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26th January 2008

The 32Gb Compact Flash Ipod

By Tarkan | Permanent Link
Updated Tue, 11th November 2008

The Concept

A-Data 32Gb Speedy Compact Flash Ever since I developed my iFlash – iPod compact flash adaptor, CF card capacities have not been in the same league as the equivalent hard drives. That has now changed with the introduction by A-Data of their new 32 gb Compact Flash Card.

Not only have they managed to get this card into the shops, but they have also priced it so we mere mortals can afford to buy one. At $64 (£35) (Newegg) this is one affordable card.

It was time for me to find out what it would be like to have a 32gb solid state video iPod!

The good, the bad, and the Ugly….
iPod 32Gb CF Parts
To create this very special Apple Ipod, you need to gather this motley crew of items.

  • A-Data 32Gb Speedy CF Card (you can of course use smaller capacity)
  • Apple Video Ipod (5g or 5.5g)
  • Opening tool
  • iFlash – Compact Flash Adapter

iFlash and opening toolFor this task I managed to pick-up a faulty 30gb 5.5g Video Ipod off Ebay – suffering from the very common click of death hard drive failure.

The Fitting

Installing the Compact Flash card in to the iPod is a pretty simple operation and normally takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

iPod openingThe hardest part of the fitting is opening the iPod. Place the iPod face up in the palm of your right hand, using the back of your thumb pull the front panel back towards your hand. This will hopefully create a small gap between the front and back panel – enough for you to push the thin end of the opening tool in to.

iPod openedPushing the opening tool deep in to the seam, run the tool up and down the side to release the retaining clips. Then keeping the tool buried deep in to the seam, move up and around towards the headphone socket and then down the right side. This should release most of the retaining clips. Using both hands manipulate the front and back till they separate – you may need to use the opening tool to release any stubborn clips.

iPod battery connectionOn separation you need to carefully release the battery connection. This can be done by very gently pulling at the FPC (Flexible Printed Circuit) to get it out of the connector. The safer option is to use a small screwdriver or toothpick to lift and release the lock which allows the FPC to slide out with ease. Place the front and back side by side, so not straining the headphone FPC connection.

iPod dismantledYou can now lift the hard drive away and down to expose the ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) connector. Using your fingernail or screwdriver lift the black bar on the hard drive to release the FPC, and then carefully remove the hard drive.

Take care not to strain the FPC or ZIF Connector on the iPod motherboard.

iPod hard drive betterThe black locking bar on the iFlash ZIF connector needs to be raised before fitting the adaptor in to the iPod. I normally get the hard drive ribbon in to the iFlash connector before pressing the adaptor down in to the iPod. Make sure that the FPC is fully inserted in to the ZIF connector – you can use a small screwdriver or toothpick to gently push in each end of the FPC in to the connector.

Lock the ZIF Connector by pressing down the black bar.

iFlash Cf installedThe CF card can now be installed on to the adaptor and the iPod can be put back together, make sure you re-install the battery connection.

I suggest restoring and checking the iPod works correctly before closing up the case.

On initial power-up you will be greeted by the connect to computer warning screen.

Restore iPod iTunes

On the nextpage I cover the iTunes restore process.



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  1. 1 On January 27th, 2008, Launched : iFlash Ipod Compact Flash Adapter (mk II) - Tarkan Akdam’s BORED said:

    […] Tested with the new 32Gb CF cards (read about it). […]

  2. 2 On January 28th, 2008, Usando tarjetas Compact Flash en un iPod 5G said:

    […] chicos de Tarkan han publicado una guía para sustituir el disco duro del iPod 5G por una tarjeta compact flash de 32 Gb. El resultado es un […]

  3. 3 On January 28th, 2008, Carola said:

    Can this be done with an iPod 3G? I have a dead iPod :) Any info would be MUCH appreciated!!

  4. 4 On January 28th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    The link below shows you how to do something like this to the 3g and 4g ipods.


  5. 5 On January 29th, 2008, How To Make a Flash Based Video iPod - MacTips said:

    […] hard drive or just want to upgrade to more energy efficient and more durable Flash memory, then Tarkan has just what you need. It’s a straightforward operation that shouldn’t take you more than 20 […]

  6. 6 On January 29th, 2008, ReelSmart.com :: Video, Technology, Digital LifeStyle, Macintosh Tips, and Opinions » iPod Tip #36: Convert 5G iPod Video to Compact Flash Storage said:

    […] The install should not take too long. It requires you open the iPod, probably the hardest part, removing the old HD, installing the compact flash card and iFlash – Compact Flash Adapter, putting the unit back together and restoring the iPod using iTunes. See the complete instructions. […]

  7. 7 On February 1st, 2008, seth said:

    Hey there, I recently saw a similar article for adding flash to an ipod mini, and had taken the steps to acquire the parts (awaiting shipping now). In the meantime, I’ve got my Ipod Video on ebay right now (80gig 5.5g if anyone is interested — shameless plug).. Anyway, my biggest reason for getting an ipod mini for doing this is that the ipod videos don’t seem to be fast enough to do all the necessary processing for the new audio formats allowed by rockbox. After you’ve had a chance to play rockbox on your CF’d ipod video, could you comment on its speed in relation to skipping/buffering problems? Had I of known about this CF/ATA adapter soon, I may have opted to just mod my ipod video (if the speed is there for rockbox i mean).

  8. 8 On February 1st, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Seth, I will have a play with Rockbox this weekend, I have not heard of any talk about the Video Ipod’s being too slow for the audio formats offered by Rockbox – this is new to me.

    In terms of CF performance even this slow 32Gb A-Data has a transfer speed of 2 – 3 MB/s, and the highest video/audio stream the iPod can handle is limited to ~400 KB/s. Also you cannot forget the 32MB builtin memory for buffering.

    With the standard Apple O/S the CF version of pod is no different than the hard drive version – Video is smooth and Audio does not have any skipping.

  9. 9 On February 5th, 2008, nywytboy68 said:

    Can I put this in a Zune 30gb? I would like to know if I can possibly mod a Zune 30gb w/this adapter as this would be the best thing since sliced bread!!! (LOL) Please let me know if its possible as I\\\\’m going to then use it with a 64gb cf card when they are released. Thanks!!!

  10. 10 On February 5th, 2008, nywytboy68 said:

    PS: I’ve let the guys know at Zunemods.com and there is a bizz starting!!!

  11. 11 On February 5th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    It should fit the Zune , iPods and Zune’s share the same toshiba hard drives.

    I do have a return policy on the purchase of the iFlash adaptor, so why not order one to try out? if it does not work you can return it.

  12. 12 On February 5th, 2008, Apple renova linha iPod Touch e iPhone : Vagal.net said:

    […] proprietários do iPod Touch e suas memórias "estado sólido", siga o exemplo deste cara: transforme o seu iPod com HD em iPod com memória flash de 32GB usando um cartão Compact […]

  13. 13 On February 5th, 2008, Apple renova linha iPod Touch e iPhone : Vagal.net said:

    […] proprietários do iPod Touch e suas memórias "estado sólido", siga o exemplo deste cara: transforme o seu iPod com HD em iPod com memória flash de 32GB usando um cartão Compact […]

  14. 14 On February 5th, 2008, nywytboy68 said:

    By the way, after viewing the video I’ve noticed that the cf and adapter take up less space in the ipod. What this means to me is I will have room for a bigger battery in my zune 30gb. I’m only waiting for the 64gb cf to come out and then its all systems go!!! PS: You Are Da’ BOMB!!!

