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6th May 2008

iFlash Compact Flash Compatibility – Help Needed…

By Tarkan | Permanent Link
Updated Fri, 19th December 2014

As my iFlash iPod Compact Flash adapter has grown in popularity – so has the problem of Compact Flash card compatibility.

To aid current and future owners of CF iPods, I have decided to compile a list of working and non-working CF cards.

Can you please contact me or leave a comment with the details of the CF cards you have used and if they worked or not.

I will need the manufacturer, model, capacity, and your experience with the card.

Example:  AXTREMEX UDMA 600x 128GB – works fine.

Thank you in advance.

**THE LIST SO FAR** (Last Updated : 19th Dec 2014)

Known to work:-
7dayshop 300x 32Gb
A-Data Speedy 8Gb
A-Data Speedy 16Gb (some reports of filesystem problems, could be card specific)
A-Data Speedy 32Gb
A-Data Speedy 533x 32Gb (new) (reported ok on 6th gen Classic and up)
Apacer Photo Steno III 133x 16Gb
CnMemory 80x First Class Gold 32GB (5g reported ok)
CnMemory 300x Ultra High Speed Edition 32GB
Dolgix 133x 32Gb
Dolgix 133x 64Gb
Dolgix Blaze6C 600x 128GB (not working on 5.5g)
Duracell 133x 32Gb (Dane-Elec)
Duracell ProPhoto 32gb 300x UDMA (DU-CF30-32G-C)
ExtreMEmory Performance 16Gb
Hirsch x64 16Gb
Integral Ultima Pro UDMA6 300x 64Gb (reported ok on 5g)
Kingston Elite Pro 133x 8Gb
Kingston Elite Pro 133x 16Gb
Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb
Kingston Elite Pro S2 32Gb
Kingston Ultimate 266x 16Gb (not working 5g and 5.5g)
Kingston Ultimate 266x 32Gb (all including 6g up)
Kingston Ultimate 266x 64GB
Komputerbay Professional High Speed 266x 32Gb (all gens)
Komputerbay Professional Extreme Speed UDMA6 (90Mb/s) 600x 64Gb (possible issues on 5g/5.5g)
Komputerbay Professional Extreme Speed UDMA6 (90Mb/s) 600x 128Gb (possible issues on 5g/5.5g)
Komputerbay Professional Extreme Speed UDMA7 (150Mb/s) 1000x 32Gb (format Fat32 for 5g/5.5g)
Lexar Platinum II 80x 4Gb
Lexar Platinum II 80x 8Gb
Lexar Platinum II 200x 16Gb
Lexar Professional 300x 8gb
Lexar Professional 400x 128Gb (UDMA7 not working on 5.5g)
Lexar Professional 600x 128Gb (UDMA7 not working on 5.5g)
Lexar Professional 800x 128gb (UDMA7 not working on 5.5g, 128Gb limit on 7.5g)
Lexar Professional 400x 256gb
MemoryStar Professional 400x 32Gb
Mustang Interlagos 32Gb 633x
NOS Ultimate NOS 300x 128Gb (35Mb/s) (Ok on 5.5g)
Patriot Signature 8Gb 266x (PSF8G266CF)
Patriot Signature 64Gb 266x
Peak Technology 16Gb
Photofast 533X 64Gb
Pretec 233x 32Gb
Pretec 233x 64Gb (Reported 6th gen and up)
Samsung OEM 150x (ebay) 16Gb
Samsung OEM 150x (ebay) 32Gb
Sandisk Ultra II (all capacities)
Sandisk Extreme 60Mb/s UDMA 400x 32Gb
Sandisk Extreme III (all capacities) (excludes new 30Mb/s 2008 models)
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB (90Mb/s)
Silicon Power 32GB CF200X
Silicon Power 64Gb 400x
TakeMS Hyperspeed 120x 16Gb
TakeMS Hyperspeed 120x 32Gb
Topram (Ebay and Amazon) 32Gb (Possible problems with 6g Classics)
Transcend 133x 8Gb
Transcend 133x 16Gb (Restore Loop problem for cards purchased since Feb 2009)
Transcend 133x 32Gb (Restore Loop problem for cards purchased since Feb 2009)
Transcend 400x 32Gb (TS32GCF400) (newer cards have restore loop issues 5g/5.5g)
Transcend 400x 64Gb (TS32GCF400) (newer cards have restore loop issues 5g/5.5g)
Transcend 800x 256Gb (Working ok in 5g, 6g/7g reports as 127Gb works ok otherwise)
WINTEC Filemate Professional 400x 8Gb (3FMCF8GBS-R)
WINTEC FileMate Professional 400x 32GB
WINTEC FileMate Professional 600x 64GB

Known not to work:-
Apacer 133x 32gb
Hama 2Gb
PQI 32Gb
Ridata Lighting Series 233x 16Gb
Ridata Lighting Series 233x 32Gb
Samsung OEM 280x (ebay) 4Gb
Samsung OEM 280x (ebay) 8Gb
Samsung OEM 280x (ebay) 16Gb
Sandisk Extreme III 8Gb (30Mb/s 2008 version)
Sandisk Extreme III 16GB (30Mb/s 2008 version)
Silicon Systems ssd-c64mi-3012 64gb
Topram (ebay) 16Gb



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  1. 1 On May 7th, 2008, kc said:

    A-Data Speedy 16GB – Works fine

  2. 2 On May 7th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Thanks kc and the other people who have contacted me directly.

    Seems like people have generally gravitated to similiar cards.

    Working cards:-

    A-Data Speedy 8Gb
    A-Data Speedy 16Gb (some reports of filesystem problems, could be card specific)
    A-Data Speedy 32Gb
    Peak Technology 16Gb
    Samsung OEM 150x (ebay) 16Gb
    Samsung OEM 150x (ebay) 32Gb
    Sandisk Ultra II (all capacities)
    Sandisk Extreme III (all capacities)
    Topram (ebay) 32Gb
    Transcend 133x 8Gb
    Transcend 133x 16Gb
    Transcend 133x 32Gb

    Known not to work:-
    Hama 2Gb
    Samsung OEM 280x (ebay) 4Gb
    Samsung OEM 280x (ebay) 8Gb
    Samsung OEM 280x (ebay) 16Gb
    Topram (ebay) 16Gb

    Quick note about the cheap generic cards found on ebay – it seems they have serious quality control issues, some of these cards work and some don’t. Even if the cards seems to work ok in a card reader it does not mean it will ok in the iPod. That is the risk with these cheap unbranded cards.

    Once I have gathered more data – I will put up a compatibility page as a reference point.

    Thank you and keep the card information coming…

  3. 3 On May 9th, 2008, kc said:

    another thing to think about is the filesystem used. i’ve been using the “mac” filesystem on my ipod, and already i’ve had the data corrupted. it only happened once so far… i’ll keep you updated if it happens again.

  4. 4 On May 10th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    I would not think the filesystem should matter. My 32Gb A-Data test iPod has been flawless for the last 3 months, I am however using Windows format.

  5. 5 On May 10th, 2008, kc said:

    i’m going to try to format my ipod for windows usage (fat32), and then sync it through mac (my primary OS). well let you know in a few days if it is more stable.

    i’m also considering using an older firmware. a recurring theme in other people’s restore loop problem is that they’re using firmware 1.2.1 and later.

  6. 6 On May 11th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Let me know how you get on. I would be interested to know if the filesystem does make a change!!

  7. 7 On May 14th, 2008, kc said:

    the filesystem didn’t resolve the restore loop. there’s a weird quirk though: if you let the ipod restart after the restore screen comes up, the ipod finds the database and everything works fine… for a few days. then you have to restore the ipod.

    i just verified all of my mp3s using a prog called mp3val: http://mp3val.sourceforge.net
    it inspected and fixed any and all mp3 files that were “corrupted” or had bad data. i’m putting the fixed mp3s on my ipod as we speak… lets hope that this will resolve the restore loop issue.

  8. 8 On May 14th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    You sure the card is ok? Maybe it is worth running some kind of disk checking.

  9. 9 On May 14th, 2008, kc said:

    i ran a quick diagnostic on the CF card and no errors popped up. if i get anymore errors, i’ll definitely do a more thorough scan.

    but i think corrupt mp3s are the culprits in the restore loop problem… only time will tell.

  10. 10 On May 30th, 2008, Christian said:

    I get that restore screen as well if I haven’t played my iPod in a few days. What I do is turn on the iPod, the restore screen shows up. I turn it off by holding the menu button. I turn it on again and it works fine. I’m running an A-data 32gb CF card in my 5th gen iPod.

  11. 11 On June 6th, 2008, Zephyr said:

    Microdia is gonna release a 64GB CF Card! Anyone willing to test it out with the adapter?

  12. 12 On June 6th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    I would love to test it out, I did email their PR and Marketing people to try and get hold of a review / demo 64Gb card – but sadly I got no response.

    I will probably have to wait till they start selling them….

  13. 13 On June 17th, 2008, scott said:

    i have the Adata 16 gb cf, but its still giving me the folder error. can it be my ipod motherboard thats giving me the problem?

  14. 14 On June 17th, 2008, Tarkan said:


    I think it is appearing that this card has issues in the iPod. In the comments above kc is using this card and is/was having problems.

    Someone else emailed me yesterday stating that they where having problems getting past the restore screen with this card.

    I doubt it would be the motherboard, but just in case try another card out to make sure the iFlash and iPod are working ok!!

  15. 15 On June 18th, 2008, Chris said:

    The Adata 8Gb Speedy is working like a charm for me. Awesome adapter card by the way, they all should have came with one of these :)

  16. 16 On June 24th, 2008, rae myers said:

    Hi Everyone! Just bought 1 of Tarkan’s superb CF Adapters for use in Ipod video(5g). Installation & build quality…supreme! I’ve tried with 2 cards: 2Gb Samsung OEM (blue label/white text.Bought from’fastmemoryman’Ebay,last year) -keeps restarting ‘needs restoring’etc. also,Integral i-Pro 256Mb(!)(6Mb/s 40x) -exactly the same,what a swizz! Windows recognizes both as external drives but won’t display any info(even tried diskmgmt.msc all to no avail).Will buy 1 of those tried & tested cards featured in this article instead!

  17. 17 On June 25th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Rae,

    With the Samsung OEM types sold on ebay make sure you get the slower 150x speed version, it seems that the 280x versions do not work.

    The 256Mb card will not work full stop. The minimum card size that works is 512Mb.

  18. 18 On June 27th, 2008, Rock said:

    Hi Tarkan, I’m Rock. from China Shanghai.I saw your video on YouTube and my ipodphoto have some problem with used CF card. it always shows the “bad file”. (my English is so pool probably u dont know what Im talking about anyway.)my e-mail is xyz92002@hotmail.com If you know what’s problem please write back.

  19. 19 On June 27th, 2008, kore said:

    hi tarkan, i put a “EXTREMEMORY 16 gb” cf in my 3d gen ipod, it stops working during the progress screen after i started the recovery. do you think thats due to the cf card?

  20. 20 On June 27th, 2008, Scott said:

    Is the Transcend 133x a lot faster than A-Data’s Speedy (which is anything but). Writing to my A-Data 32gb is dog slow. I was thinking of going with a different card but if the Transcend is that much faster then it wouldn’t be worth it. Anyone?

  21. 21 On June 28th, 2008, Scott said:

    One other question: I know of Ridata’s new 32gb 233x offering to work in a Mini. Is that a good gauge that it would work in a 5g?

  22. 22 On June 28th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    The people with the 3g and photo iPods – I really do not know much about CF cards in these, I do however know from email I get that 50% of the problems are because of the very bad quality adaptors and the other 50% due to incompatible cards.

    As I always suggest try another card known to work to rule out the adaptor.

    Scott, working in the Mini does not mean it will work in the iPod, however I have not heard of anyone having any problems with cards from quality manufacturers such as Sandisk and Lexar – From what I have read about RiData cards I would place them in the quality category as well.

    Sadly, we cannot be sure till someone says it works – I am sure people out there are using them as they are quite cheap – but no one has reported back to me.

    Your other question about speeds, yes the Transcend 133x is faster than the A-Data speedy range, I think the A-Data is rated at 80x. Good news is that plenty people are using the Trancsend with the iFlash.

  23. 23 On June 28th, 2008, Rae said:

    Hi again. Ive recently ordered an A-Data 4Gb CF card from Ebay & whilst waiting for it to be delivered,noticed those CF to SD/SDHC adapters (normal size CF cards with a slot to use standard SD cards,about £14inc.del). Was wondering if anyone has tried this? (might end the ‘will it/won’t it’ compatability report!). Should be ideal (in theory!)
    Keep up the good work & reporting your CF card experiences -it really is very helpful to us all

  24. 24 On June 28th, 2008, Scott said:

    Fair enough and I appreciate the response. I may give the Ridata card a try. If I do, I will most certainly report back. Hopefully, you will be able to put it on your compatible list! :-)

  25. 25 On June 30th, 2008, Hayden said:

    I am looking at replacing my iPod 5g hard disk (I hear the click of death approaching (clicks, beeps, and metal scratching noises ocassionally currently)) and I am looking for a 32gb card in the $150-or less range. Are the diffirences between the A-data and Transcend prominently noticable? I’m waiting to see if the Ridata works. I am also waiting to see what the price will be on the Microdia 64gb. Mostly the things I am looking for are speed, price, and reliability (better than my iPod disk atleast.)

  26. 26 On June 30th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    I would say the Transcend is the better buy in the budget range. I think the A-Data and Transcend are at a similiar price point, so go for the Transcend.

    How much is the RiData 32Gb? I would like to hear some feedback about this card as well.

    Have you considered the cheapo Samsung 150x OEM cards they can be a bit hit and miss but at around $120 worth looking at.

    I have tried and tried to get something out of Microdia about their 64Gb card and they don’t even respond to the emails. I think this is another case of vapourware just like Pretec and Sandisk before with the promise of 48Gb and 64Gb cards….

  27. 27 On June 30th, 2008, Hayden said:

    The RiData is $140.00 on Newegg but had 2 out of four comments that were bad. It seems to have a problem with curropting data but the manufacturer said it was a problem with his/her camera.

    I will end up using the Transcend card.

    Thanks for all the help.

  28. 28 On July 1st, 2008, rae said:

    Hi again! Just got 4gb A-Data speedy CF card from Ebay…my Ipod now working brilliantly! Has anyone tried a CF > SD adapter yet? Are they compatible with ANY SD cards?? (hope I dont start a new compatability report..!) Bye for now

  29. 29 On July 2nd, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Rae,

    I tried a CF > SD adaptor few months back and it did work ok.

    Someone else did some testing with the newer SDHC CF adapters with the Trascend 16Gb SDHC card. The iPod did not see the card.

    It may work with another card, so it might be still worth trying out…

  30. 30 On July 3rd, 2008, Scott said:

    Okay, tried replacing my A-Data 32gb with RiData’s 32gb. At first it looked like things were going to work fine. I went through the restore process with iTunes. It was definitely communicating with my iPod and it rebooted it but then went directly back into the restore screen. I’ve tried 3 times all with the same results.

    Then, for the heck of it, I tried installing Rockbox. Again, it seemed to communicate with my iPod and load all of the files but I can’t boot into it. I just keep getting the restore screen.

    Any suggestions?

  31. 31 On July 3rd, 2008, Scott said:

    An addendum to my post above:

    I can see the iPod under Windows Explorer when it is plugged in via USB. I can also see the Rockbox files so it definitely installed. I just can’t boot into either the OEM firmware or Rockbox.

    So close, yet…

  32. 32 On July 3rd, 2008, Tarkan said:


    Try and delete the partition table on the CF card, and then re-attempt the installation of rockbox (using rbutilqt to install the bootloader).

    Give that a go and report back.

  33. 33 On July 3rd, 2008, Scott said:

    Already tried that. The Rockbox utility won’t detect my iPod for some reason. I looked and the USB id is correct and WinXP sees it so I don’t understand why Rockbox isn’t. It keeps saying to manually input the “mountpoint” but I’m not seeing where to do that under “Configure”.

    One other note. Before I did the restore, my iPod did boot into the OEM firmware and showed my previous library so I feel I am close and this still may work. I’m running out of ideas though.

  34. 34 On July 3rd, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Ok, connect the usb lead to your PC and force it in to diskmode. method :- reset the iPod (menu+select) when black apple logo appears quickly switch to play/pause+select.

    In rockbox utility under file/configure/device, click on browse and find the iPod drive.

  35. 35 On July 3rd, 2008, Scott said:

    Still not happening. I can easily Browse to it and select it but when I click on “OK”, I get the Configuration error of “Your configuration is invalid. This is most likely due to a new installation of Rockbox Utility or a changed device path. The configuration dialog will now open to allow you correcting the problem.” It then just loops back into the Configuration screen.

    Another detail, if it helps: If I do the iTunes Restore, though it doesn’t work, the Rockbox Utility will then detect the iPod correctly and install the files. But, again, it won’t boot into either firmware.

  36. 36 On July 3rd, 2008, Scott said:

    One other thing: The iPod has no problem going into Disk Mode when it gets plugged in via USB. So if I wanted, I can easily use the iPod as an external drive. It just won’t recognize installed firmware.

  37. 37 On July 3rd, 2008, Scott said:

    Bit of progress. I formatted the drive (it is one partition currently) and Rockbox Utility will actually get past the Configuration error but when I try to do a “Small installation”, it can’t find my iPod which is currently plugged in and in Disk Mode.

  38. 38 On July 4th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Scott, I am really surprised you are having problems with the RiData, but it really is pointing towards a card which is just not compatible with the iPod.

    Looks like iTunes and Rockbox are having problems creating and reading to the 40Mb boot partition, as a last ditch attempt maybe you can restore on to your A-Data card, install Rockbox then using a diskimaging software copy bit for bit on to the RiData.

    If this fails try and get a refund on the RiData and get the Transcend instead.

