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6th July 2008

Apple iPod Classic add an iFlash ??


Apple iPod Classic (6g) Ready for Compact Flash CardsFor the last few months I and a few iFlash users have been playing around with Apple’s new incarnation of the iPod – the 6g Classic, with its fancy new operating system and slimmer profile – we wanted to see if the iFlash would work and if Apple still left the back door open for the Compact Flash conversion of their headline media player.

If you are reading this looking at your recently deceased iPod Classic which you dropped and broke the hard drive on, well I have some good news the iFlash works and works very well.

Apple iPod Classic (6g) 32Gb InstalledIt’s not all good news. Physically the fit is perfect – the iFlash mk2 with its slimmer design is just the right thickness to go in to the slimmer design of the Classic (80gb model). Not worth mentioning the 160Gb model here as that has plenty of room any way….

The iPod works so much better with solid state storage, the cover flow album art feature is smoother with no waiting for the hard drive to spin up – plus the benefit of having another 30-40% of battery life added to the already excellent run times is just great.

Bad news obviously is that CF cards have not climbed in capacity as hoped for. If you exclude the vaporware announced by Pretec and Microdia – 32Gb is still the maximum you can buy in the shops.

Apple iPod Classic (6g) 32Gb Info ScreenThankfully the pricing is getting very attractive with the 32Gb A-Data approaching $100 (£50), and the other makes following suite.

Various testing has demonstrated so far that if the CF card works with the iFlash in a iPod Video (5g) then it will probably work in the iPod Classic (6g).

Apple iPod Classic (6g) 32Gb Album ArtI’d like to thank Rob Hardwick and Greg Upton for putting their Classic’s forward for testing!!!

Apple iPod Classic (6g) 8Gb LexarApple iPod Classic (6g) 8Gb Lexar iTunes

(All photographs courtesy of Rob Hardwick©, used with permission)

 

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  1. 1 On July 15th, 2008, rossaf said:

    How did you deal with the metal clips in the Classic’s case? I bought one for my girlfriend and had the back case powdercoated and laser-engraved, but had to mangle the case in the process. I even called iFixit and they said they hadn’t figured it out yet but would post the instructions when they had. I ended up just forming the case back to how it was, putting it in a belkin clear case, and epoxying it shut…

  2. 2 On July 20th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Sadly or should that be gladly I have not had the pleasure of trying to open one of these yet!!

    I did however open up a 3rd Gen Nano for someone and I had virtualy destroy the rear cover to get it open. At least I got it working for them – except the ugly rear cover!!

  3. 3 On August 2nd, 2008, Greg Upton said:

    In regards to removing the backing…I ended up snapping off one of the internal brackets in my efforts to remove the original 80 GB back of the Classic. It still worked fine, and couldn’t be seen from the outside.

    I did however, discover that a 30GB back from the iPod Video was nearly the exact same size as the classic backing (when compared side by side.) The clips appear slightly deeper set into the backing. I suspect this because the clips appear to not anchor as deeply into the frame, and it is removed far more easily. It is still a chore, but I have removed it twice without damaging the backing.

  4. 4 On August 11th, 2008, Rob said:

    My technique was from ifixit. I bent the case outwards which subsequently released the clips. I foolishly used small flat screwdrivers which resulted in damaging the aluminum front (as you can see on the photo top right). But it works ok, just make sure the clips are back into position before refitting. I agree, the back does look identical to the 5g ipod video one.

  5. 5 On December 5th, 2008, Douglas Coleman said:

    Is there any chance you might come up with a dual slot iFlash so we can use two 32GB CF cards on our 60 GB videos?
    Doug

  6. 6 On December 7th, 2008, Tarkan said:

    Very unlikely, the Apple firmware is not master/slave drive aware. Also just in-terms of size cannot see how you could fit two CF cards and the relevant circuitry within the iPod case…..

