iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards


For some time many people have wanted to use my iFlash iPod CF adapter with the new generation of large format SD memory cards. SDHC and SDXC are the new generation of SD cards which are cheaper and have capacities of upto 256Gb and growing.

SDXC 7g and 256Gb PNY

SDXC Installation

For many years you could buy SD-CF adapters but they would not work in the iPOD. Most of these convertors required a high working power supply current that the iPod was unable to provide, while others just did not provide the correct True IDE functions.

The Good News

Recently a user let me know he had succeeded in getting a 64Gb SDXC card working in my iFlash with an SD to CF adapter.
So after some investigation and spending a small fortune on various SD – CF adaptors I noted that there is a new generation of pcb design used in these adapters which seems to work well with the iFlash and the iPOD. Even better it works in all the iPod generations supported by my iFlash – 5g, 5.5g, 6g, 6.5g, and 7g.


7g 256Gb About Screen

7g and 256Gb PNY

Installation is simple, the iFlash is first installed – then install the SD card in to your SD-CF Adapter – finally insert the whole thing in to the iFlash, ready to restore the iPod.

SDHC and SDXC which cards to get

So far all the SDHC and SDXC cards I tested worked ok, so it is looking likely that majority of the SD cards out there will work ok.

In terms of card speed, one user has reported issues playing FLACS with a Class 4 card. I would suggest you want a minimum of a Class 6 card with Class 10 the prefered option.

So far… working and tested in 5g / 6g / 7g iPods

iPod 5g with 256Gb PNY

iPod 5g with 256Gb PNY

The current compatibility list has been moved to the iFlash-Bundle product page.



785 thoughts on “iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

  1. JaRa76

    @Tarkan. I have a 7G with 256GB PNY Elite, but itunes is reading just 128GB on a PC. I checked on my Mac and it says 256 available. I am trying to install Rockbox on in using my PC but I am wondering why is showing just 128GB?

  2. Tarkan Post author

    @beanish – It really is not necessary, I have not seen any bad ExFat partition tables in over a year on factory fresh cards.

  3. beanish

    @Tarken – Thank you for the prompt reply! Was thinking of formatting the SDXC card because we run windows, and read your post regarding preparing cards for, and formatting to ExFAT using the AOMEI utility. I have borrowed an SDXC compliant card reader. So I can format the card If you consider this best practices. Thanks again!

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