  39. 39 On July 4th, 2008, Scott said:

    Yeah, it is unfortunate but I knew it was a risk going in. I find it really odd that it doesn’t work but d’em da breaks. :-) I guess I’ll get myself a Transcend. I really would like to gain faster write speeds and be able to use Rockbox (not able to with my A-Data).

  40. 40 On July 4th, 2008, Tarkan said:


    Maybe you have not noticed but there is a fix for Rockbox and the A-Data cards.


  41. 41 On July 4th, 2008, Scott said:

    I didn’t see you modified a July 3rd build. Excellent! Thanks for all your help! I will definitely give that build a try.

  42. 42 On July 4th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Obviously, nothing on the planet will make the ‘speedy’ A-Data ….. speedy…..

    The Transcend is fast than the A-Data so it may be worth changing…

  43. 43 On July 8th, 2008, Robert Paulson said:

    I’ve had the adapter running for about a month now and I love it – My 5g is lighter and I’m less worried about dropping or otherwise scaring the HD – plus it’s faster in accessing songs.

    A few minor problems – if it’s been left unused for a couple of days, I get a ‘restore’ screen as startup – that’s fairly easily cured by turning the hold switch on/off and waiting a minute for reboot – but if there is a fix, I’d really like to know about it. Please advise.


    Transcend 8GB Compact Flash CF Ultra 133X

  44. 44 On July 9th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Hi Robert,

    This has been covered before – basics of it is the apple firmware is using very agressive timings coming out of deep sleep which is just too fast for certain cards.

    The cards which seem to be affected are the slower types like the Transcend and A-Data.

    For a work around, just let the restore screen dissappear and then press menu again – this should boot the iPod up ok.

  45. 45 On July 10th, 2008, Michael Katkin said:

    Hi Adam,

    I’m having problems getting my ipod to start up with you nifty adapter. Previously I enjoyed a few months of ipod service using a 16 GB ADATA card and your awesome flash adapter. And no, I’m not being sarcastic I think it rocks. However, my ADATA card failed. I have no idea why.

    Now, I’m trying to get a Sandisk Extreme III 8 GB card working. Seems to restore fine. After my ipod reboots, it goes back into restore mode. Seeing that this problem was similar to Scott’s, I tried booting the ipod into disk mode and formatting the drive. The drive showed up, disk mode apparently works, and I was able to format it. But, alas, after the ipod restore, the ipod reboots into the restore screen.

  46. 46 On July 10th, 2008, Tarkan said:


    This Sandisk you have is it the newer faster version of the extreme III (I think they have a label with 40MB/s tranfer boast) ?
    Someone else did get in touch that they were having the restore loop issue with the newer extreme III 16Gb card, sadly they never reported back to me with anymore info.
    Last thing to also think about, is the card real – there are lot of fake Sandisk cards and they do look very real.

  47. 47 On July 11th, 2008, Michael Katkin said:

    Thanks Tarkan!

    I think your right about the fact that it may be counterfeit. The card boasted 30 MB/Sec transfer rate, but I only realize about half of that. Makes me raise an eyebrow…

  48. 48 On July 13th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Michael, The guy with the 16Gb gave me a visit – he left the card with me – I checked it over and I am pretty sure it is original (serial no. checks out, transfer speed checks out, but the price he paid for it does not!!)

    Sadly it is looking like Sandisk have messed about with these 30MB/s (2008) models they do not work in the 5g iPods and they also seem to have issues with certain cameras.

  49. 49 On July 31st, 2008, Bigsouth said:

    I’ve looked around for a fix, but I can’t seem to find one related to my issue.
    If I leave my iFlash iPod Video(originally 30gb) off for 8-12 hours, and go to turn it on, I get the ‘connect to iTunes to restore’ screen. Then I let is sit for a minute and retry, then it’ll reboot and come up normal.
    Is there any way to fix this?
    Here is the card I bought. ebay id# 380016380925
    I’ve restored it on several different computers. I’d enabled disk use. I’ve tried most solutions related to boot loops…but to no avail.

  50. 50 On August 2nd, 2008, Tarkan said:


    The issue you are seeing is down to slow CF cards and Apple firmware.

    Read this link :- http://www.tarkan.info/20080115/tutorials/iflash-ipod-compact-flash-mk2#comment-2585

    It is annoying, the work round like you have discovered is to let the iPod power down when the restore screen is displayed then press the menu button again to power up as normal.

  51. 51 On August 13th, 2008, Ætharr-tan said:

    Hey there, Well done with the iFlash, its awesome and works a treat. Your adapter is a god-send to those with the click of death outside their warranty. (like me :P)

    Also, my card is a Lexar 80x Platinum II 8GB CompactFlash, and it WORKS :D

  52. 52 On September 9th, 2008, My 32GB Flash IPod Mini - Page 32 - Head-Fi: Covering Headphones, Earphones and Portable Audio said:

    […] updated list of CF card compatibility can be found here- iFlash Compact Flash Compatibility – Help Needed… Tarkan Akdam’s BORED I just bought a working 2nd Gen Mini and will be buying a 16GB card soon. This great mod has […]

  53. 53 On September 19th, 2008, Tom said:

    Hey mate. I got one of you adapters for my 5g video a little while ago (well i got three adapters). After all my uni assignments it was a little present to myself to go to the local computer parts outlet and got myself a

    32gb ‘pqi’ cf card (NOT WORKING!)

    i only got this crappy brand cause it was all that they sold in sizes above 4gb. Low and behold it doesn’t work in my ipod.

    However i pulled the
    SANDISK 4gb Extreme III (WORKING! :)
    out of my camera and it seems to be doing fine.

  54. 54 On October 29th, 2008, éricM said:

    Hello Tarkan,

    Sorry but i’m a newbeez on iPod adapter. I don’t understand.

    I need to an iFlash Adaptor for iPod G4 Photo.


    My iPod hard drive 60Go is dead and I want use Memory flash.
    Can i install a iFlash Adaptor (£12.00) inside ?


    Best regards.


  55. 55 On November 26th, 2008, Carol said:

    Has anybody looked at this support article:


    If the drive letter after iPod is mapped to a network drive or is a drive letter typically used by a hard drive, both Windows Explorer and iTunes may exhibit strange behavior in relation to the iPod.

    I’m all Mac all the time, but this might be an issue for some….

  56. 56 On December 3rd, 2008, Robert Menes said:

    Using an A-Data Speedy 4GB here. It’s working without a hitch.

  57. 57 On December 22nd, 2008, EricB said:

    Have you gotten any word at all about the Microdia 64GB CF Card (official or unofficial)? I’ve been reading intently on the different cards available, I don’t want to spend money on one card only to have to spend even more on the Microdia.

    If not, could you possibly recommend a card that is the most reliable in your experience? I definitely want a 32GB, and I’m willing to spend the money for reliability, especially since I’m not very good with computers and would be almost helpless if something went wrong.

  58. 58 On December 24th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Microdia and for that matter Pretec have not responded to my questions or requests.

    The 64Gb cards at the moment are just too expensive – I never seen a review of these cards or even heard of anyone who has actually bought or used one.

    The A-Data Speedy 32Gb or the Transcend 133x 32Gb cards are good and cheap. The A-Data is slower of the two, and cheapest ($61 at newegg). Transcend is a good card but be warned some people have experienced the restore loop issue with them – I suspect corrupt Partition table or faulty card.

  59. 59 On December 24th, 2008, EricB said:

    Thanks. I was just looking at the Microdia cards on ebay, and I had no idea that they were that insanely expensive, and these were much smaller capacities than the 64GB. I’d have to agree with the news forums on their sight in guessing it could cost around $1500. That’s just silly.

    I think I’ll be trying out the Transcend 133x. Do you know of any cards that are slightly higher quality than these, obviously not Microdia quality, but something of a reliable brand? I’d be happy to test a new one out if you think it’s promising, and then check back with my results. I’d like to spend $150 or less, and the Transcend card is $76 on Newegg at the moment. Have you tried the Dual Channel Transcend cards? I don’t know if they come in 32GB, but if they do, I’d be interested.

  60. 60 On January 5th, 2009, BrianO said:

    I bought the Transcend 133x 32gb but it hasn’t worked for me. Tried reformatting the card and even switched CF adapters (I bought two from you) with the same result. Pulled out a smaller SanDisk ULTRA II from my camera and that one is working fine. Guess I need to try another brand. This was for a 30gb iPod Video. (I even tried switching iPods, as I have two that are not working but neither worked for this card.

  61. 61 On January 5th, 2009, Tarkan said:


    Are you getting the restore loop issue?

    So many people use this card with no problems but at the same time if someone is suffering from this restore loop issue it is always the Transcend.

    Have you tried clearing the partition table or formatted the card in another device like a camera.

  62. 62 On January 7th, 2009, Adam said:

    I’ve got a dying 3G iPod, will your adapter work, or is it only compatible with 5G video?

  63. 63 On January 8th, 2009, BrianO said:

    Tried reformatting using many different formats, including mac, pc and camera. None successfully. I borrowed a Transcend 16gb 133x with the same results. Then tried a Kingston 4gb and that one worked. I’ll try buying a 16gb Kingston and see if I have any luck.

  64. 64 On January 8th, 2009, BrianO said:

    Forgot to mention this earlier…the message I get is:

    “The iPod couldn’t be restored because it is busy”.

  65. 65 On January 12th, 2009, jim said:

    Anyone tried the Kingston 16GB model?


  66. 66 On January 18th, 2009, kelvin h said:

    well,i have a ipod mini 1 gen.,and i has changed the hard drive to A-data speedy 16GB CF already.However,when i connect the ipod to the laptop with usb cable and the ipod is being “disk mode”,it become F’ drive,and i has waited for a long long time and the itune has no response even now.What can i do?Please help me.(i hope you can understand my poor english that i am a secondary school student only)

  67. 67 On January 19th, 2009, mineeme said:

    I too purchased the Transcend 32gb and am getting the restore loop. Has anyone figured out a solution for this?

  68. 68 On January 26th, 2009, jim said:

    I wanted to let everyone know that the Kingston Elite Pro 16GB model I inquired about a few posts up worked without any problems. Seems very fast in tranferring songs and podcasts. As fast or faster than the hard drive.

  69. 69 On January 27th, 2009, David said:

    ExtreMEmory Performance 16GB – works fine.

  70. 70 On January 28th, 2009, Vali said:

    I wish that the list at top of this post be updated more frequently. Iwouldn’t had spent $$$ on the Ridata 233x….

  71. 71 On January 28th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Jim / David – thanks for updating on your successes.

    Vali – I do actually try and keep the list upto date, but unless people actually let me know what has worked or has not and if we can confirm it is the card otherwise I don’t know what works or does not.

    Can you tell me the exact details for the card you had and I will add it to the list..

  72. 72 On January 29th, 2009, Vali said:

    The Ridata is “Lightning Series” 233x 32GB. Manufacturer link below:


    After uploading the software from Itunes, the Ipod reboots and looks like loading something (progress bar), but after restarting it gets back to the “Connect with Itunes” display.

    Pulling the card from adapter and inserting into PCMCIA adapter on my ThinkPad it shows an unallocated space of 70MB before the rest of partition. This space should be the 40MB I saw discussed about, I guess and I think that it’s the partition for Ipod OS.

    Tried with PC, Mac, Fat32, EXTFS3, etc.

    One thing to notice is that on Ridata site on the page with the link above they state that there are some cards with issues, and they will exchange the card if faulty. I will borrow a SLR with CF to test it, the issue appears in these cameras in continuous shot mode, and if it proves to be one of those cards, I will return it for exchange.

    Another thing is that this card is MLC and has its own power management. I wonder if this can affect the behavior of the card.

  73. 73 On February 9th, 2009, Dave said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    I purchased a Transcent 16GB 133x from Newegg and it DID NOT work. It would not boot at all. Then the card died. I’m RMA-ing it now to Newegg for a replacement. But I’m wondering if the newer flash chips are just too fast and are not able to get out of the white restore screen because of that HD speed thing where the card is just going too fast?

    The 32gb A-data is out of stock and I’m worried that will also have newer chips in it on the next batch and also not work.

    Tarkan, or the community, do any of you have a recommendation on a card I can order that’ll be pretty much guaranteed to work?

    How about any of these listed here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010070068%201053107923%201053325334&name=16GB


    Oh, and PS, I tried the Semco CF>SDHC adapter and it DID NOT WORK either. Bought here: http://www.amazon.com/Type-Adapter-Supports-SDHC-SD-CF/dp/B000YZGCIU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1234193746&sr=8-4
    So don’t bother with that one anyway. Just FYI.

  74. 74 On February 10th, 2009, Tarkan said:


    Thanks for the info.

    Several people have ordered the iflash and mentioned they are getting the Transcend 16gb, none of them have reported any problems – Hopefully it is something specific to the card you had.

    Keep me informed..

    Few days back someone emailed that they are using a Kingston 16Gb card – I have repied asking for exact name and model. I will update the list above once I have that info.

  75. 75 On February 16th, 2009, lunux said:

    Transcend 133i 8gb and am getting the restore loop.it seems itunes cannot write cf card, I tried Anareinit for ipod , i can see the file on card but always restore loop.
    I can confirm adapter is working , I have A-Data 1 gb and is excellent.
    please Tarkan give us some suggestion

  76. 76 On February 19th, 2009, He said:

    I bought two Transcend 133x 32Gb and currently are having trouble with restoring problems with both of them….If possible could anyone upload the factory restore files of a ipod to me so i can just put it onto the CF and put it in the ipod hopeful it works.

  77. 77 On February 19th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Ok, it is beginning to look like recently bought Transcend 32Gb cards are causing this restore loop issue.

    I am thinking that Transcend have changed the internals of the card without rebranding or renaming it….

  78. 78 On February 19th, 2009, lunux said:

    Tarkan more ifo about my itunes restore loop. i wrote some days ago about my trascend 8gb 133x .I restore again and I tried to sinc using Songbird and it works, I can copy music and video no problem,also I can play on pc from ipod, but when I want to disconnect my Ipod to reboot it and listen music, I get again itunes restore screen “connect to computer bla bla”.
    probably is not the card , my ipod video 5.5 cannot boot for misterious reasons.
    please find a solutionfor us as you found for ide problem for rockbox.

  79. 79 On February 20th, 2009, EricB said:

    Hey I know it’s been a while, but I thought I’d pass on a little trick I stumbled upon. If anyone out there has had trouble with the plastic tools breaking, then they’re in luck. When I first tried opening the iPod, both my tools almost immediately bent and broke. Not fun. I thought about using a knife but I didn’t want to scratch the casing. So I stared looking for something else, and being a musician, I found the perfect alternative.

    Guitar picks.

    They’re very easy to wedge into the case and then pry it off. You can even stick multiple picks into one side at time if you want to even more careful.

  80. 80 On February 21st, 2009, Dave said:

    Kingston Elite Pro 16GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model CF/16GB-S2KR – Retail

    Just got the above in from Newegg this week and it has NO RESTORE LOOP problem.

    FYI to all. For now this seems to be THE 16gb CF card of choice.

  81. 81 On February 21st, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the update, you are the I think the fifth person who has reported success with them Kingston Pro card.

    It is sadly look more and more like Transcend have made changes to their cards and recently bought 8gb, 16gb, and 32gb cards are no having the restore loop issue.

  82. 82 On February 23rd, 2009, lunux said:


    one strange new about restore loop, if I hold select and play the ipod seems able to boot, then goes in disk mode and Itunes recognizes it and I can sync , but when I disconnect restore loop again. what do you think about it.
    I have trascend 8 gb 133i card.

  83. 83 On February 24th, 2009, Steve said:

    I just purchased 3 Kingston Elite Pro 133X 16Gb-S2 version cards from JRs. Interestingly, all 3 work fine in an ipod 5th Gen 30Gb video, but none work in an 80Gb 6th Gen ipod classic (get the dreaded restore loop!!).

    Just an FYI to others hoping to use these cards in a Classic. Maybe the cheaper S2KR cards work better??

    For the heck of it I tried a 4Gb microdrive from a mini and it worked fine in the Classic.

    Oh well…

  84. 84 On February 25th, 2009, lu said:

    This card is OK?
    Silicon Power CF 300X 32GB
    Somebody test?
    please tell me.

  85. 85 On March 1st, 2009, Steve said:

    another update..

    Kingston Elite Pro 16 Gb S2 version (vs S2KR) definately does not work in the ipod Classic that I had available.
    While this card works in my 5.5G video, it has the restore problem after waking from a deep sleep.

    Maybe the S2KR card is better??

  86. 86 On March 2nd, 2009, Tarkan said:


    Thanks for updating this…

    I always had the Classic as being less fussy than the Video. I think it may be the time to create seperate compatiblity lists for the 5g and 6g.

    More and more iFlash buyers are buying for the Classic – so hopefully the list can be built-up quickly.

  87. 87 On March 3rd, 2009, Aaron said:

    Tarkan, thank you for quickly dispatching the iFlash adapter.

    I successfully installed the adapter into a 5.5g 30GB unit tonight.

    So far no problems with two different Kingston CF cards:

    Kingston 2GB
    Kingston Elite Pro 32GB

    I now have a fully functional 30GB iFlash iPod Video!

  88. 88 On March 4th, 2009, K Mason Schecter said:

    Bought your adapter. Unfortunately also bought a newer Transcend 32GB card WHICH DOES NOT WORK. Not sure if I want to bother with another card. It’s for wife’s video ipod and she’s sick of waiting, so we may end up putting in a 120gb drive.

    I hope the iFlash will work with this card in my old ipod 3G.

  89. 89 On March 4th, 2009, GOB said:

    Hi all,

    * 32gb Topram (Ebay) WORKING in a 6th Gen/Classic *

    I was worried because it went through one restore loop. But it booted up after the second restore. No problems after that.

  90. 90 On March 6th, 2009, tv said:

    FYI, 160GB iPod seems to use different ribbon connector compared to the other iPod models. So for 160GB iPod you’ll need to buy also new cable from mb to iFlash. I ordered mine from iFixit and it seems to work just fine.

    Also, I got 32GB Kingston Elite Pro 133x to use it with my iPod classic, doesn’t seem to work. Restore looping. I’ll try some more and if not, try to return the card and get some other. Can someone recommend me working 32GB card for Classics?

  91. 91 On March 23rd, 2009, Jay Lee said:

    Hello Tarkan,

    I have the following results so far with the iFlash into iPod 5g Video:

    16GB & 32GB Kingston Elite Pro 133x: Pass
    32GB Ridata Lighting Series 233x: Fail

    The Kingston Elite Pro 133x in 16GB and 32GB also worked for the Mini 1g & 2g, iPod 3g, Ipod 4g (only on second mainboard rev, see timv’s post here after the main article: http://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-your-4th-Gen-iPod-to-use-Flash-Memory/)) but they get really slow on long uploads. The workaround seemed to be in breaking up the uploades in to smaller groups and it would maintain speed.

    The Ridata Lighting Series 233x 32Gb did work in the iPod 3g, and may well work in the Minis, but did not work for the iPod 4g (rev2). When it works, it’s a really fast card.

    I was about to try the 32GB Transend units but with the buzz lately about them no longer working, there’s now a big hole between the US$70 Kingston and A-Data units and the SanDisk Ultra and Extreme Series at US$200+.

    Thanks for the great work on the iFlash.


  92. 92 On March 23rd, 2009, cive1em said:

    Just put a 32GB Kingston Elite Pro (133x) wiht iFlash into my iPod Video. It works without problem.

    I bought the card from NewEgg

  93. 93 On March 26th, 2009, David said:

    I don’t have this adapter, or a video iPod, but I do have a Kingston elite pro 16GB S2 (the packaging says S2Kr though…) and it does not work fully in my 4th gen iPod. It can write the firmware (I see the partition, and I’ve written my HD’s firmware partition to it too, still no booting) and I can sync it when in disk mode, but it will not boot. I wonder if this is due to read speed? (The card is a bit slower than the old HD…)

  94. 94 On March 27th, 2009, Tarkan said:


    Have you read comment number 91, Jay mentioned the Kingston Elite Pro and the 4g.

  95. 95 On March 30th, 2009, Ventzi Zhechev said:

    A-Data Turbo 266x 8GB — works without a glich

    I have been using it for almost two years now. The transfer speeds are quite high — much faster than the original Microdrive and even faster than my 2gen Nano.

  96. 96 On March 31st, 2009, Hugh Stary said:

    I’ve tried a MyMemory 16GB 133x on a 6th Gen iPod, but no joy – didn’t seem to recognise the card at all – I just got the same error (red cross) as I was getting with the dead hard drive.

  97. 97 On April 1st, 2009, Tarkan said:


    Are you sure the iFlash installed correctly ? and can you access the CF with the iPod in diskmode

  98. 98 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.

  99. 99 On April 3rd, 2009, Jimmy said:

    Updating my previous post, I bought a Sandisk ultra II 2gb card from CompUSA, and everything works fine. I have added songs and podcasts with no issues so far, and I have disconnected and reconnected to itunes multiple times to confirm the symptoms I saw with the 8gb card were not still occurring. I’m going to Walmart to get another 8gb card today.

  100. 100 On April 13th, 2009, Scott said:

    I have tried everything to get the topram 32gb to work in my 4th gen ipod photo…. nothing but the dreaded restore loop. I dod however manage to get a Sandisk Ultra II 256mb to work with no probelms. I am thinking of trying another card, but after reading some posts I don’t know what I should use if anything. In response to Timv’s post mentioned above ref: post 91 – my mainboard number is not either of the ones listed….it is 820-1462-A. I am assuming that this is an old rev board and will not work with higher capacity cards….. anyone have any suggestions before I waste anymore time and money?

    Tarkan: Since there seems to be so much discrepancy with different ipod models/cards do you think you could update the compatibility chart to list which cards have worked/not worked in which ipods?


  101. 101 On April 17th, 2009, Tarkan said:


    Looks like we are going to have to create two lists for 5g and 6g (Classic) iPods.

    More and more people are now buying the iFlash for the 6g Classic iPods and some differences are appearing in the compatiblity list.

    Can I ask people to let me know the version of the iPod as well the card details when reporting compatiblity.

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.

  102. 102 On April 17th, 2009, Mr. T said:

    Another successful Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb install. Thanks Tarkan!!

  103. 103 On April 23rd, 2009, southside said:

    Another successful Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb install. Booted up on the first restore!

  104. 104 On May 11th, 2009, lunux said:

    BUY Sandisk Ultra II ,
    it works
    I can confirm after a sad experience with Transcend 133x 8Gb,
    I change for Sandisk Ultra II 8Gb.
    Now I am happy, thanks Tarkan

  105. 105 On May 18th, 2009, Ryan said:

    Kingston elite pro 133x 32GB works as others have said, but not mac format compatible. The ipod will crash after trying to play a song. Reboot it and it gives and then gives the sad face of doom. Tried twice with same result. Seems the whole mac filesystem goes corrupt after the ipod tried to access any song. Formatted in windows with FAT32. No problems and solid.

  106. 106 On June 8th, 2009, Schwinn said:

    Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb – works fine (few days testing)


    A-Data Speedy 16Gb – working fine for the past year-plus

  107. 107 On June 8th, 2009, Schwinn said:

    Oh yeah, the above two were both Windows format…

  108. 108 On June 24th, 2009, dahuebi said:

    hama high speed “pro” 32GB does not work.

  109. 109 On June 26th, 2009, Nick said:

    Anyone know if the later versions of Rockbox, 3.3 on up, now work with the iFlash? Thinking of finally getting the iFlash and start with an 8GB CF card, then go up to the 32GB samsung if all goes well.

  110. 110 On July 10th, 2009, Miroslav said:

    Regret I only spoted your blog after I bought one, so confirm Sandisk Extreme III 4Gb (30Mb/s 2008 version) does not work.

  111. 111 On July 15th, 2009, steviemajor said:

    Got a 5g and just bought one of your adaptors, now after a 16gb card, with so many posts to read through. Can anyone tell me which flash card is most likely to work with no issues. thanks

  112. 112 On July 24th, 2009, Ken Kuehl said:

    I was pretty ecited to read the success with Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb. But my 5G Video (I think that SN 2Z7281CYTXK is a 5.0G) will not get past an iTUNES error 1401 – which Apple is mum about. I did a DOS format with WINXP. I can write/delete a file just fine in disc mode. Help! Is a partition delete next, which WINXP won’t allow on removeable media, or do I have to try my son’s MAC Book? Help!

    No Tunes Ken

  113. 113 On July 28th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Have you tried another card to make sure it is working ok? can you access the card when the iPod is in disk mode?

  114. 114 On July 31st, 2009, Vladimir Campos said:

    I came across some complains here in the forum about the “Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb” formatted to work with Macs. Anybody here is using the “Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb” on a iPod video 5.5 Mac formatted and synced with Mac iTunes?

  115. 115 On August 14th, 2009, Brian Mullaney said:

    Does anyone know if the pretec 64gb 233x cards work?

  116. 116 On August 17th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    It is not looking very hopeful with these 64Gb cards – I have not personally tried any, but I have had two people tell me the 64Gb cards they tried did not work.

    Once they are cheaper I will try and obtain some to test.

  117. 117 On August 29th, 2009, Willie said:

    Hey, nice work!!! Does IFlash work with the latest Rockbox Versions, like Rockbox 3.3 or the Rockbox Utility to update and install Rockbox?

  118. 118 On August 29th, 2009, Tarkan said:


    Yes it will do – Rockbox is generally not aware of the storage used, so you have a wider choice of CF cards which you can use.

    The restore loop issues and most card compatiblity issues are due to the Apple firmware – so when that is replaced with the Rocxbox bootloader you do not have these issues.

  119. 119 On September 1st, 2009, Joseph said:

    I am using a Kingston elite pro 133x and am having file problems. Normal file transfers fail occasionally, large files like audio books fail every time and I can install the Rockbox bootloader. What high speed CF should I try? My main purpose for this iPod is to run Rockbox.

  120. 120 On September 1st, 2009, Joseph said:

    The previous comment should have read “I can not install the Rockbox bootloader.”

  121. 121 On October 9th, 2009, Peter said:

    I just got my iFlash today and tested it with a current 4gb 133x lexar card. I held off on getting a bigger cf card because i wansn’t sure if only my hd was busted in my ipod. the result is as follows: computer detects ipod and restores, after restore, it reboots and shows in finder, but not in itunes, though it does boot up itunes… any ideas? I also tried installing rockbox with no luck, i keep getting access errors using their util.

  122. 122 On October 9th, 2009, Peter said:

    so… it didnt work on my ppc g4 and ppc g5 with itunes 9, but works on my wife’s intel with itunes 8…weird! o well…

  123. 123 On October 9th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Peter, due to the ‘features’ in iTunes 9 any iPod installed with a CF card less than 32Gb will not be seen.

  124. 124 On October 15th, 2009, Joel said:

    Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32GB CF installed and working well on a iPod 3G.

    I didn’t encounter the looping issue for the Transcend 133x 16GB CF card on the iPod 3G. I used the USB cable to restore the firmware from iTune to the iPod. After the restore completed, iTune prompted me to disconnect and connect to an external power source which I used the firewire cable to connect the iPod to the FW port on my PC. The iPod restarted automatically and can see the restoration progress bar on the iPod running and doing its job. Subsequently this was completed successfully without any looping and prompted me to setup the iPod settings.

    Now I have an issue with the iPod 4G Photo. Seems that this is a common issue. Tried formatting the Transcend 16GB CF card in Windows and Mac and both do not work. Anyone managed to get this to work successfully?

  125. 125 On October 18th, 2009, Jaimes said:


    I’m getting a boot loop (apple logo on dim background) with iflash on 5.5g ipod using 16GB Kingston Elite pro 133x. I have tried 1.3 and 1.2.1 firmware with itunes 8.2.1.

    Rockbox (3.4) boots and runs, but it turns itself on after I shut it down.

    The initial attempt to restore (using itunes 9) with the compact flash card fresh out of the box did boot but it didn’t seem stable and didn’t mount in itunes 9. So I tried to restore again. I have not been able to boot since (except with Rockbox)

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  126. 126 On October 20th, 2009, » VCP.116 – Instalando o iFlash no iPod 5.5 said:

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  127. 127 On October 29th, 2009, yaychicken said:

    Kingston Elite Pro 133x 4gb
    Restore loop problem. Maybe this has to do with how the bootloader on the ipod loads the firmware…. iTunes tends make the unpartitioned space that holds the firmware have different physical and logical beginings and ends. If I format it using the fdisk methos in linux it only boots when the unpartitioned space is a certain range of sizes. Could the cf cards have some space reserved for their own use and the iPod could be trying to boot off that reserved space? Just taking a rondom guess… Does anyone actually know what causes the restore loop? If not does anyone know of a place to find what memory adress the ipod loads this all from and then check what is stored in that exact spot on the compact flash card… or is this all just an issue with the ide mode of the cf cards?

  128. 128 On October 29th, 2009, yaychicken said:

    Ah one question does anyone know if these cards have algorithms o reduce wear on individual sections of the memory? if so then the apple firmware might be unpacking itself and being written to random places over that partition therefore the ipod never finds the correct instrucions to boot and needs to be restored….. if thas true then loader1 and 2 as well as the rockbox bootloader should work however the ipod firmware should not unless written to the ipod after being unpacked….. I might have no clue what Im saying but just a thought….

  129. 129 On October 29th, 2009, yaychicken said:

    I forgot to leave the model number
    (CF/4gb-s2) 2008 model

  130. 130 On November 11th, 2009, Rich said:

    I installed my iFlash adapter into an iPod Classic with a Kingston Elite Pro 133x 16Gb card and I’m stuck in the recovery loop. Tried to format on both Mac and PC with no luck. Disk mode seems to work fine as I am able to copy files to and from the iPod.

    Any suggestions would be welcome as I’m all out of ideas….



  131. 131 On November 13th, 2009, Juels said:

    Just bought one of your adapters and tried with this Card:
    Cactus Industrial (KC1GRI-203) 1GB – not working (bad HDD logo/recognized in Disk Mode but can’t see in explorer or diskmanagement and restart of ipod)

    ok, it is not listed as working, so today i’ve bought a Kingston elite pro 133x 32GB.
    But i have the same Error. I’ve installed the iFLash correctly. My ipod is a 5.5G 80GB model…

    I’ve also tried two different ipod base boards and batterys.

    can anybody help me?

  132. 132 On November 17th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Hi Juels,

    Sounds like you have not inserted the ribbon fully in to the ZIF connector on the iFlash. With a correct installation you should be able to see the iPod in diskmode – and read and write to it.

    It could also be you have a bad ribbon cable they do go bad sometimes.

  133. 133 On November 18th, 2009, Agustinus said:

    Is the SanDisk Extreme III and IV working (sold in 2009)???
    I think i can use these cf card’s in my Rio Carbon 5Gb because it’s harddrive is broken…

  134. 134 On November 20th, 2009, dennis said:

    I used a 16GB compact flash from the following website http://www.alcotek.co.uk. I have no compatibility issues as I have my own memory card reader

  135. 135 On November 24th, 2009, Juels said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    thx for yor support.
    I’ve installed the ribbon cable correctly but already ordered a new ribbon cable weeks ago…
    I will report the results asap…

    BR juels

  136. 136 On January 9th, 2010, Juels said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Yesterday i got the hdd ribbon cable!
    Now the iFlash is working correctly! =)

    Thanks, br

  137. 137 On January 14th, 2010, tdaliviu said:

    Hello, Tarkan.

    I received the iFlash parcel yesterday and already tried it with a 4GB Apacer Photo Steno III Pro 133X. I know, it isn’t the fastest and biggest CF card, but I will use it as a stopgap measure until I get my hands on something more decent. As about this card – didn’t have any problems while installing. Everything went just like you’ve shown in your tutorial. So I guess you can include this one in the list, too.


  138. 138 On February 10th, 2010, Rick said:

    Hi Adam,

    After reading the 137 posts above, I am also having trouble with looping…I think. Is there a description of what looping is? Is it when restore completes most everything, then shows the bar loading with the apple, then just starts over and over??? If so, I have looping on my ipod 5th gen, using the FILEMATE 32GB UDMA Compact Flash CF Card I bought off of ebay. Is there any way around it? or do I need a different card? I also read something about installing Rockbox. Will that solve the problem? Too bad all cards don’t just work…

  139. 139 On February 10th, 2010, Rick said:

    Oops, Sorry, I meant Tarkan

  140. 140 On February 10th, 2010, Tarkan said:

    Hi Rick,

    It does sound like the restore loop you have – generally when that happens it means the card is not compatible with the Apple firmware. Some people have had luck playing about with partition software to repartition the card, but most of time even that does not work.

    If your not too tide to the Apple firmware then I do suggest on a 5g iPod to try Rockbox – it is quite good and it is will supported with many features.

  141. 141 On February 18th, 2010, Andrea said:

    Can I use a SD to CF adapter with the iFlash? If so, would the CF adapter just need to be a Type I? Thanks in advance.

  142. 142 On February 20th, 2010, Robert said:

    Hey Tarkan,

    I was wondering if anyone has tried out any 64gb cf cards yet. I’ve got my eye on one (info attached) for 430 Australian dollars. What is your take?


    Sandisk Extreme Pro Compact Flash Card – 64GB

    Now there’s a memory card fast enough to keep up with your advanced DSLR: SanDisk Extreme® Pro™ CompactFlash® card. With lightning-fast (up to 90 MB/s* write) speed, you’ll be able to capture more continuous burst shooting—and get the most out of your Professional digital SLR camera. And with up to 64GB** of storage, you’ll be ready for more RAW+JPEG and high-def video, too.

    SanDisk engineered its Power Core™ Controller to take whatever your camera’s buffer can dish out. By distributing image data across the card more rapidly and efficiently, this card delivers Professional performance

    * READ & WRITE PERFORMANCE: Up to 90MB/s (600x)* for serious performance gains.
    * CAPACITIES: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB** give you more room to capture RAW+JPEG, sequential bursts and high-definition video
    * UDMA: UDMA 6 enabled (works in all UDMA modes)
    * POWER CORE CONTROLLER™ & ENHANCED SUPER-PARALLEL PROCESSING™ “ESP”: Was invented by SanDisk to increase the card’s performance level.
    * TEMPERATURE: Tested to perform from -25°C to 85°C (-13°F to 185°F)
    * SPECIFICATION: Meets CFA Specification Type I Card
    * DURABILITY: Shock protection and RTV silicone coating added inside for protection against moisture and humidity
    * WARRANTY: Backed by rig

  143. 143 On March 9th, 2010, Aaron said:


    Thanks for sending the adapter out so quickly.

    Shipped around the world (Hawaii) in a blink of an eye (again).

    iFlash #3 is ready to go.

    I’ll be back to pick up iFlash #4!

    Thank you!

  144. 144 On April 5th, 2010, Eddie said:


    Some manufacturers have changed the controllers in their CF cards (without any notice). Some cards that once worked, now do not. To truly identify the working and non-working cards, you need to post the manufacturers numbers printed at the edge. See our list here http://www.cdadapter.com/faq.htm#FLASH

    What I found was a byte or two being dropped when reading a directory cluster (multiple sector request). This caused the directory data to be misaligned.

  145. 145 On April 11th, 2010, Tarkan said:

    Hi Eddie,

    Thanks for the info. However, these restore loop problems are only down to the Apple firmware not being able to create a boot partition that it is happy with. Card which have the restore loop problem generally will work ok with Rockbox.

    One of the best examples of the switch was the Transcend cards back in Feb 2009, They were one of the best value cards for the iFlash’d iPods but that changed when they changed the controller chipset within the card :(

  146. 146 On April 12th, 2010, Edgar said:

    I’m successfully using a Filemate 32gb card, found here on Newegg.com:

    The specific model on the card is 3FMCF32GBW-R, Filemate CF Card 32gb Rtl

  147. 147 On April 30th, 2010, Nate Alldredge said:

    I just wanted you to know that I am using your adapter with a PRETEC 233x 16gb CF card for a hard drive in my Acer Aspire One netbook. It works great and I have never had any problems with it. I am going to buy a 16gb 667x CF card to replace it, so I will let you know how that goes too. Thanks for a great product!

  148. 148 On June 3rd, 2010, Wayne Platt said:

    I am currently using a Transcend 133x 32Gb which was purchased prior to me finding out the identified issue with the flash card from this site. I may have lucked out but I have not encountered the dreaded “Restore Loop” problem that has been identified to occur with this card. The compact flash which I have was purchased two weeks ago from Amazon. I have used XPlay v3.5.2 from Mediafour to restore the Ipod software instead of Itunes. I don’t have Itunes installed as I do not use it for anything so I have not tested restoring with that software.

    The below information is taken from the flash info card.

    [R2] 0 760557811732

    I am extremely impressed with the products weight and ease of installation (once you manage to open the ipod housing). All I can say is patience is a virtue to maintain a pristine ipod. Which thankfully I have. I was previously exhausting the battery when listening to FLAC files within 2 hours now I can listen to my collection for several hours without recharging. Nice.

    Tarkan thanks for the prompt delivery and thanks for the impressive product.

  149. 149 On July 8th, 2010, Sidney said:

    I am using a PRETEC 233x 32GB CF card on windows. It’s working fine beside of that the card is not as fast as it is supposed to be. Is it normal or i the card broken or something else?
    Anyways, Thanks for the great adapter.

  150. 150 On July 8th, 2010, Tarkan said:

    233x is actually not very fast compared to the hard drive, but once the initial transfer is over day to day changes should be fast enough for most people.

  151. 151 On July 10th, 2010, Reima said:

    Wintec filemate 64GB, 600x read, 300x write works fine.

  152. 152 On July 12th, 2010, Mac said:

    The adapter is great quality, & perfectly designed with the rubbersupports & ease of installation.

    I have the 5.5G i-pod video (black).

    Today I tried a “PEAK hardware 4GB Compact Flash (6mb/s speed)” Card, with the mk2 adapter, but when i-tunes was “restoring” the i-pod, the i-pod was just in a continuos loop, the progress bar would fill up & then it would do the same thing over and over again. Eventually I disconnected the USB cable, at which point the i-pod screeen shows a cable with an arrow (suggesting to plug it back in via usb). I tried plugging it in again but it just kept on doing the restore wih the progress bar over and over again. It would not show up in Windows or i-tunes.

    I decied to try the PEAK hardware 4GB CF Card in my old 4G i-pod with a cheap adapter from dealxtreme, & the card works fine with that i-pod. No problems at all.

    I’m going to try a different cf card for the 5.5G i-pod video with the mk2 adapter.

  153. 153 On July 13th, 2010, Tarkan said:


    The restore loop is normally a compatability issue – try another card – should be ok.

    Also be warned that latest versions of iTunes expect to see the minimum specified capacity of the device to work. So a 5g iPod would need a 32Gb card for iTunes 9 to work with it. Older version of iTunes, I think around v8 will ok with any capacity card.

  154. 154 On July 13th, 2010, Mac said:

    Thanks for your reply Tarkan, I’m going to try a different card like you suggest. I have iTunes 7 so that should be good. I’ll let you know how it goes when I get a different card.

  155. 155 On July 15th, 2010, Reima said:

    Model number for the Wintec filemate is 3FMCF64GBP-R

  156. 156 On August 12th, 2010, supermorph said:

    i have just paid for one of your MKII ipod to cf adaptors

    i have purchased a CF-to-SD adaptor, and a 32GB kingston high speed sd card.

    i cloned the ipod hdd to an image using ghost.
    and have restored the image to the sd card.

    lol i found in ubuntu, that it has 2.2 Terrabytes hidden space, unpartitionable atm but i didnt touch that.
    so when the adaptor arrives, could you give me a rough idea of will that work?


  157. 157 On August 13th, 2010, Max said:

    got my iFlash today… just assembled everything with a Kingston 32GB elite pro (32 GB – S2) and… appears to work perfectly! iTunes shows 29.6 GB capacity.

    iPod 5.5 (Video)
    iTunes 9.2.1

    thanks a lot for your great work Tarkan!

  158. 158 On August 15th, 2010, Patrick said:

    will this adapter also work fine in a 4g iPod?



  159. 159 On August 15th, 2010, Tarkan said:

    No, only 5g and up, such as the 6g and 7g Classics.

  160. 160 On August 25th, 2010, Max said:

    Kingston 32GB elite pro (32 GB – S2) *update*

    if filled up to the 29.6 GB capacity limit some data got lost because of filesystem problems.
    Some tests show that it could be card specific. I will test another Kingston 32GB elite pro.


  161. 161 On September 2nd, 2010, Mac said:

    These older cards are very hard to find these days, everywhere stocks the newer ones that aren’t compatable. So in the end I bought an A-Data 8GB “speedy” card from:
    It’s not yellow like they used to be, it’s grey, but I’ve just put it in the ipod video & it’s working great. 600mb of videos & songs transferred in a couple of minutes so it’s not as slow as people say. I posted the link above so that others can find the card easily to buy it.

  162. 162 On September 3rd, 2010, Jeremy said:

    Just purchased your adapter. Have been looking at all the compatable cards but wanted to double check before I order a CF card on which one you would suggest for best results. I have the 30GB 5g/5.5g video ipod and would like to put in a 64GB card but if 32GB cards are more reliable then I will go that route. Thanks

  163. 163 On September 6th, 2010, Tarkan said:


    Only 2 64Gb cards listed so far, but the users of them have not had any issues – so in terms which to go for either 32Gb or 64Gb will be fine.

  164. 164 On September 11th, 2010, Jeremy said:

    Just installed Kingston 32gb elite pro S2. Restore worked with no problems, songs and videos loaded with no problems. Just played with it for 15 mins but everything seems to function properly. Thanks

  165. 165 On September 20th, 2010, emanmonster said:

    will the 128GB compact flash work with the iFlash? I know they are expensive now, but the prices should start dropping around Christmas.

  166. 166 On September 20th, 2010, Tarkan said:

    Should do, 64Gb seem to be working well – and do not see why 128Gb should not.

    Proof will be when it is tested !!

  167. 167 On September 21st, 2010, emanmonster said:

    glad to hear that, I plan to use the iflash in about a year when my ipod classic hard drive decides to die.I was just curious if the 128GB compact flash had a different architecture or something similar.

  168. 168 On October 1st, 2010, ExilSoester said:

    Just tested a SanDisk Ultra 30MB/s CF Card with 16 GB bought in Juli 2010 via Amazon.com

    Hangs on USB-disconnect, need to reset to get it work again.

    Sometimes it can’t find songs on iPod, although it played the same song a few minutes ago. Just a reset helps.

    Thanks for this wonderful list.

    Transcend 8 GB 133x works perfect!

  169. 169 On October 1st, 2010, Van said:

    Okay, just to see if I understand all of this correctly…

    I have a 5th gen 80 gb iPod video. The hard disc has crapped out, so it does nothing on a hard reboot except make a sad face at me.

    I had Rockbox installed and working fine. Sooo…assuming i want to continue using Rockbox, one of the Transcend 133x 32Gb should do fine for my needs, without a restore loop?

    I guess my question is because I don’t understand…how would I go about putting Rockbox on the iPod if its firmware doesn’t let it use the new flash drive to install to?

    This thing doesn’t seem to want to do ANYTHING without a hard drive attached, besides frown at me. If I’m missing something, a quick word or link to the info I need would be very appreciated. I’m eager to try this out, but don’t want to buy $80 – 100 worth of useless plastic and wire.

  170. 170 On October 1st, 2010, Tarkan said:

    That is right, the operating system and firmware is installed to the boot partition on the storage device.

    The restore loop is a Apple firmware issue in that certain CF cards do not partition correctly, hence the restore loop.

    With Rockbox as long as the iPod can read and write to the CF card then you can install Rockbox no problem. Exactly how it was on the original 80Gb hdd.

  171. 171 On October 2nd, 2010, Van said:

    That is very good news! I think I’m gonna have to try this then…I’ll post results.
    Thanks for the quick replies, also.

  172. 172 On October 4th, 2010, Anonymous said:

    got my iFlash today… just assembled everything with a Kingston 32GB elite pro (32 GB – S2) and… appears to work perfectly! iTunes shows 29.6 GB capacity.

    iPod 5.5 (Video)
    iTunes 9.2.1

    thanks a lot for your great work Tarkan!

  173. 173 On December 4th, 2010, Anthony said:

    I have just upgraded my ver2 ipod mini with a transcend 133x 32gb. I heeded your advice and went for a type 1 card (pre – Nov 2009) which is still available from many sellers on amazon (see below). Works flawlessly so far. Not bad for £40.

    Thanks for hosting this page.


  174. 174 On December 14th, 2010, Bas Geus said:

    Hi Everyone i just bought the connector and when i installed it and
    tried to restore my ipod it gave me an error and windows cant format the card
    its a transcend 8gb 133x card witch is known to work and i alsow used it in my
    ipod mini where it alsow worked fine.
    help anyone???

  175. 175 On December 15th, 2010, Tarkan said:


    Can you access the drive if you put the iPod in to diskmode then connect to the computer?

    This will check that the iflash and cf card are installed in the ipod ok.

    Finally make sure the ribbon is fully inserted in to the iFlash zif connector.

    Let me know if you need anymore help – contact me via my email.

  176. 176 On January 1st, 2011, David said:

    SUCCESS!!! I got the newer style Transcend 32GB 400x (TS32GCF400) working in my iPod 5g and 5.5g reliably. Faster than the original microdrive and doesn’t suffer the powered down reboot issue that the topram 32gb card had. I picked it up when Newegg had a sale on them for $64 w/free shipping.

    FYI: I did recycle my 32GB TOPRAM CF card in my iPod 3G (bad drive and very scratched outer case) 10GB model by putting in a different adapter. ;)

  177. 177 On January 1st, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the feedback David.

    Are you also saying that you do not get the deep sleep restore issue with this card? That is good news and a cheap card as well.

    Added to the list.

  178. 178 On January 12th, 2011, Christopher said:

    Hello, Tarkan. Idk if I’d quite call this an issue or not. I just had my iPod video 5g, turned it on (Sorry, not sure if it was completely off or not) and the “Please connect to iTunes to restore” message came up. I reset (Without iTunes restore) it and Rockbox and the official Apple firmware started just fine and I’m listening to music right now. Also, I have a Lexar Platinum ii 80x 8gb card installed. Just thought I’d report this. Hope this means something, lol.

  179. 179 On January 15th, 2011, Maggie said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I received the CF adapter yesterday and its only today that I’ve assembled it to my ipod. So far so good. there’s no restore loop problem or the ipod asking me to re-sync again. Now my ipod 5.5g and i also tried it with my 5g is working great. By the way I used the Kingston 32GB ElitePro S2. Thank You Very Much!

  180. 180 On January 15th, 2011, Tarkan said:


    Thanks for the feedback – glad it you like it.

    I have added a new entry for the Kingston S2 series of cards.

  181. 181 On January 16th, 2011, Jackie said:

    I placed an order and paid via paypal on Dec. 31, but have not heard back from you or received the CF adapter. Please advise. Tried to post on your contact me page but keep received a “Comments closed” error.

  182. 182 On January 17th, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Hi, I have sent you an email.

  183. 183 On January 31st, 2011, Mike Taylor said:

    WORKS: Lexar Platinum II 16gb 200x compact flash memory card LCF16GBSBNA200 <— taken from Amazon receipt.Purchased 1-24-11. Had to format the card before it would work (Windows). For some reason Itunes installed a new USB driver for itself at the same time I was doing the mini upgrade when I reconnected my wifes Nano. Everything seems ok though. Could have been coincidence?

  184. 184 On January 31st, 2011, Stuart said:

    WORKS: ‘Kingston Elite Pro 8 GB 133x CompactFlash Memory Card CF/8GB-S2′ Purchased Jan-2011 on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Y138EK/) Used in a 5.5G 80GB iPod model. Everything works a normal so far. Thanks tarkan.

  185. 185 On February 8th, 2011, Tony said:

    Thanks. So far so good on first day. Duracell 32GB

  186. 186 On February 8th, 2011, Simon said:

    MemoryStar 400x Professional 32GB works fine

  187. 187 On February 8th, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for all the feedback. Will update the list accordingly.

  188. 188 On February 15th, 2011, Alex Nagy said:

    I recently purchased the adapter and a 16GB Topram cf card I just saw this saying the Topram wont work, so am I just out $50 for the card or is it at all possible to get it to work? I keep getting the sad face screen and when i get it into disc mode it just turns off after like a minute and windows makes the sound of it being recognized but nothing shows the ipod is plugged in not even itunes.

  189. 189 On February 15th, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Sadly I don’t think you would be able to get it to work.

    The store you bought from not have a returns policy?

  190. 190 On February 16th, 2011, Alex Nagy said:

    Well, I purchased it online so no. But I tried using one of my dads Sandisk Ultra II 8GB CF Card and tried it and it still did the same thing, I tried everything I could think of. Thanks

  191. 191 On February 16th, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Well that card should work ok.

    It is one of my iFlash that you purchased?

  192. 192 On February 16th, 2011, Alex Nagy said:

    No It isn’t because I do not have a Paypal and I couldn’t find any of yours on amazon :( I wish I had gotten yours cause the one I have I cannot figure out how to get it to work.

  193. 193 On February 16th, 2011, Tarkan said:

    You don’t need to have Paypal, you can just pay with credit card via Paypal.

    Sadly, I cannot really help as most 3rd party adapters are very poor quality and not designed for the iPod.

  194. 194 On March 13th, 2011, Panos said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    just bought your iFlash and a Transcend 133x 16Gb. According to the list this combination should work. Yet, the only thing I get is the sad face. Any ideas, tipps or solutions?

    Cheers from Germany.

  195. 195 On March 13th, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Sounds like it is not communicating with the iFlash.

    Put the iPod in to the disk mode, then connect to the computer and check you can read/write/format the iPod (CF card).

    If you cannot do the above, then more than likely either the ribbon is not installed correctly in the two ZIF connectors, or you could have a bad hdd ribbon.

    Let me know how you get on.

  196. 196 On March 13th, 2011, Panos said:

    Hmm, I’ve tried to get into the read/write/format mode without any success. The only thing I get still is the sad iPod face. I’ve checked the ribbon, installation looks just fine to me. So you recon that the ribbon might be the problem? Any idea where to get one?

  197. 197 On March 14th, 2011, Tarkan said:

    I would just try re-installing the ribbon first – i.e. remove entirely from the iPod both ends and re-install.

    The ribbons can be picked up on ebay for a few dollars.

  198. 198 On March 19th, 2011, Brandon said:

    The Wintec S Professional 32GB (3FMCF32GBS-R) works perfectly. Right now it’s one of the cheapest 32GB cf cards on newegg.

  199. 199 On May 2nd, 2011, Szodruch said:


    is it possible to use a SD to CF-Card adapter ?
    My Sony Adapter Memory Card to CF-Card doesn’t work….

  200. 200 On May 2nd, 2011, Stefan said:


    As I am wondering which type of CF card to use to speed up my Ipod 5G:
    What read speed does the original 30GB HDD of an Ipod 5G have in comparison to the read spead of CF cards?

    Kind regards,


  201. 201 On May 3rd, 2011, Tarkan said:


    No one has really tried this, especially with the 6g iPods. So cannot say.

  202. 202 On May 3rd, 2011, Tarkan said:

    I find the newer 400x cards achieve similiar transfer times as the hard drive.

    Good news is most of the budget cards are all now 400x types.

  203. 203 On May 19th, 2011, Adata 8gb Speedy Compact said:

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  204. 204 On May 21st, 2011, Andy said:

    Transcend 64GB 400x CompactFlash Memory Card (TS64GCF400) works perfectly in my 5g iPod Video

  205. 205 On May 22nd, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the feedback.

  206. 206 On June 3rd, 2011, A Melendez said:

    Unigen 32gb CF card works great on 5.5gen ipod

  207. 207 On June 4th, 2011, James said:

    Has anyone had any luck with the 16gb/32gb Transcend 400x cards. I wanna get one if they work. Thanks

  208. 208 On June 5th, 2011, James said:

    I meant 8gb/16gb

  209. 209 On June 7th, 2011, Tarkan said:


    I would think the 8 and 16 would work ok as the controllers would be the same across the series. As the 16 and 32 are very popular with the iFlash at the moment.

  210. 210 On July 25th, 2011, SoundSquare said:

    with iPod classic v6 here :

    PNY Micro Attaché – CompactFlash – 16 Gb – 66x – works
    Kingston Elite 133X 32Gb – stuck in recovery mode

  211. 211 On July 27th, 2011, SoundSquare said:

    edit :
    PNY Micro Attaché – CompactFlash – 16 Gb – 66x – partially works, transfer fails after a few songs, reads well though, so i wasn’t able to use the full 16gb, only about 20% of it, sucks…

  212. 212 On July 27th, 2011, Tarkan said:

    Could be the card is too slow and timing out during the writing process.

    I am suprised the Kingston card you used did not work – it is possible you have a bad motherboard – I had a 6g which was very funny about the cards used, where as the same cards worked fine on another 6g.

  213. 213 On July 27th, 2011, SoundSquare said:

    and to add to the mess, the kingston card works perfectly with rockbox on this 6g, so i’ll keep running rockbox (seems stable enough).