  15. 15 On February 5th, 2008, nywytboy68 said:

    By the way, the website I gave the info on is zunemods.net (sorry for the flub)

  16. 16 On February 21st, 2008, the OUTLAW said:

    Got my adapter today, joy!!!
    Gonna put it together as soon as I can steal the cf from my buddies GPS.
    Let ya know how it works
    Thanks again.I guess Ill have to order another for my other 30 gig.

  17. 17 On February 22nd, 2008, Owlberts Abode | In a Flash - to your iPhone and iPod that is! said:

    […] The 32Gb Compact Flash Ipod […]

  18. 18 On February 26th, 2008, the OUTLAW said:

    Picked up a 1 gb cf card at the local swap shop. Installed all this a few days ago and what a
    success!!! I ordered a 32gb cf card from the internet Itll be here in a couple of days
    and the project will be done. A question…how can I stack 2 32gb cards in the back of
    a 30 gb ipod and a 80 back cover think it would work? thanks again

  19. 19 On February 26th, 2008, Brian said:

    Do you know if the dual CF adapters fit into the ipod video’s?

  20. 20 On February 26th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    No dual Cf adapters will not fit or will they work. The dual adaptors are configured to use the Cf cards as master and slave drives. The iPod firmware and software do not use this method of accessing the drive.

    A company did produce a dual intelligent adaptor for CF cards which made two cards appear as one larger card but it is a big circuit board and very expensive.

  21. 21 On February 28th, 2008, the OUTLAW said:

    Hey Tarkan, Got my 32gb card today finished the conversion. All I can say is its awsome.
    Its nice to see 30.16gb available. It works flawless. Thanks again and Ill have to do it again soon.

  22. 22 On February 29th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Thats great news!!! Which 32Gb Cf Card did you get?

  23. 23 On February 29th, 2008, the OUTLAW said:

    Hey I got the 32cf card from topram It was $147.00 plus seems to work fine

  24. 24 On February 29th, 2008, Dave M. said:

    Hi guys,
    Note someone got the 32GB topram CF card to work in their ipod….
    I bought the 16GB topram card to put in my ipod mini, unfortunately no success, and I did everything, even down to using knoppix to partition the drive correctly and copying the 8gb topram card that works ok, to give it a start, all to no avail. Anyone got this working – seems unfair that the 8 & 32GB topram cards work with apple s/w but the 16gb don’t ?? :-(

  25. 25 On March 3rd, 2008, Kyle said:

    Hi i was just wondering how to recognize what broken ipods were usable for this mod? thanks

  26. 26 On March 3rd, 2008, Kyle said:

    after rereading that its not very clear. what i mean is, when im looking on ebay how do i know that whats wrong with the ipod is that it has a broken hdd?

  27. 27 On March 3rd, 2008, Tarkan said:

    That is a hard one – Most of the time a iPod which powers up and displays the sad iPod icon is normally due to a faulty hard drive.

    If you remove obvious physical damage like LCD’s – I would say 95% of broken iPods have faulty hard drives.

    Where it gets complicated is when iPods have been opened then the problem scope increases to damaged battery connectors and sometimes damaged hard drive ribbon or connector.

    When buying broken iPods stats are on your side!!!

  28. 28 On March 3rd, 2008, Kyle said:

    thanks, also is it really necessary to use an ipod opening tool or will and screw driver do if im not worried about scratches?

  29. 29 On March 3rd, 2008, Tarkan said:

    I would suggest getting the opening tools, they do make opening the case easy, it’s just not about scratches – with the screwdriver you will end up with some nasty looking damage to the steel case.

  30. 30 On March 3rd, 2008, Kyle said:

    ok, thanks for all your help.

  31. 31 On March 5th, 2008, Greg said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I haven’t heard back from you, and I just wanted to see what luck you’ve had with the iPod Classic I sent you to test.

    Look forward to hearing from you,

  32. 32 On March 11th, 2008, bryan said:

    I’m planning on doing this and I was wondering where you got the 32GB SSD. I did some looking and couldn’t seem to find a 32GB SSD.

  33. 33 On March 11th, 2008, bryan said:

    Nevermind… I just found the links at the bottom…

  34. 34 On March 11th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    You can buy the adaptor from my store, this allows you to use the CF card inside your iPod, no need for a SSD.

  35. 35 On March 11th, 2008, buttzilla said:

    Hi! I have tried to install a A-Data Compact Flash 32GB (the same as this manual) to my 4G color ipod. When I complete the installation, I put into the PC and the iTunes opens. I restore the iPod, but, when it finish, repeats the process again and again. It not show the message to connect it to the power supply. Windows recognize the iPod as a hard drive and I can transfer files to the iPod and it works perfectly, but the iTunes can’t finish the process of restoring.

  36. 36 On March 11th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Sorry have not done any work with the 4G iPods, I suggest visiting ipodhackers.net they have various articles about CF cards in 4G iPods.

  37. 37 On March 12th, 2008, buttzilla said:

    Thanks Tarkan, I will visit they.

  38. 38 On March 18th, 2008, Kyle said:

    Hello again,
    One more question, when you do this is it possible to fit the 850mah battery from the 60/80 gig ipod into the 30?

  39. 39 On March 18th, 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.

  40. 40 On April 24th, 2008, Joey said:

    Hi, Tarkan,

    Ive just installed the compact flash card, and restored my ipod though, Ive got a problem, which is Ipod keeps restoring again, again again…. Do you know why it is happening? I dont know what to do now.. Could you help me out.~!

  41. 41 On April 24th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Joey,

    Welcome to the iPod restore loop problem. It is something which happens to the 5g iPods sometimes – search the web for the iPod restore loop (recovery loop) for ideas on how to fix it.

    The Apple recommended fix is to change the drive letter that the iPod uses. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93499

    Another fix is to put the iPod in to disk mode before restoring with iTunes (hold the Select and Play buttons while the black apple logo is on the screen after a reset – menu + select).

    Also worth trying, is installing another version of iTunes or if you are using a windows machine try restoring on a mac.

    Let me know how you get on….

  42. 42 On April 24th, 2008, Joey said:

    thank you for helping, though, Ive already tried all these recommended solution.
    However, the problem keeps happening, so, I assume there might be a problem on the battery. But, I am not sure whether this problem is related to battery issue.
    What do you think?

  43. 43 On April 24th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Unlikely to be the battery. Before you do anything you need to make sure the adaptor is fitted correctly and that the CF card is working in the iPod.

    Easy way is to put the iPod into disk mode, then check you can format the iPod drive and read / write to it.

    If not, then check your installation and then try another CF card anything over 512Mb will do.

  44. 44 On April 24th, 2008, Joey said:

    In terms of Disk mode, everything is good, read/write perfectly, and everything is fitted correctly. what should I do, now…..

  45. 45 On April 24th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Can you try restoring on another machine. If not you can send the iPod to me, I will reset and restore the firmware for you.