  7. 7 On January 6th, 2009, Macon said:

    any word yet on those high capacity CF cards? :\

  8. 8 On January 16th, 2009, Stephen said:

    Hi. I installed the iflash and transcend on my 5th 30g. When I plug it into my computer (I tried 2 different computers), the ipod takes a very, very long time to get recognized. It just seems to hang with the circle/slash. if I unplug the ipod, itunes will suddenly ask me to do a restore of the ipod. Have you seen these symptoms before?

    Thanks.

  9. 9 On March 4th, 2009, GOB said:

    Opening this thing is definitely a nightmare. I got it done without mangling it though. I found that a metal sparkplug gapping tool works really well.

    http://www.amazon.com/Lisle-Spark-Gapper-Feeler-Gauge/dp/B0002JML3S

    It’s the only way to get enough pressure on the case. I had to use some sturdy gloves too. The thinnest blades on the feeler gauge will bend into the crack of the case. It will give you enough leverage to pry it. There was some scratching damage from the tool at the starting point but the rest came out fairly well, using some guitar picks as helpers. I got throught the clips with the sparkplug tool. Then I just took them all out. I broke the tab off the face on the top side. Then I took out the entire piece on the bottom of the back. Its still really tight with out the clips. I haven’t tried to open it again but I hope it will be a little easier.

  10. 10 On March 20th, 2009, bernardo posada said:

    if you need fotos and instruccions on how to open go to ifix, then do as if you were to buy a hard drive and at the rigth side it will came the instructions. Follow as exactly, i opened mine without notice and break the jack, i have resolded the tracks, but it take me 3 hours with a normal solding gun. so try to follow the instructions exactly. and ……..

  11. 11 On April 28th, 2009, Pike said:

    Does the iFlash really work in an iPod Classic 160 GB? The hard drive in this model (Samsung Spinpoint HS161JQ) uses the CE-ATA interface. Different connector, different signaling. Or did I miss something obvious?

  12. 12 On May 4th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Yes it should do – the iPod 120Gb uses the same connection – you will of course have to buy a standard iPod ribbon so it fits in to the iFlash

  13. 13 On May 7th, 2009, Racson said:

    i would like to know any list of tested cf card which match with ipod classic…

    coz i have already bought two 32GB cf card and test…both not work with classic…i dont want to waste money anymore..>.<

    any cf card is sure can work great with ipod classic and iflash~

  14. 14 On May 12th, 2009, Robbie said:

    I have tested a Kingston Elite Pro 133x 32Gb that I purchased off eBay and can confirm that it works in my 80gb iPod Classic!

  15. 15 On May 31st, 2009, lockwood said:

    Would it work with a 32GB SDHC card in a SD-to-CF adapter, instead of a CF card?

  16. 16 On June 18th, 2009, Kev said:

    Hi,

    My Cf Adapter came today and did not take any time at tall to get it fitted and running. To my surprise iTunes restored the iPod even though the 8gb Cf card would not work in a 4th Gen 20gb GreyScale. Have not got sound so think headphone cable is not connected properly [me rushing the job!] Great Work

    Kev

  17. 17 On July 24th, 2009, andy said:

    HI Tarkan – you mention above getting the correct ‘ribbon’ for a 160Gb Classic – I have your adaptor and the (Samsung Spinpoint HS161JQ) uses the CE-ATA interface and doesn’t fit ?

    where can i get a connector ribbon to get your adaptor to work in a 160Gb Classic ?

  18. 18 On July 28th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Normally pick them up from ebay. They cost around £3-£4, make sure you get the original apple version which has white screen printing on it.

  19. 19 On August 3rd, 2009, Sean said:

    Yes Tarkan,

    Thank you for your site and time,

    I just want to reiterate from an earlier post,

    Yes it should do – the iPod 120Gb uses the same connection – you will of course have to buy a standard iPod ribbon so it fits in to the iFlash

    With this in mind I have the 160 GB 6th Generation IPOD that was a paint to open as well I would like to purchase your CF adapter and I will also need the standard IPOD Ribbon Does anyone Know or have a direct link to this one piece I need to have my lovely Ipod work with your adapter. Any information on this would be great and well appreciated.

