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26th December 2012

iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

By Tarkan | Permanent Link
Updated Tue, 7th April 2015


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 (Updated: 7th April 2015)

iPod 5g with 256Gb PNY

iPod 5g with 256Gb PNY

8Gb SDHC Class 10 Centon
16Gb SDHC Class 10 CnMemory
16Gb micro SD Class 4 Sandisk (possible too slow for FLAC playback)
64Gb SDXC Class 10 7DayShop
64Gb SDXC Class 10 Busbi (one of the cheapest card available)
64Gb SDXC Class 10 Centon
64Gb SDXC Class 10 Lexar
64Gb SDXC Class 10 Platinum
64Gb SDXC Class 10/UHS-I Qumox
64Gb microSDXC UHS-I Sandisk Ultra
64Gb SDXC Class 10 Sandisk
64Gb SDXC UHS-I/Class 10 600x Transcend
128Gb SDXC Class10 Kingston (Random Skipping problems on some cards)
128Gb SDXC Class10/UHS-I 400x Lexar
128Gb SDXC Class10 Patriot Memory LX Series
128Gb SDXC UHS-I PNY Elite Performance
128Gb SDXC UHS-I Qumox
128Gb SDXC UHS-I 80Mb/s Ramozz
128Gb SDXC Class10 Sandisk
128Gb SDXC Class10 Transcend (Issues on 5g/5.5g – Working great on 6g/6.5g/7g)
128Gb SDXC UHS-I Transcend Ultimate
256Gb SDXC UHS-I Kingston SDA10/256GB
256Gb SDXC UHS-I 400x Lexar (Ok – Not recommended)
256Gb SDXC UHS-I 600x Lexar (Ok – Not recommended)
256Gb SDXC UHS-I PNY (Since Oct 14)

Lexar 256Gb can sometimes cause song skips on very large size (20MB+) lossless files. The PNY 256Gb is the preferred card at this capacity, not only because of its price but it performs really well in all iPods.

Which SD-CF Adapter

You can purchase the required SD adapter on my store page, as well as a discounted iFlash SD Adapter bundle.

UPDATE 30th July 2013 – v5 SD-CF Adapter

The above adapter has been replaced by a new and improved 5th Generation product, which is now SD 3.01 spec which means it officially supports UHS-I cards as well all Class 10, 6, 4 and 2 types. As well as being fully iSDIO and SDIO Compliant.

Manufacturer states this newer adapter has slightly faster transfer speeds and better stability to deal with lower quality SD cards.

UPDATE 30th July 2014 – v6 SD-CF Adapter

The SD-CF Adapter is now fully LBA48 Compliant hence will work with the newest 256Gb SDXC cards in the 5g/5.5g iPods.

The hardware has been upgraded to improve access times and reduce wait cycles.

UPDATE 6th October 2014 – v7 SD-CF Adapter

Resolved restore loop on iPod Classics, improved compatability with soon to be released 256Gb UHS cards.



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  1. 1 On December 31st, 2012, Tim said:

    So the general idea here is that by using the CF adapter and an adequate CF -> SDXC/SDHC/SD adapter, the iPod can be made to run off of SD cards now? Does this still leave room in, say, a 5th generation iPod to fit capacitors from an iMod inside the case?

  2. 2 On December 31st, 2012, Tarkan said:

    Yes, it does not change the space available inside the iPod – so the iMod can still be done as before.

  3. 3 On January 1st, 2013, Jordan H. said:

    Hey there, I love your website and the projects you have listed! Truely awesome, man. I have a few questions, maybe we could skype or somethin if you had a few minutes time? But really, just wondering whether what you have here is SDHC to CF I or to CF II. Id think it makes a big difference since it is going into a small enclosure such as an ipod. Do you recommend me trying this over using a zif socket adapter thing with some expensive or cheap but small capacity CF? Will a extreme CF or SD for that matter with whatever is the correct adapter (im seeing many different PCB and don’t really want to start taking THOSE apart cause I’m somewhat poor these days :) ) draw more battery life than a spinnin hard drive? Blah blah, these and other similar questions. Any help is greatly appreciated, if you have a chat or IRC or skype or something and would want to trade some ideas, that be great too. THANKS!!!

  4. 4 On January 3rd, 2013, Tom said:

    Does anyone know if this CF adapter will work? The pic doesn’t show the PCB very clearly.


  5. 5 On January 3rd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Someone reported buying this one :-
    Which looks the same as pictured on the Amazon site. However the problem with these suppliers and why I have not posted any links is that sometimes the product you get is not exactly as pictured, so it can be hit and miss.

  6. 6 On January 4th, 2013, Tom said:

    I actually looked at that same card at the Newegg link last night. So that Newegg and Amazon card works (assuming it’s the one pictured)?

  7. 7 On January 4th, 2013, Tom said:

    nevermind. i just saw the rating on Newegg. that person said the CF in the Newegg (and Amazon) link worked with a Centon 64GB class 10 SDXC and an iPod Video 30GB

  8. 8 On January 8th, 2013, Tom said:

    the 64GB SDXC card is only rated at 10MB/s read/write. is that fast enough for FLAC files?

  9. 9 On January 8th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Yes that is plenty fast for Flac’s. A 16bit 44Khz stereo wave file is about 1.5Mbps and a flac is a non-loss compressed version of that, so will always be

    I think the Class 4 type cards would be slow for Flac as the outright transfer speed on them is about 1 to 2MB/s, which is very close to the maximum bitrates of Flac files. I measured about 8MB/s transfer speed on the Class 10 cards which is ok and I suspect Class 6 cards will be ok as well.

  10. 10 On January 8th, 2013, Tom said:

    thanks, that’s good to know.

    looks like the Busbi brand is only sold in the UK. i found this 64GB class 10 SDXC card from Komputerbay on amazon’s US site for $38.99 USD shipped (a bit cheaper than the Busbi, at least for us Americans). not sure if anyone’s tried it, but the brand makes CF cards that work with the iflash.

  11. 11 On January 8th, 2013, Tom said:

    oops, forgot the link:


  12. 12 On January 8th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    I think with the SD to CF thing, I predict that all SDHC and SDXC cards will work, as the SD-CF Adapter is actually doing the communication with the iPod, so the brand or type of SD card makes no difference.

  13. 13 On January 12th, 2013, Chris said:

    Hi, out of curiosity would you happen to know if any CF adapters would work with the recently released Lexar 256GB SDXC cards as well as your CF iPod adapter?

    Thanks for your time

  14. 14 On January 12th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Maybe, it is a bit expensive to buy at the moment. I do hope to get a 128Gb in soon to test out.

  15. 15 On January 13th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Ok people I have updated the article again.

    Looks like any SD-CF Adapter offering compatability with Eye-Fi cards will work with the iFlash and iPods.

  16. 16 On January 13th, 2013, John S. said:

    I would also like to know if anyone has successfully gotten a 128GB SD card to work with an SD-CF adapter and the iFlash. I’m looking at $140 for a 128GB off-brand CF card (“Komputerbay”? Hmmmm…), or about the same price for a Sandisk/Lexar high-end SD card including the SD-CF adapter.

    Is there a performance bottleneck due to using the SD-CF adapter, or can the adapter push data as fast as the SD card can handle?

  17. 17 On January 14th, 2013, Paul L. said:

    “Ok people I have updated the article again. Looks like any SD-CF Adapter offering compatability with Eye-Fi cards will work with the iFlash and iPods.”

    Tarkan, unfortunately this is not true. I have an Mk II version of the iFlash and have now tried two (thinking the first one might be bad) of the new “4th gen” SD/XC to CF adapters along with numerous different capacity SDHC/XC cards (32gb+)with no success. I need at minimum a 128gb (preferably 256gb) so I turned in this direction after seeing the SD card update info on your site and after endlessly trying to find a 256GB CF (apparently,they do not exist).

    BTW, iFlash is awesome. All CF cards I’ve used work perfectly (currently using a 128GB 800x Lexar but dissapointingly have had to streamline my content to fit).

    Keep up the good work and help us find a 256gb solution !!

  18. 18 On January 14th, 2013, Tom said:

    @Paul i also bought the exact “4th Gen” SD-CF adapter pictured on this page and could not get any of my SD cards to work with it (8GB & 32GB microSDHC Class 4 SanDisk & 64GB SDXC Class 10 Team). but once i inserted a 16GB 600X CF card, i was able to restore the ipod w/o any problems.

  19. 19 On January 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Paul, Tom – were did you purchase the SD-CF Adapter.

    I have ordered a total of 3 from various sources, I only ordered ones which specified Eye-Fi compatability – regardless of the product photo I got a 4th Gen Extreme SD-CF in a blister pack.

    They all work fine in 5g and 6g iPods I have here, and many people have reported the same to me as well. I think need to look in to this to try and work out what is going on.

  20. 20 On January 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    @John S – I do not have any of the high performance SD cards yet to tryout – but I know from my photography interest these SD-CF adapters tend to limit performance of the underlying SD card slightly. I am getting a 128Gb in the next week or so for testing and will update this article then.

  21. 21 On January 14th, 2013, Tom said:

    @Tarkan, I bought mine off ebay. here’s the link to an exact one the same seller is selling:


  22. 22 On January 14th, 2013, Paul L. said:

    @ Tarkan, bought mine off eBay as well albeit from a different seller (same card though).

  23. 23 On January 16th, 2013, Phil Shen said:

    Hey Guys, we are the original manufacturer of that CF adapter. On the market you will find a CF adpter call “4th Generation” and another called “3rd Generation”, both marked with SDXC logo; actually they are exactly the same product with different retail package. If you have any question or any issue about that CF Adapter, please visit the Facebook fan club at http://www.facebook.com/SDCF4I5 ; or just google the keyword “SDCF4I5″, thank you.

  24. 24 On January 16th, 2013, Tom said:

    i found a Facebook fan page for these “Extreme SD-CF Adapters.” apparently, there’s really no “4th Gen” adapters. a distributor simply decided to change the packaging of some 3rd Gen adapters to make them “4th Gen.” anyway, i posted about about my experience with the adapter linked them to this blog. they asked me for a picture of the adapter with the PCB showing. the 4-digit number printed near the opening is the lot number. i got a reply saying that it may be because the working adapters are from a later lot (possibly 3rd or 4th) and that my non-working adapter is from the 1st or 2nd lot. i’m not sure which lot number correspond to which order, but I sent them a reply asking about it.

    they also offered to send me another adapter to test. i’ll update when i receive the new adapter. i also bought a 5G iPod. i’m going to test my adapter with the 5G to see if maybe it works in that. i’ll update later this week.


  25. 25 On January 21st, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Quick update.
    A succesful report on a 7g iPod Classic with a 256Gb 400x UHS-I SDXC card. For the person who really needs their music with them…… :)

  26. 26 On January 26th, 2013, Corona said:

    hi there, thank you for this howto. I upgraded my iPod-mini with an 64GB SD-Card and a CF-Adapter. And it works perfectly.

    I used this adapter: http://www.delock.de/produkte/F_277_Adapter_61796/merkmale.html?setLanguage=en
    and a cheap SD-Card from QUMOX.

  27. 27 On January 29th, 2013, Eldan said:

    I had my iPod/CF/SDXC conversion working with a different adapter (“PA-CF18Z”, available on Amazon.com) but the assembly was too thick and the case wouldn’t close completely. So I ordered your adapter, which looks far superior. However, I can’t get the iPod to restore. I was surprised that I’d even have to restore, since it was already formatted and working.

    I reformatted the 64 GB Transcend SDXC card directly connected to the PC using fat32format.exe, and reinserted it into the “3rd Generation” CF Adapter. iTunes detects the iPod and seems to restore it, but when it reconnects it’s still in restore mode. Any advice?

  28. 28 On January 29th, 2013, Eldan said:

    I figured it out. I had to reformat the card with the -c1 flag in fat32format.exe. It’s working again!

  29. 29 On January 29th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Them cheaper adapters are not designed for the iPod hence why you had to re-do the restore – the iFlash is designed to force UDMA connection and them adapters due to their design only setup DMA or PIO mode.

    The cheapo’s also put so much strain on the ribbon connection, they don’t last very long.

    Glad everything is working ok for you.

  30. 30 On February 4th, 2013, Matt said:

    I’m giving this one from Amazon a try. I will report back.


  31. 31 On February 4th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Matt, That will not work – that is the older versions.

    I am getting stock of the sd-cf adapters in stock today – my price will be slightly cheaper than all the suppliers on Amazon, Ebay, etc, etc. So wait till I have them posted on my store page.

  32. 32 On February 4th, 2013, Matt said:

    Thanks for the heads up. I’ve put in a cancellation attempt with Amazon. Oddly enough, they sell that one in a combo deal with an Eye-Fi card and it is listed as Eye-Fi compatible. Hope to see yours soon. Tough to beat 15 bucks with no shipping charge.

  33. 33 On February 4th, 2013, Matt said:

    I suppose another problem is that I’m in the US not the UK. Would be difficult to match Amazon on that. Wish I could find a model that I felt secure in buying.

  34. 34 On February 4th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Actually the correct 4th Gen cards cheapest is $19 on Amazon.

  35. 35 On February 4th, 2013, Matt said:

    A note about the one Adorama sells through Amazon: If you notice they have two pictures on that listing. Apparently they sell two different devices under the same SKU number. I called them and talked to their purchasing guy. Right now, they are selling the one pictured with the green check on this thread. I will report in when I get it.


  36. 36 On February 5th, 2013, Tom said:

    i received the SD-CF adapter the manufacturer promised to send today. i’m happy to say that it works with both my 5th and 6th Gen iPods. i was able to restore in iTunes with a 64GB SDXC Class 10/UHS-I Team flash card.

    curiously, the new adapter has the same “1229” printed on the PCB that the one i bought does. still don’t know why the one i bought didn’t work. oh well … i’m just glad i have a functional iPod again.

  37. 37 On February 5th, 2013, Phil Shen said:

    Hi Matt, the adapter with green label is the first generation CF adapter, much more earlier than the latest product. That’s the same one with PHOTOFAST CR-7100, like this ****LINK Removed Possible Phishing Site** ; I’m not sure it can use SDXC or not.

  38. 38 On February 7th, 2013, Vitaly said:

    Hi, how have changed battery life with SD-CF Adapter.

  39. 39 On February 8th, 2013, Tom said:

    anyone able to install rockbox on their 6.5th Gen iPod w/ the iFlash? i got as far as being able to load the UBI file onto the iPod, but couldn’t move past that stage – kept getting errors (rockbox wouldn’t load).

    used the instructions here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/532426/ipod-classic-rockbox-its-happening

  40. 40 On February 8th, 2013, Tom said:

    just wanted to add that i’m getting the error below:


    i read the post in 2008 about rockbox and iflash. i’m using a class 10/UHS-I card so speed shouldn’t be the issue.

    i get this error after loading the UBI file (r867 from here: http://builds.freemyipod.org/). when i try to boot rockbox to install the “rockbox-ipodclassic.zip” file i get this error.

  41. 41 On February 8th, 2013, Stefan said:

    Hi – I am looking forward for you posting the sd-cf adapters on your store page.
    The harddrive of my Ipod Classic 80 GB crashed a few weeks before :(

    Greedings from Germany


  42. 42 On February 8th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    @Stefan – They are in stock and tested – will update my store page in the next day or so.

    @Tom – Only error report on Rockbox I got was due to the rockbox.ipod file missing on a SDXC card, but do not know anymore as I never got any follow ups on it.

  43. 43 On February 8th, 2013, Tom said:

    @Tarkan the error you’re getting is normal. the one i’m getting isn’t. guess i’ll go ask for help in that forum. thanks

    my ordeal continues … :)

  44. 44 On February 8th, 2013, Tom said:

    for those in the US that need an SDXC card. tiger direct currently has a sale on a Kingston SDX10V/64GB SDXC Card – Class 10 for $38 + SH


  45. 45 On February 9th, 2013, Rico said:

    Since the CF adapter is eye-fi compatible, i’m curious if someone already tried an eyefi card in their ipod?

  46. 46 On February 11th, 2013, Pete said:

    Hi! I purchased the adapter mentioned in post #5 and it works well with a Micro Center brand 32GB sdhc card. Any word of issues with the Kingston 128GB sdxc? Tiger Direct has it for $85 it’s under $100 at many other outlets. The Kingston card would be a cheap high capacity solution! Thanks again for your work!

  47. 47 On February 11th, 2013, Pete said:

    I should add that I have a 6th gen Ipod Classic.

  48. 48 On February 11th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    I would expect it to work ok, 256Gb works ok and all the 64Gb cards.

  49. 49 On February 11th, 2013, Matt said:

    The Lexar Professional 400X SDXC 128GB works with the adapter shown in an old 5.5 gen ipod with a 64mb logic board. Looks like the part number for the SD card is LSD128CTBNA400 Rev A.

  50. 50 On February 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    My Store page has been updated now, so the SD-CF Adapter and iFlash bundle can be ordered from me directly.

  51. 51 On February 15th, 2013, Mike said:

    Thank you for offering a package deal. Order has been placed

  52. 52 On February 20th, 2013, Stu said:

    Hi, just a quick thanks – after having two 7G 160GB hard disks fail in the last 6 months, i purchased one of your adapters a couple of weeks ago and now i can happily report that it’s working great combined with one of those CFSD adapters and a 128GB kingston SD card which i got off amazon for 73 quid.

    I was a bit concerned as whilst opening the case i accidentally snapped the little square chip off the headphone jack board, but it still works?!

    Anyway, many thanks. Hoping to add rockbox next!

  53. 53 On February 21st, 2013, Stu said:

    re: Rockbox – i am getting the same error as Tom mentioned on Feb 8th – “ATA: Error 80000000 while reading BBT (sector 0, count 1)
    This error appears when trying to run rockbox and also flashes up during installation of emcore (r866), although that subsequently boots ok.
    Looks like i’m stuck with stock firmware for the moment

  54. 54 On February 25th, 2013, Bob said:

    Wanted to mention that the Patriot Memory LX Series 128GB SDXC Class 10 Memory Card works.
    Using the 4th gen pictured SD to CF adapter. Installed in iPod 5.5 Gen Video with Rockbox.

  55. 55 On February 25th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    I have added it to the list, thanks for the feedback.

  56. 56 On February 26th, 2013, Mehmet said:


    I can confirm that, it works with Samsung 8GB Class 2 MicroSDHC (with SDHC adapter) and plays FLAC or ALAC without any issue. Transfer rates of the card; 9.5 MB/s reading and 4.5 MB/s writing.

    So, that’s just for an experiment about MicroSD compatibilty. Now I’ll go for an UHS-1 grade high speed MicroSD.

    And Tarkan;

    Very good man, very good seller. Thanks for all.


  57. 57 On February 28th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Mehmet,

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

  58. 58 On March 14th, 2013, Albert said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Just wanna confirm that 64 GB SanDisk Ultra® microSDXC™ UHS-I work with your IFlash on Ipod Video 5.5 with Rockbox :)

  59. 59 On March 15th, 2013, Michael said:

    Hi Tarkan, finally received the sd-cf converter from you and thank you for the nice gift :).

    I’ve tried using Sandisk Micro SD 2gb, 8gb class 2. Sandisk Micro SD 32gb class 4. Toshiba Sd 512MB on my Ipod 5g, ipod mini(stock firmware and Iriver H320 rockboxed with no issues.

    Will try Sandisk 64gb and 128gb micro SD class 10 tonight.

    thanks again

  60. 60 On March 15th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the feedback, glad it is working well for everyone.

  61. 61 On March 18th, 2013, Michael said:

    I just tried 64gb and 128gb Sandisk class 10 sd card. Working perfectly fine

  62. 62 On March 19th, 2013, Bob said:

    confirming Kingston 128GB SDXC Class 10 working (rockbox and original firmware)

  63. 63 On March 19th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Thanks guys, the list is growing nicely. :)

  64. 64 On March 22nd, 2013, MKUltra said:

    Install everything into a 30GB Ipod 5.5 slim without changing the back panel. I had to take the adapter apart and shave it down to 5-6mm thickness. Works great with Lexar 128 GB class 10 Card.
    It is funny that Rockbox is much slower then Itunes when I copy files on it. It seem Itunes is actually faster with the SD card in comparison to the original HDD when copying files.

  65. 65 On March 22nd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for the feedback, glad it is working ok.
    I am surprised you had to shave it to fit. My personal daily iPod is a thin back 5g and the fit is perfect.

  66. 66 On March 23rd, 2013, MKUltra said:

    Yes it would not fit. The original hard drive inside was 5 mm thick and the cf adapter is 7 mm by itself (combined almost 8 mm). A regular CF card would have worked. I probably could have forced it shut but this way it has all the foam inside without bending anything.

    I still try to figure out why rockbox is so slow in coping files. Itunes is very fast.

    Check out what I did to my Ipod touch 5G http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaNC9FmJt2k

  67. 67 On March 26th, 2013, Zeke said:

    Yesterday, I installed an iFlash/SD-to-CF kit with a Samsung 64GB microSD Class 10/UHS-1 card (in a Samsung microSD-to-SD adapter). I was able to restore my 5th Gen iPod in iTunes without issue. MP3 audio playback has been flawless.

    Thanks, Tarkan.

  68. 68 On April 20th, 2013, Peter Mitchell said:

    Hi Tarkan

    I got me adapter yesterday. Had some trouble with the dismantle: the housing where that ribbon cable connects (the last one you take out to allow the two halves to separate fully, top left of your adaptor when looking down on it) fell out and I can’t see how it goes back in. In the meantime, I have fitted a Transcend SDXC 64GB card from Amazon. The ipod seems to be in a loop at the moment, cycling between the apple logo and a flashing band across the screen.

    iPod video 80gb

    A. How does that little housing go back in?
    B. Is the loop ominous in terms of comparability?

    I hope I can solve this, because I have another to do with my other iPod next


  69. 69 On April 20th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Peter,

    Sorry to hear of your troubles. First the SD card you have should work, the Transcend have been reported by serveral people as working ok.

    The other part I am a little confused, so have emailed you directly.

  70. 70 On April 21st, 2013, MKUltra said:

    Ok … I have finally figured out what the problem with Rockbox was (Ipod 5.5 video with adapter and 128 GB SD).
    For some reason Rockbox doesn’t like USB 3.0 that’s all. Whereas the apple os doesn’t care. It is actually lightening fast if plugged into a USB 3.0.

    So if you install and use Rockbox make sure you use USB 2.0 and install the boot-loader last…and it works like a charm!

  71. 71 On April 22nd, 2013, Avi said:

    Hi, got the adapter and it works fine with Sandisk ultra 64gb class 10 sdxc. But I have no luck with Rockbox, it crashes every time while playing. Installed it twice but without any luck….

  72. 72 On April 23rd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Strange Rockbox is working well on SD cards, maybe it is card specific – I do not have that particular card hopefully someone else can help.

  73. 73 On April 26th, 2013, angelomartinez77 said:

    cf to sd ……………… you can get cf to sd cards at fyrs electronics the store or online and other online websites that sell cf to sd they all work just fine i got a random one from amazon , i spend 14 dollars on a cf to sd card that i got from amazon $9.00 + shipping and handling i think it was 4 dollars or so. igot the 4th generation extreme cf adapter sd to type 2 cf … i have an ipod mini 2nd gen with cf to sd adapter with a sone 16 gb flash card and it works just fine rockbox the same thing works great havent had a problem with it and i just did this yesterday …. 16 gb ipod mini cf to sd new battery installed works great …..

  74. 74 On April 28th, 2013, Andy said:

    Transcend 128GB Ultimate SDXC Class10 (TS128GSDXC10E) worked without issue in my 5.5G iPod Video

  75. 75 On April 28th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Thanks for feedback, added to the list

  76. 76 On May 2nd, 2013, Fraser said:


    I bought the Iflash adapter some time ago to fix click of death on my Ipod. I was happy enough with it, but I didn’t want to pay the exorbitant price for high capacity CF cards at the time, so I was using it with an 8GB CF. I did try with an older type CF/SD with no success.

    Delighted to report Tarkan’s silver adapter works a treat, I am now up and running with 64Gb using a cheap(ish) Komputerbay card. My Ipod5G is now fully operational again.

    Many Thanks.

  77. 77 On May 4th, 2013, Michael said:

    Is the sd adapter thicker than a normal cf card?

  78. 78 On May 4th, 2013, Michael said:

    The reason I ask is because I have the cheapo cf to zif adapter from amazon and am worried that it may not fit with the silver sd adapter I bought from here. Please let me know if I need to buy the iflash adapter so that my time without an ipod is minimized. Thanx

  79. 79 On May 4th, 2013, Michael said:

    Nevermind, I’m just gonna go ahead and purchase the iflash. Anyone looking for a cheap fast 64gb sdxc here is a Patriot Memory EP Series that reads/writes at 50mb/s & 35mb/s for $43. That is about the price of the no name ones but you get a trusted brand! Here is the link:


  80. 80 On May 5th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Michael,

    I am not sure if my SD-CF adapter will work in other adapters, I know that using them adapters with my SD-CF adapter will be too thick to fit in a slim iPod.

    iFlash and SD-CF adapter will fit perfectly in a slim iPod.

  81. 81 On May 5th, 2013, Michael said:

    Thanks for your response, I’ve already purchased both from and looking forward to receiving them. Do you know what the maximum read speed the sd-cf adapter can do? Thanks again, I have really learned a lot from your site and looking forward to benefiting from your products. If I were sell modded ipods on ebay do I have permission use your name and reference your site (assuming that I can successfully complete the audiophile mod)?

  82. 82 On May 6th, 2013, Mike from New York said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    I received the bundle in a very speedy 6 days transit time to NY, very fast indeed. I am using the iFlash and the CF-SD card adapter in two separate builds. The CF-SD card adapter is for an iPod mini Gen.2 and I did that build yesterday, all went very smoothly and I can report no issues using a Lexar Professional 400x 128gb UDMA7 SD card. I have another stock iPod mini on hand for sound comparison and it’s safe to say the moving parts HDD harms SQ, the Flash based unit is clearly quieter and more revealing of low level detail, it’s not difficult to hear or something you must listen hard for. I’ll commence the iPod Video Gen 5.5 modification project using the iFlash and a Lexar 128gb CF card in the next day or two. Thanks again!

  83. 83 On May 6th, 2013, Mike from New York said:

    One clarification on the card I used for the iPod mini above, it’s a Class 10 UHS-1 Lexar Professional 400x SDXC, the same as is already mentioned on your compatibility list. In looking again at the packaging the UDMA7 designation apparently only applies to the same version/series Lexar CF card, which I also have and will use in an iPod Video Gen 5.5 upgrade in the coming days. But I wanted to be clear on the direct compatibility of your silver CF/SD adapter and the above particular memory card as it relates to the iPod mini 2G model. This is also notable and interesting because most of the CF/SD adapters I’ve seen only claim compatibility with cards up to 64GB capacity. Those may be lazy and non-updated product descriptions, but I wasn’t going to risk that disappointment/hassle when your silver CF/SD unit has no such limitation. I did have to double stick tape a piece of thin insulating plastic film (LCD screen protector material) to the bottom side of the silver adapter to be sure it’s metallic body wouldn’t short against the mini’s logic board.

  84. 84 On May 7th, 2013, Michael said:

    Sorry guys, that deal on the 64gb patriot sdxc card is not in stock. Tarken can you please remove that post so others don’t make the mistake of ordering from them? And do you know the max read speed that the sd adapter will permit? thx

  85. 85 On May 7th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Maximum speed is very close to whatever the underlying SD card can do, however the iPod ATA stack tops out at about 20 to 30Mb/s (one day I will try and measure it accurately)

  86. 86 On May 8th, 2013, Juan Antonio Leon Machado said:

    I have the iFlash with CF adaptor and a Kingston 64Gb UH-1 Sdxc card.

    I have not problem installing Rockbox.

    When using the USB connection with the Rockbox firmware, this cause a corruption of the partition table of the card.

    If you want copy music (flac, for example) for listening with RockBox you have to use the USB connection with the original iPod firmware.

    I don’t know if only occurs with my card or is a common problem.


  87. 87 On May 11th, 2013, jim said:

    hi tarkan!
    wanted to ask you beforehand if the sd cards have to be re-formatted and if so, which format? thanks

  88. 88 On May 11th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Generally no, the iTunes restore will deal with formatting and partitioning.

  89. 89 On May 13th, 2013, cmarti said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I noticed that most of the online sellers for the SD to CF card adapter are changing the packaging picture and the new card has a blue label.

    See this as an example: http://www.ebay.com/itm/SD-SDHC-SDXC-to-CF-Type-II-Adapter-Card-Reader-Supports-SDHC-SXHC-SD-Eye-Fi-/150965927872?pt=US_Memory_Card_Readers_Adapters&hash=item2326453fc0

    Did the cards you sell also changed or they are still the pink ones?

  90. 90 On May 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    There are some fake adapters around and also different distributors order the adapters with different labelling and branding – hence there is no difference between blue, pink labels or 3rd gen or 4th gen, etc.

    My adapters come directly from the manufacturer and I get them with no branding or markings – they have the latest firmware and board revisions.

  91. 91 On May 16th, 2013, Oswell said:

    HI, Just wondering if you can hot swap the SD cards (with iPod off)? Was thinking of fabricating a slot in the case with a cover to swap cards out should the mood take me? Just a thought.

  92. 92 On May 16th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Yes you can do that, but you have to restart the iPod – i.e. OK and Menu button press.

    Only thing you have to be careful about is the SD slot is very close the Headphone ribbon, you may have just enough space if you cut the slot accurately.

  93. 93 On May 28th, 2013, Lao said:

    can confirm that in an ipod mini the Kingston 128gb on the list and ‘Master’ Brand 128gb SDXC off the bay works. However with the adapter battery life using rockbox has pretty much been halved.

    Probably wont matter in the larger ipods with a bigger battery, and maybe i haven’t configured rockbox to the CF adapter correctly. Will see if i can tweak some settings, but i’m probably going back to a CF card.. can’t live with only 8 hours of battery life lol. Doesn’t seem to affect the battery life in my SLR though so it might be just be draining more due to the continuous reading of files.. not too sure.

  94. 94 On May 28th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Rockbox on the iPod Mini may have power saving issues, it sounds like the HDD interface is not being powered down.

    SD-CF adapter draws more power than CF alone – which does not really have much impact on the iPod Video and Classics, as the SD-CF is powered down between disk access.

  95. 95 On May 31st, 2013, Mike from New York said:

    I’ve have the Centon Class 10 SDXC 128GB card working in the iPod Video Gen. 5.5, however one oddity is the formatted capacity ended up being 116.5GB, which is short of where an iPod mini had formatted the Lexar Professional Class 10 SDXC 128GB card. The Lexar card in the mini ends up at 119.7GB actual formatted capacity. This is using a Mac so the iPod formats HFS+, does anyone else get 116.5GB formatted capacity on a Gen. 5.5 Video when using a 128GB SDXC?

  96. 96 On June 2nd, 2013, Cedric said:

    Hi I bought the Iflash + ca adapter combo and an Adata SDXC 128 GB (SDHC written on the card but SDXC in fact) and when I plug the ipod for restore the memory doesnt seem to be detected. Itunes say 0 mb and window pop a message saying format SD card. The defaut format of the card is Exfat 128 gb but when I try to restore the Ipod it become Fat32 15gb

  97. 97 On June 2nd, 2013, Mike from New York said:

    I think I see the issue with the above Centon SDXC 128GB Class 10 card, it only shows a bit over 125GB total capacity in Disk Utility, even after a reformat. The card functions normally in the Gen. 5.5, however at least the sample I have is not actually a 128GB card. Still a good value at $74.99, but perhaps this is why they are so inexpensive.

  98. 98 On June 2nd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    @Cedric – I have sent you a seperate email, but I think you need to check the card is ok – use an external card reader or even a camera check you can actually write and read back at least 50Gb – it could be a 16Gb card that has been mislabeled.

    @Mike – I will let you know later this week, I have a few 128Gb SDXC cards coming, there is some differences between cards but 3Gb is quite large.

  99. 99 On June 12th, 2013, Fynn said:

    I have a Kingston 128gb class 10 SDXC, it works perfectly in my mac mini sd card reader, it plays in the ipod fine, when I connect it to the computer with through the ipod/iflash it reads fine (using diff to confirm). However, if I write to the card through the ipod, it is very slow and all the songs have errors. Have tried with 3 5th gen ipods all the same problems. Works foine in both my mac mini sd card reader and a generic sd card reader connected to my laptop. I know any answer will be speculation, but where would the weakest link be? The card, the iflash, or the sd>cf converter? Or could it be a problem with formatting (please be this!)

  100. 100 On June 12th, 2013, Fynn said:

    I didn’t even think to use a different card. I have tried a 2gb sdcard and it seems to work fine, so it must be that my card is incompatible unfortunately

  101. 101 On June 12th, 2013, Fynn said:

    Sorry to clog up the comments, but it looks like I spoke too soon, still failing to write

  102. 102 On June 12th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Fynn,

    Some people have had issues with the Kingston 128Gb card on 5g/5.5g iPods – which can be fixed by doing a partition wipe.

    I will send you the instructions directly via email. So give that a try and report back.

  103. 103 On June 13th, 2013, Ryan said:

    Received the adapter in 14 days..


    Komputerbay 128GB SDXC Secure Digital Extended Capacity Speed Class 10 600X UHS-I Ultra High Speed Flash Memory Card 60MB/s Write 90MB/s Read 128 GB – OEM

    SDXC Card works flawlessly in my Ipod Video 30gb 5th gen (with SD to CF Adapter)


  104. 104 On June 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for the feedback, sorry for the delays – sadly sometimes the odd shipment takes longer than the usual 7 days.

    It is interesting you meantion the Komputerbay 128Gb, I bought that card and had to return it – as it was terrible.

    I think it is something to be wary of with Komputerbay cards as they do not make there own card and purchase oem from various manufacturers – this means there are many variations in the actual card you get.

  105. 105 On June 18th, 2013, Alex said:

    Bought a Kingston 128gb SDXC from ebay and the ipod came up fine, syncing took a little longer due to the slow write speeds of the card. But then I started having issues, the second time I went to sync, iTunes came back with several errors including “you do not have the privilege to make changes”. iPod still works fine but I have to restore and re-sync every time I get a new album/song.

    Also rockbox won’t work, it uploads fine but when I unplug and boot the ipod, it comes up with a black screen with small white writing and some form of error saying it won’t work (can’t remember the exact words”

    Can I try the partition wipe of this card?

    Other than that I’m really pleased with how easy the change over was! Love your work.

  106. 106 On June 18th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    I think the Kingston 128Gb SDXC cards have a bad partition table from the factory. It only seems to effect the 5g/5.5g iPods.

    I will write up a post about it, in the mean time I have emailed you the instrutions to try.

  107. 107 On June 21st, 2013, Mike V said:

    Hi, I have an ipod 7th gen (last 3 characters of serial number: 2c7) with the latest firmware and I have a problem with getting things to work properly.
    I bought a Lexar Professional 400x 128GB SDXC UHS-I SD card and inserted it directly from the packacge into the CF-SD adapter, carefully installed that in my ipod, and plugged it into itunes.
    Windows asked me to format it, but I closed the box and went to itunes and did a restore. I threw some music onto it, ejected it and everything worked awesomely.
    Unfortunately when I plugged it back into my computer, windows asked me to format it (which I closed again) and itunes said the ipod needed to be restored.
    I ejected it via a “safely remove hardware” option in windows, and my music was still on there and seemed to work fine.
    When I plugged it back in, same format dialog box and restore message in itunes. So I clicked on restore, and it gave me an error message saying it couldn’t be restored.

    I unplugged the ipod and put it in disk mode, and itunes detected it correctly and I was able to access my music on it and add more music. I did a restore and it worked, so I figured everything was fine and loaded 60 gb of music onto it. I ejected it again, but when I plugged it back in I kept getting that format message and itune’s restore message. But in disk mode everything worked fine, so I decided I could live with having to put my ipod in disk mode every time I wanted to plug it in to my computer.

    Then I started noticing that after a while, the ipod would start skipping songs, or sometimes would just hang on a song and not start playing. Album art wouldn’t load up, and sometimes the ipod would just stop playing any songs. Even restarting it wouldn’t work, I’d have to restart it in disk mode then restart it in normal mode for it to detect the songs correctly.

    Did I do something wrong? Or is my memory card corrupt? (I sure hope not because that memory card cost me a lot of money and I can’t quite return it), Is there anything I can do, like take the card out and do some special type of format? The original reason I bought the ipod was because my hard drive was doing the same thing with skipping songs or just resetting.

  108. 108 On June 21st, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Mike,

    I have sent you some instructions on how to repartition the card and another test you can do as well.

  109. 109 On June 23rd, 2013, DJ Lifted Andreas said:

    The SanDisk Micro SDCX cards are very cheap at the moment.

    This is the one I have and will be using it with an adapter in my iFlash from next week.


  110. 110 On June 27th, 2013, DJ Lifted Andreas said:

    An update here, CF to SD adapter works great with my SanDisk Ultra Micro SDXC 64gb card.

    However Rockbox wont load, pretty sure this issue is iPod Classic 6th Gen related. I’ve tried everything, and still get a ATA 80000000 error when trying to boot Rockbox from emCore.

    Sad times. :((((

  111. 111 On June 30th, 2013, Rob said:

    Hi there Tarkan!
    I purchased your bundle a while back and it is a lovely bit of kit.

    I have found myself without an ipod video however, so was wondering if the adapter would work with the ipod clickwheel (3rd gen I think) I have lying around?

    Superficially the connectors to the hard drive and CF to Iflash converter look identical.
    Thanks for your time.

  112. 112 On July 6th, 2013, Mike said:


    i’ve just installed the iflash mkii with sd adapter. with my kingston 16gb class 10 micro sd card the original firmware is working fine, but when i try to install rockbox the installation utility crashes while installing the bootloader and the ipod freezes with the ‘Do not disconnect’ sign.
    can anyone please help me to get rockbox working?


  113. 113 On July 8th, 2013, Mike said:


    it’s me again.
    got rockbox working now, but i don’t exactly know how i dit it. it was a combination of automatic and manual installation.
    but now i have a strange problem. my flac files do not play to the end. sometimes they are skipping anywhere in the middle. is this related to the micro sdhc card? by the way, it’s a transcend extreme speed class 10 16gb and not a kingston.

  114. 114 On July 8th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Mike,

    If you connect to iPod in diskmode and do some file transfers – reading and writing, see what kind of speeds you are getting. That should give tell you if it speed related.

  115. 115 On July 9th, 2013, Mike said:

    i just checked the speeds. should be the problem. what do you think?
    very poor speeds for a class 10 extreme speed card.

    CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo
    Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
    * MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

    Sequential Read : 4.577 MB/s
    Sequential Write : 2.563 MB/s
    Random Read 512KB : 4.487 MB/s
    Random Write 512KB : 1.140 MB/s
    Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.890 MB/s [ 217.3 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.014 MB/s [ 3.5 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 1.042 MB/s [ 254.3 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.013 MB/s [ 3.3 IOPS]

    Test : 1000 MB [J: 1.9% (0.3/14.8 GB)] (x5)
    Date : 2013/07/09 11:14:13
    OS : Windows 8 Enterprise Edition [6.2 Build 9200] (x64)

  116. 116 On July 9th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    The speeds should be ok for flac, but as you said the speed is also very slow for a class 10 card.

    Worth trying a different card. The 64gb Sandisk micro SD card is quite cheap at the moment.

  117. 117 On July 9th, 2013, Mike said:

    ok, so what else could be the problem?
    i’d like to buy the lexar 600x 256gb sdxc, but only if rockbox will work flawless, especially with my flac files.

  118. 118 On July 10th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Mike,

    Do you have any other CF or SD cards you can test – anything from 2Gb up should be ok – really need to isolate if it is the card or not.

    Also which iPod do you have, I know many people are having issues with the 6g and up iPods running Rockbox on solid state drives.

  119. 119 On July 10th, 2013, Mike said:

    i already did a test with a kingston class 4 8gb and everything is fine so far. i think that’s a clear GO for the lexar SD!
    i have a 5.5g diymod ipod and i really begin to love it.
    thank you for your help so far!

  120. 120 On July 11th, 2013, Stefan said:

    Thanks for the fast delivery. My IPods (5.5) HDD crashed and I replaced it with your Bundle. I used a Sandisk Extreme 45MB/s SDXC 64GB UHS-I and all works fine. iTunes recognized the new Disk and now I have a much lighter iPod.

  121. 121 On July 19th, 2013, callum said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    Just a suggestion, please feel free to ignore. I was looking at the store page and it seemed like linking to both “Recommended CF cards are listed here… (updated regularly)” and For “SD – SDHC – SDXC cards information is here…” was a little bit of a double post. Unless im misunderstanding something, it seemed like one had a long list while the other had a small list (among other info) with each list having some cards on it that the other didnt. Wouldnt it be better to link to “For SD – SDHC – SDXC cards information is here…” only from the store page. Then consolidate/move the list from “For SD – SDHC – SDXC cards information is here…” to “Recommended CF cards are listed here… (updated regularly)”. Then link from “For SD – SDHC – SDXC cards information is here…” to “Recommended CF cards are listed here… (updated regularly)”

    Little rant over :P I shall be buying one of these later weekend hopefully once the pays in.

  122. 122 On July 23rd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Callum, I am a little confused by your suggestion – however, the whole compatiblity lists for both CF and SD really needs to be put in to post of its own which can be linked to from the store page and other relevant posts.

    When I have sometime, I will get round to it.

  123. 123 On July 24th, 2013, Tayab said:

    Hi will a sandisk 64gb sdxc class 10 micro sd with sd adaptor work with this many thanks

  124. 124 On July 24th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Yes, quite a few people are using this card.

  125. 125 On July 25th, 2013, Tayab said:

    Hi just got everything but my ipod classic 7th gen is not recognised by itunes or windows. It comes up connect to itunes and then says ok to disconnect. I need help im testing this on a 1gb micro sd card

  126. 126 On July 25th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Place the iPod in to diskmode before connecting to the computer, then see that you can format/read/write to the iPod like an external drive – this will test that your iFlash/SD card installation is ok.

    Also I think 1Gb maybe to small for 7g iPods, as the restore process normally creates a 3.74Gb boot partition – maybe that is why iTunes is not restoring correctly.

  127. 127 On July 25th, 2013, Tayab said:

    i cant get it into disk mode. it gives me a red x :). But if i leave it just promotes me to restore. I have checked in diagnostics mode and it does recognize the ssd. I’m getting a sandisk 8gb ultra sd card tomorrow and I hope that works.

  128. 128 On July 25th, 2013, Tayab said:

    I also have a 120gb 6.5 or 7g version. I’m going to try it on that

  129. 129 On July 25th, 2013, Tayab said:

    Ive got it into disk mode by formatting the sd card to exfat. But still the computer says that there is a problem with the connection. Could this mean the i need a new cable

  130. 130 On July 25th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    I would wait to try it with the 8Gb card – your problems maybe all down to only having a 1Gb card.

  131. 131 On July 25th, 2013, Tayab said:

    Hey Tarkan just decided to put this all into my iPod classic 120gb and everything is working. I mean it restored and now is working with the 1gb memory. I don’t understand why it isn’t working on my 160gb 7g.

  132. 132 On July 26th, 2013, RetroSonicFidelity said:

    I’ve used a Class 10 64GB Patriot LX SDXC card in an iPod 5.5G and an iPod 3G. Read speeds are fine once everything is on the iPod, but the write speeds are horrendous. I was surprised that a class 10 card would be so slow, but I’m glad to read here that other people are having success with faster speeds with other cards. I’ll probably try one of the Sony UHS cards, as they are on sale all the time lately. I’ll test with a 16GB card that’s currently ten bucks at MacMall to see what the write speeds are like from iTunes.

  133. 133 On July 30th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Just a heads up people.

    The manufacturer has replaced the existing SD-CF Adapter – with a new 5th generation SD-CF Adapter which promises better compatiblity and official support of UHS-I cards (so roll on 512Gb SDXC cards).

    Transfer speeds are meant to be improved, my testing has seen a slight improvement on the iPod Classics (6g and up), but no change for the 5g/5.5g iPods.

    All orders from now on will get the new 5th gen SD-CF Adapter.

  134. 134 On July 31st, 2013, RetroSonicFidelity said:

    Today I tested a Sony UHS-1 SDHC card that promises 40MBps. Sadly, I only got 19MB read and 10MB write, connected directly to an SD slot on my MacBook Pro, but when it was in the iPod, I got 7MB read and 7MB write. Connected with an HDD inside, I got 20read and 17write, and that’s not even a CF card.

    I know SD cards are cheaper, but when I’m syncing between 30GB and 60GB of music, I really prefer the speed of CF over the affordability of SD. I also know that you only have to do a large sync once (normally), but I still prefer quick syncing times.

  135. 135 On August 1st, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Was this in a 5g iPod? I find the 5g/5.5g have very limited transfers speeds. You will probably see the same speed as on your Macbook with the card in a 6g iPod and above.

  136. 136 On August 3rd, 2013, Steve said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Got the iFlash in my 5g iPod video with a Transcend 128GB Ultimate SDXC Class10 (TS128GSDXC10E) and a Delock 61796 SD adapter. Copying flac files whilst in rockbox slows then stops altogether. Yet when in the original F/W the same flies copy over with no problem, obviously I have to reboot into rockbox to then play the flac files.
    Other than that I’m impressed with the quick response of the new combination over the mechanical HDD.

  137. 137 On August 6th, 2013, av.service07 said:

    Thank you Tarkan!!!
    iflash arrived this morning (30 ships arrived in 6 days) and my ipod 5g worked again. Not a problem. Installed in 5 minutes with extreme cf adapter and a micro sd sandisk 16 gb waiting for that 64-outlet on ebay then you’ll know …
    infinitely thanks again!

  138. 138 On August 10th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    @Steve – Maybe try doing deleting the partition data off the SD card in a reader, use something like AOMEI partition manager. This may help align the partition table, so the transfers work in Rockbox.

    @av.service07 – Italian post must be getting faster, all the parcels I send to Italy either get lost or take 2 to 4 weeks!! Thanks for the feedback.

  139. 139 On August 10th, 2013, Steve said:

    Hi Tarkan

    Thanks for making such a great product available, will try your suggestion and will let you know the outcome.
    Thanks again.

  140. 140 On August 11th, 2013, Michael Velasco said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I completed the mod exactly as per instructions, didn’t get any broken locking tabs or anything like that, but I never get the iPod recognized by iTunes to restore it. Every so often it flashes a primitive graphic of an iPod with Xs for “eyes” like the device is dead and shows the URL: http://www.apple.com/support/ipod (I have a picture of the screen if you’d like me to send).

    What did I miss? Any suggestions?


  141. 141 On August 12th, 2013, Tarkan said:


    It sounds like the iFlash is not communicating with the iPod – I suggest removing the iFlash and removing the HDD ribbon from the iPod – then re-installing everything. It is possible you will need a new ribbon.

    Let me know via email how you get on.

  142. 142 On August 12th, 2013, Valérian said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I have an issue with my just received cf to sd bundle and a 128GB Transcend Ultimate SD Card although it is listed in the compatible cards.

    iTunes detect it and restore it just fine, however when copying files it will freeze within seconds, that doesn’t happen with a very old 512MB card.

    Could be the new cf to sd adapter the cause of the issue ?

    (sorry to have spammed your email)

  143. 143 On August 13th, 2013, Valérian said:

    I just saw that I have the exact same problem described by Steve, copying file works flawlessly in OF but hang in Rockbox.

  144. 144 On August 13th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Valerian, are you having issues in Rockbox? or iTunes? as I suggested to Steve, it is worth rewriting a new partition table using AOMEI.

    Place the SD card in a card reader, or you can do it by leaving the SDXC card in the SD-CF Adapter, and putting the SD-CF Adapter in to a card reader, then delete all the partition data off the card.

    The new version SD-CF adapter has been tested by me extensively, I have had a prototype since March and the this new batch I have received works exactly the same.

  145. 145 On August 13th, 2013, carol said:

    Apple Ipod 5 Gen. Video

    With a replaced Harddisk an this Adapter there will be much more Space inside.
    Has everybody any Idea to use this for a better (means bigger) batterie ?

    1. Which size (mAh) is tested ?
    2. Is possibe a standardakku from mobile phones useful ?

  146. 146 On August 13th, 2013, Valérian said:

    Tarkan in fact I am facing issues with BOTH Rockbox and iTunes, I tried to wipe then align the partition like you suggested but unfortunately it didn’t helped as it was also hanging when copying files even while in original firmware.

    To get it work with the OF, I have to delete all partitions without creating any partition and let iTunes do the job or else I can’t even install rockbox before it hang.

    Thank you for your help Tarkan, at least I still have a way to copy my files into the card, so it’s not that bad.

    Here is how iTunes format the card regardless on how it was partitioned beforehand, it looks weird to me but maybe that’s normal ? http://uppix.net/hj4Cer.png

  147. 147 On August 13th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    No that partition table is not right, that screen grab is from the sd card after a iTunes restore on the 5g iPod?

    I suggest testing the card, in AOMEI delete the partitions again, and creating a new SSD aligned partition – format that new partition and check you can write say 60Gb of data and read it back ok – do this in a card reader not in the iPod.

    For a 5g restored on iTunes the partition table should consist of a 78Mb boot and another second partition of (on your 128Gb card) of about 119Gb in size.

  148. 148 On August 14th, 2013, Thomas Sz. said:

    On 25th July I ordered an SD-CF adaptor and yesterday I’ve got this by mail.
    This adaptor was sent on 30th July an now I’m not sure – is this the new or an “old” version of adaptors as written on your website.

  149. 149 On August 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    All orders sent from that week got the newer version. The one you have been sent is the newer version.

  150. 150 On August 14th, 2013, Valérian said:

    Yes Tarkan, this is the result after a restore with iTunes.

    Funny thing is Windows, iTunes, Rockbox, and the original firmware, all report 119GB of data.

    I did what you suggested and I had no problem copying and reading back 64gb of data, the card is legit so I don’t expected it to fail with that test.

    Is there a way to get iTunes to partion the card correctly ?

  151. 151 On August 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Very odd, I tested my iPod video – not sure if it is a 5g or 5.5g, but regardless of the card I use I always get a 78Mb boot partition, and then one large partition for the remaining space.

    In an email you mentioned and issue with the ribbon, there maybe a remote posibility that the ribbon is bad.

    If you are ok with it, I suggest sending me the whole kit so I can determine what is going on.

  152. 152 On August 14th, 2013, Valérian said:

    Hey Tarkan, so I did checked how iTunes partition my other SD card and I’m astonished to say the least, take a look : http://uppix.net/NCtpho.png

    How is that possible, am I missing something ? The iPod is a 5.5g 80gb.

  153. 153 On August 14th, 2013, Valérian said:

    Oh yes I think the ribbon cable is ok because it did the same thing with the old one before I kill it (at least for the hanging file transfer thing, didn’t checked how was the partitioning back then.)

    I will try experimenting a little and if I can’t sort it by myself I might send you the whole thing yes, could you email me your address ?

    Thank you Tarkan, it’s good to know that you care.

  154. 154 On August 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    There is something not right, I just checked on my 5g/5.5g iPod and partition table is not like that.

    Why don’t you try everything to do with partitioning, but with the SDXC card installed in the iPod – place the iPod in to diskmode before connecting it to the computer – then see if you can create a single large partition, format that partition, then see that you can read/write a full 60-70Gb of data. Just close iTunes if it pops-up automatically.

  155. 155 On August 15th, 2013, Valérian said:

    I can’t do that, it’s write protected when put in diskmode, anyway I managed to kill my second ribbon cable so I can’t test anything now.

  156. 156 On August 15th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Ok. Just send it in to me then.

    Diskmode has no write protected mode, so not sure what was going on.

  157. 157 On August 16th, 2013, Christian said:


    I just installed the cf to sd bundle with a Sandisk Ultra 64 GB SDXC ( Class10 / UHS-I ) card on my iPod 5.5g. It works fine to restore it in itunes both on mac and pc and to use apples firmware to transfer music files. But when I install Rockbox the problems start. When I transfer files or update Rockbox the iPod freezes and lose connection to the computer. I tried different Rockbox builds but the only one that work is the old one on your website ( rockbox-r18673-iflash_video64mb ). Is it possible to mod the latest Rockbox build the same way as you have done with build r18673?


  158. 158 On August 16th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    If I get a chance I will play around with Rockbox and see if I have the same issues.

    It has been a long time since I have used Rockbox or compiled it, but having a quick look at the change logs – For version 3.6 they made changes to the ata/drive code to support larger drives and different size sector drives. It is possible that has introduced an issue.

    Try version 3.5 from the rockbox archives see if that works.

  159. 159 On August 17th, 2013, Steve said:

    Hi Tarkan

    I’ve tried your suggestion to delete the partition data, but when I switch on the iPod it asks to be restored with iTunes. Not sure if I’m doing the partition data delete correctly. The Rockbox problem is not a huge one, but an inconvenient one. Would it be worth trying an earlier version of Rockbox as mentioned above?



  160. 160 On August 17th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    I have had a chance to play with rockbox today. Last working version I found is v3.6, the problem seems to be the Rockbox USB handler has got issues with SDXC cards (probably due to timing).

    v3.6 and before on Rockbox when you plugged in the usb, it would drop down to the native iPod diskmode handler which used the iPod device driver on the computer, to do the file transfers.

    From v3.7 Rockbox is using it’s own USB handler/code and appearing to the computer as a portable device (on windows it uses Windows Portable Devices driver) – and Rockbox is handling the actually file transfer between the computer and the iPod drive.

    So the option is to either use Rockbox v3.6 or if you want to use the latest version of Rockbox, then you will have to drop to diskmode on the iPod before connecting to the computer then doing your transfers.

    As a note, I did find turning off HID device(settings/general settings/system/USB HID to no) transfers seem to work better, they sometimes looked like they had stopped, but after about 30 seconds it would start again and I managed to transfer around 1Gb with no problems.

    It may be worth posting something on the Rockbox forums, see if any of the developers are interested in looking in to it.

  161. 161 On August 21st, 2013, Bruce said:

    I’ve just received my iFlash kit (with SD adapter) and I’m looking forward to getting a nifty 128GB sd card in the next couple of days. One question I had is whether, after restoring the iPod and installing Rockbox, I could, in theory, remove the SD card and stick it in my laptop to copy over my music files?

    Can you think of a reason why this would be a problem (other than the fiddling with the case etc)?

    Many thanks,

    – Bruce

  162. 162 On August 21st, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Bruce,

    I would not bother doing that – it will be better just to connect the iPod in diskmode to your computer and copy over the music.

  163. 163 On August 22nd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Ok I have been looking at Valérian’s 5.5g iPod, and it appears that the 128Gb SDXC Transcend card does not allow changes to the MBR, so it is impossible to rewrite the MBR or initialise the card.

    This is the reason why the card has problems when transfering data installed on the 5g or 5.5g iPod Videos.

    However, the card works fine on the 6g/6.5g/7g iPods, with no problem and quite good transfer performance for a cheap card.

    Until I get more feedback, I am going to list this card as not-compatible on the 5g/5.5g iPod Videos.

  164. 164 On August 23rd, 2013, JohnM said:

    Hi there.

    Is there much (if any) speed difference between using CF or SDHC/SDXC cards with the adapter? Already have your fab mk2 adapter, and now deciding whether to get a CF card or go the other route.



  165. 165 On August 24th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Between equivalent speed class CF and SDXC, the CF cards are slightly faster.

    On the 5g/5.5g iPods transfer speeds would be the same, where as on the 6g/6.5g/7g iPods you may see about a 3 to 5% speed increase with CF cards.

    However, in actual use the difference is minimal. My recommendation is to go with the cheapest option.

  166. 166 On August 24th, 2013, Bob said:

    Got 2 updated sd-cf adapters and I must admit that the performance is better than the previous gen adapters you had. Transfer speeds are faster and my Rockboxed transfer is also stable. I’ll give this some more time of use, but for now .. I’ve extremely pleased!!!


  167. 167 On August 24th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi Bob,

    Glad you got them ok – and very fast.

    I am surprised you noticed a difference, in my testing I found the difference was not that much especially on the iPod Video’s.

  168. 168 On August 27th, 2013, Thomas Sz. said:

    Thank you for your great option to enlarge data capacity from 30GB to 64 GB.
    I used “Komputerbay 64GB SDXC Class 10 600X UHS-I” card and everything was without any problems. My I-pod works properly and I’m very satisfied with your service (delivery and discription to change HDD to SD.

  169. 169 On August 29th, 2013, Christina said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    your iFlash looks really useful and I am considering buying the SDXC package. Great work! However, I was wondering something. Micro SDXC cards are small compared to SD cards, tiny compared to CF cards abd miniscule compared to SSD drives. Are you aware of an adapter to combine several high capacity micro sdxc cards into one huge ssd for use in an ipod (or other device)? If not, could you build one ASAP please?

  170. 170 On August 29th, 2013, Ivan said:

    Just put my ipod classic together with a 64gb sandisk sdmicro card and the adapter and iflash from your shop. I have been having some playback issues.
    The album artwork also wont show. The music will only sometimes play and/or skip tracks. Has anyone else been experiencing this issue? Any help is appreciated, thanks

  171. 171 On August 29th, 2013, Andrew said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    I recently bought an old iPod Mini but have too many music files for the capacity. I want to upgrade the mini drive to a flash drive, however I don’t know what way to do it. I know that you can get a CF card and upgrade that way but I was trying to see if you could go a more inexpensive route. I have looked into the SDXC cards and found them to be less expensive and was wondering if you can use these in an adaptor in a iPod mini? I would like to upgrade to 64GB if possible.

  172. 172 On August 29th, 2013, Andrew Jung said:

    I have a question about the SD-CF Adapter. Will this also work in my Canon 40D which takes CF cards? I’ve been also looking for a fast and good quality adapter to in my camera if I’m in a pinch and fill my CF cards when on holiday.

    Cheers and thanks for this,

    P.S. what is a Rockbox?

  173. 173 On August 29th, 2013, Andrew Jung said:

    Okay, I figured out the Rockbox part, but on another note, other than my question if the SD-CF Adapter tartan is selling working in my Canon EOS 40D…
    where can I get a good quality replacement battery for my iPod 5.5 80 GB?

    Thanks again, Andrew J.

  174. 174 On August 29th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Andrew J – If your Canon Eos 40D has a type 2 CF slot then yes my SD-CF Adapter will work in it.

    Andrew – I think some people have used SD-CF in the iPod mini, actually if you go back in the comments above – someone has reported using it with a 128Gb SDXC card.

    Ivan – I have emailed directly, comments are getting a little busy.

  175. 175 On August 30th, 2013, Bruce said:

    Hi Bruce,
    I would not bother doing that – it will be better just to connect the iPod in diskmode to your computer and copy over the music.

    Hi Tarkan,
    thanks for the response. I’m having a tricky time copying over 110GB from my MyBookLive to the iPod. I’ve tried just copying the whole folder across using TeraCopy, FastFileSync and Win&’s copy function. Mostly keep hitting errors which cause the process to hang. I can copy over chunks but it’s painfully slow. I have the iPod in Rockbox’s USB mode. DO you think putting it into the Apple Disk Mode would make any difference?

    I’m using a Komputerbay 128gb SDXC card (which seems ok) but I’ve tried wiping and repartitioning and re-formatting it. It was a much simpler process the last time i did this and the iPod had its old 80gb hdd in it.

    I’ll get there in the end but it looks like its going to take a couple of days(!) to get everything over (I’m currently sticking with TeraCopy and doing it in batches of around 30GB).

    I heard that transferring from NTFS to FAT32 using apps like Tera and FFS can cause the date created/date modified info to become corrupted, which can cause the copy process to stop (Error 87). Also do the files get converted in anyway when going to the XD/XC card?


    – Bruce

  176. 176 On August 30th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    The Rockbox USB mode is broken for CF/SD on the iPods, you need to get in to the native Apple diskmode and do your transfers like that.

  177. 177 On August 30th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Sorry to answer your other questions.

    Copy files over regardless of the source or destination formats should not change anything on the files.

    On the 5g/5.5g iPods USB transfers can take a long time, but on a Classic (6g/6.5g/7g/etc) I can fill a 128Gb card in about 2 hours.

  178. 178 On August 30th, 2013, Bruce said:

    Hi again Tarkan,
    just to say that I put the iPod in Apple disk mode and the transfers seems to be going ok now (Doh!).Consistent transfer speeds. I should have read your earlier post about Rockbox’s USB mode a bit more carefully. