of death sound. I knew it was time for a change. I have seen many devices on the internet being sold in Taiwan and they are so called Zif to CF adapters and let me tell you they do not work. So if you are thinking about doing this project real cheap it’s going to cost you nearly 100 bucks if you get the 32 Gig CF memory. My IPOD worked with this card Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb formatted at FAT 32 Before the USB cable was connected. As son as I powered on the device it stated to connect the IPOD then to restore it. It worked like a charm! Thank you!

  103. 103 On September 13th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Glad it worked for you – I suppose the cheap adaptor you got was not working in the ipod.

  104. 104 On September 24th, 2009, Clinton said:

    I’ve had my iFlash for about 4 or 5 months now and it’s been working perfectly. But I just upgraded to itunes 9.01 and now itunes doesn’t recognize my ipod. When I plug it into my computer, the finder mounts it then starts itunes but then it doesn’t show up itunes sidebar. Any ideas?
    Thanx in advance

  105. 105 On September 24th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    I think it is a problem with iTunes 9 – my test CF based 5g is not seen nor is my normal 30gb 5g – both show up in windows my computer but itunes does not see either.

  106. 106 On September 26th, 2009, Milo said:

    how much would shipping be to the united states? california to be exact

  107. 107 On September 26th, 2009, Milo said:

    for the adaptor, sorry.

  108. 108 On September 26th, 2009, Tarkan said:


    Shipping is £2.50 for USA – more details on my store page – button can be found along the top bar.

  109. 109 On October 6th, 2009, Mike said:

    Hey Clinton,

    I’m having exactly the same problem with iTunes 9. It won’t recognize my iPod with the iFlash. iTunes 8.2.1 and below work perfectly.

    I suspect this has to do with Apple’s dispute with Palm over syncing the Pre. Basically, Palm has made their device spoof an iPod Video (5th generation) USB device ID to trick iTunes into syncing with it just like it was a real iPod. That’s not really cool, but Apple are being jerks about it too. The last few updates of iTunes have included code to specifically disable this spoofing by the Palm Pre.

    I’ll bet iTunes 9 either detects the iFlash itself, or determines that the flash drive inside the iPod is a nonstandard size drive for that model, and assumes it must be a Palm Pre. Pretty crappy move by Apple if you ask me. I’m about to go file a bug report at bugreport.apple.com, stressing that I own a genuine Apple iPod with an alternative storage device inside, and they shouldn’t be deliberately preventing me from syncing!

    The good news is that you can still get iTunes 8.2.1 (for now, at least – get it while you can!):

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL928 or

    Is everyone else with an iFlash having the same problem with iTunes 9?

  110. 110 On October 6th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Ok, I have managed to spend some time on this.

    I tested my test iFlash’d iPods and Mike you are right it is looking like iTunes is trying to make sure the iPod you use is really an iPod.

    What I discovered is that iTunes is checking the storage size – so when I tested with a 4Gb CF iTunes did not show the iPod. I swapped in a 32Gb CF and iTunes showed the iPod straight away.

    iTunes is probably checking to see if the storage space is at least what the original iPod is meant to have, which will be very hard for Palm to fake.


  111. 111 On October 9th, 2009, nuxx.net blog » Tarkan Akdam’s iFlash iPod Compact Flash Adapter (mk II) said:

    […] to music. I’d recently come across a nice little PCB made by Tarkan Akdam called the iFlash iPod Compact Flash Adapter (mk II) which allows one to replace the 1.8″ hard drive in their iPod with a CompactFlash […]

  112. 112 On October 14th, 2009, CF reader? - Zune Boards said:

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  113. 113 On October 17th, 2009, Gary said:

    I just received and installed the iFlash. iPod works great with all the menus. But iTunes 9 does not recognize the iPod. I have a Kingston 16GB Elite Pro CF card. Is iTunes 8.2.1 the only answer?

  114. 114 On October 23rd, 2009, Clinton said:

    Hey all. Thanks for the help. to compound my problem my computer crashed, so I had to completely start over from scratch. Now not only did I lose a lot of music (not all being that I do back up… sometimes) so now I need to figure out a way to get all the music that I have on my iflashed ipod off AND then add new stuff… so any recommended ipod manager apps for that.. for macos??

  115. 115 On October 29th, 2009, Dickincorp said:

    I was wondering if the adapter work with 133x and/or 233x cards I would be VERY interested to know if the 233x cards would work. (speaking in relative terms to the 5g/5.5g ipods) Are these cards even supported by the ipods or the adapter.

  116. 116 On November 1st, 2009, Wim37u said:

    I also have to use iTunes 8, iTunes 9 is not working with my iPod Video with a 4GB CompactFlash Card. Thanks Palm and Apple.

  117. 117 On November 2nd, 2009, Dickincorp said:

    Regarding Itunes 8, you can download the old version for X86 or X64 XP all the way to windows7 here.

  118. 118 On November 9th, 2009, Completely unnecessary proposed original iPod first gen 64GB mod... - MacTalk Forums said:

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  119. 119 On December 3rd, 2009, mike said:

    I am desperate – I am looking for sd-cf1 adapters – can you help? I found several sites-all unavailable

  120. 120 On January 7th, 2010, Greg said:

    I got a 16 gb Kingston, the one from the supported list but when I plug it in my pc makes the noise where it sounds like it recognizes it and it showes in device manager as Apple device but itunes still doesnt see it. Any thoughts?

  121. 121 On January 13th, 2010, elektrolad said:

    Wondered if I could use a cf card adapter with a 32gb sd flash card? Any thoughts?
    32 and 64gb cf cards are still expensive and I could buy a new ipod for the cost of the mods. I have a 5th gen video ipod.


  122. 122 On March 17th, 2010, edcal said:

    Any update on the itunes thing?
    I have a 5th gen 30g that’s full, so 64g looks like what I need.

    And on that…64g cards are sooo expensive. Do the ipod and adaptor support IDE master/slave so I can use 2 32g cards as 2 drives? I can rip the plastic off to make them thinner, not an issue.

  123. 123 On April 9th, 2010, Tweets that mention Launched : iFlash Ipod Compact Flash Adapter (mk II) » Tarkan Akdam’s BORED -- Topsy.com said:

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  124. 124 On June 15th, 2010, Nate said:

    Any update on the iTunes storage size issue? I have a 30GB iPod 5g that I want to convert to CF with the adapter, but 32GB cards are a bit pricey at the moment. Will 16GB not work?

  125. 125 On June 15th, 2010, Tarkan said:

    Sadly, no – the only option would be to use iTunes v8.

  126. 126 On July 12th, 2010, Gary said:

    HELLO, I got my iFlash mk II and used the cf 32gb from adata 533x. It restored and I was back in business in about 5 minutes. By the way, this was used in a 6th. ipod classic and it seems to be fine. Thanks for a great product and fast shipping from London, UK to the USA. Thanks again, Gary

  127. 127 On July 13th, 2010, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for letting me know, I have now added this range to the compatability list.

  128. 128 On July 15th, 2010, Pepe said:

    Hey, yesterday I put the Iflash into my ipod. When I try to transfer many files on the ipod via itunes, it gets very hot in the front (clickwheel) and freezes after a few files. When I transfer files without itunes on the drive the ipod still gets warm but it don’t freeze. I use the newest version of itunes (9.2) and the AGFA Photo HighSpeed 32GB. It would be great if you could help me.



  129. 129 On July 15th, 2010, Tarkan said:


    Take your ipod apart again, and re-assemble making sure nothing is touching or shorting out. I have seen this issue on many iPods which have been ‘refurbished’ I think the power supply section is short circuiting against the metal frame – hence the heat, etc.

    Hope this helps.

  130. 130 On July 16th, 2010, Pepe said:

    unfortunately short circuiting doesn’t seem to be the problem, i put akku and iflash out of the case and put a piece of paper between this parts, but still the clickwheelfront gets really warm – the motherboard on the backside keeps cool, really strange… but as i said when i drop files in the windows drive window the front gets warm but the files will be transfered without interruption. When I try this in itunes, the ipod freezes after ca. 500 files and itunes shows an error. Perhaps itunes is the causer…

  131. 131 On August 3rd, 2010, Arthur Mortensen said:

    Have done 32GB conversion with two iPod videos with great results. Eager to find out about 64GB compatibility with iFlash. Have you tested any 64GB cards yet?

    Thanks in advance,

  132. 132 On August 3rd, 2010, Tarkan said:

    If you look at the compatability list – couple of 64Gb cards have been used with some success.

    namely the Patriot Signature 64Gb and the Wintec Filemate Professional 64Gb.


  133. 133 On September 22nd, 2010, Dustin said:

    I recently tried to install your adapter on a Zune 120 with a Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb. It keeps giving me the general hard drive failure error. Do you know of any cards that are known to work specifically with Zunes? Thanks

  134. 134 On September 22nd, 2010, Tarkan said:

    It has been a long time since I played with the Zune, but from my experiments I think the Zune firmware expects that the drive storage space is equal or greater than the hard drive size.

    It would mean using a 128Gb CF card. I have a old Zune 40Gb here, and once I get hold of a 64Gb CF I will give it another try.

  135. 135 On September 27th, 2010, Cornelius McG said:

    Will this work for my iPod Classic 1st Generation (2001) with a scroll wheel? If not, do you know where I can get an adapter? Thanks :)

  136. 136 On November 9th, 2010, 0026 said:

    Hey, where did you order those DDK’s ZIF connectors? Im interested into them as i am making my own little project for iPod, but i dont want to desolder them from the HDD.

    Thanks in advance, 0026.

  137. 137 On November 10th, 2010, Tarkan said:

    I get them from DDK – but you need to order in the thousands!!!

  138. 138 On November 12th, 2010, 0026 said:


  139. 139 On December 8th, 2010, LarryFW said:

    I have a SanDisk ExtremePro 64GB CF Card sitting right here, i’m going to order one of these adapters and give it a shot in my 160GB Fat Classic. Unless someone says it won’t work, which would make me sad :(

  140. 140 On December 8th, 2010, LarryFW said:

    Also forgot to ask, would it be worth it to grab a battery from the thinner classics and backplate if this works? Probably just keep it as is with the larger battery for longer playtime.

  141. 141 On December 10th, 2010, Tarkan said:


    Yes the thinner backplate would be ok – like you have noted you will need the thinner battery as well – but there are many larger capacity thin batteries available for the ipods now.

    With the 64Gb card – we have had 3 cards reported as successful, so you will have to test and report back.