  46. 46 On May 2nd, 2008, Thomas said:

    I Just bought your adapter and a 2 GB Hama to try it out.#
    I did everything carefully just like the tutorial and it does work like it, but when I want to restore my drive with itunes it says after a while (couldn’t restore because IPOD is busy)!!!!

    Whats wrong with that thing? Did you have something like this before? Is there any solution to that.????

    Thanks, Thomas

  47. 47 On May 2nd, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Thomas,

    It is possible that the card is not compatible. First thing I would do is to check you can access the iPod as a drive.

    Press and Hold Menu + Select, when the black apple logo appears Press and Hold Play + Select, this should get you into disk mode. Connect the iPod to your computer, it should appear as a drive.

    Now try formatting and reading – writing to the iPod. If this does not work then either you have a bad connection (faulty ribbon cable) or the card will not work in the iPod.

    Try another card 512Mb and over will do.

    Let me know how you get on. Good luck.

  48. 48 On May 3rd, 2008, Thomas said:

    Thanks for the fast reply…

    I can go into disk mode. But it’s the same. I connect it to my macbook and itunes discovers a new ipod witch it wants to format. I do it and it starts … a minute later a window is popping up that itunes couldn’t restore the drive because the ipod is busy.

    wich operating system are you using? Do You think I should try it on a windows computer?

    Or is it the card? I mean it doesn’t say it’s data rates or anything…

  49. 49 On May 3rd, 2008, Tarkan said:


    It just maybe worth trying the disk mode on a windows computer to check you can access the drive, etc.

    If that not work it maybe that the card is not compatible. Do you have another card to try?

  50. 50 On May 5th, 2008, Thomas said:


    It WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Switched the card at the shop and tada!!!

    So it was the Data Rate I Guess. I have now a SecureData 4 GB Ultra 2, I think, and it works all without any trouble. So thanks a lot for your support.

  51. 51 On May 5th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Thomas, That is good news – enjoy your refreshed iPod.

  52. 52 On May 6th, 2008, Joey said:

    Hi, Tarkan!

    I am very happy with my refreshed Ipod now. Thank you!

    I think iflash is really needed for people who are suffering from the ipod issue.

    What I’m saying is I would like to post this information, iflash, on my korean website in korean, if you dont mind.

    I think more people suffered from the ipod issues should know about an alternative way you developed rather than just throwing away ipods, or, buying new one.

    So, if you do not mind, I would like to post it. just let me know!


  53. 53 On May 7th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Joey, well my moto is if you like it – spread the word and let the world know :)

  54. 54 On May 15th, 2008, Kyle said:

    hello again,
    I got my ipod done and I was just wondering if yours still lagged a little when switching songs, like maybe a second if you have scrolled down the list and then selected another one, just wondering because it seems kind of slow, i think a lot of it is the processor and ram though. Thanks

  55. 55 On May 19th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Kyle,

    I think the lag is worse with slower cards, my A-Data test iPod has more lag than my Extreme IV iPod.

    The lag comes from the fact that the iPod loads in to memory approx. 32Mb of data (like the next few tracks after the one you have selected).

    This lag occurs on the hard drive as well, and is much worse as the drive needs to be spun up to read ahead.

  56. 56 On May 23rd, 2008, Kyle said:

    thanks, one more question, my ipod when left in sleep for a long time, like 10 hours, when woken up tells me to restore but if i restart it it works fine and i can connect it to the computer and everything. and ‘ve tried restoring it multiple times now but to no avail. It must be a software problem correct? Is it possible that it does this because it doesn’t think its sleeping right because the “hard drive” isn;t shutting down?

  57. 57 On June 6th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Kyle,

    So far the deep sleep issue seems to be related to slow CF cards – the iPod firmware timing is very aggresive when waking up from deep sleep – causing the restore message.

  58. 58 On June 22nd, 2008, Kyle said:

    did you experience the same problem when using rockbox?

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

    You would not have the same issue with Rockbox – it uses another method of sleep, which is not effected by the speed of the card.

  60. 60 On June 28th, 2008, Jared said:

    Hey Tarkan,

    I just got my adapter in the mail a little while ago. I purchased a 32GB A-Data Speedy card, installed it, and restored the iPod software. Everything works well up to this. After I got the iPod software re-installed, I installed Rockbox. If I boot to the iPod firmware, it works great, but if I try to boot to the rockbox firmware, it gives me the following the rockbox screen appears, and sits for about 20 seconds and then displays this error:

    ATA error: -1

    Press ON to debug

    I’ve tried several different rockbox builds, all with the same results. When I first got my CF card, I put it in my card reader and zero’d it out completely (dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb), at which point I wrote a fresh partition table with fdisk and let iTunes handle the formatting of the card from there.

    Have you seen this behavior where Rockbox doesn’t like the CF card, but the iPod firmware does?


  61. 61 On June 28th, 2008, Tarkan said:


    The current build of Rockbox does work but it seems to only work on certain cards (such as Sandisk Extreme range).

    Someone on the Rockbox forum has determined that in version r16259 certain changes were made which has caused this ata -1 error on some cards.

    If you have the means to compile your own build and have access to svn, then make a build of r16258 which is the last build known to work with these cards.

  62. 62 On June 29th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Everyone who is having problems with Rockbox, Good news!!! I have setup a development environment on a virtual machine and now have the ability to compile and build Rockbox.

    I will do a build of version r16258 and will post it up for download.

    When I get some time I will go through the Rockbox source code to determine what has been changed causing this ata -1 error.

    I should mention this error only seems to effect slower cards (e.g. Adata 32Gb Speedy) – the current Rockbox build works fine on my collection of Sandisk Extreme III cards.

  63. 63 On June 29th, 2008, Jared said:


    Until you get that up, I just built a copy of r16258 (for iPod Video 30GB model–does NOT work on iPod Video 60/80GB models). You can find it here:


    I’m attempting to patch the current SVN revision currently. I’ll let you know if I get it working.


  64. 64 On June 29th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Jared, nice one!!

    I spent some time looking at the differences between build r16258 and r16259, major changes where made – but nothing jumps out as the cause.

    I did notice in main.c they have moved when the i2c bus is init’d, I wonder if moving this back to its original position will fix this issue????

  65. 65 On June 29th, 2008, Jared said:

    Yeah, I saw that move in main.c as well. I moved it back, but it didn’t seem to fix anything.

    I google’d around a bit for the error message, and some other devices display this error when the battery is having problems. I noticed there were some power management changes between r16258 and r16259, so perhaps one of those changes is responsible. Just a shot in the dark.

    BTW, I’m not sure if you want to continue discussing this on your blog post. If not, feel free to email me directly. :)


  66. 66 On July 5th, 2008, Mike said:

    So how can I buy the 32GB A-Data compact Flash card at Newegg from the UK? They dont seem to do international shipping?

  67. 67 On July 5th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Ah…that is where friendly Americans come in to it….

    Failing that, the next best thing to a friend in the USA is ebay, the A-Data is currently about £74 inc postage (which is much higher than the current $100 on newegg but that is life).

  68. 68 On July 5th, 2008, Jared said:

    Hey Mike,

    I’m an American, and I consider myself fairly friendly. If you’d like me to get it from newegg and mail it to you in the UK, I think I could do that. Send me an email if you’re interested (jpsutton [at] gmail com).