    Regards,

    Sean Miller
    Las Vegas, NV

  20. 20 On August 3rd, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Sean,

    You can pick up the original 5g ribbons from ebay. I have sent you an email with the details of a trusted reseller who also stocks the original Apple 5g ribbons.

  21. 21 On August 25th, 2009, Sean said:

    I am currently tryin a 1 gig CF card inside my IPOD. All I get is the apple symbol when I power up and I am not getting that annoying ticking sound that the broken drive used to make. I was wondering should I format my CF card to FAT32 before I plug it into my Ipod? Or is the card unrecognizable or too small in my case? It is just an old school regular SANDISK Cheapie 1 Giger. Thank you.

  22. 22 On August 25th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    1Gb is enough to run on the 5g, I would think your problem is that the ribbon cable is has not been inserted fully in to the iFlash zif connector.

    If that is ok – then to check that you can access the CF card via the iPod, before connecting to the computer place the iPod into disk mode (select + play, when the black apple logo appears on the screen).

  23. 23 On August 27th, 2009, Sean said:

    Tarkan, I have a real issue here. Issue one being I don’t have a iFlash device I am using a cheapo bought on ebay.I am debating if it the adapter that I purchased to try this experiment. Have many people had this same problem with other cheap Taiwan type pieces? I also have the 6g Ipod that is the 160 gig originally. Can leave some links to show you how I am connecting the devices and waht card I am using. The card is simply not being recognized here. So they way others are making it sound its just a plug and play thing.

    Things I have tried; Changing the ribbon to a different one,re-seating the ribbon on the board and the cf adapter. I still get the RED X on the beginning when I start up the ipod. I will be willing to purchase your Adapter at any rate if this is the issue. I need to find out the problem asap. Also, Do I need to format the card at any point before shoving into an adapter? Thank you so much for your time. One last question. I am from the US what two options do I need to choose to get this shipped as soon as possible?

    http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q85/lassean1/DSCN3504-1.jpg

    http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q85/lassean1/DSCN3581.jpg

    http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q85/lassean1/DSCN3576.jpg

  24. 24 On August 27th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Oh ok that might be your problem – them cheapo adaptors have not been designed for iPod use, they are poorly made and on top of that the ZIF connector is designed for a different thickness ribbon.

    I would suggest purchasing the iFlash and giving that a try – I do have a refund policy if it does not work for you.

  25. 25 On August 27th, 2009, Sean said:

    I see that you take paypal only and have a 7 day return policy. I would love it if you could tell me what to add to my cart besides the adapter as far as shipping. I will order today when I get back home. Please give me an idea. I would love to have tracking info and your estimated time on shipping to the states. I am on vacation and have this card here on me so I would love to try this experiment as soon as possible. Thank you! I really do appreciate your time concerning this matter.

    SEAN

  26. 26 On August 29th, 2009, Pike said:

    I still can’t understand how the iFlash could possibly work in an iPod Classic 160 GB. The interface of this particular iPod model is CE-ATA which uses a flex cable with 18 lines. The iFlash takes an ATA flex cable with 40 lines, right? If this should work, you’d need some kind of 40/18 adaptor cable, which I very much doubt exist since the two interfaces are serial and parallell, respectively, therefore being electrically incompatible. Some clarification would be great. And thanks Tarkan, for all your time and effort putting the iFlash on the market!

  27. 27 On August 29th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Hi,

    Yes you are right the interface is totally different, CE-ATA is based on a psuedo serial / parallel interface.

    The reason why it works is because the iPod motherboard and firmware is the same across the whole Classic range – and currently only the Samsung 160Gb drive is available with CE-ATA interface, while all the other drives Apple use are the Toshiba IDE types.

    The firmware is able to detect which type of drive is being used by the type of ribbon used – hence why if you replace the CE-ATA ribbon with the original IDE ribbon (from a 5g / 5.5g) the iFlash works.

    Hope that helps.