  142. 142 On January 4th, 2011, LarryFW said:

    Bah, looks like I need to go scrounge up an iPod video to use this thing. Apparently the iPod Classic I have doesn’t use a standard ZIF/LIF connector, it’s actually quite a bit smaller. I have the original 160GB Classic.

  143. 143 On January 4th, 2011, LarryFW said:

    Also do you perhaps know if this thing would work in a USB to 1.8″ ZIF/LIF IDE Adapter? I tried and it come up device not ready with any card, but normal drives work fine.

  144. 144 On January 4th, 2011, LarryFW said:

    Scratch that, the contacts on this are upside down in relation to the 1.8″ hard drives I have, so it works in the enclosure. Now to find an 80GB 5.5 Gen…

  145. 145 On January 4th, 2011, Tarkan said:


    Actually, all you need is the ribbon from a 5g/5.5g iPod to get the iFlash working in your 160Gb Classic.

    You can pick them up for a couple of dollars on ebay. Make sure you get the original Apple ribbon, as some of the non-Apple ones are thicker and poor quality.

  146. 146 On January 9th, 2011, rouen sterling said:

    OK … I totally foobarred. Not sure why or how I overlooked the obvious Ipad CLASSIC converter — when I – indeed have an Ipad TOUCH. After carefully taking my Touch2g appart and carefully inspecting all the cable ends … I realized … nothing resembles the zif ribbon cable.

    By chance … IS there a way to upgrade my “TOUCH 2g” to your adapter?

    Thanks …

  147. 147 On January 9th, 2011, rouen sterling said:

    Erm .. IPOD ..

  148. 148 On January 15th, 2011, LarryFW said:

    It works! I had to get one of those ribbons, but you can add the SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB 90MB/s to your list. Well at least for a Classic, though it should work in a 5.5G

    Also, for the iPod touch guy. The touch already uses flash memory, and second there’s no room in a touch for a CF card. The Flash chips are soldered onto the board.

  149. 149 On January 15th, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Hey thanks for the feedback – added to the list.

  150. 150 On January 17th, 2011, Sean said:


    I have the newest iPod Classic (160GB thinner, late 2009). Will your adapter work with it? Is 400x a good transfer speed for a CF card? Thanks.

  151. 151 On January 18th, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Should work fine

  152. 152 On January 25th, 2011, NoTron said:

    Any success with a technique for opening iPod Classic without damage?


  153. 153 On January 30th, 2011, LarryFW said:

    The way they made that thing, I doubt it. I was careful opening mine and I still got dents in the sides of the faceplate. The back might get slightly bent where you have to insert tools to pop it off also.
    I just ordered another face plate and sanded and painted the back.

  154. 154 On January 31st, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Lots of patience is called for.

    I have done a few 6gens and the metal clips do not want to undo. If you look at the back once it is removed you can see they have designed them to be one-way locking – welcome to the ultimate in disposable electronics.

  155. 155 On March 25th, 2011, borbor said:

    Just finished installing this in my 5th Gen with a 32GB Kingston Elite Pro 133x and it works perfectly!! I originally ordered a cheapo off E-Bay, and it would lock up and not load up songs half the time. Dropped the CF into this adapter, and it’s been awesome! I’ve had the iPod running for almost 3 hours, and still have 75% of the battery left!

    Thanks for a great product!

  156. 156 On May 22nd, 2011, Matt said:

    I could use your help… I have your adapter and a CF card (Kinsington 32 gig). They worked will with my 6 gen ipod, but i just put a SSD in the 6 gen. I tried to put this in my 5 gen. The 5 gen works perfectly with the old driv ein, but I get the apple followed by the frowny support screen when this is in. I’m guessing this is because the CF needs to be formatted? How should I fix this?

  157. 157 On May 22nd, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Have you tried doing a restore with iTunes?, it could be that you need to format the card as it has the 6th gen software on it.

  158. 158 On May 27th, 2011, Hadi said:

    mr tarkan,

    i have ipod clasic 20G and the hardisk is broken now.
    i need change it with converter and compact flash.

    send to me how much that price, please?


  159. 159 On June 7th, 2011, Paul Evans said:

    great looking card easy to install but no mater cf card I get crc errors .6th gen 120 gig , windows sees the drive and the ipod but know luck formating..

    any ideas would be great.

  160. 160 On June 7th, 2011, Tarkan said:


    When you say windows see the card – do you mean you can access the iPod as an hard drive and read/write/format it?

    Also which cards have you tried?

  161. 161 On June 13th, 2011, Mafradon said:

    I bought the adapter for my classic 6g but i’ve wasted my money on at least 3 cf cards.
    they come up in the diag mode but you cant format or restore the ipod. can someone publish a list with card’s known to be working with the 6G ??? (to stop me wasting money ;)


  162. 162 On June 13th, 2011, Mafradon said:

    while i was examining my converter i found that on two sections of the cf connector there was solder where i think it shouldnt be i measured it with my voltmeter and it showed that some pins where interconected can somone confirm this is normal or do i have a F***D convertor?

  163. 163 On June 13th, 2011, Tarkan said:


    I doubt you have a problem with the adaptor, as they are all tested.

    What cards have you tested? and have you checked that the iPod and iFlash are communicating, by placing the iPod in to diskmode and checking you can read and write to the CF card like a hard drive.

  164. 164 On June 14th, 2011, Mafradon said:

    A transcend 8GB 133X
    and a 16 GB kingston 133x
    plus some other cards i found lying around.
    i tried putting the ipod in disk mode but couldnt format the drive. and capacity comes up as 0.0
    the flash disk does however come up in the diag menu.

  165. 165 On October 24th, 2011, Nelson said:


    I was wondering will this work on the 3rd Generation iPod with the 4 buttons. I’ve only see comments on 4th Gen and onward. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  166. 166 On October 25th, 2011, Joe S said:

    HELP! I have an ipod video 5G, and I bought your card and the Transcend 32GB (TS32GCF400). I got that combination from the compatibility page. I also purchased a new battery for my ipod as the old one wasn’t holding a charge. I followed the step by step procedures to install the CF card and the adapter. However, when I plug it in, I get the unhappy face. and a low battery warning. It charges for a while, reboots and then I get the sad face icon. Please help???? Thanks. Joe

  167. 167 On October 25th, 2011, Tarkan said:


    Have you tried another CF card? it is worth testing with another smaller card something like a 512Mb, 1Gb or 2Gb to test.

    I would also try removing the iFlash and the hdd ribbon and re-attaching them making sure ribbon is fully home.

    Give that a try and send me an email with how you get on.

  168. 168 On November 7th, 2011, Mafradon said:

    Hi tarkan,

    its been a while since i last tried the old ipod but it still doesn’t work i have tried literally everything and actually broken the adapter by fiddeling with it. Its a 6g 80Gb ipod classic has someone out there actually got this combo to work? or is this some stupid apple protection, if so is there anyway to bypass it.

  169. 169 On December 18th, 2011, Jonas said:

    Hi tarkan,
    I am from Germany and I can tell it is not easy to find an Adapter taht works for an 3G iPod. Does anybody here know whick Adapter is proper for a use? I can only find US sellers. Thanks,

  170. 170 On January 30th, 2012, Shashidhar said:

    Hi Tarkan.
    I’ve Ipod Video 30 GB want to replace the battery and ordered via ebay global. Want to increase the capacity of storage. Is it possible to mod my ipod to CF of capacity 64 GB. I’m from India… how can I purchase your adopter ? Thanx in advance.

  171. 171 On February 17th, 2012, Coop said:

    Received my adapter & toolkit today. That was pretty quick, I’m used to mail from the UK taking longer :) I must say that the only really useful item in the toolkit was the guitar pick. The rest of the tools kinda sucked, but the guitar pick was awesome :)

    Once the pod was open, installation was easy. The fit of the adapter is simply perfect. I used it to put a Transcend 32GB 400x (TS32GCF400) in my iPod Video 30GB (5G). The whole process took about 20 minutes. Now I have a 32GB Flash iPod running Rockbox! Thanks!!


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  173. 173 On April 5th, 2012, Shane said:

    Does the iFlash support an SD to CF card adapter? I’ve seen them around, and I’m sure you have too – it’s basically a CF card with a slot in the side for an SD card. You could save a lot of money going with a 64GB SD over the same size CF.

    Actually, I may have just answered my own question. It can only be a CF card because they use the ATA protocol and therefore mount as a hard disk, whereas SD cards don’t. Am I right?

  174. 174 On May 12th, 2012, Thin Billy said:

    I’ve had a problem with the CF card slipping off the pins a couple of times. Can you suggest a way of locking card and adapter together?

    Thanks for the great work.

  175. 175 On May 13th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    You must have a pretty loose CF card. The easy method is just a small piece of tape (like pvc tape or even packing tape) across the CF connector and CF card.

  176. 176 On July 7th, 2012, Ash Carden said:

    Hi there, I thought I would thank Tarkan for his great product and share my experiences. I had spent hours trying to get the Ebay £1.75 to £2 adapters to work in my 30gb and 80gb ipod 5th generations, they do not work, they only work in the 4th generations. Tarkan’s adapter for 5g works brilliantly. Another thing, the SD(HC) to compact flash adapters don’t work either, even with Tarkan’s adapter, I have tried 2 different 2gb sd cards, a 16gb integra ultima sdhc card, samsumg and kingston microsd cards ranging from 1gb to 32gb and none work. Also, if you have the constant restore problem, just use another card and save your time, a “quick format” using FAT32 settings will suffice to get through the restore loop but “Only if you card is working”. I finally managed to get a 4gb Kingston card 2008 version, green sticker with white flower working, format the card outside of the ipod first, use a card reader, then follow Tarkan’s instruction. You should not have to format a card for four hours to make it work… If it is taking that long and says “unable to format” then take the card, insert into a card reader and do a quick format FAT32. Then if it is supported it will restore and load the software straight-away (all done in 5 minutes). Final point, if you get a card with cyclic redundancy check, save yourself hours avoiding Testdisk, EaseUSpartition magic etc. they will not work in Windows to solve the problem, instead download Linux “Parted Magic” iso, burn the image to a CD, boot into the “Live” CD, and do a “Clean” of the flash card, it will igonre the CRC problem and make the card usable in Windows again. I hope that this saves people the hours that I have wasted! Thanks again Tarkan, great product.

  177. 177 On July 7th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Hi Ash,

    Thanks for the comment. Yes my main support requests from people who have bought them cheap adaptors on ebay, and some who have been even more on Amazon for the same adaptor. Like you have found they rarely work and are not designed for the iPod.

    I am sure the info in your comment will help people having issues with formatting cards, I do however suggest people refer to the compatiblity list for known working cards.