  69. 69 On July 10th, 2008, Mike said:

    Hey Jared,

    Thats great news and very kind. I will be in touch.



  70. 70 On July 10th, 2008, Mike said:

    Hi All,

    I have found some very cheap looking CF cards on Ebay. Has anyone tried one of these cards? Do they work in the Ipod CF conversion? Are there any reasons I should considenot buying this product?


    Hoping for enlightenment…


  71. 71 On July 10th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Mike,

    Have a look here :-

    Looks like the Topram will not work.

  72. 72 On July 10th, 2008, Mike said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    thanks for that link. As always compatability is never that simple. According to reports the Topram 16GB will not work but the Topram 32GB will.

    I was looking at a 32GB module so it looks like someone has managed to make it work but the fact that some Topram stuff does and some doesnt work isnt filling me with hope.

    Cheers anyway


  73. 73 On July 10th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    I personally think these cards are just rebadged – i.e. someone sticks a topram sticker on the outside.

    So I think the cards themselfs can come from several different manufacturers, so you really just don’t know what you are getting.

  74. 74 On August 9th, 2008, Derek said:


    I recently installed your adapter along with a 32gb Speedy A-data CF card, but I am unable to get my 5.5 gen 30gb ipod to go into disk mode, or diagnostic mode but I can reset it using the reset+select method. It boots up to the sad ipod icon now, but I’m unsure as to why. I can’t get my laptop to recognize it for a format. I also replaced the battery with a extremely high capacity one from PDASmart.

    I don’t think I damaged any of my connectors in either installation. The CF card is perfectly fine, I plugged it into a usb adapter and my MacBook recognized it instantly. I trust the quality of your adapter, and it doesn’t look damaged, any ideas? just ask for any other info


  75. 75 On August 9th, 2008, Derek said:

    I also get a “very low battery” warning when I connect my ipod to my computer, even after letting it charge for over 8 hours, I think the battery is faulty, but I am still able to turn the ipod on without it being plugged in??? I’m fairly tech-inclined, but I’m running circles here.

  76. 76 On August 9th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Derek,

    The low battery when you connect to the computer, normally happens when either the battery has not been connected or the battery connection is bad.

    The problems you are having does sound like the ribbon faulty but before replacing. I would disconnect the ribbon from both ends and re-install. Also make sure the ribbon is fully seated in to the ZIF connector.

    Also feel the iPod end of ribbon connector does it feel smooth with no sharpness.

    If you think it may be the iFlash (very very unlikely, but you never know) I can send out another one to rule that out.

    Contact me via my contact me page if you have anymore questions.

  77. 77 On August 12th, 2008, 5 Gen ipod CF card addapter with cool iVue clear case - Head-Fi: Covering Headphones, Earphones and Portable Audio said:

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  78. 78 On August 21st, 2008, CV said:

    I did the Flash procedure y’day after buying a Transcend 32 Gb from Amazon. Things went smoothly, I charged the Ipod battery overnight and restored the Ipod today. But it gave some error (can’t access drive for write) when trying to sync with iTunes. So I formatted the drive as 32 FAT and using 16 units as allocation size using Windows. I’m trying to sync but the thing is SLOOOOOW. I understand this is no Sandisk Ultra but geez, this is way too slow. Maybe I’m doing something wrong. Any pointers as to what I should try next? Could something have gone wrong with my installing the iFlash adapter that could cause the slowness? Is formatting as FAT32 and the above allocation unit size the right thing? Thanks in advance.

  79. 79 On August 21st, 2008, CV said:

    Ok, the syncing failed again. It says Attempting to Copy to the disk ‘My Ipod’ failed. The disk could not be read from or written to.

  80. 80 On August 21st, 2008, CV said:

    Ok, some good news finally!! I formatted the card using Linux dd, did a restore from iTunes and just synced with a small batch of music files. And it synced!

    Unfortunately, can’t get rockbox to load properly yet. I get ATA error -80 “No partition found”. Any ideas? I tried the patch build from the other port about Iflash and Rockbox but still the same issues.

  81. 81 On October 1st, 2008, jau said:

    Tarkan! Thank you so much for getting this device out to me so quickly. Even with the delay in payment processing, I received it in the US in less than 5 business days. I just finally got around to plugging it in and using the ebay purchased Samsung 32GB CF, and I gotta say, it was such an easy and painless process! My ipod is noticeably lighter, and feels almost hollow without the hard drive lol..

    thanks again!

  82. 82 On October 2nd, 2008, Niz said:

    Hi Tarkan

    I installed an 8GB Transcend 133 which works ok. I did the iTunes restore (Mac) and loaded some tracks but now the scroll/click wheel won’t work!! The ipod is stuck on the language menu and doesn’t respond

    I tried flipping the hold switch etc but to no avail…

    Any ideas??

  83. 83 On November 11th, 2008, Alex said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Hope you can give me some advice.

    My iPod 5G 30GB has just died and now all I get is the Apple logo constantly on screen (until the battery runs out). I’ve run the built-in diagnostics and no problems were reported.
    However, the iPod doesn’t show up in iTunes or any similar apps (e.g. iDump, Floola).
    I can put it into disk mode and it can then be seen in Windows Explorer and Disk management (running Vista), but neither can actually access the contents of the drive.
    I don’t have a backup, so need to recover my data before I upgrade the player with a flash drive.

    Can you recommend anything? I’ve tried putting it in the fridge, but no luck (several people suggested that as a way to temporarily get it working again).

    If I format the drive (as Windows Explorer prompts me to do), is there any software I can use to retrieve the data? I’m mainly concerned about photos.

    Anyway, thanks for any advice and this mod looks amazing – it brought a smile back to my face after the disappointment of my iPod dying!

  84. 84 On November 11th, 2008, Tarkan said:


    Your iPod sounds like a lost cause sadly.

    It does sound like the hard drive is the problem, can you tell me what kind of noises you can hear while the iPod is powering up?

    If you can hear a slight clicking noise it could be that the drive head is stuck on the platter or stuck on the ramp. You can with a firm but gentle tap – dock connector end first on a hard object may help release it.. Do this while the iPod is on.

    If you intend to order a iFlash from me – you can send the ipod to me to look at – but I cannot promise that I will get your data off it.

  85. 85 On November 12th, 2008, Alex said:

    It’s kind of a rhythmic clicking – sounds like the HDD is trying to start, then gives up and starts again.

    Okay, I’ll try what you suggest.

    Thanks and I’ll be in touch!

    Definitely want to ‘flash’ my iPod!!

  86. 86 On November 14th, 2008, Alex said:

    No luck with brute force unfortunately.


    Looks like I’ll have to try formatting it and then see if I can use some software to retrieve the data.

  87. 87 On November 17th, 2008, tisseke said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    I’ve been searching for some months now how to replace my 30GB iPod Video with a flash memory. In this period I came onto your website. You use a flash card together with a flash to ziff conenctor. Is it also possible to use a SolidState disc? or preferably a 32GB USB Stick, or at least using it compounds? Because a 32GB USB Stick is cheaper than a Compact Flash card. Maybe you can explain me why it is so much cheaper or why it could never work in an iPod?


  88. 88 On November 20th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    The issues with trying to use USB or other flash based storage devices is that you would need to have expensive circuitry to interface to the iPods IDE port.

    Not only will this be expensive but in terms of size within the iPod not sure it would fit.

  89. 89 On December 3rd, 2008, Robert Menes said:

    Hey Tarkan, just installed an iFlash into my iPod video with an A-Data 4GB Speedy CF card. Works great both in the Apple firmware and with Rockbox.

    I had to modify a line in firmware/target/arm/system-pp502x.c in the Rockbox firmware to get it to work (initially I was getting ATA Error -1). I love the results, so now I want to try this out with a 32GB card later. Keep up the great work! :)

  90. 90 On December 7th, 2008, Natesuniverse said:

    I have run into a problem with the build I am doing. I have gotten the iPod to restore and load the firmware on the card. I have loaded it with songs. I can browse the songs, and video, however when I go to play it, it pulls up the play screen but the track NEVER advances. I was wondering if anyone has run into this before.

  91. 91 On December 7th, 2008, Natesuniverse said:


    30 Gb 5th Generation paired with a 16Gb A-Data card.

  92. 92 On December 7th, 2008, Natesuniverse said:

    Also, I am not opposed to getting a new card if it is the consensus that is has to be the card and not a problem with the main board of the iPod.

  93. 93 On December 7th, 2008, Tarkan said:


    I have only ever seen one person mention this happening to them but they switched to Rockbox to fix it.

    This has happened to me once on the original Hard drive, turned out the file system was corrupt – so I had to reformat and restore the iPod.

    I would suggest firstly connecting the iPod in disk mode to your PC, then formatting the iPod drive, before getting iTunes to do a restore on it.

    Another thing worth trying is Rockbox, see if you have any problems with that.

    Finally, make sure the tracks you are playing are not corrupted and maybe try another CF card anything over 1Gb should do….

    Let me know how you get on.

  94. 94 On December 9th, 2008, David said:

    I’m doing an iFlash switch on a 5G iPod. I wish I had seen your video before opening it. I looked at your picture adjacent to the vague description and immediately broke my screen. I’d suggest you post the video everywhere you can so others don’t do the same thing. Also reword the text to match the video.

  95. 95 On December 9th, 2008, Tarkan said:


    Sorry to hear you damaged your iPod, I must say I have never heard of anyone damaging their screen fitting the iFlash. What exactly happened?

    But you are right I should re-arrange the iFlash stuff, so it is better laid out and the information is clearer.

  96. 96 On December 15th, 2008, Wesley said:


    I got your iFlash to work on a 2GB CF card, but it doesn’t work on a 32GB Transcend 133x.

    There’s no problem with the hardware, but I think the issue is with software. I followed your step by step guide on how to restore the iPod. After the restore is done (the message “Your iPod has been restored to factory settings. …”), the iPod boots up. After the boot up is done, it goes back to the “Connect to your computer. Use iTunes to restore” message on the iPod.

    I tried formatting the CF using my Canon 30D SLR, and redoing the whole process, but I end up with the same message to use iTunes to restore on my iPod.

    However, there’s no problem when I use the 2GB CF card. I’m wondering how you were able to use a 32GB CF with iFlash. I think I’m having some addressing problems. Or am I missing something?

    Thank you. I hope to hear from you soon, because I’ve got nothing to listen to at the moment.

  97. 97 On December 16th, 2008, Robert Menes said:

    Swiped out the 4GB A-Data for a Transcend 133x 32GB card. This card worked with Rockbox right out of the box, and is much, much faster than the A-Data card was.

    I’ll gladly recommend iFlash to anyone who’s interested in a CompactFlash mod for their iPod video! :)

  98. 98 On December 18th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Wesley,

    Sorry for the delay in replying.

    This is something that sometimes pops up with these Transcend cards – Lots of people use these cards with no problem but some people have suffered this restore loop problem with them.

    I have never really worked out why it does it, I have had several Transcend cards and none have done it with me yet!!

    First thing to try would be to edit the partition table as it may be corrupt (using something like Partition Magic) – or – if you can get the card replaced or even get another make.

    Let me know how you get on…

  99. 99 On December 25th, 2008, josh said:

    hey yaa need some help i have installed an adaptor and topram CF 8gb card everything works fine up until restore point windows sees it but displays the drive as havin 0 bytes used and 0 bytes availible. maybe the cards not compatible has anyone else had this problem?

  100. 100 On December 28th, 2008, Steve187 said:

    If A-Data starts producing a 64 GB model, could that be used for the 5th Gen Video Ipod? Or is the motherboard restricting size expansions? Because I know vendors who sell Ipod parts always state you cannot add a bigger hard drive into the 5th Gen Video Ipod.

  101. 101 On December 28th, 2008, hairyshit said:

    Hello I’ve found out a way of how to avoid the deep sleep restore problem on the 3rd gen and 5th gen iPod, basically I’ve cut the power track on the CF to IDE converter (goes to pins 13 & 38 on cf card) and reconnected the cf end to 3.7-4.0v supply within the iPod, this has solved the deep sleep problem on both types of iPod the only thing is during standby the ipod consume about 0.5 to 1.5ma during deep sleep periods, the parasitic consumption of that much power is nothing really and doesn’t really affect the standby times by much, hope this is helpful to anybody that wants it, another thing I found is that by connecting the cf card to a permanent power connection the iPod consumes alot less power probably due to the fact that it doesn’t need to shunt large amounts of current to turn the card on during buffer fills, battery systems seem to be unaffected by this mod aswell, overall I haven’t seen any ill effects yet also checked iPod with a thermal imager and found no extra heat produced from components/battery system/cf card during charge, discharge, read and write cycles.

    Hardware Used(Abused):
    1)iPod 3rd gen 10gb with 32gb cf card
    2)cf to ide adapter
    3)samsung generic 32gb cf card (The Blue one 133x)

    1)iPod 3rd gen 15gb with 16gb cf card
    2)cf to ide adapter
    3)samsung generic 16gb cf card (The Blue one 133x)

    1)iPod 5th gen vid 30gb with 32gb cf card
    2)cf to ide adapter
    3)Transcend 32gb cf card

    Tools Used:

    1) Wire Cutters (NEEDED)
    2) Kyner Wire (NEEDED but can be substituted with other wire thin enough to inside)
    3) Soldering Iron (25w fine/pencil tip) (NEEDED)
    4) Solder (NEEDED)
    5) Soldering Stand w/sponge (OPTIONAL but might get messy with out one)
    6) Scalpel (NEEDED but any sharp craft knife will do)
    7) Test Meter (OPTIONAL but can help if problems arise)
    8) iPod Opening Tool (NEEDED but can use other things to open with but may be messy, p.s. if you don’t want your iPod to look like Freddy Cruger raped it then use the tool)
    9) Thermal Imager (Totally OPTIONAL and only used for initial safety monitoring during this evil experiment didn’t want a Litium Ion explosion or my house set alight)

    Thanks Tarkan for the info on your site hope this help people with a few of the issues surrounding deep sleep issues.

  102. 102 On January 4th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Yes, I noticed this behaviour on my test iPod I run here. Sadly, it is not exactly a plug and play fix!!!

    I was interested to read you found the current consumption is lower when the CF card is powered directly via battery voltage and not the regulated 3.3v supply. I will try this out – cannot see why this would be the case….

    I never got round to measuring the current drawn by the CF card when it is disabled, but if the draw is very small then having a super cap (2.2uf) or even a small lithium coin cell across the CF supply – may stop the deep sleep issue.

    However, good work on your part.

  103. 103 On January 7th, 2009, Benjamin said:


    I am interested in an iFlash adapter for my 5.5 generation iPod video with a dead hard drive. Would I be able to use a less expensive memory card (like SD) and just buy an adapter for compact flash? Thanks! Also, would you be able to direct me to a good site to buy memory cards?

  104. 104 On February 7th, 2009, jim said:

    I must have unplugged my iPod while still running in itunes. Now all my data is not showing up. In settings it shows I’ved used 14GB of data and have 1.2GB remaining, but rebooting the ipod has no effect. iTunes is asking me to restore, but I don’t want to do that and lose all I’ve done to rebuild this iPod.

    This is the second time I’ve accidentally unplugged my iPod while it was still docked and showing in iTunes. The last time I was able to recover. My advice is to be very cautious as the CF mods don’t seem to react well to accidental removals.

    Thanks fo anything I can try. I’m on vacation and was hoping to listen to my iPod, major downer….

  105. 105 On February 10th, 2009, Robbie said:

    I see that the A-Data 32gb cards are no longer available, is the Transcend 32gb card a viable aleternative?

  106. 106 On February 14th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Robbie, Some people report they work ok and some people have also have had the restore loop problem with them. If you do decide to try it, get it from somewhere with a good returns policy.

  107. 107 On March 18th, 2009, CJ said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    Apologies, I should start by stating I represent The Enemy – Yep, I pitch for the Creative Team! I have a Zen Vision:M 30Gb which broke my heart a few months ago when the disk decided to go clicky-clicky (in the car, 40 miles away from my destination – Fun or what?)
    Anyway, I figure that your your iFlash adapter should work as a replacement for the crummy Hitachi C4K60 disk – Have you or anyone else tested it in the ‘Zen Vision? I’m most likely going to purchase anyway so I’m prepared to be the guinea pig (both my Brother-In-Law’s have the same model as myself – I could arrange for them to be dropped 😉

    P.S – Father-In-Law has a 120Gb iPod Classic, I can drop his next 😉

  108. 108 On March 18th, 2009, Tarkan said:


    No one is the Enemy in this game :)

    The iFlash should work ok in terms of fit and electrical connections – Zen Vision:M does use a ZIF connector hard drive.

    The only issue will be choice of CF card – not sure card which card will work or not.

  109. 109 On March 18th, 2009, CJ said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    Many thanks for that – I ordered one about an hour ago. I’ll try a variety of cards/disks and keep you posted.
    Thanks again,

  110. 110 On March 27th, 2009, Dan said:


    Thanks for the speedy shipping. I ordered your iflash and installed it in a 5G ipod black 80GB. HDD was clicking away. Installed I flash with a 16GB Ritek 233x. I am experiencing the restore loop. Tried formatting and restoring in windows and mac. Tried disk mode…no problem can see/read/write with no problem. Still having restore issue. Any suggestions?

  111. 111 On March 27th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Hi Dan,

    Sadly looks like them cards do not work with the iPod (all of them 3g,4g,5g). This also effects the 32Gb as someone else has reported that not working.

    The only workaround is another card :(

    Read the compatiblity article for a current list. The fav at the moment is the Kingston Elite Pro 133x cards.

  112. 112 On April 14th, 2009, ipod hard drive said:

    Great article! I’ve noticed in many instances, the problem actually derives from a faulty HDD cable. People wrongfully suspect that it’s a bad hard drive and this simply isn’t always the case. Thanks for posting this.

  113. 113 On April 15th, 2009, Brad said:

    Tarkan awesome site. I have an Archos 604 that I would like to convert to a compact flash. It uses a Ziff connector from what I can see. Any experience with this will your adapter fit? I’m currently waiting for my adapter in the mail and can’t wait to convert my 5th gen iPod video.

  114. 114 On April 15th, 2009, Robbie said:

    I just received a Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb and put it into my 6th gen iPod Classic and all seems to be working a treat! May I never have to use another crappy iPod hard drive again. Many thanks Tarkan!

  115. 115 On May 6th, 2009, milkmouse said:

    i’ve been trying this on a 5g ipod with a 32Gb samsung generic cf. ipod still boots fine from hd but when i fit the card instead all i can get is the apple logo, no backlight, it just hangs like that. reset brings up the same. it’s also the same if i remove the cf card from the adapter and boot. with the card in i can’t boot into disk mode or anything, just get the apple logo and that’s it.

    any ideas? is it the card? the adapter?

    help would be much appreciated, i’m pulling my hair out.

  116. 116 On May 6th, 2009, milkmouse said:

    oh yeah, and i’ve had no way to format the cf card or check if it is formatted. could this be the problem?

  117. 117 On May 13th, 2009, Adem said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    I had recently installed an iflash adapter and a Kingston Elite Pro 32 GB 133X Compact Flash card. I have issues formatting the ipod on itunes and even through windows when I tried that. The file type comes up as RAW file. I can find the drive on my computer, but it will not format to windows. Any advice on how to fix this?

  118. 118 On May 13th, 2009, Adem said:

    by the way, the model of my ipod is an 80 GB ipod video 5g.

    Any advice on how to fix this would be greatly appreciated

  119. 119 On May 17th, 2009, 5.5 gen iPod with flash card? - Head-Fi: Covering Headphones, Earphones and Portable Audio said:

    […] […]

  120. 120 On May 25th, 2009, Joseph said:


    If you have any success, please let me know. I’ve been looking into the CF mod for my 5.5G video, and was planning on using the Kingston card… this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134901
    believe its the same as what you’re attempting to use, i would be using Windows as well.


  121. 121 On May 28th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Yes many people are using that card.


  122. 122 On June 18th, 2009, Gary said:

    After installing, everything works great, but now, I cannot charge my Ipod with an external charger. While playing my Ipod, it will freeze if I plug in the charger, also, when I power OFF the Ipod, then plug in the charger, I get the normal “charging” picture, but then my Ipod freezes. The only way I can fix my Ipod is to do a hard reboot (menu and middle button). It seems to charge fine when plugged into the computer while playing, but not when plugged into a stand alone charger. Oh, and I also have the Kingston Pro Elite 32gb CF, Thanks!

  123. 123 On June 18th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    No one has ever mentioned something like this to me, and I don’t have a standalone charger – but I don’t see how it would be different charging via a computer or seperate charger.

  124. 124 On June 27th, 2009, Jonas said:

    I’m having the same problem as Adem.
    Cannot restore the iPod Classic and it shows up as “RAW” in Windows Explorer.
    I would appreciate any help very much! Thank you!

  125. 125 On July 28th, 2009, Tony said:

    Hey y’all I am new to this game and I, right now, am 3 for 4 on ipod repair (3 nanos resurrected with some new parts – wooo hooo) However, the 4th is giving me a wee bit of a fit and it’s the mini replacement of a dead micro drive to a CF upgrade – I used a Sandisk Ultra II 8GB 15 MB/sec 100X SDCFH-008G-AW11 CF. Everywhere I have looked on the web it states that ALL Sandisk’s were a go so I am at a loss as to why it won’t complete the restore and update. So here’s what it does. 1st it goes through the update process (with a spinning loader icon in upper left corner of screen) then iTunes says that I need to remove it and put onto a wall charger. 2nd it never shows the support url or the wall wart icon as instructions indicated from the late Mark Hoekstra’s web site GeekTechnique.org or another site I’m not sure – I’m seeing Apples at this time and continues goes through this loop of the APPLE and then the !Folder to ad nuaseum. 3) I have gone to diag mode (Select and rewind) and all seems to be ok except HD temp (duh) and the HD test R/W/ ( just there sits forever) 4) XP sees this as valid drive & volume: IPOD and I can reformat under windows and dump files to it and if I perform another restore it wipes it out as it should but never restores it to a usable device nor does it indicate that the new firmware has been loaded it stills says 1.3 versus the 1.4.1. I do have a question regarding MAC vs. Windows intialized ipods. This Mini was purchased off of either eBay or craigs list by a friend’s son and it has NEVER worked for him (I believe because of the clacking HD) and since I will never know who the previous owner was nor what OS he initializes this ipod on would/could/should the OS make a difference on how it should be restored??? Any help to resolving this and to help me go 4 for 4 would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for reading and responding to my post. P.S if you need anymore info please ping me for it.

  126. 126 On August 3rd, 2009, Sean said:

    Please if you can elaborate on the Generation 6 Ipod. I seem to have the smaller ribbon on this old 160 GB Gen 6 Ipod. If this adapter is suited for this cable/ribbonon the generation 6 Ipod? Can I be assured that if I purchase this adapter I can use the existing ribbon? Because I have the Generation 5 ipod and its apart right now and as I look at the two of them I notice a size difference of the ribbon. Thank you for your help.

  127. 127 On August 3rd, 2009, Tarkan said:


    The iPod Classic’s which use the Samsung drive have a smaller connection, this because Samsung use the CE-ATA interface. For the iFlash to be used in them iPods you need to obtain the original 5g/5.5g hard drive ribbon.

  128. 128 On August 3rd, 2009, Tony said:


    I don’t want to assume anything but since I have not recieved any response/feedback from my post, that I either posted my query on the wrong forum or I have offended you in some manner by my post and if so I apologize. I am still at my wits end on this mini issue stated above and don’t want to see this $50+ CF card to go to waste. So if you can shed any light or give me a direction to go in to resolve my min issus would be greatly appreciated

  129. 129 On August 3rd, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Tony, Sorry missed your comment.

    Sadly, I do not know much about the mini and do not know the solution. In terms of compatiblity, the same cards which work in the 5g iPod may not necessarily work in the mini or even 6g ipods.

  130. 130 On August 14th, 2009, Rick said:

    Hi Tarkan!

    Awesome product you have there! I had mine for almost a week, waiting for the CF to arrive from Amazon. It did, and
    all seems to be well (the Kingston Elite Pro 32GB 133X was in one of those infinite boot loops, manually formatting it FAT32 with a USB CF Reader did the trick). Can’t wait to test the battery life, and it’s already lighter & more durable for the gym! Thanks very much! Regards, Rick

    Now if only the 64GB CF cards would come down in price….

  131. 131 On August 17th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the feedback Rick, enjoy!!!

  132. 132 On August 20th, 2009, Jan Holmén said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    Wanted to replace a dead HD in my wife’s 80GB Ipod classic. Ordered a Kingston 32GB 133X Elite Pro which turned out to be DOA, that is, when installed in the Ipod, it claimed it was 16GB, and after a short while it became 0GB. Sent it back to Komplett.se, and after a couple of weeks they sent me a new CF as a replacement. Turned out to be a “Transcend Ultra Speed 133x with MLC flash inside” since apparently they were out of Kingston CF’s.
    Since my wife was getting a bit impatient I figured, what the … and decided to install it even though it is a little suspicious according to the list of Ipod-compatible CF’s, There was no way of checking when it was made, although I assume it was made after February. (Serial number 267657-0015)

    I was happily surprised as it worked right out of the box (it was already formatted as FAT32, and I didn’t try to format it when I was offered that option when first connecting the Ipod to an Imac). Well it’s not completely true, I had to restore twice, the first time there was some fault code instead of a reboot after loading the Ipod software, After that everything has worked perfectly so far,and I have no reason to suspect that it won’t continue to do so.

    Thanks a lot

  133. 133 On August 23rd, 2009, Anna said:

    Hi,Just bought your CF adaptor and fitted my 5th gen 30gb ipod with an old 128mb CF card I had laying around. After fitting I pluuged the ipod into my usb port, got the very low battery message and unhappy ipod, the same messages as I got before the HD replacement. Could this be because the card is too small or is it something else that needs replacing?


  134. 134 On August 23rd, 2009, Tarkan said:


    Make sure the battery is connected back correctly, as you will get low battery warning even when connected to the computer.

    128Mb is too small, the smallest I ever got a 5g running on was 512Mb.

    Good luck, contact me if you need any more help.

  135. 135 On August 23rd, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Hi Jan,

    Thanks for the feedback – glad you got it working ok. Could be the Transcend was old stock as the reports of them not working has been pretty consistant since Feb 2009.

    But you can never tell with these budget card manufacturers!!!!

  136. 136 On August 28th, 2009, Tony said:


    Freakin awesome!!!!!! Truly plug ‘N’ Play!!! A WELL DONE DESIGN!!!!! I resurrected a dead 30g ipod video with the wal-mart purchased 8gb Sandisk Ultra II 8GB 15 MB/sec 100X SDCFH-008G-AW11 described in my mini issue from July 28th. So I now know that the CF at least works in an ipod video!!

    Thanks so much


  137. 137 On August 30th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the feedback, glad it is all working for you. :)

  138. 138 On September 6th, 2009, iPod, reanimated! - danielsenhwong.com said:

    […] drive, and maybe even replace it with a compact flash card to provide more storage space.  (Easy: http://www.tarkan.info/20080126/tutorials/32gb-compact-flash-ipod Ugly: […]

  139. 139 On October 15th, 2009, JohnnyRay said:

    I’ve got a 3rd gen original 15GB ipod that had a hosed hard drive and I also ordered the 1.8 to CF adapter for like $5. I haven’t had much luck getting it to work with this model, however, and most online discussions focus on 4th and 5th gen ipods. At first, I tried a Sandisk 2 GB Extreme III CompactFlash Memory Card 20MB/S in it, but it would not even show up on the computer. Then I bought a Kingston 8GB CompactFlash Card and the ipod and card showed up in both Disk Utility and iTunes, but it would never restore. I tried reformatting to Mac OS extended, partitioning to 1 partition of free space, running the restore program, but every time, it would take FOREVER and sometimes even stall each program untilI had to force quit before telling me it could not do it. The reasons varied from “not enough free space” to “the ipod is busy” and I was never able to get the iPod with the CF card in place of the hard drive to where I could actually use it. Is this model even capable of having the ipod software/hard disk configuration replicated on it? I’m using a Mac with Snow Leopard. Do I have to use the Terminal program or get a Linux machine?

  140. 140 On November 7th, 2009, Michael said:

    Getting a 3rd gen iPod is not a straight plug and play operation as it is with 4th/5th gen iPod’s and iPod Mini’s. You need to use modified firmware to keep it from rebooting continuously, which unfortunately is only available on a Windows machine. Furthermore, you have to format the iPod as PC format, although that doesn’t impair its ability to sync with iTunes on a Mac. I successfully upgraded my 3rd gen iPod with the 32 GB A-Data card depicted in this tutorial and got it working fine, but I eventually reverted the 3rd gen to its original hard drive and swapped the CF card into an iPod Mini (bigger jump to go from 4 GB -> 32 GB than from 10GB -> 32 GB).

  141. 141 On November 19th, 2009, Andy said:

    Installed the adaptor, but after plugging in to the PC, itunes shows “n/a” in the capacity line. Restore runs, but then says ipod in recovery mode, exactly as it did when it started.
    Any ideas what is wrong?
    The ZIF connector seems safely home, and I am using a fuji-2GB card. Is this the effect you get if a card is not compatible?
    Any help greatly appreciated.

  142. 142 On November 24th, 2009, Andrew said:

    My iPod starts up and sometimes goes into recovery mode, with the please connect to itunes message,
    But as soon as the usb adapted touches the socket, It restarts and gives a low battery warning,
    I’m using a 32gb Kinston Elite Pro, is this a sign of compatibility problems

  143. 143 On April 5th, 2010, 15gb ipod said:

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  144. 144 On May 8th, 2010, EC said:

    It REALLY WORKS!!!!!. Just finished setting up IPOD Classic 80Gig witha Kingston elite pro 32 GB. It is smooth and nice…. The opening a closing of the casing remains the challenge…. Mine not bad about some dents…. Anyway very happy… Adios stupid lame poor quality APPLE Hard Drive…..

  145. 145 On October 16th, 2010, Franchesca said:

    Hi Tarkan!

    Awesome product you have there! I had mine for almost a week, waiting for the CF to arrive from Amazon. It did, and
    all seems to be well (the Kingston Elite Pro 32GB 133X was in one of those infinite boot loops, manually formatting it FAT32 with a USB CF Reader did the trick). Can’t wait to test the battery life, and it’s already lighter & more durable for the gym! Thanks very much! Regards, Rick

    Now if only the 64GB CF cards would come down in price….

  146. 146 On March 3rd, 2011, The sad quest for a portable audiophile setup | Code Penguin said:

    […] Another issue with iPods is the usage of an hard drive. While cheaper than Flash memory, it is much more unreliable and requires more power. You can however replace the hard drive by a CompactFlash card. […]

  147. 147 On May 11th, 2011, » Usando tarjetas Compact Flash en un iPod 5G Blogfeed Actualización diario de contenidos said:

    […] chicos de Tarkan han publicado una guía para sustituir el disco duro del iPod 5G por una tarjeta compact flash de 32 Gb. El resultado es un […]

  148. 148 On June 6th, 2011, wayne z said:

    hi all
    i recently did the 4gb compact flash upgrade to a 2nd gen ipod mini. it powers up fine and works when connected via the bottom connector to a pc or ac adapter. i can then disconnect the bottom connector and it works, but it will not power up without being connected. the battery is fully chaged. any thought

  149. 149 On June 7th, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Do not really have much experience with the mini, but what you describe does sound like either a bad battery or poor battery connection.

    Try a new battery.

  150. 150 On September 19th, 2011, Juan J said:

    Hey thanks for everything, I installed and everything works fine but I have a panasonic micro system and does not work but if the battery is charging. Could you tell me if it is to have compact flash instead of hard disk

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  152. 152 On April 15th, 2012, Jens said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I got your adaptor. Do you think the Transcend 32 GB Compact Flash Card 400X (Blue) will work or does it have to be a faster card? What speed did the A-Data Card have that you used?


  153. 153 On April 15th, 2012, Jens said:

    forgot to say: I have the iPod 160 GB.

  154. 154 On April 15th, 2012, Francisco Rodriguez said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Have you or anyone tried to use a CF adapter and inserting an SDXC card (128GB or so)? I am looking to restore my 80 GB 5G iPod and I don’t like to miss any feature, mainly space. As the 128GB CFs are pricy, I found an adaptor which accepts CF Type II greater than 32 GB, so I wonder if anyone has already tested this configuration. My 5G HD is already broken, but I was using all the space… Thanks!

  155. 155 On April 15th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    I have tested a SDHC to CF adaptor in my iFlash, but sadly iTunes will not restore to it.

    I do not have any SDXC cards to try, if I do get one I will test.

  156. 156 On October 19th, 2012, John Conibear said:

    I replace the hdd on a 30gb ipod, with a Komputerbay 32gb card from ebay for £20. Works fine.
    I still have a freeze problem mainly when I am scrolling but sometimes when the music is playing, but that is from before and not as bad. I have bought a new battery to see if that will help.

    Many thanks Tarkan

  157. 157 On March 19th, 2013, pligg.com said:

    The 32Gb Compact Flash Ipod…

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  158. 158 On April 21st, 2013, Slim Lipo said:

    Slim Lipo…

    The 32Gb Compact Flash Ipod » Tarkan Akdam’s BORED…

  159. 159 On June 27th, 2014, Donna said:

    Hi. I went through all the steps to replace the hard drive in my Ipod mini-2 with a Sandisk 8g flash. I left it “naked” and plugged it in and I-tunes recognized it and I did the restore. In the process, it did not ask me to plug it into a wall. I had previously charged it (in the wall), so I presumed that was why. Anyway, when it finished, it was stuck on the language menu. Well heck. I put it back together in the case and now the click wheel doesn’t work. I tried moving the hold back and forth and resetting, but no response, because the click wheel didn’t work. I tried letting the battery go dead. Interestingly, or unfortunately, it would only charge when the Ipod was on hold. When I changed back to off hold, it got stuck on the Apple symbol. Anyway, I put it on hold and it froze on the language menu again but at least it showed charging, switched to the battery symbol charging, and then said “charged.” When I put the hold button back to off, it sticks again on the Apple symbol. If I put it on hold again, it shows a battery with an exclamation point. I went through the process of taking it out of the case again (several times), each time, after jiggling it a little and the screen going blank, and I finally got it recognize and restore with the hold switch off. I thought, ahhhhh, finally, but nope. I even took out the click wheel and plugged it in when unlocked and went through the process again, but after it all, the click wheel still doesn’t work. The Ipod does show and restores in I-tunes, even if it is showing the little lock symbol on the I-pod. I’ve noticed that when trying to put it back in the case after the update, the screen sometimes flickers and goes off and then on again, but nothing I do seems to affect the click wheel. I took it apart and everything seems to be intact. Am I missing something? I’ve searched and searched on the internet but can find nothing addressing this issued AFTER doing an upgrade to compact flash. Please help. Thanks

  160. 160 On July 30th, 2014, Auer said:


    I have an iPod Photo 20GB, and put in a 64 GB Kingston CF/64GB-U2, at first the ipod itself accepts it, but it’s impossible to restore the ipod on it, I tried everything… always stuck at restoring. do u think the card just doesnt work as it is too big with 64 gb?


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