  214. 214 On September 20th, 2011, andri said:

    I tried using the Transcend 32gb 400x with your iflash but it is stuck in a restore loop. (IPod 5.5G)

    so could this be a similar situation as the 133x where it is not compatible anymore?

    I tried to format the Transcend using Transcend format tool (using a computer’s card reader) but windows do not recognized it and needs to format.. after I used windows to format the drive, only 8gb is recognized.. I also notice when i test to transfer data with the CF reader, the max speed is only 10MB/s. have you ever seen these kind of issue?


  215. 215 On September 28th, 2011, andri said:

    Well it seems like I found one CF that works with Ipod 5.5G and iflash. its the Wintec 32GB..

    the other CF made by Transcend 133x and 400x does not work.. both were stuck in a restore loop.

  216. 216 On October 4th, 2011, Kingston Ulitmate said:

    Kingston Ultimate 16GB – 266x – Works great, great file transfer speed, 2x the speed of a Kingston Elite 4GB 133x

  217. 217 On November 16th, 2011, DaveC said:

    Excellent stuff – worked straight out of the box on my 80Gb iPod Classic (broken hard disk) using these:

    SanDisk Extreme IV 8Gb, and also
    Kingston Ultimate 266X 32Gb

    Most difficult part was getting into the iPod itself … took me ages with several different sizes of screwdriver and ultimately a small wallpaper scraper (!) which did the trick of pushing the metal locking tabs aside.

    (P.S. Didn’t work with a fairly old SanDisk 512Mb CF (restore loop problem), despite trying to cajole it into the right partition/format structure from Linux – but I didn’t really expect it to ….)

  218. 218 On December 2nd, 2011, Seth said:

    Was looking into getting the A-Data Speedy 533x 32Gb, but I saw it said for 6g and up.
    Would you anticipate to work fine without a restore loop on a 5.5g ipod? or is it ONLY 6g and up?


  219. 219 On December 2nd, 2011, Tarkan said:

    I think I stated that as 6g up because all the feedback I got on that particular card has been from 6g up owners.

    I don’t see why it would not work as the previous Speedy cards worked ok on the 5g and up.

  220. 220 On December 2nd, 2011, Seth said:

    Okay, I thought that might be the case, but I figured I would check to be sure. Once I get everything in I’ll fix it up and report back with how it goes.

    Thanks for the quick response too.

  221. 221 On December 22nd, 2011, Jason said:

    Great job. Just installed a

    Wintec Filemate S Professional 8Gb 400x 3FMCF8GBS-R

    in my iPod 5.5g. Everything works great. Not a single problem. Watched a couple videos, listened to some songs. Loaded up Rockbox, still no problem. Boots up faster now too. I’m so excited.

    Thanks for the product, video, everything.

  222. 222 On January 9th, 2012, Bryan said:

    I am interested in the iFlash iPod Compact Flash adapter for my Ipod 5.5G. However I already own a Transcend 133x 32Gb CF that may or may not work “(Restore Loop problem for cards purchased since Feb 2009)”. Is it possible to use the Transcend 133x 32Gb CF?


  223. 223 On January 10th, 2012, DJ Vollkasko said:

    Hello Tarkan,

    is your adapter compatible with the ZIF PATA in the MacBook Air 1st Generation (MBA 1G)?

    I just saw this item http://www.lexar.com/files/product/datasheet/DS_LCFxxxCRBNA1000_RevA.pdf (and heard they announced a 256 GB model…)– if iFlash would fit nicely between this CF card and an old MBA 1G, then a lot of inexpensive old crates might see their storage and battery refreshed and get a second wind. This card looks cheaper (and thinner) than many SSDs, plus PATA 1,8” ZIF HDs or SSDs are pretty rare…

    What do you think?

    Best regards,


  224. 224 On January 10th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    It should work ok. Many people are using the iFlash in the various Fujitsu and other netbooks which also used the same ZIF drive as the Macbook Air.

  225. 225 On January 11th, 2012, Nim said:

    Fantastic job with the adapter, fixed my 5G Video (glitchy, almost broken HDD) with no problem.

    I used the Kingston Ultimate 266X 32gig card (from Amazon) with no issues at all. Videos and games run much smoother. Everything loads faster.

    Rockbox 3.10 works great, and is faster than ever. Haven’t had any errors thus far. Boots between Rockbox and the iOS smoothly (Well, as smoothly as it ever has).

    Thanks for everything. Wonderful job.

  226. 226 On January 11th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Many thanks for the feedback. Glad you like it.

  227. 227 On January 21st, 2012, Apacer External Hard Drives – Are They Good? - World of Technologies said:

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  228. 228 On January 26th, 2012, Kaevin said:

    Transcend 400x 32Gb (TS32GCF400)
    iPod Mini 2G
    no problem with ipod firmware either…

  229. 229 On February 7th, 2012, Lee said:


    Works fast & flawlessly on Rockbox :-)

    Nice one Tarkan

  230. 230 On February 17th, 2012, George said:

    I bought a 32GB TOPRAM and installed it into my 5G, and have had no results, it is locked in the the restore loop. I took it all apart and re-installed, same crap. Tried the manual format both quick and dos, same crap. My old drive had a few corrupt sectors but otherwise was good, so I can rule out the board. Can anybody recommend a sure thing, card for the 5G, i want to stay with the 32GB size.

  231. 231 On February 28th, 2012, James said:

    Patriot Signature 64Gb 266x(PS00781-PSF64G266F) works perfectly

    iPod G5 30GB MA146FD
    Rockbox 3.1
    Apple firmware 1.3

  232. 232 On February 28th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Many thanks for the feedback.

  233. 233 On March 28th, 2012, Pete said:

    The iflash arrived very quickly and is a perfect fit in my 80GB 6th gen ipod classic! A 16GB Kingston Elite Pro 133x would not work, giving me the restore loop. A 4GB Sandisk Ultra (30mb/s) worked great. I’m now using a 32GB Dane Elec 300x without any problems. Thanks!

  234. 234 On April 1st, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for letting me know – a few people are having issues with the Kingston cards on the 6g

  235. 235 On April 4th, 2012, Sam said:

    I got Dolgix 64GB by Sunrise Implex to work

  236. 236 On April 5th, 2012, Tommy said:

    I bought the cheapest 64GB card I could find: Dolgix 64GB Compact Flash (CF) Card – 133x, and it’s working perfectly. Found it on Amazon for US $65.

  237. 237 On April 8th, 2012, Kalle said:

    32 GB CnMemory 300X: works like a charm, raw writing speed (but plugged into iPod) ~20MB/s!

  238. 238 On April 8th, 2012, Kalle said:

    Forgot to say: iPod 6G, originally 80GB

  239. 239 On April 21st, 2012, redpixy said:

    Kingston ultimate 266x 32GB not working on ipod video 5G.. tried to restore but no luck.. it kept prompting me to restore

  240. 240 On May 9th, 2012, John said:

    Dolgix 64GB 133x from Amazon works perfect in my iPod Video 5.5G (80GB model). THANKS!

  241. 241 On May 13th, 2012, Nick said:

    Dolgix 32GB 133x from Amazon.com – works PERFECTLY with iPod Video 5.5G (80GB model/Late 2006)

    Transcend 133x 16Gb – Brand new April 2012 from Amazon.com, still has Restore Loop problem on iPod Video 5.5g

  242. 242 On May 13th, 2012, Nick said:

    Anyone know of an easy method to secure the iFlash to the iPod Video 5.5G 80GB case? The card rocks back and forth when I move the iPod. I don’t have a 30G case to test with, but I’m assuming the card is secure in the smaller case.

  243. 243 On May 13th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Other than suggesting getting a slimmer 30Gb case (they are quite cheap), you can use some foam backed tape or even more low tech folded up piece of cardboard.

    the difference between the cases is about 4mm so not much gap to fill up.

  244. 244 On May 20th, 2012, Fraser said:


    Just ordered the iflash adapter, and am looking to order a CF card.

    Has anyone tried a CF->SD adapter and an SD card, as higher capacity SD cards seem a lot cheaper then the CF equivalents.

  245. 245 On May 20th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Sadly all the attempts at using an SDHC to CF adapter have failed with iTunes.

    It should be ok with Rockbox but iTunes will not restore to a SDHC card.

  246. 246 On May 21st, 2012, Fraser said:

    Ok thanks, I am intending to use Rockbox, so I’ll give it a try and let you know….

  247. 247 On June 18th, 2012, Mark said:

    I’m not having any luck with a Transcend 32GB 400x card. It just is stuck in the restore loop, but it works fine with a Kingston 32GB 266x Card.

  248. 248 On June 18th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Hey Mark,

    Which version iPod do you have? I wonder if the 5g and 5.5g have problems with this card.

  249. 249 On July 7th, 2012, Ash Carden said:

    Kingston CF/4GB 4 GB CompactFlash (Green sticker, white flower) is found to be working on a 5g former 30 gigabyte classic. Thanks

  250. 250 On July 7th, 2012, balthasar said:

    Using a Transcend 32GB, 400x, my iPod 5g got stuck in the restore loop too :( Tarkan, maybe you’d better remove this CF-type from your list, otherwise people who don’t read the comments try it again and again… I just bought a SanDisk Extreme 400x, 32 GB and it’s working now.

  251. 251 On July 7th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    I will put a note against this one, as some people have reported it ok on 5g/5.5g iPods and some, like you have reported restore loop issues.

    I’d like to know a little more about the Sandisk Extreme you are using, do you have a model number?

  252. 252 On July 8th, 2012, balthasar said:

    Yes, it’s the SanDisk Extreme, 400x, 60MB/s, 32 GB (SDCFX-032G-E61) which perfectly works with my 5g.

  253. 253 On July 13th, 2012, sh1kari said:

    Hey Tarkan,
    i’m trying to get my iflash work, but it doesn’t.
    I have the Silicon Power 32GB 200x CF and an iPod Video 5.5g.
    Every time i start the iPod the sadfaced iPod appears and after a few seconds i get a low battery screen.
    Going into Diskmode doesn’t work too. :(

    Do you have any idea how to get it work ?

    thanks in advance.

  254. 254 On July 20th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    It sounds like you have a bad hdd ribbon.

    Remove the hdd ribbon from the iPod motherboard and iFlash, then re-install making sure the ribbon is fully inserted home on both ZIF connectors.

  255. 255 On July 23rd, 2012, gogi-goji said:

    I’d just like to share that I got a fairly cheap 128GB compact flash card that seems to work perfectly in my iPod mini. I bought it from the eBay seller link-delight, it’s listed as “KingSpec 128GB 400x CF Compact Flash”, and cost ~$150CAD shipped. (I’d link to it, but eBay links tend to die rather quickly in my past experience). The card that came is marked 600x (not 400x as detailed in the listing), has a read rate of about 15.5MB/s and a write rate of about 13.3MB/s. It passed the couple of tests I through at it, and seems to work perfectly with no hassles in my iPod mini. I’m quite happy with it. Hopefully this will help someone else out!

  256. 256 On July 23rd, 2012, gogi-goji said:

    I should clarify that those read/write rates I got were over a USB cable.

  257. 257 On August 1st, 2012, Duke nukem said:

    8GB Topram 133x compactflash works with ipod video 5.5g

  258. 258 On August 1st, 2012, Oscar said:

    Hi Tarkan and others,

    I tried a Transcend 64GB card (TS64GCF400) that I bought in July and it has failed so far in my 30GB 5.5g.
    Encouraged by the appearance of this CF in the ‘Known to work’ list I decided to go for it including the iMod (components and tools are waiting for the CF to make room in my iPod).

    The restore seemed to work but after the restart of the iPod the first sync failed with the error: “The iPod “xxx” cannot be synced. The disk could not be read from or written to.”.

    I have tried a lot of the ‘fixes’ I found googling for the error but nothing has helped so far.

    Some of the stuff I have tried:
    – format the CF with Transcend tool
    – restored on two computers: Vista PC and XP Laptop
    – checked CF after restore and it does contain several folders and files but no media
    – switched of firewall and anti virus software
    – synced with all media unselected (empty sync)
    – re-registered a bunch of .dll’s

    If anyone has any suggestions to get this fixed I would really appreciate it if you leave a reply!

    Thanks and best regards, Oscar.

  259. 259 On August 2nd, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Hi Oscar,

    Sadly I think the internals of these cards have been changed, when they first appeared many people had it working ok. Recently many people have been getting the restore loop.

    You will probably have to get another card.

  260. 260 On August 8th, 2012, Oscar said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Thanks for the reply.

    Had hoped someone would have a solution of some kind as this seemed to be a different problem than the restore loop problem.
    I am now stuck with a CF card that I have no other use for.

    Looking at the 32GB cards that I can get:
    – Kingston Ultimate CompactFlash 32GB | CF/32GB-U2
    – Mustang Compact Flash Card “Interlagos” 633x | CF32G633MU-R2
    – Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate 600x 32GB | CF/32GB-U3
    – MaxFlash CF32G233M-R
    – Silicon Power 32GB Compact Flash 200X | SP032GBCFC200V10
    – PNY 32GB SDHC card CompactFlash 333x | CF32GBELI-EF

    Can you recommend any of them based on the recent feedback you have received about them?

    Thanks in advance, Oscar.

  261. 261 On August 9th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    The most popular card that gets reported at the moment is the Kingston Ultimate 32Gb 266x for all the iPods.

  262. 262 On August 30th, 2012, Hank said:

    Just got the iflash to work in an ipod 5g 30GB with a “Komputerbay 128GB Professional Compact Flash Card CF 600X 90MB/s Extreme Speed UDMA 6 RAW 128 GB” off amazon. Great deal at $165! Have only restored in itunes and booted up. Everything looks good but I’m going to install rockbox before I go and load my music.

  263. 263 On August 30th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Many thanks for the feedback, have added to list.

  264. 264 On September 5th, 2012, David said:

    Topram 32Gb from eBay working in 5.5g iPod Video. Purchased within the last three weeks from seller Edigitalexpress.

  265. 265 On September 21st, 2012, Hardy said:

    Hello Tarkan and friends,

    i have an iPod Classic 7th Gen. with 160GB (Model A1238, MC297). The HD was broken and so i ordered your adapter last month. Thank you for the fast shipping to Germany!
    First i tried some very small CF Cards i had from my old Camera (128 and 256 MB). But none of them worked. Now i ordered a 32GB CnMemory 300x Ultra High Speed Edition (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71n-ggvSpxL._AA1500_.jpg). At eBay 27 Euro. The brand “CnMemory” is very common in Germany in the low price area.

    These Card works perfectly in my 7th Gen iPod! Very fast.

    Thank you for your support here, Tarkan!
    Greetings from Germany.

  266. 266 On September 21st, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the feedback, glad it is working ok for you. I will add your card to the list.

  267. 267 On September 26th, 2012, Hardy said:


    i want to add my tested speed rates from the “32GB CnMemory 300x Ultra High Speed” Card. I copied a 2GB file to and from the iPod.

    The result is
    Read: 18,5 MB/sec
    Write: 10 MB/sec

    Sounds not sooo fast. But in dayly use (synchronising with iTunes) i did not notice it.

    The biggest difference to the harddisk is the interface-speed on the iPod. No lags, no waiting at all. You can use Cover Flow in realtime and the songs starts immediately.

    Again many thanks for your iFlash, Tarkan! And for your great support here. I’m proud to own one of your unique adapters.

  268. 268 On September 26th, 2012, Harold said:

    Help I placed an order via your website on 9/17/2012. I paid with paypal and paid for the tracking information also. I sent an e-mail a few days ago about this but have not received any information. Could you please update me on the status of my order

  269. 269 On September 26th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Hi Harold,

    I send confirmation once the item ships in your case on the 20th. Please check your spam or junk folder.

    I will resend the email to you.

  270. 270 On September 26th, 2012, Tarkan said:


    Them speeds are pretty good actually, comparable to the original hdd. Like you say once the initial sync has been done, updates and changes take place much quicker.

  271. 271 On September 26th, 2012, Harold said:

    Thanks that is what happened. I group deleted my spam folder the other day an missed it. Thanks for the quick reply.

  272. 272 On October 1st, 2012, Fred said:

    I ordered the Dolgix 64GB 133x and it works really well. Although video playback lags sometimes, that might be due to Rockbox using the CPU rather than the hardware. I guess that’s the tradeoff between Rockbox and Apple’s firmware.

  273. 273 On December 15th, 2012, mohamed said:

    Komputerbay Professional High Speed 266x 32Gb
    works fine on ipod mini 1G !!!

  274. 274 On December 27th, 2012, Bobby said:

    Hey I was wondering if this compact flash card would work with the adapter (there is a link to amazon below). I didn’t see it on the list, so I was just wondering because its probably the best priced one out there and had data transfer of 150mb/second. Please get back to me soon, thanks.


  275. 275 On December 27th, 2012, John said:

    Yeah I was also wondering about the same cf card (http://www.amazon.com/KOMPUTERBAY-128GB-Professional-COMPACT-Extreme/dp/B009JS61UM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1356607641&sr=1-1&keywords=128gb+compact+flash) because its only $180 compared to $600+ cf cards. I really would enjoy being able to have that much flash memory on my iPod classic. Please test this new cf card please! It’s much appreciated!

  276. 276 On December 27th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Sadly that card has not been reported on yet, but the Komputerbay 128Gb Professional 600x is known to work well and is much cheaper than the 1000x card.

    I would suspect the new 1000x will work ok as well.

  277. 277 On December 28th, 2012, Bobby said:

    Thanks for replying so fast! I think I am going to go ahead and try out the cf and I will report back here. Wish me luck!

  278. 278 On January 2nd, 2013, Albert said:

    Hi Tarkan, can i use this CF LEXAR Professional 800x 32GB with your adapter ? Thx in advance

  279. 279 On January 2nd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Not been tested but I would expect it to work ok, the 128Gb version of this card has been reported as working ok.