  178. 178 On July 14th, 2012, Zach said:

    Hey tarkan, I ordered an iflash with ROW shipping (to USA) on July 3rd, and have yet to recieve it. I was just wondering if and when it was actualy shipped off.


  179. 179 On August 6th, 2012, Chris said:

    Hey Tarkan!

    I opened my iPod Classic 160GB (2007) and had to realize, that my hard drive cable and connector are much shorter than they are on the pictures of other iPods. I don’t know how to install it, please help! :)


    PS: Added a picture for you: http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/9492/20120806200919.jpg :)

  180. 180 On August 6th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    You have a Samsun drive in your iPod which uses a different connection (ATA-CE), the solutions is to use an original 5g hdd ribbon. I have emailed you seperately, as I do stock them.

  181. 181 On September 15th, 2012, Vincent said:

    Hi Tarkan !
    Thanks a lot for your CF adapter. I used it on an ipod gen5 whose hard drive wasn’t running correctly anymore.
    Following your indications, replacement was easy !

    Just after the ipod restore, it couldn’t be recognized by Itunes however the small Rhythmbox Media Player (Ubuntu) did initalized it and now everything works great (including Itunes).

    Thanks again for your stuff !!!!

    Used CF : Silicon Power 32Gb 200x (can add it to your list).

  182. 182 On October 9th, 2012, dash said:

    Hi, my HD stopped working so i decided to do the flash mod.

    I bought a adapter from Ebay and now that i have done the mod. i cant restore my ipod.
    It shows the sad ipod logo and after i connect it to my mac it shows the very low battery message.

    Anyone one here can help me resolve/identify the Problem?

    Is possible the adapter is faulty?

    I also changed my screen and battery when i did the flash conversion.
    I used a Kingston Elite pro 32gb CF card.

  183. 183 On October 9th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Sorry I can only provide support on my iFash.

    The cheap ebay ones are not made for the iPod and they are very poor quality.

  184. 184 On October 9th, 2012, dash said:

    Alright i will order one from you soon. Should have in the first place. my bad.

  185. 185 On October 9th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    It is a mistake many people make.

  186. 186 On October 12th, 2012, Arlo said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I just purchased you iflash cf adaptor and i would like to ask if do i still have to buy another hdd cable? Mine is 7g Ipod Classic (thin).


  187. 187 On October 12th, 2012, Tarkan said:


    Thanks for the order. You will need to open the iPod up to see if you require a 5g ribbon, let me know as soon as you can so I can add it to your order.

  188. 188 On October 13th, 2012, Arlo said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I just take the iflash cf adaptor. I just hope that all ipod classic thin has the same hdd ribbon.

  189. 189 On January 12th, 2013, Jeroen said:

    I ordered two of Tarkans adaptors and am very impressed with them.

    They fit nicely in both an ipod video (5g) and an ipod classic (7g) and the connector is of the same quality as the ipod ones. Though the pcb on the ipod 5g is dead the adaptor works flawlessly on the 7g.

    Aside from the adaptor being perfect, Tarkan himself has been awesome as well. Good service, fast shipping and providing a premium quality component that saved my 2 broken ipods and my wallet.


  190. 190 On January 13th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Jeroen,

    Thanks for the feedback. Always great to hear people happy with my little product!!!

    Sorry to hear you have a bad motherboard on the 5g, you are free to return the iFlash you are not using for a full refund if you choose to.

  191. 191 On January 18th, 2013, Ian Brockhurst said:

    are the 64gb compact flash cards, now available, compatible with your ipod compact flash adaptor mkll ?

    Ian Brockhurst

  192. 192 On January 18th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Of course 64Gb and 128Gb work great. See list of working cards here :-

  193. 193 On February 1st, 2013, John S. said:

    I have installed the iFlash in a 7g iPod Classic (model A1238). It fit perfectly and connected to the original flex cable for the hard drive. I have used it with both a Lexar 8GB 133x CF card and a Komputerbay 128GB 600x CF card.

    Note: when changing cards, it seems to be crucial to disconnect the battery cable. Otherwise, the iPod “remembers” the old capacity and formats the new card to the old card’s capacity.

    When I put in the 128GB card, iTunes asked to recover the iPod, and after that was completed, asked again to recover the iPod. I may have repeated the process again, and got the recovery request again. I simply unplugged the iPod, selected the language, and plugged it back in, at which point it was recognized as a new iPod and I was able to sync to it.

  194. 194 On February 1st, 2013, John S. said:

    PS- With the Komputerbay 128GB card installed, syncing music onto the device seems to be writing at about 8-9 MB/s.

  195. 195 On February 28th, 2013, Fred said:

    What do you recommend for keeping the flash card in the iFlash? I noticed sometimes when the ipod drops it loosens from the iFlash.

  196. 196 On February 28th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    How hard are you dropping it? :)

    If it is a problem, the easiest solution is to place a small bit of tape (cellotape) across overlapping the CF card and CF connector, that will hold it securely.

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  198. 198 On March 30th, 2013, Thomas Metcalf said:

    I just finished installing the iFlash II with the SD card adaptor into an 80Gb iPod classic 6G. I used a 128.GB Kingston SDX10V/128GB SDXC card. After a lot of mechanical and software problems, it works really well. I thought I would share my experience with all of you so that you can get past them in less time than it took me, and with less damage to the iPod case.

    Opening the case:

    This is a pain in the ass! The biggest problem is that you can’t actually see what the set up is inside. Even after viewing many videos on the subject, I really didn’t understand how these little “sarcophagus clips” (as they are called) actually work and where they werelocated. Basically, they are little square pieces of spring metal attached to the sides towards the front panel of the iPod; they flare out a little bit and point down towards the back of the unit. The bottoms of these clips catch on little indentations in the frame that is attached to the front panel. So, you have to push something small (1/4 inch or less wide), strong (metal) and very thin down along the inside of the side wall to push them away from the the internal frame that is attached to the front panel of the unit.

    The thing you need to know is the location of these clips as you can’t see them, so you need to make a template. Draw a 2 7/16″ x 4 1/16″ rectangle on a piece of paper; this is an outline of the iPod. Orient the rectangle so that the long side is vertical. Here are the locations of the clips; mark them on the rectangle:

    Top: 1 1/2″ over from the top left corner
    Left side: 7/8″, 1 5/8″, 2 5/8″, and 3 7/16″ down from the top left corner
    Right side: 7/8″, 1 5/8″, 2/5/8″, and 3 7/16″ down from the top right corner
    Bottom: 1/2″, 2″ over from the bottom left corner.

    If you sit the iPod in the rectangle, you’ll know where they are.

    Disclaimer: The next steps involve forcing sharp X-Acto blades into the cracks between the top and all four sides of the iPod. This is dangerous! Don’t do it on your lap; don’t hold the iPod in your hand. Wear eye protection as the blades are a bit brittle. I am not responsible for any injuries you incur doing this. You have been warned.

    You need to buy at least twelve “#23 Corner Stripping” X-Acto blades (these have a squared-off end) and a handle to mount one of them in. Put one of these in the X-Acto handle; this will be your pry tool. I found that the plastic tools were useless. The best place to start is between the two center clips on one of the sides. The technique here is to pry the side out just enough to shove one of the loose X-Acto blades (sharp end down) along the inside of the side to push the clip outwards. You are going to leave every one of these in place as you put them in. When you are looking down into the crack you’ve created by prying the side out, don’t be fooled by the little metal loops you see near the top; these are NOT the clips. They are just part of the spring metal piece that all of the clips are attached to. I wasted a ton of time on these little bastards thinking they actually did something. Remember: you can’t see the clips you are pushing out of the way. The single top clip is a pain because there is a lot of other stuff to either side of it, so be careful.

    Just so that you know, the headphone jack and switch on the top side are attached to the bottom, so you will not have to maneuver them out of their openings. Also, the plastic piece around the docking connector is connected to the back; the connector doesn’t come through the side wall, so you don’t have to worry about breaking that.

    Software issues:

    I had a hell of a time formatting the 128Gb card with FAT32 (I use iTunes on a PC). I tried a DOS window and a program called SwissKnife; neither one worked. I ended up doing it with my MacBook Pro.

    The next problem was restoring my iPod in iTunes. No matter what I did, I kept getting the “can’t connect to the Apple server” warning. I had to do a manual install. This involved downloading the correct ipsw file for my iPod. I did this through a site called ipswnow.com. I used the Classic (24/1.1.2) file. Warning: This may come in as a zip file, but it is NOT a zip file. Change the .zip to .ipsw. In iTunes, hold shift and hit restore. That should so it.

    Good luck.

  199. 199 On March 30th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Thomas,

    Thanks for the write up with your experience with the install – I am sure the opening instructions will be helpful everyone has their way of doing it.

    I am surprised you messed about with formatting the card, I find it best to let iTunes dealing formatting and partitioning the card as required. Did you try restoring without formatting?

  200. 200 On March 31st, 2013, Thomas Metcalf said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I couldn’t get the restore to work due to the “can’t connect to Apple server” warning. I formatted it externally thinking that it would get rid of the warning and allow the restore to occur. So, in retrospect, I probably could have skipped the formatting, obtained the ipsw file, gone right to the manual restore, and gone to bed an hour earlier. But, that’s the nature of flailing, isn’t it? Doing a lot of stuff it turns out you didn’t have to.

    By the way I ordered another of your iFlash / SDXC kits (two actually) to modify my other iPod. I also purchased some extra iPod back covers just in case my X-Acto scheme doesn’t work that well afterall.

    By the way, I love the iPod speed improvement! Thanks for putting all of this together.

    “Flailing” Tom

  201. 201 On April 1st, 2013, Thomas Metcalf said:

    I have to make one correction: The X-Acto blade I used was a #17 Lightweight Chiseling Blade, not a #23 Corner Stripping blade.

    Sorry for the error.

  202. 202 On April 10th, 2013, Ivan said:

    Hey Tarkan, I just installed the adapter with a kinstone 32gb memory on 7th gen classic… it worked at first, the wire got disconnected, they connected it again, I had to restore and I was able to transfer songs, then, it had an error when transfering (said no files found) Now, once I connect the ipod to the CPU is ejected automatically, the ipod firmware works perfect, I just cannot add songs, restore… and the test has an error when detecting drive, the weird thing is that the OS is working, the menus, the games… what could happen? probably the ribbon cable?

    Do you guys have experience installing Dolgix 128GB @600x?

  203. 203 On April 10th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    You should try reseting the iPod and restoring, other things you can try is place it in to diskmode before connecting to the computer and then restoring.