  28. 28 On September 1st, 2009, Pike said:

    Wow, that was a surprising and extremely valuable piece of information! Now it all makes sense. And I suppose the right ribbon cable (for the 160 GB Classic, in this case) would be this exact one? http://www.ifixit.com/iPod-Parts/iPod-Video-or-Classic-80-120-GB-Hard-Drive-Cable/IF195-008

  29. 29 On December 25th, 2009, Mark said:

    I’m just wondering how Rod did managed to put Lexar Premium Series 80x,

    I have the same configuration: ipod 6th + Lexar Premium Series 80x + Zif to CF v9

    and Does NOT working at all,

    I have tried different CF card – Kingston Elite Pro 16GB 133x

    and Does NOT working at all,

    I have checed on my old ipod 5.5G and all of them working perfect,

    but I think ipod 6th have some software issue (Apple protected business by blocking ipods 6th from mod software/hardware)

    and only apple stuff hardware/software can work now with ipod 6th,

    is anybody at the moment can do something with ipod 6th?

  30. 30 On December 28th, 2009, Tarkan said:

    Hi Mark,

    The iFlash and them cards do work in the 6g, but I have had a couple of 6g’s which did not work with the above cards – I think they are either different motherboard revisions or a faulty motherboard.

    Sounds like you may have a bad 6g board.

  31. 31 On December 29th, 2009, Mark said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I have bought same card as on your website to make it work,

    but does NOT work,

    anyway I think must be some apple software protection which we dont understand now,

    I have formated CF card via: PC – fat32, Apple HFS+ Journaled

    using diffrent version of iTunes and platform…

    in my Apple I have got input/output error 1434 – some US forum said that is password protected issue..

    also in Disk Mode – 6th is visible but not possible to format and capacity information is 0(zero) GB

    I’ve done full zero level format… and does not work

    but all works perfect on classic 5th!! no any errors, loops, both on PC and Apple

    when I put my half-faulty HS081HA back to 6th 80gb ipod….it works!! it means board and ribbon is good

    Now, I’ll order SSD to know if any new SSD drive will work…or give 1434 error (apple protection)

    forums said that 6th’s harddrive has got custom made
    firmware to allow work with 6th

    Thanks

    Mark

  32. 32 On January 8th, 2010, Mark said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I just do more testing with Ipod classic 6th,

    as I said before iFlash works perfect with my iPod 5th with any CF which I have got,

    I have tested A-Data ACF16GZ-R 16GB and that one has failed as well with iPod classic 6th

    my iPod classic 6th – MB147 version (Rob puts 8gb lexar but his version is MB147LL and works!)

    what is difference between MB147 and MB147LL from CF compatibility point of view?

    MB147 recognised CF card (cant see red cross, asking for restore) but from disk mode shows 0GB and when try to format form DOS gives IOCTL error, form apple gives: input/output error 1434,

    but HS081HA 80gb work perfect! when I put it back

    Do you have any experience with Classic MB147 80GB,

    is it possible to make work MB147 with CF, which CF card do you recommend by your experience?

    Thank you

    Mark

  33. 33 On January 14th, 2010, Galen said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Impressed with the work you’ve done and are continuing to do, any more news on compatibility with 6G ipod classics? I have a broken one where it seems probable the hard drive has failed.

    Regards,

    Galen

  34. 34 On January 27th, 2010, Tarkan said:

    Hi,

    The iFlash works fine in the 6g – many people are using them in there 80gb and 160gb Classics.

  35. 35 On February 28th, 2010, Galen said:

    Thanks Tarkan,

    One other query, will the Kingston 32GB 133x CompactFlash card work with the iFlash?

    Thanks in advance,

    G

  36. 36 On May 5th, 2010, richard said:

    thinking of higher capacity….MicroSDhc to CF adaptor
    has anyone ever seen one of these for sale ?
    http://dvice.com/archives/2009/06/compactflash-ad.php
    if so would that work do you think to increase capacity to the 60gb area.

    cheers

  37. 37 On May 23rd, 2010, B.J said:

    interesting…..

    i am also wondering if it works…

    (microSD to CF adaptor)

    regards

  38. 38 On January 15th, 2011, Sean said:

    Hello,

    I have the newest iPod Classic (160GB, late 2009). Will your adapter work with it? Thanks.

  39. 39 On August 31st, 2011, paul evans said:

    Great news all good now , Adapter didn’t like a 4 gig lexar IIcard ,now have a new 400x 8gb card in and all restored. Sometimes you just have to walk away for a bit .

    Anyways thanks great card and thanks for the clue to try different cards

  40. 40 On October 27th, 2011, Brendan said:

    Anyone try this with a Wintec Filemate Professional 32gb? I’m getting the restore loop nonsense and I can;t get it to work regardless of what I do. I would really appreciate any kind of help at all

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  42. 42 On January 20th, 2012, Replace your iPod’s HDD with flash memory « rob90.com said:

    [...] After a bit of research i found that this guy makes adapters that fit exactly into the space where the hard drive was. S0 i purchased one and set about the surgery. I opened the case using a variety of flat objects including a guitar pick and small screwdrivers, I scratched mine pretty bad but with care the replacement can be done without leaving a mark.  At the time, the adapter hadnt been tested on an iPod classic 6th generation and so I was sent a 32GB card for experimenting with and in return i gave him pictures for his site. [...]

  43. 43 On January 25th, 2012, Jon Baldvins said:

    After a bit of learning, I was able to remove my iPod Video 60 GB HD and replace with your adapter and a flash card:

    >>Transcend 32 GB 133x CompactFlash Memory Card TS32GCF133.

    It synched just fine.

    Many Thanks!

  44. 44 On February 21st, 2012, Sascha Waser said:

    i tested the ‘Delock Adapter SD – CF II’ (SD to CF adaptor)

    It’s not working with the 5th gen 30GB iPod.

    I’ve tested different SD cards between 4 GB and 64 GB from Transcend and Kingston.
    Nothing seems to work. iTunes detects an iPod in recovery mode and tries to restore it.
    After Restore process it cannot connect to the iPod. Apples Disk Utility shows that the iPod
    is having a disk of 2,2 TB size.

    regards

  45. 45 On March 4th, 2012, Sascha Waser said:

    Now I’m using a Transcend PREMIUM 400x CF with 64GB. It’s working like a charm. I’m very happy with it.

    regards

  46. 46 On June 14th, 2012, Paul LaPlaca said:

    I have 160gb classic (between 1 – 2 yrs old so I assume 6g or 7g?) with approx 5000 songs on it and I’m loading all files in Apple Lossless. I am going to run out of storage capacity shortly as my library continues to grow. Being in the CE industry and an audio enthusiast I use this classic as my “music server” for both business and personal entertainment purposes. I am considering making an investment towards a 256gb CF card – can you tell me if your adpater will work and can you (or someone) report having done any testing with any of these higher capacity cards that are available? Also, I am not an engineer by any stretch therefore, as I’ve read in a few places in this thread can you tell me what ribbon cable needs to be retro-fitted in my particular unit (perhaps provide a link where/how to purchase this cable as well?). Thanks in advance and look forward to your reply.

  47. 47 On June 14th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Hi Paul,

    No one has reported on the 256Gb cards yet, a few people have reported on the 128Gb cards which work ok.

    I do supply the hdd ribbon for an extra £2, but not all classic ipods need them, if you have the means I would suggest opening your iPod up before ordering the iFlash to check if it requires a replacement ribbon.

  48. 48 On July 15th, 2012, Robert said:

    I tried to convert a Black 30GB 5th gen iPod a few years ago with the Tarkan iFlash Compact Flash Adaptor mk2, but the patient didn’t survive. If someone wants it, plus a Contour hard clip-on case and a Griffin iTalk, they can have them for free. Just tell me where to mail them.

  49. 49 On October 1st, 2012, Peter Connell said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    I have a 6th Gen 160GB Classic which I have just bought your adaptor for. I note that I will need a ribbon cable as well which you said to Paul two post ago that you could supply for an extra £2. I can however it when I can order this on your website. Could you please confirm how I can get this as it would be much nicer if you can ship it all in one package!

  50. 50 On October 20th, 2012, John Con said:

    On July 15th, 2012, Robert said:

    I tried to convert a Black 30GB 5th gen iPod a few years ago with the Tarkan iFlash Compact Flash Adaptor mk2, but the patient didn’t survive. If someone wants it, plus a Contour hard clip-on case and a Griffin iTalk, they can have them for free. Just tell me where to mail them.

    If these are still available I will gladly take them off your hands.

  51. 51 On November 9th, 2012, Benjamin Finley VI said:

    Hello everyone. I have an iPod Classic 120GB (I believe it is the thin model, and the 6th Generation, Model Number A1238) and my hard drive failed. I was thinking about buying one of the cheaper adapters on eBay or buying the one from this website but I would like to know if anyone has had any positive experience with the cheaper ones on eBay as well as what memory card they used because I am clueless as to how to make my iPod work again. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

  52. 52 On November 10th, 2012, Tarkan said:

    My advice will be biased, but many of the iflash buyers have bought these cheap adapters on ebay which sadly do not work and are not designed for the iPod.

    For cards have a look at my compatiblity list article.

  53. 53 On January 3rd, 2013, J said:

    Bought the iflash. Installed a Kingston Ultimate 233 16gb (listed as working) but it doesn’t work :( The ipod just gets stuck in ‘restore’ mode. Any ideas?

  54. 54 On January 3rd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Put the iPod in to diskmode and check you can read/write/format it. This will confirm if the iFlash is installed correctly.

    If it does work, then it is possible the card you have has different internals then the ones reported about.

  55. 55 On August 14th, 2013, sarawudh said:

    It’s on ipod 3rd gen 40gb ?

  56. 56 On August 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi, no the iFlash is designed for the iPod Video/Classic from 5g and up…

  57. 57 On November 27th, 2013, Charles said:

    Wondering if there is any chance of upgrading an 80GB iPod Classic to CF of greater than 56 GB? I see CF cards with greater capacity but am a n00b and don’t know if there is a voltage issue or something?

  58. 58 On November 27th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Of course you can. There are several cheap 128Gb CF cards you can use or if budget is no issue even 256Gb CF cards.

    Also if you get the SD-CF Bundle I sell, you can use SDXC cards which also go up to 256Gb in capacity.

  59. 59 On January 6th, 2014, Dan said:

    It’s probably worth letting others know that I tried to upgrade a Gen7 and a Gen5.5 with a Lexar 600X 256GB SD over the last three weeks. Both Ipods take the card and format appropriately, however, there are lots of issues loading the files to the card. Errors are reported which eventually lead to a request for a restore. Very frustrating. Both take the 64GB Sandisc SD Class10 without a problem, though.

  60. 60 On January 6th, 2014, Dan said:

    Geez. I just started to comb thru the section on SD cards. dUh. Lots of reading to do…what a great site.

  61. 61 On January 6th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    HI Dan,

    Yes the 256GB 600x Lexar has some issues, it should work ok – you need to play around with the formatting of the card, especially with the 7g iPod. If you go through some of the newer comments on SDXC article, you will see some pointers.

  62. 62 On February 25th, 2014, Chris C said:

    Unsuccessfully used your adapter with a Komputerbay 128Gb UDMA7 800X (yes, I know it’s not on your list of working CF cards), in an iPod 80Gb 5.5g. iPod recognizes capacity but gives “unable to read or write to disk” errors (even though it has written several songs to the disk, and they are playable). I’ve emailed Komputerbay for advice, and welcome any advice from any other source. Thanks for any help.

  63. 63 On February 25th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Chris,

    So the iPod has been restored by iTunes ok, it boots up ok but you are unable to transfer music to it?

    Couple of things to check – first make sure the card is ok, you may have a faulty card (sadly Komputerbay QC is not the highest) – in a CF card reader do a quick format to FAT32, then see you can read/write 60Gb of data with no errors.

    Second, re-install in to the iPod – then using diskmode see you can read/write/format the iPod like a external hard drive.

  64. 64 On February 28th, 2014, Chris C said:

    Yes, restored without a hitch, boots fine, but then gives the “…Read/write..” error when I try to sync the ipod. Komputerbay offered to refund me on the card, but I haven’t given up yet. I’ll try your suggestions when I get a chance, and let you know the results.

  65. 65 On March 8th, 2014, Chris C said:

    I tried several re-formats (using EaseUS & Swisknife), including letting windows format to exFat, and then going back to FAT32 with EaseUS, but I still got the “iTunes is unable to sync because the disk can not be read from or written to” error. I then did a restore using iTunes and then used your suggestion to go into disk mode to see if I could read/write to the disk. As soon as I went into disk mode, iTunes began to autosync with the iPod, and successfully transferred 90+ Gb of music to the iPod. The iPod seems to function properly as far as playing the music. It also is recognized by “My Link” when connected in my 2013 Chevy, and seems to be working fine with the “My Link” interface. I still get the read/write error message if I connect the iPod and try to sync while not in disk mode. I’m guessing that I’ll just have to use disk mode for putting music onto, or taking it off the iPod.

  66. 66 On March 8th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I am glad you worked it out – but that is the very odd, not something I have experienced myself or been told about.

    It is possible you have driver issues on your computer – in disk mode the iPod connects as a storage device, where as if you connect after the iPod as booted in to the Apple firmware, you are connected as a portable device (media device).

    Something to try, let the iPod boot up in to normal mode and connect to the PC, then on the iPod page of iTunes – select manually manage music & video, and enable disk use.

    The iPod should now appear as a drive, see if you can read/write to it.

  67. 67 On March 9th, 2014, Chris C said:

    I totally agree, very odd behavior that defies logic, but that’s what happened. I’ll give your suggestion a try and see what happens.

  68. 68 On March 26th, 2014, Chris C said:

    Finally got to investigate further. Booted iPod normally, connected to PC(WinXP SP3), iTunes opens, attempts to auto sync, I get “unable to read or write file” error. Already set to enable disc mode, I tried to change to “manually manage music…” but I get the “unable to Read/Write file” error, and the setting stays at auto sync. Ejected iPod and went to disc mode and I can read/write to disc. Added several more folders of music to iTunes library, restarted iPod, reconnected, and auto sync tried but failed of course. While the iPod was still connected, I entered disc mode, and iTunes quickly goes into auto sync. All the newly added music got sync’d to the iPod. Ejected iPod, and it functions normally, including all the newly added music. I can’t say I understand how, but the end result is a working iPod 5.5G with a Komputerbay 128Gb UDMA7 800X flash drive. And the Tarkan iFlash comes through again. Thanks much for your help.

  69. 69 On March 28th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I salute you for getting it working Chris!!!

    I was loaned a Lexar 128Gb CF UDMA7, and I learnt that the 5g and 5.5g need seperate compatiblity lists!!! the Lexar would not work on the 5.5g, it performed great on the 5g, 6g, 7g I tested it on – but the 5.5g NO constant restore loop!!! Maybe I did not try hard enough like you.

    Really need people to start telling me the iPod model number when reporting cards – as I suspect many of the cards reported as issues on the 5g/5.5g, maybe that it works on the 5g and not the 5.5g!!!!

  70. 70 On April 5th, 2014, Darrin said:

    I installed the iflash in a iPod video with a bad hard drive. Got the cf to Sd adapter and worked like a champ first time. The way to go. Storage is much cheaper. Running a 32gb class 4 card micro for now. Loading take awhile but play back is fine. This is a great product and will be changing many more iPods over soon with the I flash

  71. 71 On May 15th, 2014, Liam said:

    hi there, I just bought a standard hard drive ribbon cable for my fat 160gig classic to put an old 30gig drive in until i can afford to flash it. Upon installation however, the ribbon seems to long to push the hard drive flat into the frame. Any ideas? Ive curled it around as much as I can and its a genuine apple ribbon I beleive

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