  280. 280 On February 13th, 2013, Mark K. said:

    I got the Kingston Ultimate 266x 16Gb (cf16gb/U2) for the 5g 30gb and I am stuck on restore loop. I can’t restore or do i know how to put rockbox on without having apple os first. When i put back the hd everything works like b4. If someone can help me find a way to install rockbox without having to restore with itunes first I would appreciate it.

  281. 281 On February 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Mark,

    That kingston card does not seem to work in the 5g iPods, if you cannot restore the original firmware I doubt rockbox will run.

    I have updated my list above so people aware of the issues with this card now.

  282. 282 On February 14th, 2013, Mark K. said:

    Thanks Tarkan for updating. I returned the card and got a 4GB Lexar Platinum II 200x which is all I need. Everything works great now, so you can add that card on the list for the 5g.

  283. 283 On February 21st, 2013, Tom said:

    Just installed the Komputerbay 32GB High Speed 266x card in a 5g 30GB iPod Video – working perfectly!

  284. 284 On February 23rd, 2013, Mashiko said:

    Lexar 400x 128GB CF works with 5.5th & 7th iPod.

    Thanks Tarkan.

  285. 285 On February 23rd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the card information

  286. 286 On March 7th, 2013, brice said:

    i also got Lexar 400x 128GB CF working fine, no issues i can see. thank you, my ipod is cool again

  287. 287 On March 7th, 2013, brice said:

    120 gb classic btw

  288. 288 On March 9th, 2013, AJ said:

    Just installed the adapter with the 128GB Komputerbay card in my 5G iPod video and installed rockbox without a problem. Most difficult part is getting the iPod open.

  289. 289 On April 9th, 2013, Ivan Lam said:

    i’ve successfully install the driver to my ipod 3rd gen with both the SanDisk Ultra 16GB CF and Transcend 133X 16GB CF, but the ipod will crash when finishing sync.
    The iPod will freeze showing “do not disconnect”, though all songs are found transferred after hard reset.

    moreover, every time the ipod wake up from sleep, it can’t recognise the songs in CF, it keeps jumping to the next song till hang.
    hard reset is my only option in this case.

    anyone here facing the same problems? thanks

  290. 290 On April 23rd, 2013, Ivan said:

    Is there a noticeable difference between the CF speeds, for example 266x to 600x?

  291. 291 On April 23rd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Yes. 266x is about half the speed of the original hard drive. 600x is faster than the original hdd.

  292. 292 On April 25th, 2013, Ivan said:

    Whats the MB/S of the original hard drive? Tarkan, Im about to receive the 128gb dolgix @600x, where can I send to you my results?

    Now Im using a x266 kingston 32gb CF.

    Whats the best battery for the ipod classic 7th gen, whats the maximum duration battery? I think the stock battery is 580ma, I think there’s 800ma on ebay…

  293. 293 On April 25th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Just leave a comment here with how it works for you.

    To be honest all the batteries on ebay regardless of what they state will be around the 500 to 600maH mark, the thicker batteries may go up to 800 to 900maH, but they will not fit if you have the slim (9.5m) iPod.

    With the iFlash and CF you will easily double your runtime anyway.

  294. 294 On April 26th, 2013, Ivan said:

    Last question… Ive read the fast CF’s require higher voltages… with the tarkan adapter… is the ipod logic board and the voltage given by the battery capable to take advantage of all the memory speed?

    With the actual kinston @266x I havent felt the menus and the artwork working instantly like an ipod touch? I mean, like a really fast solid state drive. Do you have any videos showing how the ipod with a 600,800,1000x CF works? Ill upload a video ASAP when I recieve my Dolgix 128gb @600x CF… theres not any video showing how fluid is the OS and the artwork with fast CF on youtube.

  295. 295 On May 2nd, 2013, Michael said:

    I recently put in a 64gb 133x dolgix and is a 2-3 second gap between songs. With a card of this speed I would have expected seamless transitions. Is there a problem with my card or are my expectations too high? If there is no problem with the card what speeds do I need for truly seamless transitions?

  296. 296 On May 2nd, 2013, Tarkan said:


    I would say the speed of the card is the problem if it is 2-3 second when skipping tracks.

    However on my 5g with a 400x card I would say the delay between skipping track is around 0.25s to 0.5s depending on the size of the files.

    On my 6.5g with a similiar speed SDXC card the skipping is pretty much instant.

  297. 297 On May 2nd, 2013, Michael said:

    Thanx for your response. Is it the read time that is holding me back or seek time and would an SDXC card with similar speeds as a 133x cf card solve my problem (I always use shuffle mode)? And how do I determine seek time on an SSD?

  298. 298 On May 3rd, 2013, Michael said:

    by the way I’m using 5.5 gen ipod

  299. 299 On May 3rd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    No the seek times are non-existant with either SD or CF cards.

    The iPod does a lot of read-ahead caching, so the outright read speed will hold you back.

    In my testing most 133x cards achieved only about 6 to 8Mb/s read speed from the iPod, where as the original hard drive is around 9 to 10Mb/s.

    My current 64Gb Class 10 SDXC card achieves 14Mb/s, which in CF is about 400x

  300. 300 On May 3rd, 2013, Michael said:

    Thanks for your response, looks like I will be buying the sd adapter from you!

  301. 301 On May 12th, 2013, Jim said:

    I have a 4th gen click wheel ipod and have tried a Transcend 133x 32gb and a Kingston Ultimate 266x 16gb CF card and both of them will not let iTunes and my computer recognize the ipod so it can be restored. Stuck in infinite boot loop.

  302. 302 On May 28th, 2013, John said:

    I put a Dolgix 64GB into an old 5th Gen 30GB. Sort of worked but would freeze randomly when moving or skipping to next song in playlist or album. When tracking skipping did work, it was very sluggish (especially if there was artwork attached to the song).
    Just purchased a Komputerbay 64GB 600x CF off Amazon and the track skipping is almost instantaneous now, like it was with a real HD in it.

  303. 303 On May 28th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Dolgix is not a bad card, maybe your particular one had issues.

    I am amazed that the Komputerbay 64Gb 600x worked, I have had a couple of reports from 5g/5.5g iPod users saying this card is giving them restore-loop issues. Very strange!!!!

  304. 304 On May 29th, 2013, Mike from New York said:

    I have the Kingston Ultimate 266x CF in both 16 and 32GB capacities working fine in the iPod mini model.

    I also have the Lexar Professional Class 10 SDXC 128GB card (with SD-CF adapter) working in the iPod mini.

    However the Lexar Professional 400x 128GB CF is giving my iPod Video Gen. 5.5 the reboot/restart loop, after the iTunes Restore seemingly went ok, the iPod goes into never ending restart. That card is listed above as ok, but the one I got did not work no matter what I tried.

  305. 305 On May 29th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Thanks Mike for the post.

    As you can see above, I have had a few reports about the Komputerbay 64Gb 600x restore-looping in 5g/5.5g and then John comments that he has it working great in a 5g!!!!

    I will put a possible problem in the 5g comment for the Lexar card. It is possible the initial format/partition table needs to be deleted and recreated on some cards. Hence why some work and some don’t!!!!

  306. 306 On May 31st, 2013, Mike from New York said:

    On a Mac computer running OS 10.8 Lion I tried with Disk Utility to reformat the card several times, HFS+, FAT32, back to HFS+, then added a partition, reformatted again and deleted all partitions, but no luck with the Lexar 400x CF in the Gen 5.5. I’m not sure if any of the above would accomplish the total rewrite of the partition table or not.

    I decided to return it and give the Centon Class 10 128GB SDXC a go, it arrived today and I will install it tonight using the SD-CF adapter.

  307. 307 On June 10th, 2013, Ethan from LA said:

    Hey Tarkan, I’m using a PNY Professional X 64 GB High Speed SDXC CL10 UHS-1 SD card, an SDXC 4th Gen Extreme CF Adapter, and a Micro SATA Cable CF Card to iPod converter. I’ve been having a few problems with it, but my question is: will this hardware setup work?

  308. 308 On June 10th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    It should work, you don’t say what is going on?

    I have sent you an email to go over some troubleshooting…

  309. 309 On June 11th, 2013, George said:

    Any luck with “PixelFlash” CF cards? They’re pretty cheap on Amazon.

  310. 310 On June 12th, 2013, Petko said:

    I’ve tried with an integral i-Pro 100x 32GB CF Card, but it is not working

  311. 311 On June 12th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Petko, what is happening when you say not working?

  312. 312 On June 18th, 2013, G said:

    I just got a Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb to work in my iPod Photo 20gb. After getting the restore loop I managed to get it to work :) Next up is to mod my iPod Video 30gb to 128gb.

  313. 313 On June 19th, 2013, G said:

    Ok I’m reporting back, I got the Komputerbay Professional 600x 128Gb to work in my iPod 5G Video 30GB. However, I have yet to test the speed in song transfer and clickwheel scrolling.

  314. 314 On June 20th, 2013, G said:

    I got a chance to the test the Komputerbay Professional 600x 128Gb in my iPod Video and I noticed song transfers are a lot faster than the Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb (I tested the Kingston CF in my iPod Photo and Video). Also, the scrolling from songs to songs is a lot faster and smoother. Thank you Tarkan for producing the iFlash! :D

  315. 315 On June 21st, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the feedback, on the 5g iPods faster cards make a huge difference.

  316. 316 On July 19th, 2013, Petko said:

    With not working I mean that iTunes installs something, but after that the iPod restarts and asks for a new restore. The strange thing is that the iPod won’t even recognize it.

  317. 317 On July 19th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Can you read & write to the iPod in diskmode ok? It does sound like your CF card is not compatible.

  318. 318 On July 26th, 2013, RetroSonicFidelity said:

    I got an IDE to CF (50-pin) converter to work with a CF to SD adapter with a Patriot LX Class 10 64GB SDXC card in my iPod 3G. I wrote out the workaround on Headfi in the post about getting a compact flash card into the iPod 3G. Rather than rewrite it here, I’ll just post the link to the steps I took to get it to work (and might be able to get any drive to work) in the iPod 3G.


  319. 319 On July 26th, 2013, Stefan said:

    Just tried to mod my iPod 4G with 8GB SanDisk Ultra II (15MB/s) and SanDisk 2GB (2003), both show sad Mac or folder icon and freeze after a few seconds in Disk Mode…

  320. 320 On August 1st, 2013, Steven Manseau said:

    I have converted two 5g video iPods to compact flash, I employed the Lexar 400x 128GB UDMA7, MAC OS.
    Works perfect so far. However, as big as 128Gb sounds, I could use more storage.
    I am buying the CF-CD adapter, but which 256Gb cards are available and compatible?

    Cheers, Steven.

  321. 321 On August 1st, 2013, Tarkan said:

    The only one I have seen is a 256Gb SDXC card by Lexar. It is very expensive.

    It has been tested in a 7g iPod and works great, I would expect it to work ok in the 5g/5.5g and 6g iPod as well.

  322. 322 On August 9th, 2013, M said:

    I’ve tried both these cards in a 2nd gen ipod mini without succes:

    Silicon Power 32GB CF200X
    Komputerbay Professional Extreme Speed UDMA6 (90Mb/s) 600x 64Gb

    I somehow managed to get the first one recognized under iTunes by manually flashing the firmware/partition info under linux but then it wouldn’t work in disk mode afterwards. No idea how I managed to do it exactly though. Otherwise it worked okay in disk mode but not in iTunes.

    The second one puts me in the restore/recovery loop, I’m reformatting under Windows at the moment but don’t have high hopes to get it working.

    For those willing to try I would say this: if you value your time and money, find a funner way to waste them!

  323. 323 On August 9th, 2013, M said:

    Okay, reacted a little too quick probably. The Komputerbay card works now but only after fully reformatting under Windows then restoring through iTunes and attaching it to the mains so it reboots. Finally!

  324. 324 On August 10th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    The iPod mini’s sound very much like the 5g iPods, very fussy about the CF cards used.

  325. 325 On September 27th, 2013, RetroSonicFidelity said:

    M, I tried the 128GB variant of the Komputerbay 600x, and like you, I could only get it to work after a format / restore in Windows ( I primarily use Mac ), but after syncing with Mac (being FAT32 formatted), when I disconnect it, I get the blinking folder icon. When I then try to reformat the card with Mac OSX Disk Utility, It says something to the tune of “Unable to write to the last block.”

    I’m not sure what’s going on, but I’m going to try formatting it in Windows again and then restoring it in Windows, and see what OS I can sync with, without having the blinking folder icon issue.

  326. 326 On November 5th, 2013, Mr.Hunter said:

    I have a CF Lexar Professional 32G 233x, I cannot find my CF in the list, can iFlash work with it?

  327. 327 On November 5th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Without trying it we don’t know – it will probbably work as most Lexar cards are ok.

  328. 328 On November 20th, 2013, Banu said:

    Does anyone know what the issues with the Komputerbay 600X 64gb cards are?

    Has anyone managed to use one successfully?


  329. 329 On November 24th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Some of the Komputerbay 600x have caused restore loop on the 5g/5.5g.

    However, with the Komputerbay they change there OEM manufacturer so often that the one you buy may work ok.

  330. 330 On December 19th, 2013, Dr. Solomon said:

    I just bought a Komputerbay 600x 64GB drive for my second gen mini and I am stuck in the restore loop as well. Back to Kingston for me!

  331. 331 On February 5th, 2014, Paul L. said:


    It’s been a while. Just wanted to let you know that I recently upgraded the iFlash/CF card combo in my 5.5 gen video and I am happy to report that the new (and VERY expensive)256gb Sandisk ExtremePro card works perfectly without a hitch. So for anyone with an extensive music/video library and deep pockets, here’s your answer. Cheers !

  332. 332 On February 6th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hey Paul,

    Thanks for the update – so you have ditched the SDXC cards and gone with the CF. Did you think about the Lexar 256Gb CF, that Sandisk is very expensive.

  333. 333 On February 7th, 2014, Paul L. said:

    Ditched indeed! While more expensive, no way around it – CF cards are faster (both read/write speeds), have zero issues with FAT32 formatting and just flat-out work better. I would have considered the forthcoming Lexar CF card, but is not yet available in the U.S. (they actually announced it well over a year ago but never introduced it for some reason). Anyway, will probably be about the same price as the Sandisk and given that very few suppliers will make 256gb versions,who knows, in the end wouldn’t rule out that both come from the same factory…

  334. 334 On February 19th, 2014, semper4m said:

    Paul, are you getting your 256gb card to work with iTunes? Or are you using Rockbox.

  335. 335 On February 23rd, 2014, Paul L said:


  336. 336 On February 24th, 2014, semper4m said:

    Paul, have you been able to load more than 128gb of music onto your 256gb CF card? Some people are claiming that iTunes imposes a limit on the number of songs you can load onto an iPod Classic 7th Gen using a 256gb Lexar sdxc card + sdxc2cf adapter. That you can’t load more than 128gb without the iPod crashing and going into Restore mode. I’d be interested if you can confirm that using a 256gb CF card with iTunes fixes the problem.

  337. 337 On February 24th, 2014, Paul L said:

    I have had no issues at all with the 256GB CF card and I currently have around 140gb loaded. Keep in mind I’m using a 5.5g….well documented in various mod threads as having firmware to support this capacity. So there may be an association with the firmware in those generational models – at least that’s what I’m convinced is the case. I say this as I’ve tried the same 256gb iFlash/CF combo in 5g/6g/7g units and these models would not recognize more than 128gb, yet when I used my Lexar 128gb CF card – all worked perfectly. Since you already own the 7g – nothing to lose in trying with a 256b CF card – worse case is, if you really want the capacity you may have to go out and find a 5.5g

  338. 338 On February 24th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Just to add what Paul stated – I have seen various threads on the Interweb, that with the Classics (6g to 7g) it is only the thicker 160Gb which can access greater than 128Gb – I think the thinking is that the models which have a 2 platter hard drive have the required firmware to read above 128Gb.

    The information out there does not seem 100% – Good news is that a very kind iFlash user in the USA is sending me his 256Gb 600x Lexar, and I have at the ready a 6.5g 160Gb thick model and a 7g thin model as well as a 5.5g & 5g Videos.

  339. 339 On March 11th, 2014, pake2 said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I currently have your adapter + SD-CF Card adapter as well, and installed it on my ipod 5th gen. Shortly thereafter, I installed Rockbox.

    It worked great, and played flawlessly for about 6months. Then recently, whenever I add songs to the iPod via Musicbee, i noticed that songs would start skipping, and sometimes include bits of songs that were added the same time as well. For instance

    00:20- Song 1
    00:22- Song 5
    00:24- Song 1

    I thought it was just the iPod itself, until I played the track on my computer, using the iPod as a source, and the skipping was evident there as well.

    From researching, it looks like the filesystem may be corrupted and can be repaired via Chkdsk. I’ve done that and did not work. I’ve also tried changing the SD-card, but the issue remains the same there as well. Could it be the SD-CF adapter that could be causing this? If so, what are some compatible SD-CF adapters I could use?

    Also, would using AOMEI and creating an MBR Partition on the SD-Card help as well?

    Thank you

  340. 340 On March 11th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Have you been using Musicbee all this time? It is very odd for the card to become corrupt just like that.

    Is it possible you did not ‘safely remove’ the iPod from the computer, also have you updated Rockbox? newer versions use there own USB Handler which can cause drive corruption issues when used with SD cards.

    Yes the AOMEI, MBR rebuilding will get your card back to a known state ready for restoring – but I would try and determine why the problem happened in the first place. Do some testing while the iPod is open.

  341. 341 On March 12th, 2014, pake2 said:

    Yes I’ve updated Rockbox and have been using Musicbee the entire time. It was quite strange as I felt like it happened out of nowhere. I do constantly “safely remove” from the computer each time as well.