    Finally you may have to remove the CF card and format in a card reader then re-install.

    People have used the smaller Dolgix cards, so the 128Gb may work – but no has reported on that card yet!

  204. 204 On April 19th, 2013, James said:

    Hello Tarkan, I was wondering if I could possibly get your advice, sadly I wish I had found your products before I had purchased others, but any way I had purchased a ZIF to CF board that works for ipod video 5g, and a topram 32gb cf card. Well the install and ever thing worked fine for about 10 minutes, then I noticed the ipod had frozen up and when it finished playing out the song it was on, it stopped all together, so I had to hold the center and menu button to do a reset. Once it restarted it came up with the dead ipod logo saying to go to apple.com, so I cracked the ipod open again and checked everything, then put it all back together and restored it for the second time. Again it worked for a bit but then had the same issue. So I tinkered with it a bit, and removed the bumpers from the original HDD, and I noticed this particular board has a light on it that flickers when the card is being accessed, and when the ipod freezes, the light isn’t flashing. But here is what I want to know, sometimes when I push the board sideways a bit it starts working again, and sometimes it will just work until I put the back on again, so to me it seems like it could be four different problems but I cant figure out which one: Either the CF card was damaged from the original bumpers applying too much pressure, the boards ZIF connector is worn out, the ipod’s ZIF connector is worn out, or the ZIF cable is worn out. Which one does it sound like to you?

  205. 205 On April 19th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Sadly this the problem with them cheap adapters, the ZIF connector sits too high and non-center causing stress on the motherboard Zif connector and HDD ribbon.

    You probably need a new HDD ribbon and probably a new adapter, and hope the motherboard zif connector is not damaged.

  206. 206 On April 20th, 2013, James said:

    Ok so you still have the ZIF to CF board and ZIF connector for sale right? I’m in Colorado USA, so do you have a guess on how long it would take to get here? And a little more detail on what I have done, I had found this ipod in the trash and severely damaged, so i have already replaced the screen, faceplate, buttons, battery, and headphone port. Essentially the only thing I have not replaced is the metal back, the motherboard and its metal surround. So after the extra cost of having already paid for the old ZIF board, is it worth getting another? My total cost so far has been around 80 dollars. And one more thing, is the 32gb CF card by topram any good for this? When it was working, I was able to put a lot of music on it (i didn’t try to fill it up, i had put around 8gb of music on it), and the playback didn’t seem slow at all.

  207. 207 On April 20th, 2013, James said:

    And do you know how much the total would be for those two items including S&H?

  208. 208 On April 20th, 2013, Tarkan said:


    My Store page (link in top menu) has everything you need. Shipping is Free.

    On the store page you will also find links to a compatibility list of tested CF cards, the Topram 64Gb is not on there but the Topram 32Gb is known to work in the 5g’s ok.

  209. 209 On April 22nd, 2013, TobyKoch said:

    Hey Tarkan!

    Thanks for your iPod Adapter and the very fast shipping to Germany. I can definitly highly recommend it to others.
    The Adapter was very easy to install with a Komputerbay 128GB 600xx CF-Card.

    It works like a charme in my 7th Gen. Classic

    Keep up the good work!


  210. 210 On April 22nd, 2013, Ivan said:

    Does any have any experience with the dolgix 128gb CF @600x?

  211. 211 On April 27th, 2013, Andy said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    i recently bought a iFlash/cf-sd Adapter bundle. Now i found time to do the mod but it seems not to be working. I tried a few different SD cards i happened to have around. (SanDisk Extreme 128GB, SanDisk Ultra 16 GB, Panasonic SDHC 4GB) and some CF cards too (Lexar Professional CF 1GB, SanDisk Ultra II 4GB) non of them are working. Any suggestions what else could be wrong? there was some struggle with connecting the iFlash to the iPod but it was centered and one of the white lines visible. If i put back in the hdd it works fine but with the iflash installed i constantly get the sad iPod icon.

  212. 212 On April 27th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Andy, I have sent you an email with some points.

  213. 213 On April 30th, 2013, Andy said:

    Hello Tarkan,

    Thank you very much for your quick respond. Finally i found the mistake. You may guess it… i was holding it wrong. -> rtfm lol.

    Finnaly i’m a glad owner of a old new 128 sdxc iPod video 5,5. Sweeeeet!

    Thanks again and sorry for my stupidity.

  214. 214 On April 30th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Glad you got it working ok!!!

  215. 215 On May 10th, 2013, Thomas Metcalf said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    A strange story:

    I purchasing an iFlash with the SDXC adaptor from you, installed it in an iPod Classic 6G with a Kingston SDX10V/128GB, and it worked perfectly. So, I decided to do this mod on a second iPod Classic 6G. It worked, but would sometime freeze and skip songs all by itself. I tried resetting and restoring the iPod, but it still had the problem.

    So, I contacted Kingston, explained the situation, and they replaced the 128.GB SDXC card. The bad news is that it still does it, not nearly as often, but it still occasionally does it (the first iPod I modified has never done this). The strange thing is that this iPod works perfectly with its old hard drive.

    So, I’m at a loss to explain this. This seems like some kind of subtle signal timing phenomenon on the iPod board; somethings on the hairy edge and is affected by timing tolerance of different cards.

    At $80 or $90 dollars a pop, I’m not too keen on buying a different brand of SDXC card on the off chance that it will work. Maybe I should buy a new iPod board (not cheap, either).

    I poked around a bit on the web, and interestingly enough, many people have reported these same problems with brand new stock (hard drive installed) 6G and 7G iPod Classics. Maybe its a design flaw?

    Any thoughts or ideas?


  216. 216 On May 11th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Thomas, interesting – another user had an issue with the same card where one card is failing when syncing, but the other card works fine, I can only assume one of the cards is faulty.

    It would be interesting for you to move the working SDXC/SD Adapter/iFlash to the problem iPod.

  217. 217 On May 12th, 2013, Thomas Metcalf said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I actually tried that, but the iPod couldn’t see it; I assumed that Apple put something (probably the iPod’s serial number) on the card to prevent swapping (sounds like a thing Apple would do). I thought about restoring my music library into the faulty unit, but I didn’t want to mess with something that is working. So, I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

    One thing I could do would be to put the suspect card into the unit that is working, restore it, and see if that works as well as the other one. That way, I wouldn’t have to mess with the working card. I’ll try to find the time to do that, but I’m pretty busy at work right now.

    I’ll keep you posted.


  218. 218 On May 12th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    You may have a problem with that iPod motherboard. Swapping a SD or CF card between iPods should work ok, I have do it when I am testing iPods.

  219. 219 On May 14th, 2013, Thomas Metcalf said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Last night, I took the SDXC card out of the working iPod and put the non-working SDXC card into that iPod. As before, it said there was no music on the card, so I had to restore my iTunes library to that card and have been listening to it all day without a problem; so the problem is with the other iPod. Actually, this doesn’t really prove anything, as the Kingston cards could all be out of spec and my good iPod is simply more forgiving timing-wise. The strange thing is that I have owned that iPod since 2008 and has worked flawlessly with its hard drive, and still does.

    So, I guess I either put the hard drive back in, live with the occasional SDXC problem, or buy a new logic board. In looking at websites that sell logic boards, I notice that there are different versions of iPod logic boards for 6G iPods (part numbers 820-2168-04, 820-2168-05, or 820-2168-A). Do you have any idea if one of them is better than the others?

    I find it interesting that you can swap storage media between iPods and not have this “no music” found problem. I wonder what’s going on there.

    It’s all very mysterious; black boxes usually are.


  220. 220 On May 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hey Tom,

    I would say you have a bad iPod motherboard – I have experience of this. When I first started this journey with my iFlash, I bought a 6th gen iPod Classic for testing – and while the iPod works ok with a certain 32Gb, it will not work with any other card – even to this today it will not work with any of the card I have amassed or SD cards etc. It is just a bad motherboard.

    Sorry I cannot help with the part numbers – they must be revisions but I don’t know what changes there are between them.

  221. 221 On May 22nd, 2013, Israel said:

    Hi, Tarkan

    I look forward to the CF to ZIF Adapter that I ordered from you about a week ago. The impatient guy that I am, I tried installing a Komputerbay 64Gb into a proven working iPod video 5 th gen 30Gb, using one of these Taiwanese adapters (at the time I wasn’t aware of the existence of your adapters). At first it worked fine and I was pleased, but then, I had to remove it in order to replace the Click wheel with a new one for purely cosmetic reasons, and when I re- installed the adapter/card combo, I got th dreaded apple sad face. I returned the card and the adapter to Amazon, wo are always very good about accepting returns, and, while impatiently waiting for your adapter, I ordered through Amazon the Dolgix 133X 64gb CFCard/ZIF adapter Bu,ndle for $59.99 plus $4.00 shipping.

    The latter was kind of fiddljy to install – I had to play around with the depth of insertion of the hd cable into the socket of the adapter, and though the locking bar seemed stiff and firm enough to give the impression of adequate contact, the depth of insertion seemed to determine whether the darn thing would be recognized by iTunes or not! If I would nsert the cable all the way, I would be greeted by the dreaded Apple sad face. Finally a position about half-way seemed to be adequate, and after being prompted to connect ny 5th gen iPod to iTunes, it brought results. I then transferred some classical music into the 64Gb CF Card, and started playing. For about 10 minutes I enjoyed excellent playback, BUT all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, it stopped playing, and the iPod froze – unresponsive to any of the keys or the click wheel. The only way I could restart it was by resetting (pressing the menu and center button simultaneously). This gradually became progressively worse to the point where the dreaded Apple sad face showed up , spurring me on to get rid of this sorry contraption (which is going back to the seller) and go back to the good reliable (I know, vulnerable to bumps, etc.) hard drive, which played with no trouble at all. I have three other Video iPods that I modified with monster 240Gb hard drives, and they are just marvelous, but alas vulnerable to shocks and bumps, especially while playing.

    Now, don’t get me wrong! I am still very keen on modding some iPods to solid state, and am hoping that when I receive your adapter, I will be able to use a larger 128Gb Komputerbay CF Card with it on a 6th generation IPod.

    I would much appreciate your expert suggestions on this, and please do not hesitate to criticize whatever I may have done wrong.


  222. 222 On May 24th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Yes those cheapo ZIF adapters are very poor quality, they put to much strain on the ribbon plus they are not even designed for iPod ribbon hence why you have to fiddle with the ZIF connector. They are also too thick for my SD-CF conversion.

    Dolgix is a good card, I would be wary of the Komputerbay 600x in a 5g iPod, but they work well in the 6g/6.5g/7g iPods.

    Hopefully you will get my iFlash soon and you can let me know how you find it.

  223. 223 On May 26th, 2013, Nicolas said:

    Hi Tarkan, thank you for your work on here and for your amazing iFlash… I’m going to buy a pair very soon but i have just a question for you…
    For which iPod would be necessary to use the HDD Ribbon that is in your store???…i have 2 iPods Classic 160 Gb “thin” late 2009 i need a pair of HDD ribbon to????
    Hope you could help me…i don’t have the ipods right now with me so i can’t just open them and see…


  224. 224 On May 26th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    I think they are the ones which use a CE-ATA drive, so they will probably need the ribbon.

  225. 225 On May 28th, 2013, mike wilfong said:

    can not get 8gb scandisk sd to work? any help thanks mike

  226. 226 On May 29th, 2013, Ryan said:

    Hey Tarkan,

    Whats faster, CF cards or SD cards in a SD->CF Adapter?

  227. 227 On May 29th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    @Mike – I have sent you an email to go through some fault finding

    @Ryan – It depends on the underlying card, my SD-CF Adapters do not really slow the SD card down – so if you can get 20Mb/s with a CF card, you can get 20Mb/s with a SDXC card.

    It also depends on your iPod generation the 5g/5.5g iPods are slower than the 6g/6.5g/7g’s – in raw disk reading/writing speed.

  228. 228 On May 29th, 2013, Ryan said:

    I do have a 5.5g ipod i’m going to mod with the iFlash. Is it the higher the read or write speed of the CF/SD Card, the faster the ipod will be in terms of menu navigation, song skipping etc.? Also, I read that CF cards have limited write cycles. Doesn’t this make it better to have an SD Card?

  229. 229 On May 29th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Not sure I understand your question.

    Both CF and SD cards have builtin wear-levelling so they both will have the same life span – also don’t forget you are not actually doing much writing, the iPod mainly reads from the drive, and this does not cause any wear.

    Again with the speed it will depend on the speed of the CF and SD card you buy. If you want fast then pick a 600x or more CF card, or a Class 10 / UHS-I SDXC card – both these cards will be as fast as the iPod itself can go.

    Yes with a fast CF or SD card the menu navigation and song skipping will be much faster than with the Hard drive.

    Upto about 64Gb the total price to convert the iPod is about the same, if you intend to go to say 128Gb or 256Gb then SD card is a better option.

  230. 230 On May 29th, 2013, Ryan said:

    “Yes with a fast CF or SD card the menu navigation and song skipping will be much faster than with the Hard drive.”

    Ok this answers my question. So if a CF and SD card have same speed (i.e 45MB/s) then they will perform identically in terms of song selection, menu navigation etc.

    Then vice versa, a slow CF and SD card will not be as quick as a (10MB/s) speed, and won’t be as fast (but will be faster than the stock HDD)

  231. 231 On May 29th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Yes that is right. Generally even slower CF/SD have the edge over the normal HDD due to the fact there is no spin-up/power-up or seek delays.

  232. 232 On June 2nd, 2013, Mark said:

    Any recommendations on finding cheap sd card ?

    I’m still waiting for the adapter just a few more days!

  233. 233 On June 2nd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    In the USA – Newegg, tigerdirect, amazon are the ones I can think of.

  234. 234 On June 4th, 2013, Mark said:

    how about this? Kingston Elite pro 128GB SDHC SD Class 10 SDHC Card Class10

    I found some on ebay and saw had Kingston as working

  235. 235 On June 4th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    i have removed the link to ebay – but a few things with that card.

    It is most certainly fake – SDHC cards are limited to 64Gb, it should be a SDXC card if it is 128Gb, also the price is too low.

    More than likely that card is actually a 16Gb SDHC card formatted to appear like a 128Gb.

  236. 236 On June 4th, 2013, Mark said:

    Ok my apologizes.

    I appreciate the heads up I was a little weary I don’t know much about the SD card brands and such. Like saw some ADATA 128gb on auction but they got sdhc stickers. I think I might stick with the known sellers like you recommended.

  237. 237 On June 10th, 2013, Mark said:

    This was a very inspiring mod for me :) Think going try fix some up just because of the pleasant experience with your product.

  238. 238 On June 15th, 2013, Tena said:

    Is this mod suitable for my iPod 3rd gen 30gb? No matter on cf or sdhc? Thz.

  239. 239 On June 15th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi, no sorry – only 5g (video) and above…

  240. 240 On June 23rd, 2013, Mike in New York said:

    Mark – you might also consider Best Buy (online only) in the U.S; I recently bought a PNY Pro-Elite X 128GB SDXC for $79, it’s working very well in an iPod Video Gen 5.5 with iFlash and CF-SD adapter. Very good deal for a name brand card with free shipping.


  241. 241 On July 10th, 2013, Matt said:

    Tarkan, I’ve installed more than a handful of your adapters and they are all still kicking! I have an idea though. The footprint inside the case is significantly smaller. Have you tried any battery modifications or alterations? I hate closing up my ipod on a small battery that could be so much bigger.

  242. 242 On August 17th, 2013, Dale said:

    Hi there I recently installed your flash card and a SDHC card in my ipod video 60gb however it will not sync with itunes. I have followed all the installation instructions and have the current updated itunes installed on my computer. Any ideas how I can get it to work again???

  243. 243 On August 17th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Dale,

    What is actually happening? Does the iPod display the connect to itunes to restore screen?

    Also try placing the iPod in to diskmode before connecting to the computer – then connect the usb and see if you can read/write/format the iPod drive that appears.

    I have emailed you directly if you reply to my email.

  244. 244 On August 26th, 2013, Jari Ma said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I have problem after installed iFlash with Trascend 400x 32G to iPod video 60G. iPod Screen displayed sad iPod and message “www.apple.com/support/ipod”. When connect to PC, very low battery displayed as well. It won’t recognize by PC. The battery is actually full. I tried disk mode and the screen displayed “do not disconnect”. It takes long time to see the disk drive. However, it still not recognized by iTunes. It might be the system still believe that the battery is too low. When I fall back to hard disk, everything back to normal. This CF worked fine with my iPod video 30G with iFlash. I thought may be the ribbon cable not well connected. Then I tried few times and got the same problem. Do you have any idea?


  245. 245 On August 26th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    That error usually means the hard drive ribbon is faulty.

    Have you tried the ribbon from the working iPod?

  246. 246 On August 31st, 2013, Chance Lowenberg said:

    Hey Tarkan!

    Got my 64GB transcend card in this week and dropped everything into the ipod this evening. Awesome! Will be dropping music onto it this weekend to get everything back to normal. Instructions couldn’t be easier and the CF to SD adapter sealed the deal for me! Thanks again, sir! I’ll be telling others about this one to a> make them jealous and b> make them wanna get one of their own.
    Thanks again and all the best,

    Chance Lowenberg

  247. 247 On September 26th, 2013, Wilson said:

    Hi, Tarkan
    I have been using my ipod 6th GEN (slim) with the Iflash mod using stock apple firmware for quite sometime now, Before the mod I was able to run Rockbox with the stock hard drive. Rockbox does not seem to like the 128Gb SDXC UHS-I 300x PNY Pro-Elite card I am using. I get some kind a panic SATA error message popping up when rockbox boots up. Do you know a 128 Gig SD card that will work with ROCKBOX?


  248. 248 On October 1st, 2013, eugene said:

    Greetings Tarkan!

    Thanks for your engineering feats. The Kingston 128 GB SD card is working on my 5.5 gen iPod video quite nicely. One thing I would like to mention for others to see is that transferring files through Rockbox is terrible and can end up in corrupted files. A few times the Rockbox firmware itself was vulnerable. I would highly suggest that people use the Apple iPod firmware to manually manage files.


  249. 249 On October 24th, 2013, Chris said:

    Awesome. I just revived a dead $30 iPod Video that I got from ebay. By the way, I’m using a 64GB SDXC UHS-I Samsung Pro SD card.

  250. 250 On October 24th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the feedback. Will be adding to the list shortly.

  251. 251 On November 11th, 2013, ken hardacre said:

    Very pleased with your adaptor, thank you. Could I ask please are you familiar with the ipod charging battery circuit or do you know where I might get hold of a schematic so I can try to repair a none charging ipod :-) I would of course feedback with the info gleaned from my investigations. Thank you again. Ken

  252. 252 On November 12th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Ken,

    Sorry I don’t have a schematic, First make sure you do not have physical issue like a pcb track which has been damaged or a component which has been knocked. Next measure the inductors make sure they are not burnt out – especially the two large ones near the base.

    I take it the iPod recognises the dock connection.

  253. 253 On November 14th, 2013, VBill said:


    I received the adapter on tuesday and it’s working great !
    I’m using a MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-I 64Go without any problem.

    Thank you !

  254. 254 On November 14th, 2013, VBill said:

    The MicroSDXC is a Transcend

  255. 255 On November 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for letting me know, will had it to the list.

    Which iPod version are you running it on?

  256. 256 On December 3rd, 2013, MarkW said:

    Thank you. I was able to upgrade my iPOD with your latest connector and Kingston 128gb SDXC Class 10 card.

  257. 257 On December 15th, 2013, Cathal said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I’ve an iPod 3g 30GB which has a dead disk, and was disappointed to see that this mod isn’t suitable. Why is that? Do you know of any similar solutions that may be available to repair my iPod?


  258. 258 On December 15th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Not 100% but I think the 3g iPods will take a CF card directly with no adapters….

  259. 259 On December 17th, 2013, reddy said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    I got your sd to cf and cf to zif adaptor for my ipod 5.5g. Im using a sandisk ultra 64 gb sdxc into the sandisk sd adpator. My ipod works fine with the hdd but when I used the adaptor my ipod will show a file on the screen with the ipod support web address. I cant seem to figure out what is wrong.

  260. 260 On December 19th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Reddy, do you have another hdd ribbon you can try? it is likely the ribbon has a break in one of the connections.

    The iFlash uses some lines that the hard drive does not, hence why the hard drive may still work and not the iFlash.

  261. 261 On December 19th, 2013, reddy said:

    Oh no! That’s the only one I have. Would one from ipod 3g work?

  262. 262 On December 19th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    No you need a 5g iPod Video hdd ribbon/cable – you should be able to pick it up locally for a maximum of USD$3 to 5.

  263. 263 On December 30th, 2013, steve said:

    Hey Tarkan,
    I have a dead ipod 80gb 6g hardrive and will the iFlash Ipod Compact Flash Adapter (mk II) and a cf card fit in it perfectly without any rattle or issues once it’s closed? And the list of working cf cards will work 100% fine?

  264. 264 On December 30th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Yes, that is what it is designed to do.

    The cards generally they will all work if they are listed, so do have notes against them were people have reported issues with newer versions of the same card.

  265. 265 On January 16th, 2014, mototechRyan said:

    WOW! I got the adapter today and all I can say after restoring with iTunes is, “wow!”. The restore took under a minute. That blows away how long it used to take to do a factory restore with the OEM hard drive. I could not be happier, thank you Tarkan you rock.

    I used a 128GB Kingston class 10 sdxc card with sdhc adapter. Installation was easy and the directions that came with it are much appreciated. Thank you again Tarkan. You’ve given me back my mobile music library at a fair and much cheaper cost than buying another hdd or a new ipod. Plus the added speed and durability of going solid state is awesome.

  266. 266 On January 16th, 2014, mototechRyan said:

    Forgot to add my ipod is a 6th gen 120gb classic. And I was getting about 111gb of available space formatted and now I’m getting 116gb formatted. 5 more gigs, sweet.

  267. 267 On February 19th, 2014, cmarti said:

    Anyone had any issues where the CF card shows as only 32mb?

    I have tried two Wellcore 256Gb UDMA7 CF cards and after attempting to install them on the iPod they only show 32mb of raw space/capacity.

    After that the card cannot be formatted, tried everything I could find on the internet.

    The Tarkan adapter works good with the SD to CF adapter and the two cards I tried, a 8GB SD and a 256GB no brand card.

  268. 268 On February 19th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    32Mb you are seeing could be the partition that is written by the iTunes restore process.

    You need to analyse the cards with a partition managing utility – like AOMEI. You need to rebuild the MBR, and write a new partition table.

    Of course you could also have bad CF cards – which when they go bad will not allow writing.

    Let me know how you get on.

  269. 269 On February 22nd, 2014, Michele said:

    Hello Tarkan,
    Sorry for my english. I have an old IPOD VIDEO 5 (80GB) bought in 2006. Two yars ago the hd crashed, and now i would like to change the hd with a cf. I would like to know if iFlash Ipod Compact Flash Adapter II is compatible with my ipod and which CF you suggest me.


  270. 270 On February 22nd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Yes the iFlash will work in your iPod.
    Here is a list of known working CF cards – http://www.tarkan.info/20080506/blog/iflash-compact-flash-compatibility-help-needed

  271. 271 On March 4th, 2014, ramiro garcia said:

    I’ve had file system corruption since I installed the mod. About 1 file in 20 will have up to 1-2 seconds of audio data in replaced with audio from another random file. If I copy the files back to my desktop, and load them in an audio editor, I can see the replaced audio.

    I’m using a rockboxed 5.5G video ipod, and the CF adapter with a Patriot LX Series 128GB Flash Card.

    I’ve tried formatting and restoring it twice. I’ve disassembled it and reseated all the cables. Does anyone know how I might fix this? It’s very sad to have done this mod to make my ipod more reliable, and have it become less reliable.

  272. 272 On March 4th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Ramiro,

    I assume you have a SDXC card? What is the transfer speed like when putting music on to the iPod? With the newer versions of Rockbox you need to transfer music in diskmode on the iPod – as the Rockbox USB Handler has issues with non-standard storage on the iPod.

    Let me know..

  273. 273 On March 5th, 2014, ramiro garcia said:

    Tarkan, thank you so much for your prompt response.

    1) Yes, SDXC. Patriot 128 GB LX Series Class 10 UHS-1 Compatible
    2) Manual Xfer speed tests
    Native Ipod Diskmode

    Backup image
    One 2.8G file

    Directory of .WAV files
    15x40M files-536M total

    Directory of .FLAC files
    21x10M files-206M total

    Rockbox Disk mode
    Backup image
    One 2.8G file

    Directory of .WAV files
    15x40M files-536M total

    Directory of .FLAC files
    21x10M files-206M total

    To summarize, the Rockbox mode is 50-100% faster than the ipod diskmode.

    I will transfer files in diskmode from now on, as you suggest. I’ll format and do a complete restore tonight in native diskmode. I’ll get back to you again after I listen to enough audio to know if the problem has gone away.

    Thank you again. If some other memory card would work better, I would like to know, because I would like to convert my other ipod if I could make this issue go away completely. I use the other one as an emergency backup for my DJing laptop.

  274. 274 On March 5th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Ok Let me know.

    Your transfers speed look a little slow – it is possible the partition table on the card is not aligned.

    I can send via email instructions for fixing the partition table, I will wait to see how your testing goes..

  275. 275 On March 6th, 2014, ramiro garcia said:

    I have performed a casual inspection of about 9 hours of audio, and a somewhat more detailed look at about another 19 hours. I did not find any corruption, so you diskmode fix appears to be a good one. Thank you. I would appreciate your instructions for fixing the partition table, though. I wouldn’t mind better transfer speeds. :) Thank you again.

  276. 276 On March 6th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    If your tests passed ok then I would not bother with the partition table – it is probably ok as I would of expected broken disk transfers. Also it would require opening the iPod again as the card has to be removed and used in a card reader.

    I will send you the instructions anyway, you can decide if you want to bother doing it or not…

  277. 277 On March 7th, 2014, Neil Mistry said:

    My 6g Classic’s HD was beginning to die (it would still play but I could no longer write to it) and it was resigned to a drawer butI decided to fix it and found Tarkan’s kit. I bought a 64 Transcend SDXC card to put in the ipod.

    Unfortunately the hardest part was getting into the ipod and in the process I damaged the case and headphone ribbon cable, but with some assistance from Tarkan I fixed those issues.

    The actual install of the HD replacement was really straight forward and I have now have a fully functioning ipod again.

    Thanks for your help Tarkan!

  278. 278 On March 7th, 2014, ramiro garcia said:

    If you think aligning the partition won’t improve anything, then that’s good enough for me. No sense in fixing what isn’t broken. Thank you very much for all your help.

  279. 279 On March 10th, 2014, Neil Mistry said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Following installing the iFlash in my 6g Classic, I thought everything was ok, but I’ve encountered numerous instances where the ipod either freezes and then skips onto the next track. It will then skip several more tracks but then starts playing again. I can then go back to the skipped tracks and they play correctly. The same also happens with longer files – for example an hour long file will freeze after 10 minutes or so playback, but I can go back and resume plyback from the point at which it froze.

    It almost seems like the data is buffered, but once the contents of the buffer has been played, it encounters the problem.

    One thing I didn’t do was change the ribbon cable as everything seemed ok as tracks were being loaded on and seemed to play correctly.

    I’m using the iPod on a Mac. I didn’t format the SDXC card before installing it. Would reformatting the card help?


  280. 280 On March 10th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Neil, I have emailed you directly. I think you will need to format the card outside of the iPod.

  281. 281 On March 18th, 2014, Peter said:


    I ordered the iFlash with SD adapter from your store on February 10th (date that Paypal payment was sent) and I have not received my product. I live in the United States, and was wondering if the product was sent out. I would either like the product, or a refund at this point.

    Thank You


  282. 282 On March 19th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Peter,

    Have sent you an email for further info.

  283. 283 On March 20th, 2014, Matthew said:

    I absolutely love this product, and hope that the market rewards you for taking the time and effort to bring it along. I’ve purchased at least 8, though only a few directly from your store.

    I don’t know if you have considered a mkIII version, but if you do I’d be glad to test it.

    Humbly, here are a few suggestions:

    1) A lock for the CF card (if you continue to use CF cards). I’ve given many of these to friends and family as gifts. A few have come back and said that their ipod stopped working. Once I got them back, the fix was fairly easy: plug the CF back in. Some type of retainer would be great.

    2) Consider a model for SD only. I read your posts, so I saw your comparison of CF v SD on power consumption and tend to believe that the adapter is causing the disparity. Perhaps a card specific to SD could provide a level playing field on battery drain?

    3) Shrink the card. I still think there’s a market for a li-ion battery that would provide 2 to 3 times the battery life of the little 540 mAh pack in the Video and Classic units. Making your adapter more compact would provide space inside the device for a bigger batter. Maybe you could also sell the battery?

    4) I have some OCD tendancies, so the little pads stuck on with adhesive annoy me when they begin to peel off. That is really picking nits, but I figured I might as well mention it.

    I support what you are doing and think it’s awesome!

    I wish I had the time and knowledge to pursue things like this. I have the capital and passion, but lack the expertise.

    I’ve REALLY wanted to find someone who could reverse-engineer the 820-1975-A board, and then replace the zif connection with a slots for CF or SD or both.

  284. 284 On March 23rd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Matthew,

    Thanks for your feedback, glad you like the iFlash – I have answered your questions below by question number….

    1) I have looked in to a retainer but I have not been able to find something which would fit in with my height limits and pricing. Generally it is not a problem, but for the few it is I recommend a small bit of sticky tape/pvc tape/packing tape/duck tape across the CF connector and CF card – locking them together. Even the smallest piece there will stop all movement.

    2) Even if I designed a card to accept SD directly, it would still have to include a bridging chip to convert the serial SD data to Parallel ATA interface – so the power consumption would be the same between a dedicated SD adapter or the SD-CF Adapter route. The current semiconductor used in my SD-CF Adapter is the best in terms of stability and power consumption, and I have not been able to source anything better.

    3) There is some scope to adjust the layout in a SD only iFlash to release a greater amount of space for a battery. Also a custom wrapped battery to a specific shape may also work – but the maximum in the thin back iPod case will achieve is probably around the 800 to 900mAh so doubling of battery capacity compared to the original 550mAh.

    4) I know – try and not think about it. It is one of them environmental issues which meant certain chemicals got banned and then the replacements offered by the manufacturers were 3 times the cost, so I ended up with an adhesive which has a hard time coping with temperature/humidity changes causing it to lift away from the silk screened pcb – However, the rubber does the job and in situ it will stay put.

  285. 285 On June 20th, 2014, James Maskrey said:

    Hi Tarkan…I got the parts from you the other day (nice and fast cheers!) and my memory card arrived today (sandisk ultra micro sdxc 64gb uhs1) it’s restoring as I type this…fantastic product,well made and simple to fit,I’m really happy with my purchase,nice one :)

  286. 286 On July 1st, 2014, RetroMan said:

    Hi there,

    I am a bit confused. I have a 160g classic 6th gen. One one hand, I read that certain 256 gb cards (like Lexar Professional 400x 256gb) are marked as “known to work” but on the other hand I read that there are issues with 256 gb cards. So my first question is: Is there any 256 gb card that works issueless with my iPod and which one would that be?

    My second question: Am I required to order the iPod HDD Ribbon (Required for Classic 6g/6.5g 160Gb (thick) iPods)? Or is it just for replacement in the case it breaks? Or WILL it break anyway?

    Thanks for your comments!

  287. 287 On July 7th, 2014, RetroMan said:

    Bump; is anybody here? ;-)

  288. 288 On July 7th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Yes, what was your query?

  289. 289 On July 7th, 2014, RetroMan said:

    Hi there, mu query is:

    I have a 160g classic 6th gen. One one hand, I read that certain 256 gb cards (like Lexar Professional 400x 256gb) are marked as “known to work” but on the other hand I read that there are issues with 256 gb cards. So my first question is: Is there any 256 gb card that works issueless with my iPod and which one would that be?

    My second question: Do I need the iPod HDD Ribbon (Required for Classic 6g/6.5g 160Gb (thick) iPods)? Or is it just a spare part in the case the original in my iPod breaks? Is there a big chance that it WILL break anyway?

  290. 290 On July 8th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Sorry RetroMan, must of missed your original post.

    Yes originally the Lexar 400x was reported working, and all the other 256Gb do work – problems start when you try to load more than 130Gb of Music.

    The firmware I am working on for my Sd-CF Adapter resolves this issue and so far the PNY card seems to work better than the Lexar.

    One thing you should note, the fix for the 256Gb cards has meant I have made the SD-CF Adapter fully LBA48 compliant and emulate the original ATA hard drive – Apple has included a feature on the 6g’s (80Gb and 160Gb) to operate using LBA28 – which means the 6g will only ever show a maximum of 127Gb.

    The 160Gb 6g use CE-ATA drives and require a replacement ribbon to connect to the iFlash.

  291. 291 On July 8th, 2014, NormS said:

    I have a 160g classic, 6th gen Rev 2. I replace the failed drive with an iFlash Compact Flash Adapter (mkII), an Extreme CF Adapter SDXC/SDHC 6th Generation, and a PNY Elite Performance 128GB Class 10 SDXC card.

    When I reconnect everything, but not completely reassemble the iPod, everything seems to work fine. I was able to restore using iTunes, move a few playlists and several hundred songs to the iPod, listen via headphones without issue.

    After I completely reassemble the iPod and click the cover into place, the iPod stops playing music. To summarize: with the cover detached, it works fine, but with the cover attached – it stops working.

    Any ideas as to what’s wrong and how to fix? Thsnks!

  292. 292 On July 8th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    NormS – what do you mean by stops working? Does it boot up and you can play, but you hear nothing? or does it startup with the red cross? or no power?

  293. 293 On July 8th, 2014, NormS said:

    It no longer plays any songs. If I navigate with the click wheel and select a song, it appears as if it begins to play the song, but just hangs at that point. At this point I can no longer navigate with the click wheel.

    If I then force a reset, it never makes its way past the apple icon and completes the boot process.

    Once I disassemble, everything resumes normal operation.

  294. 294 On July 9th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Sounds very strange, while it is open try and determine what is going on? Push down around the HDD ribbon area – it is possible there is hairline crack the in the ribbon.

    Also removing and re-installing, the ribbon may help if it is not seated correctly on the iPod end.

  295. 295 On August 1st, 2014, Shrews said:

    Hey Tarkan,

    I’m really excited to try this out. I’m working on a budget and am trying to keep my CF cost down, as I plan to upgrade to 256GB over time as it becomes less expensive.

    For now, what do you think about a dual micro-sd to CF converter with your CF to ZIF board? The forced ISO, etc is a bit over my head, though I get the basics.

    Here are the items I have in mind for combining with your ZIF adapter: micro to CF adapter and 2x micro-sd 64GB

    I know there is no guarantee without trying them out, and the SD cards are cheapish, but I’m hoping to get tour educated opinion.

    Thanks for al the hard work!

  296. 296 On August 2nd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Shrews: I already sell an SD to CF Adapter which has been designed for the iPods.

    The dual microSD adapters do not really work – I think they may work with two 16Gb, but above that the iPod will refuse to restore. The firmware on them needs a lot of work, which is just not worth the time considering 128Gb SDXC cards are so cheap now.

  297. 297 On August 2nd, 2014, Shrews said:

    That’s great; thanks for the heads up!

  298. 298 On August 20th, 2014, Bob Cross said:

    Chalk me up as another satisfied customer (128GB Qumox SDXC in a 30GB iPod Video I got for £27 from eBay). Slightly worrying that the iPod showed as “0KB free” until it was restored and the initial restore failed (don’t use a USB3 port!)

    Only issues worth commenting about are that (a) the iPod was a [swear word] to get into, (the iPod Mini’s I did two years ago were a LOT easier!), and (b) in my setup there were two grey rubber bumpers protecting components near the dock connector. With those in place the iFlash wouldn’t fit, so I had to turn them upside down to fit in.

    Comparing my iFlash’d 128GB to my (bought from new) conventional 80GB iPod Video and it’s incredible how much lighter the iFlash’d one is. Only downside is that my eBay’d unit has a broken play/pause microswitch, so I’ll need some of that power saving to run a Fiio E1 remote/amp. Now to Rockbox it…

  299. 299 On August 24th, 2014, Shrews said:


    One more question:

    I understand it would be an educated guess, but do you think the single generic ***EBAY LINK REMOVED*** cards will work? What about the generic ***EBAY LINK REMOVED***?


  300. 300 On August 25th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Those cards on ebay are all fake – they are generally 8Gb or 16Gb cards which have been reprogrammed to report as 256Gb. There are many versions of them including 64Gb and 128Gb they are ALL FAKE.

    One give away fact is that SDHC maximum storage is 32Gb, and anything 64Gb and above has to be SDXC.

  301. 301 On August 25th, 2014, Shrews said:

    Thanks for your feedback! I certainly want to make the right choice when buying a memory card.

    I look forward to getting a proper 256gb SD card (for my ipod video) alongside your adapter set.

  302. 302 On September 22nd, 2014, Caleb said:

    Will the adapter work with a UHS-3 sd card?

    Specifically this card http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-Speed-UHS-3-Memory-TS64GSDU3/dp/B00J3KA814/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411401636&sr=8-1&keywords=uhs+3


  303. 303 On September 23rd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    All UHS-3 and UHS-2 cards are all fully SDXC compliant, so I do not see why they should not work.

    I doubt if you will see any big increases in transfer speeds – as most of the newer UHS-I are already working close to the maximum the iPods can manage.

  304. 304 On September 24th, 2014, Tushar said:

    Hi Tarkan, I tried to install the flash adapter with the Sd card adapter but when I inserted the ribbon that you supplied for ipod classic 6th gen, the small brown locking bar in the ipod came off. The cable still goes in but I am still getting a red cross on the ipod screen. Is there anything I can do?

  305. 305 On September 24th, 2014, Tushar said:

    Disregard my last comment about the broken locking bar, after about an hour or so, I got it back in and I am happy to say that the iFlash with the SD card adapter works with a 6.5g iPod Classic with a 64gb Samsung Evo micro sd card.

  306. 306 On September 24th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Ok, was the iPod opened up before – someone must of damaged the motherboard zif connector when they were replacing or removing the HDD.

  307. 307 On September 26th, 2014, Tushar said:

    No, the iPod was never opened before, but the cable from your store was a little thicker than the one originally in the iPod so when I tried to shut the locking bar I had to push it a little harder causing it to snap off.

  308. 308 On October 8th, 2014, Caleb said:

    Hey, I recently received my iFlash adapter and I love it. I do have one question, I was wondering if you have tried or have had someone confirm if the fat 80GB battery will work in a Slim 30GB backplate using your adaptor in a 5/5.5? If I can make it work why not.



  309. 309 On October 8th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    No it will not work, the Thick battery will not fit in the thin back case.

  310. 310 On October 25th, 2014, Nigel said:

    I have converted my iPod 5G 60GB with your CF-ZIF adapter and also the CF-SD adapter with a 64GB SD card. Its been working great.

    I was looking into the possibility of converting my iPod 5G to a iPod 7G with possibly a change of battery to the smaller one. Do you think its possible?

  311. 311 On October 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Nigel,

    Little confused by your question. Are you intending to fit a slim back? or actually replace your 5g with a 7g iPod and a slim battery?

    Either way yes that will work with the iFlash kit you have.

  312. 312 On October 28th, 2014, Anthony said:

    This modification is incredible.
    There is only one that I have had immense trouble with, and thank you to Tarkan
    We have overcome it. Atleast in my experience these Msata drives that are delicate
    and DO NOT like to have power removed while writing to them. I lost 1 already and had to replace it. For me… I am using an older laptop dedicated to my iTunes, and I have been writing for a half hour, and letting the ipod charge for a half hour. And the 850mAh batter is almost a must. but I do want to thank Tarkan for all the work he has put into this, and all the support he has given me..
    thank you

  313. 313 On October 31st, 2014, Steve said:

    Tarkan…did I miss something? Does the iFlash support 64GB Flash card in a 5.5Gen 30GB iPod. I rolled back to the hard disk and the iPod was 100% functional.

    I bought a new 64GB card, this time a Komputerbay Extreme UDMA6 600x 64Gb – exactly the same issues: intermittent detection (in both Windows and Linux), bad Device Manager listing, unable to format with Windows, iTunes or Gparted (Linux). I cannot install Apple or Rockbox firmware on the device at all. In fact, iTunes is currently looping on “Restore iPod” and restart. Bad iFlash?

  314. 314 On October 31st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I doubt if it is a bad iFlash, as each one is tested – it is possible you have a bad HDD ribbon, even if the original HDD works.

    One thing worth trying is placing the iPod into diskmode and then connect to the computer – check you can format / read / write to the iPod drive.

    Restore-loop most of the time points to compatibility issues with the CF card and the iPod.

  315. 315 On November 3rd, 2014, Tim said:

    Great site. I want to mod my 5g 60gb to 128 SD. I’m confuse on which mod should I get. You three different mods. Which one should I get?

  316. 316 On November 4th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    All you need is the bundle kit, plus the plastic tools if you require them.

  317. 317 On November 4th, 2014, Bob Cross said:

    I’ll second what Tarkan says – get the bundle of iFlash+SD adapter plus the tools (if you haven’t got iPod opening tools already). 128GB is definitely a lot cheaper to do via SD card than CF these days, although there’s a small power penalty to pay (see Tarkan’s excellent comparison elsewhere on his site).
    I did a 30GB->128GB upgrade on a 5g using the recommended Qumox SDXC card and it’s working well. Only downsides are that getting into the iPod is a solid gold bitch – the iPod Mini is a LOT easier. I’d also recommend looking around the net for a couple of videos on how to open the iPod BEFORE you try it. Then again I also had to do a click wheel replacement on mine, so disassembly was a LOT more difficult.
    When put back together the iPod initially refused to boot, (despite the SDXC being formatted beforehand), but iTunes firmware flash feature seemed to sort that out nicely. Upgraded iPod boots quite quickly now and is definitely noticeably lighter than a “stock” model. Battery life is 1st class – good enough that I can use a Fiio E1 amplifier on mine and still get excellent battery life.

  318. 318 On November 4th, 2014, Steve said:

    “…it is possible you have a bad HDD ribbon, even if the original HDD works.” Good call, so I replaced it. No improvement.

    “One thing worth trying is placing the iPod into diskmode and then connect to the computer – check you can format / read / write to the iPod drive.” OK, so I *can* copy files to and from the Flash drive manually.

    “Restore-loop most of the time points to compatibility issues with the CF card and the iPod.” OK, however I deliberately selected two Compact Flash drives from the compatibility list: the Kingston 64GB ultimate 266X and the Komputerbay Professional Extreme UDMA6 600x 64GB…neither work.

    Neither iTunes, RockboxUtility or Rochbox ipodpatcher will install firmware on the device. No idea what to try next.

  319. 319 On November 4th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Steve – if reading / writing in diskmode is working, then that confirms the iFlash and your iPod are talking to one another ok.

    It could be a compatibility issue, as even though the cards have been reported working, it is still possible card internals have been changed by manufacturer.

    Do you have any other CF cards – anything above 512Mb should be ok to test restore, to see if you still are getting the restore-loop.

  320. 320 On November 5th, 2014, Mark Yigdal said:

    wonderful adapters both the CF and the sata converters you chose great fabricators nice work. I installed the first cf into a 7th gen 120gb with no problem took about 2 hours to syn to capacity. purchased 128GB NOS CF card off ebay. no problem as of yet I listen to mostly large lossless files have had no issues.
    the second conversion was a 7th Generation 160GB logic board running 2.0.4 firmware.
    I used the cf to sd converter that you sent this has worked fine as well but uploading from iTunes is slow 128GB Kinston card took about 6.5 hours to load to ipod and worked fine. slow loading but again no audio quality issues.
    I am now in the middle of reloading this ipod with a 256gb PYA from list of recommended cards what would you say is a average load time from iTunes of approximately 230GB of music. it has been loading for 19 hours so far if it work its worth it do you have any info as to average loading times with different memory configurations?

  321. 321 On November 5th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Mark – Yes the Kingston is a slow card, did you follow SDXC prep guide using AOMEI partition software?

    However, your times for 256Gb PNY looks very very slow. I have not timed it exactly but my 7g takes about 5 – 6 hours to fill the 256Gb PNY.

    With the iPod connected to the computer, run a disk benchmark – with the PNY you should see at least 20Mb/s write speed.

  322. 322 On November 14th, 2014, Conrad said:

    Worked great! I have an iPod 5th Gen (Video) 30GB, model A1136. I used the Transcend 64GB (TS64GCF400) and it worked perfectly! More than doubled my capacity. The only downside is I don’t have a good excuse to get a new iPod Touch now. :)

  323. 323 On November 29th, 2014, rob said:

    I have an ipod 4g 60gb M9586ZV. How can I upgrade it? Thanks.

  324. 324 On November 30th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Rob, Sadly no my adapters are the 5g and newer – try searching for mini IDE to CF Adapters I think they may work for you.

  325. 325 On December 9th, 2014, mark said:

    Brilliant bit of kit! I fitted the iPod compact flash adaptor/ SD card adapter.
    Opening the case was not too difficult using the right tools….
    I installed a Transcend 128GB Ultimate SDXC Class 10 UHS-I 600x Memory Card (Amazon £69) which works a treat.
    The Ipod is much faster and smoother – Coverflow now flows instead of stuttering along.
    This mod is a no-brainer! thanks Tarkan.


  326. 326 On January 22nd, 2015, jacob said:

    I just bought the bundle for my ipod classic 120gb. Does the bundle include everything I need for the mod (except tools)?

  327. 327 On January 22nd, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Jacob – that is all you require. And the SDXC card of your choosing.

  328. 328 On January 23rd, 2015, jacob said:


    That’s fantastic, just wanted to check I wouldn’t need an extra cable or reader.

    Thanks for the reply and your work with this thing. No other mp3 players are as good as the classic and this should bring mine back to life nicely!

  329. 329 On February 3rd, 2015, Henry said:

    Hi Tarkan, I am thinking of modding my 7th gen 160Gb iPod with the CF to SD adapter and using PNY 256 Card. I only use Mac. Other than Disk Uility do I need any other program to format the card? If not, what is the best format, Mac OS Journaled Extended?

  330. 330 On February 3rd, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Henry – No just plug and play – no need to pre-format the 256Gb PNY, the iTunes restore process will handle the formatting for you.

  331. 331 On February 24th, 2015, Henry said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    I have a unique problem here, trying to figure out what’s going on. I use only Mac.
    1. iPod 5.5 Gen 80Gb, previously modded with your iFlash SATA and Crucial 256GB mSATA. 143GB of music and 16GB of photos – No problems.
    2. I Decided to try your iFlash Bundle (iFlash v3 + SD Adapter v7) with PNY 256GB SD card, Same iTunes data/library.
    3. Card recognized and restored by iTunes. I was able to completely sync my iTunes library (music + Photos). Prompted by iTunes to eject, did so and funnily iTunes says finishing syncing and another window pops up indicating that iTunes is still syncing.
    4. The messages finally go away after syncing completes. I ejected iPod as prompted but an error message pops up indicating that disk was not properly ejected. Anyhow, the iPod as normal continues to display the red stop sign warning not to disconnect. After 5 minutes or so I thought that was not normal and disconnected the iPod anyway.
    5. Re-inserted iPod and opened iTunes. iTunes prompts me to restore the disk, tried to do so but iTunes could not with error messages. I tried to re-format the card using the disk utility and it shows the card size as only 36GB. After Erasing or partitioning, same size – 36GB, and iTunes still unable to restore it.
    6. I removed the card from the iPod, inserted it directly into the Mac to format using disk utility. Funnily the utility now shows the correct size – 256GB. After reformatting (Mac OS (extended) Journaled I verified the disk and everything checks out ok, incl MBR.
    7. Reinstalled card, restored iPod and again synced iTunes. After a while an error message pops up that iTunes could no longer write to or read from the iPod.
    8. I ejected the iPod and it works perfectly with only 799Mb of music copied and showing 233GB of 238GB available.

    ***Please also include info on how I can swap the iFlash CF with the IFlash SATA if I have to. If I have to perform additional steps to get this to work I’d rather go with what already worked for me – the iFlash SATA.
    Thanks man, for your wonderful products.

  332. 332 On February 26th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Henry – that is quite a unique problem, first was the card used before in an iPod? as previous iTunes partition table will confuse things.

    Otherwise, you either have a bad SD card or bad iFlash bundle.

    I will send you an email directly if you want to exchange it for the iFlash-sata.

  333. 333 On March 11th, 2015, JJ said:

    Hey guys,

    So I’ve done this mod on a 6th gen no problem, but I recently bought a 5th gen iPod off ebay with a supposed bad battery.

    Anyways, I replaced the HD ribbon, connected the adapter with SDXC card and a fully charged battery. The iPod is still doing the “very low battery” please wait screen, then “apple.com/support/ipod” screen. Now, I’ve used 3 different ribbons, and two different flash to SDXC adapters from your store (I bought two in hopes of also upgrading a friends’) I also tried connecting the old 30gb hard drive as well as a functioning 160gb ipod and same thing no matter what. I also tried using a wall charger.

    Does this mean the logic board is bad? Any help would be appreciated.

    Also, I cannot get it to go into disk mode. When I reset it the apple logo appears (no back light) then it cycles through the low battery and support screens again. I’ve literally swapped out every part minus the LCD which is obviously working and the logic board.

    Thanks in advance!

  334. 334 On March 11th, 2015, JJ said:

    Sorry for the double post, but I finally got it to work with the original 30gb hard drive. I restored it and it worked perfect. I took the sdxc card I’m trying to use and formatted it outside the iPod and that was successful, 238GB free.

    I shut the iPod down, put the hold switch on, inserted the sdxc card into the adapter, connected it, and same thing. “Battery Very Low Please Wait”

    At this point, I know the logic board, battery, SDXC card, old hard drive, and hard drive ribbon (all three of them) are okay. However, I’d have a hard time believing I got two faulty iFlash / SDXC adapters from you, Tarkan, as I’ve had great luck with your products in the past. Any ideas what could cause this?

  335. 335 On March 11th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    I would be shocked if you receive one faulty iFlash kit, but two no way – plus they are all tested before shipping.

    You are fitting the iFlash the correct way? Another battery? Do you have another iPod you can test on?

  336. 336 On March 14th, 2015, JJ said:


    After finally unlocking that dumb “very low battery” cycle and getting it to work on the old hd I realized it didn’t work with the adapter because I was putting it in backwards. I’m literally an idiot haha. Sorry to waste your time and thanks for the response.

  337. 337 On March 20th, 2015, Peter Burkimsher said:

    I just added a WiFi SD card reader to my iPod Photo! The iPod and PQI Air Card both work together very well.

    As an iPod, it’s working fine with an Apple-formatted SD card. Battery life is excellent. Rockbox also works.

    I can also take an SD card from a friend’s camera. The iPod won’t then boot, but it provides power to the PQI Air Card, which shares it over a local WiFi network.

    The PQI Air Card usually needs a microSD, but I’ve got an SD-to-microSD adaptor in there. Then, for my iPod-formatted card, I’ve got a microSD-to-USB-and-SD “Trio” card. So it’s also a USB memory stick.

    All the parts are shown on the following image:

    In order:
    16GB microSD -> Trio (microSD F to USB M and SD M) -> SD F to microSD M -> PQI Air Card (microSD F to SD M and WiFi) -> SD F to CF adaptor -> CF F to iPod hard drive (like iFlash, but for 4th generation iPods) -> iPod Photo.

    I’m still waiting for my iFlash kit to be delivered (it’s been over 1 month waiting for it to ship to Taiwan so far). When it arrives, I’ll let you know when I get this working with the iPod Video!

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