    Is there a particular version of rockbox you recommend (ipod 5th gen video)?
    I first thought it was the SD-Card itself, but it did occur with multiple one’s I’ve tried out.

  342. 342 On March 12th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    There is a work around – you can either compile your own version of Rockbox with the USBHandler switched off or the easiest is to switch the iPod in to diskmode before connecting to the computer, and then use musicbee to transfer your music.

    The iPod diskmode is what Rockbox used to use prior to v3.7 (I Think) since that version they use there own USB Handler – not sure if you can switch off the USB Handler in options on Rockbox.

  343. 343 On March 14th, 2014, Matthew said:

    Has anyone tried http://www.amazon.com/Disk-Extreme-Ultimate-Compact-Flash/dp/B00DY88KJI/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3H2SRISMHO0CM

    with a 5.5

  344. 344 On March 17th, 2014, Matthew said:

    I purchased the above and will report. The price is excellent.

    WHo has 128 GB running on a 5.5 in the US? The only card listed above that is known to work can only be had in the UK…

  345. 345 On March 18th, 2014, pake2 said:

    Actually discovered the trick to fixing my skipping/overlapping issue

    1 – Follow Tarkan’s Steps for preparing your SD Card


    2. Install Rockbox

    3. Once Rockbox is installed, put the iPod into Disk Mode. Add songs via Disk Mode.

    I added 50GB worth of music and no skippage is present. I did however, had to delete the “database” files in the Rockbox folder since upon the initial restart, it was frozen on “Committing Database.”

    Got my diyMod back.

  346. 346 On March 20th, 2014, Matthew said:

    On the “NOS 128 GB 35 MB/s 300x Ultimate Compact Flash,” linked just above:

    1. Out of an abundance of caution, I followed the procedure here (http://www.tarkan.info/20140310/tutorials/prepare-sdxc-exfat-for-use-with-the-ipod) to reformat to Fat32.
    2. The iTunes restore process worked just fine
    3. Syncing 17000+ songs, 15 videos and a TV show took 4 hours or so…

    The http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ADFRW6/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 did NOT work on the 5.5… Lexar Pro 128GB 400x LCF128CTBNA400

  347. 347 On March 20th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Yes I have been testing a 800x Lexar 128Gb CF, and that does not work in the 5.5g.

    Like the one you linked to I think the Lexar cards labelled as UDMA7 do not work on the 5.5g, they do work great on the 5g, 6g, 7g.

    Will update the list to note this info.

  348. 348 On March 20th, 2014, Matthew said:

    You are welcome. I really hope the NOS holds up, because for less than a dollar per GB it’s a fairly good deal. Also, it’s only 300X. I’m hoping this lead to as little battery waste as possible.

    Has anyone used a 160GB back cover from a gen7 on a 5.5 with iFlash?

  349. 349 On April 18th, 2014, Colin said:

    Lexar Professional 800x 256GB CF card works fine in 7th gen classic.

  350. 350 On May 14th, 2014, Liam said:

    I can confirm the Komputerbay 128gb 600x compact flash card works flawlessly with my 5.5 gen ipod video. Matthew, ipod classic back covers are interchangable with the ipod video, i swapped my 30gig backplate for a 120gig classic so it now states the correct storage capacity, which actually is spot on 120gig after installation!

  351. 351 On May 14th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Liam, many thanks – I was really interested in hearing if a 600x would work ok in the 5.5g, as the Lexar 600x udma would not work in the 5.5g but everything else ok.

  352. 352 On May 15th, 2014, Liam said:

    No problem, it’s also probably worth noting it was an 80gb 5.5gen logic board, i dont know if there are any compatibility differences between the two but ive seen in various reports they handle larger music collections better as they have 64mb of ram whereas the 30gig has 32. Youve done an excellent job of collecting info for the flash mod, the internet needs a complete database or wiki of all the clickwheel ipod mods that have been acheived with verified compatibility information between various parts/models, with instructions, photos etc. as i know theres loads of people out there who love tinkering with them!

  353. 353 On May 19th, 2014, Colin said:


    Just a quick update for your list – I confirm that Transcend 64GB 400x works fine in 4G iPod ; and would like to add that the lower cost “Komputerbay 64GB 600x (udma6)” card does NOT work (stuck in restore loop).


  354. 354 On June 4th, 2014, Marco said:

    Hello, I am very interested in knowing if anybody has tested the “PNY Technologies 256GB Elite Performance SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card” yet. They are being sold on http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1016078-REG/pny_technologies_p_sdx256u1h_ge_256gb_elite_sdxc_uhs_1_card.html for $118.00. I really want to try but want to know what the odds are this will work for a 7 generation iPod (160gb)…Thanks!

  355. 355 On June 21st, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    I posted here months ago about issues with (among other things) the Lexar 256GB SD card. I subsequently returned that card due to those issues. (Kudos to B&H for allowing the return even though I did not have the original packaging.)

    Recently PNY marketed a 256GB SD card at much lower cost ($99 from Tiger Direct).

    I have the same issues with this card as I did with the Lexar. Further tests showed that at least part of the problem is the CF to SD adapter (bought from this site).

    The PNY 256GB SD card works fine when plugged directly into my USB “card reader” (a Kingston USB 3 model). However, when I put the card in one of the adapters and put that in the card reader, it fails as soon as I try to put more than 128 GiB (137 “decimal gigabytes”) on it. As soon as I try to store more than that on it, the partition structure becomes corrupt.. probably due to “wraparound”.

    I got the exact same result with another CF-SD adapter that I’d bought on eBay. This one is similar to one pictured on this site, but the “target” logo is blue instead of green and it says “4th generation” on it instead of “3rd”.

    These two adapters are similar in another way: both cut the speed while writing the SD card from 30 MB/sec sustained (achieved with the card directly in the reader’s SD slot) to 20 MB/sec (with the SD card in the CF adapter in the CF slot).

    This “137 GB limit” is the old ATA 28-bit LBA limit. (28 bits of logical block address plus 9 bits for 512-byte blocks = 37 bits; 2^37 = 137,438,953,472 bytes.)

    Clearly these CF-to-SD adapters are not implementing 48-bit LBA (which was new for CF with the CF 5.0 spec).

    Does anyone know of one that does?

  356. 356 On June 21st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Jamie, this is being discussed on my SDXC article – I have been working on a firmware fix for this issue, current status is that it is pretty much fixed for the 5g/5.5g iPods – but there are still issues in the 6g/7g Classics.

    The problems are more than LBA size, as these 256Gb cards fill up with data, the timings start changing.

  357. 357 On June 21st, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    It appears that another possible route to the “really big iPod” is an mSata drive. There are inexpensive ZIF40 to mSata adapters, and the mSata SSD drives are very price-competitive (you can get a 240 or 256GB for well under $150).

    However I see reports on the web that when used in an iPod, they run hot. How or why an SSD should run hotter (which means it’s using more power) than a 240GB hard drive, I do not understand – part of the selling point for SSDs is low power consumption!

  358. 358 On June 21st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    They are very power hungry , but again I refer you to my iFlash-sata for more info :-


  359. 359 On June 21st, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    And one more “caution”…

    I’ve found comments to the effect that the .itl (iTunes library) file format used on the classic-series iPods uses a signed 16-bit integer for a song ID. This limits it to 32,767 songs no matter how big the drive is.

    So unless you want the higher capacity for either higher bit rate song files, or for video files alongside your songs, you might want to consider carefully rather you really need a 480GB, 512GB, or 1TB iPod. :)

    Note that this limit does not affect the iTunes program that runs on your Mac or PC. It only applies to the library file format on the iPod.

    Unless… maybe they’ve changed it in later iPods? I can’t go any later than a Classic 5th or 6th (for reasons not important here), but it would be interesting to know.

  360. 360 On June 21st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    No that is not right, a) apple state the 160Gb iPods as storing 40000 tracks in their specs, b) for my testing on the 500Gb and 1Tb with the 5g and 7g iPods my test sync is 36000 and 44000 tracks – and I have not seen any problems.

    One of my 7g iPods with 36000 tracks has been in shuffle mode for the last 3 weeks, and still going…..

  361. 361 On June 21st, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    Good to know! Perhaps this limit applied to earlier iPods (earlier than the 5g).

  362. 362 On June 22nd, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    I’m not surprised you’re having problems with 256GB in the 6G classic. I have a 6G classic here – it originally had the slim 80 GB HD.

    Before experimenting with CF and SD cards I thought I’d try it with one of the ZIF 240GB hard drives. (This drive has worked fine in a 5G, and also works fine in a USB to ZIF adapter.)

    It doesn’t work… at least, not as a 240GB drive. After “restoring” with iTunes it shows up as a 127.8 GiB device. The 6G just ignores the rest of the drive… exactly as would happen with a >137GB IDE drive in a PC that only supports 28-bit LBA.

    It’s strange that the earlier 5G can natively “speak” 48-bit LBA (i.e. ATA-6 or later) while the 6G apparently cannot.

  363. 363 On June 22nd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Actually it is not an LBA issue with this, 256Gb CF and SDXC cards work fine in the 6g iPods – however hard drives and SSD / mSata drives look like they are limited to 28bit LBA.

    I have never investigated why this is but clearly something in the ata identify data returned by the storage devices tells the Apple firmware to allow 48bit LBA for CF and SD, but 28bit LBA for hard drives / solid state drives.

  364. 364 On June 22nd, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    So… a 256 SD would work ok in the 6G, as long as one has a 48-bit-LBA-capable CF adapter.

    For the mSATA it would need firmware in the ZIF->mSATA adapter to make the 6G think it was a CF card.

    Thanks for the clarification. I really wish Apple didn’t work so hard to make this stuff difficult!

  365. 365 On June 22nd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Yes my current beta firmware for my SD-CF Adapters works ok in the 6g with the 256Gb SD, there are some bugs stills to solve but the LBA is not one of them….

  366. 366 On June 23rd, 2014, FamilyGuy said:

    Can someone confirms that the “Dolgix Blaze6C 600x 128GB” which is listed as “not working on 5.5g” does indeed work with the first iPod Video 5g?

    Thank you!

  367. 367 On June 23rd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    The Dolgix has been reported as working ok on the 5g, and 6g/7g Classics – however someone with a 5.5g tested it and got the restore loop.

  368. 368 On June 27th, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    Well, put me down as one “definitely interested” for a SD-CF adapter that works with the 6G! :)

  369. 369 On June 30th, 2014, Tarkan said:


    Your posts triggered me to go and investigate the 6g LBA24/48 thing.

    So the conclusion of my testing is the 6g 80Gb, uses LBA24 – now it can be tricked in to working with larger than 127Gb when the storage device is not fully LBA48 Compliant.

    But, the problem is devices which do expect a working LBA48, will also use LBA48 specific commands, which then introduces stability problems for the 5g and 7g iPods.

    I think going forward, the SD-CF Adapter will be fully LBA48 Compliant and sadly the 80Gb 6g owners will have to live with a 127Gb limit.

  370. 370 On June 30th, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:


    What’s the story, then, with a 30GB 6G? Your previous comments seemed to indicate it would be ok with an LBA48 device, as long as it “looks like” a disk and not a CF card?

    (I HATE it when companies make things unnecessarily difficult! Probably not as much as you do at the moment.)

  371. 371 On July 1st, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    Oops, no, I wrote that wrong. I should have written “as long as it looks like a CF card and not a disk”.

  372. 372 On July 1st, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    Wait. WAS there ever a 30GB 6G? Or a 6G smaller than 80GB? Looking through my little collection, I see none.

  373. 373 On July 1st, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    I guess my real question is, “is there a 6G with which the SD-CF adapter *will* work for >127GB?” (And apologies for the post flood!)

  374. 374 On July 22nd, 2014, Bob VanMeeteren said:

    I am going to use the “PNY 256GB SDXC Flash card” with my wife’s 6g iPod. I wanted to use this with the “iFlash SD-CF Adapter Bundle”. Does anyone know if this is a stable setup? Also, if anyone has recommendations for a more stable setup, please let me know. Thanks in advance.

  375. 375 On July 22nd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Bob – The 6g iPods (80gb & thick 160Gb) are limited to 128Gb, so putting in a 256Gb will be a waste – you are better with a 128Gb SDXC card.

  376. 376 On July 22nd, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    How can a 160 GB iPod be limited to 128 GB?

    I did get bitten by a 6G, but in a different way: The “6G 160GB” that I bought has a CE-ATA drive in it, not ZIF. (The drive ribbon cable is maybe 3/8 inch wide) So the Tarkan CF adapter won’t work anyway. Maybe it’s really a 7G? The model number is MB150LL.

    Some more browsing in web fora seems to indicate that the 2009 160GB classic went back to the ZIF connector (and a thin 160GB drive).

  377. 377 On July 23rd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    For the iFlash to work in the iPod (thick 160Gb) with the CE-ATA drive you just need to replace the ribbon, which is on my store page.

    Like I have said many times the LBA28 – LBA48 things is by design by Apple, it has been done on purpose to stop people upgrading, changing or refurbing the hard drive or some other corporate reason.

    Like you said the how can the 160Gb iPod be limited to 127Gb, simple the Apple firmware uses LBA48 when it sees a CE-ATA hard drive, and only LBA28 when it sees a PATA drive.

  378. 378 On July 24th, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    Thanks for the clarification. You’re right, there is no way to explain that except a deliberate lockout. Grrr!

  379. 379 On August 2nd, 2014, Pigi said:

    The best cf for a 5.5? I found a NOS disk 128 GB (35 mb/s), is good and fast enough? Thx

  380. 380 On August 2nd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I am not sure that card has been reported about – it will be fast enough if it works.

  381. 381 On August 9th, 2014, Pigi said:

    This is my experience with an iPod 5.5G U2:
    Lexar professionale (UDMA 7) 800x 64gb -> restore loop
    Lexar professinale (UDMA 6) 300x 2Gb -> Work fine
    Komputerbay 600X (UDMA 6) 128Gb -> Perfect!

  382. 382 On August 9th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Yes that is right the Lexar UDMA7 cards do not work in the 5.5g – They are ok in the 5g / 6g/ 7g but NOT the 5.5g = restore loop.

  383. 383 On August 12th, 2014, Dak said:

    Toshiba Exceria 1000x 32GB works well in my iPod Classic 7th Gen with rockbox.

    I was using rockbox before the HDD died, so I formatted the CF in emcore menu and installed rockbox directly.
    The card support UDMA 7 but I can see UDMA 6 in rockbox disk info only.

  384. 384 On September 15th, 2014, Max said:

    I received today CF NOS 128gb and this CF doesn’t work (PC doesn’t see him) ! Be careful with this CF !

  385. 385 On September 15th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Max,

    Is the card itself faulty? Did you try the CF in an CF card reader on the PC and did it not work? and the iPod works with other Cf cards ok? Finally what iPod are you using?

  386. 386 On September 28th, 2014, George said:

    I just recieved my NOS 128gb card as well it loads and does not have the boot error it loads just fine on my 5.5g ipod video. The issue is once it sits for a while or has to reload the buffer with data the card freezes. This is a new motherboard that was working fine until the last card (dolgix 133x 64gb) fried. I’m not sure if its down to the card or my motherboard having an issue but seeing that everything runs on the ipod for as long as it does and every other diagnostic passes im guessing its the card

  387. 387 On October 8th, 2014, Ben said:

    Kingston 266x 32GB ‘Ultimate’ CF card doesn’t appear to work in a 4th Gen mono click-wheel iPod. Tested card on a computer with a USB adapter and works fine. Causes a Frowny/Sad iPod Icon to appear on the iPod.

  388. 388 On October 8th, 2014, Iago said:

    Kingston Elite Pro 133x 8Gb -> restore loop on iPod Video (5G) 30GB

  389. 389 On October 8th, 2014, Iago said:

    Silicon Power 2GB CF120X -> works fine on iPod Video (5G) 30GB

  390. 390 On October 15th, 2014, Bob G said:

    I installed the iFlash SD-CF Adapter Bundle into 7.5g iPod (160Gb Thin/Black – Model MC297LL)
    16GB SanDisk Extreme SDHC Class 10 works fine.
    I also wanted to share the following….
    This page mentions “256Gb SDXC UHS-I PNY (Since 7/14) (5g/5.5g, restore loop on 6g/7g Classics)” Since 5.5g is specified as working and 7.5g is not mentioned, I thought I’d give this card a try. It didn’t work. This combination also suffers from restore loop issue.
    I also tried different partition sizes. 148Gb (to simulate the original hard drive size), 127Gb, then 64Gb. There’s no fooling it with this particular card, all attempts had restore loop.
    I’ve just purchased a 5.5 iPod through ebay. I’m looking forward to getting my dream machine working….

  391. 391 On October 15th, 2014, Tarkan said:


    Since the start of October, I have introduced a new SD-CF Adapter revision which has fixed the PNY restore loop in the 7.5g iPod Classics.

  392. 392 On October 21st, 2014, Vernon H said:

    I just bought a 512GB Lexar Professional 800x CF card from ebay. I also just bought your adapter, and I will probably go ahead and spring for the 2000mah battery + fat back while I’m inside my iPod. I will try out the card in all three of my iPods (I have a 5.5g 80GB video, 120GB 6.5g slim ‘classic’ , and a 160GB 7g slim ‘classic’. My understanding is that the card won’t work in my 120gb slim classic because of the LBA28 limit, but I can try to rock box my way out of that mess. I have read on various forums whispers of custom firmware for your adapter? In any case, I will probably wind up slipping the card in the 160GB slim, adding the huge battery, and having an iPod with functionally unlimited battery. My understanding is that the 160gb slim should have the lowest power consumption of the three (latest technology and all that) unless I am mistaken?

  393. 393 On October 21st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    It would be interesting to see if that 512Gb works in the iPods – Some of the Cf card manufacturers have messed up their LBA48 implementation which can cause problems on the 7g iPod.

    Yes the slim 160Gb 7g is the most power efficient iPods, and I can imagine with the 2000mAh battery + CF card a runtime of 150+ hours.

    You can switch the operating system to Emcore / Rockbox on the LBA28 iPods to break the 128Gb limit.

  394. 394 On November 3rd, 2014, j said:

    Kingston Ultimate 266x 64GB is 3.3v – 5v. it does not work for files on the 5.5g larger than 2116kbps. I would stay away if your into Hi res files.

  395. 395 On November 3rd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    They are quite old cards and they are very slow compared to the newer 400x and 600x speeds.

  396. 396 On November 3rd, 2014, j said:

    Well I wanted to have you update the card list so no one else would deal with my problem. Also, Ive heard that on the 5.5g you should stay with 3.3v or under. With this card saying 3.3-5v, Is being under powered causing skipping to happen on ALAC files larger than 2116kbps? Or is it just the transfer rates bogging it down?

  397. 397 On November 4th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I would think it is just is too slow in terms of access times for that bitrate, have you tried another faster CF card?

    For a device to meet CF specifications it must operate at either 3.3v or 5v with no changes to the product performance. I would think Kingston being a member of the CompactFlash Association would make sure there products meet the standard.

  398. 398 On November 4th, 2014, j said:

    I have not yet, which CF card is your favorite?

  399. 399 On November 4th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    The 5.5g does not work with some of the new UDMA7 CF cards, so your choices are limited.

    Most 400x card should be ok.

    Does the high bitrate files you have play ok on the original HDD?

  400. 400 On November 4th, 2014, j said:

    I don’t know. Unfortunately, the iPod was not functionally when I bout it. The battery was dead. the hard drive was failing and the headphone jack did not work. I got it for free. Ive been rebuilding it piece by piece. I have replaced the the battery and done the cf mod. I use the LOD so the headphone jack is not needed at the moment. I think I chose the wrong CF card. I plan to fully mod this with the rock box, 2000mah bat and the caps. Im currently running it though a C&C bh2 to mdrxb90ex earbuds on ts200’s. Its incredible sound quality as it is. The alac files are great but anything over 2116 kbps skips every few seconds. Im probably going to just going to go to sdxc.

  401. 401 On November 4th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    It would be good to confirm the iPod can actually play them files without skipping. It may not be the CF card but an limitation of the iPod.

  402. 402 On November 5th, 2014, j said:

    When I have the cf card on a multi card adaptor it runs about twice the speed as it does when its in the iPod. Ive done hard drive tests with black magic speed tester. You might be right. I hope its not the motherboard. It works really well with 320k. I might just keep everything 320 for now.

  403. 403 On November 5th, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    I posted an earlier, wrong comment on this page about a supposed 32K song limit. I have since tracked down and experimentally verified the truth of the matter:

    On the Classic 5G, and probably earlier generations, there is a 32K (32767 or 32768, not sure which) song limit, but it’s for the number of songs in a playlist. For example, if you have more than this number of songs on the iPod and you hit “Shuffle” from the main menu, that won’t work. What happens is that the 5G iPod will reset and restart.

    At first I thought this was specific to Shuffle, but it’s just the number of songs queued. e.g. if you had more than 32K songs in one genre, and you navigate to that genre and start playing… that’s an auto-generated playlist, and the iPod will reset. Regardless of whether Shuffle is set to Songs, Albums, or Off.

    I assume it is the same if you have a manually created playlist with >32K songs… I’m not up for testing that!

    The 5th gen iPod can certainly keep track of more songs in its directories. It just can’t handle more than that in one playlist.

    This should only be a minor inconvenience, unless you really need to shuffle-play such a huge number of songs.

    Sorry about the earlier (wrong) report.

  404. 404 On November 5th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Jamie. Thanks for the info. Yes you are probably right about the playlist limitations, which may be down to the use of a 16bit counter.

    I suspect both your iPods are either the 60Gb or 80Gb models, but there is maximum tracks the iPod can have in the iTunes database – from my testing and couple of other people who have tested as well we have determined them to be :-

    30Gb iPod -> approx. 20000
    60Gb+ iPods -> approx. 50000

    The maximums are approximate numbers, as there is some sort of interaction between the RAM size of the iPod and the size of the iTunes Database file. To complicate the issue – the amount of meta-data stored for each track or video has an effect on the iTunes DB file.

  405. 405 On November 5th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I just checked the playlist limits on the Classic, I hit shuffle all and it started playing a shuffle of 45000 tracks.

    So the 32767 track playlist limit seems to be confined to the iPod Videos.

  406. 406 On November 6th, 2014, Greg said:

    I just installed a Komputerbay 128gb 600x UDMA7 CompactFlash in a 5G iPod. The SD-CF adapter is too thick to use the 2000mah battery from eBay. I stripped the adapter and even cut out all the guarding but was too thick. Only way to do 2000mah is with CF or the new mSATA. The listing on Amazon says UDMA 6 but they sent UDMA 7. No troubles so far.

  407. 407 On November 6th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Greg – Thanks for the feedback. It would interesting to hear if that card works on the 5.5g’s, as the Lexar UDMA7 chipset does not.

    2000mAh I think is a little overkill for iFlash’d SD or CF iPods – but I understand some people need extreme runtimes.

    I prefer the sveltness of the slim back, which still gives me over 24+ hrs of runtime.

  408. 408 On November 7th, 2014, Greg said:

    I specifically ordered the UDMA 6 card for that reason and was worried when I first opened it and saw it labeled UDMA 7 but here it’s been about 2 days with syncing and forcing reboots and trying to put it through paces to get an error but it works great. Even have it Mac formatted and all is great.

    This 60gb iPod 5g is the only iPod I’ve ever owned so I’ve always had a thick iPod. I have a number of kids movies loaded up and use the 3.5mm AV out to play shows on bigger screen for the vacations. Instead of going through all the hassle of swapping backplates I thought it better to use the extra space for extra runtime. I wouldn’t switch to thick just for the battery but worth it if already a thick iPod. It was also strangely light with stock battery and iFlash. Now it feels about the same weight as before with double the space and tripled runtime. Thanks again for all the helpful info on this site!

  409. 409 On November 8th, 2014, Aaron said:

    Just installed the 512GB Lexar CF from Amazon in a 7g iPod and everything is stable so far although I haven’t filled it above 100GB yet.

  410. 410 On November 8th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Aaron,

    That’s great – would love to know how it performs with 300Gb+ of music, also if it works ok with very large lossless files.

  411. 411 On November 10th, 2014, Michele said:

    iPod Video 5G with Komputerbay 128GB SDXC Class 10 600X UHS-I works great! I had to format it in FAT32 first though (I just used utility disk on Mac OS X).

  412. 412 On November 23rd, 2014, Alex said:

    Hey guys, any updates on that 512gb Lexar CF?
    I’m thinking about this mod for my 7g slim pod, 256gb doesn’t sound reasonable compared to base 160gb HDD, but if I could park 512gb in there – that would worth disassembling the thing.

  413. 413 On November 24th, 2014, Aaron said:

    There seems to be a problem filling the 512GB card beyond 128GB. Each time I’ve tried the iPod shows no music and 129GB of “Other”. This is with Apple’s firmware, haven’t tried with rockbox because rockbox doesn’t support my external DAC.

  414. 414 On November 25th, 2014, Alex said:

    That’s bad news… Just ordered this adapter and was thinking to mod to 512gb. :(
    Does this mean that “Lexar Professional 400x 256gb” is the only properly working card for now, if you want to go beyond 128gb? “Transcend 800x 256Gb (Working ok in 5g, 6g/7g reports as 127Gb works ok otherwise)” is not clear if it works properly on 7g – does it only report as 127, or it can be used up to 127 and that’s it?

    Although, 256 doesn’t look impressive anyway, so I’d better wait for some working CF to pop up, and hope that it will work with current version of the adapter, so I will not need to reorder.

    Thanks for pinging back anyway!

  415. 415 On November 25th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I have tested quite a few engineering samples of 512Gb CF cards (NDA – so don’t ask me), but they all suffered similiar problems, it is related to how they handle LBA48 addressing above 127Gb.

    I did not test the Lexar, so it is very interesting that the Lexar 512Gb CF suffers from this as well – which possibly means that how the controllers deal with LBA48 on CF is not going to work in the 7g.

    The Transcend 256Gb CF I tried, worked ok in all the iPods, but the LBA48 handling seems to be broken for the 7g – which only showed 127Gb on restore, but otherwise worked ok with that limit.

    For the 256Gb I do really suggest using the PNY SDXC, and my v7 SD-CF Adapter. Currently 512+ Gb will have to be with mSata and the iFlash-Sata.

  416. 416 On November 26th, 2014, Alex said:

    So there is not a single CF >128gb that is working with the adapter? Do you know who reported “Lexar Professional 400x 256gb”? Does it really work beyond 128gb?

    I might consider PNY SD, but if any CF will work – I would prefer it to plugin adapter into another adapter. Also, are there any plans on upgrading the SD-CF adapter to support >256 GB cards? If so, I’d probably wait before ordering.

  417. 417 On November 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    The 256Gb Lexar CF was tested long time ago, but I am pretty sure that worked well to full capacity.

    I have not begun testing yet with 512Gb SDXC cards, but I do not expect any problems.

  418. 418 On November 26th, 2014, Alex said:

    Thanks for the reply!

    It seems to be impossible to find that 256gb x400 Lexar CF, only x800 is available. But that x800 is the same series as 512gb, which didn’t work for Aaron, so it doesn’t look promising. :(
    Will keep looking for other options, I guess. There are bunch of PATA SSD drives available with ZIF interface right away, not tested though.

  419. 419 On November 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    If you are looking SSD’s then just use the iFlash-Sata and a 500Gb mSata drive. You get a known working solution then.

    Most SSD’s are very problematic on the iPods, and power consumption is higher than the equivalent mSata drive.

  420. 420 On November 26th, 2014, Alex said:

    Hm… sorry, I might be missing something here. Are you suggesting non-SSD mSata drive?
    I heard that people successfully modded to 500gb and 1tb using mSata SSDs though, but power consumption is high, which is the reason I wanted to do high-speed CF instead. Although some people saying there are low consumption Samsungs available these days.

    Will keep searching and report back after successful mod (if any), thanks for your help!

  421. 421 On November 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Sorry we are getting mixed with terms – all mSata drives are SSD based. You mentioned PATA ZIF SSD Drives <- many of them do not work.

    mSata is the route to go if you want 500gb to 1Tb.

    I use the 1Tb in my everyday 7g with the iFlash-Sata, I get around 2 days of use out of it per charge.

    I am trying to get access to some 512Gb SDXC for testing, and they will be added to the compatability lists in due course.

  422. 422 On November 26th, 2014, Alex said:

    Yeah, just looked through your battery life comparison, SSDs are really not impressive.

    Keep us posted on 512gb SDXC. If that will work out – I might think about putting bunch of adapters, after all. :)

  423. 423 On December 11th, 2014, Alex said:

    Ok, so I tried Lexar Professional x800 256 GB in 7.5g (160GB slim) and it didn’t work. It works fine up to 128 GB, above that – same thing as Aaron mentioned: 129 GB of “Other”, no music.

    Seems like there is not a single CF that works beyond 128 GB with Apple’s firmware, which renders CF mod pretty much useless, as you can get stock 160GB.

    Ordered SD-CF adapter, will try it out with PNY 256 GB card, hopefully will be delivered before Christmas. I gotta make something work – already disassembled the thing, replaced battery and back cover, only storage is left. :)

  424. 424 On December 11th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    That is interesting. I had an similiar issue with the Trascend 256Gb CF as well, How many tracks was in your sync?

  425. 425 On December 11th, 2014, Alex said:

    It was around 26000 tracks.
    On the paper that I received with the adapter it lists exactly this CF as working. I guess it should be corrected. I don’t see how it can work on any other ipod, since they don’t even support LBA48 out of the box. Rockboxing is not an option for me, since I’m a heavy Genius user. To be honest, I don’t understand how people navigate through that many tracks without Genius/Genius Mixes feature.

  426. 426 On December 15th, 2014, edavv said:

    I assembled an iPod classic 7th with iflash and PNY 256GB SDXC
    I synced 42000 a playlist of songs (236Gb) at once with no problem. (firmware 2.0.4 / itunes 10.7 / win7 64bit)
    The main functions of the ipod work, but the shuffle songs mode causes a reboot.
    this malfunction occurs more when there is less than 36000 songs.

    I thought the ipod 7th could support at least 50000songs
    Have you ever seen this?
    Can we fix it? (I do not want to use Rockbox)

    Tarkan, thank you for your great work!

  427. 427 On December 15th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    The 50000 tracks limit is not an exact number, it can be much lower like you have experienced and much higher.

    It all depends on your iTunes Database size, if you have lots of meta data in your tracks and embedded album art, etc, etc this will increase the size of the iTunes DB file.

    Sadly no way around it, it is a limitation of the Apple OS firmware.

    Out of interest can you tell me the size of your iTunes DB file, can be found on the iPod under iPod_control.

  428. 428 On December 16th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I replied to your comment without actually approving your comment in the first place.

  429. 429 On December 16th, 2014, edavv said:

    Thank you for your answer!

    I deleted files, packet by packet
    My ituneBD file has a size of 68Mb now and it works.
    I try to use Copytrans Manager and yam_pob to clean my database, but it did not work. My id3tag are very complete …
    If someone has a solution to clean the file ItuneDB ipod unnecessary meta data?

  430. 430 On December 24th, 2014, NJ said:

    I am having difficulty selecting a CF card for my 5.5. I just bought your adapter but I don’t know which card to get. Looking at the list, it seems like a lot of them don’t work.

    What card do you recommend for a 5.5? Anything between 30GB to 128GB is fine with me.


  431. 431 On December 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    The 5.5g is quite hard to find a CF for now, I think the majority of newer UDMA6 / UDMA7 Compact Flash cards do not work, they work ok on the 5g, but not the 5.5g due to the fact the partition structure is very different.

    If you can find an older 300x or 400x Cf card you should be ok. Just get it from somewhere with a good returns policy is the trick!!

  432. 432 On February 8th, 2015, Jared said:

    I tried to use the Kingston Ultimate 266x 64GB off of this list in my 5th generation iPod and it only allowed me to copy files onto it once. Anything else copied over would be reported there by iTunes, but not actually be on the card when the iPod was ejected. Occasionally, the iPod would skip through every song present on the card, and sometimes lock up all together. Seems like the compatibility of this card needs to be noted that it doesn’t work with 5th gen.

    I’m really having a heck of a time finding a 64gb card that works with 5th gen. Any suggestions? Anyone actually gotten a 64gb working with a 5th gen? I really don’t want to have to return another CF card if at all avoidable.

  433. 433 On February 9th, 2015, Vincenzo said:

    I’m buying the Cf adapter for upgrade my iPod mb565 120gb 7gen.
    I’m going to buy a new compact flash from Amazon. Someone have tried one of this CF on the same gen iPod?




    Let me know! Thanks for the answer and Tarkan, thank you so much for the upgraded!

  434. 434 On February 11th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Vincenzo – you should be ok with either the iPod Classics work ok with the newer UDMA CF cards.

    I did send you an email suggesting the iFlash-bundle instead – you can pickup a 128Gb SDXC (e.g. Qumox) for Euro 35, much much cheaper than a 128Gb CF card.

  435. 435 On February 12th, 2015, Vincenzo said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    Did you send me an email? I don’t receive nothing. I’m looking on amazon for the sdxc card and yes! These are much much cheaper than the CF. I read the article about consumption and when I read this:

    “Compared to the CF in music playback the SDXC suffers a 20% decrease, and the SDHC a 10% decrease in runtime. For Video, the CF is about the same as the SDHC but the SDXC see a 5% decrease in runtime.”

    I decide to buy a CF. 20% less of power is more, but nothing compared to the hdd.
    So now last question is about the life of an sdxc. How many complete cycle they do? How long it lasts? After this all my doubt gone cleared!
    Thanks for the future answers.

  436. 436 On February 12th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Yes, check your spam or junk folder.

    You only cause wear on the SD or CF card when writing, you can read forever!! For a 128Gb SDXC card I would have thought it would survive at least 2Tb of writes. The life of a SDXC card will not be different to the life of a CF card, they both have similiar write cycles.

  437. 437 On March 8th, 2015, kamikazekaze said:

    I tried two cards with no luck.
    There was the Kingston CF/64GB-U2 CompactFlash-Karte Ultimate 266x – on the iPod 5.5, which gives an iTunes error when trying to restore the firmware on the card.
    I also tried a Transcend 32gb 133x that results in the same error.
    So what card from 64-128gb can i pick up at amazon in europe that would work?

  438. 438 On March 8th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    The 5.5g is a hard one to find a CF card for, you can try the NOS 64Gb.

    You should also check that the iPod can read/write to the Cf card ok by connecting to the computer in disk mode, this will confirm you have the iFlash installation is ok.

  439. 439 On April 3rd, 2015, Hejsan said:

    Hi Tarkan!

    Just received an iFlash adapter. The only problem is the CF Card. I would like to have 64 GB CF Card, but I’m not sure, which one works better in my iPod Video 30 GB 5th Gen. Is this card compatible with my iPod 5g?


    Thanks in advance!

  440. 440 On April 6th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Hejsan – The Lexar will work ok in the 5g and 6g/7g iPods – make sure your iPod is not a 5.5g which do not work with Lexar UDMA7 CF cards.

  441. 441 On April 16th, 2015, Jonathon Allen said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    As an alternative to the mSATA drives to improve battery life, do you think the new SanDisk Extreme PRO 512GB SDXC would work OK in a 6g or 7G?

  442. 442 On April 16th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Two people are using the 512Gb Sandisk so far, with no problems – was waiting on more confirmations before add it to the compatability list – it is a very expensive card so not many people will be thinking about it yet!!

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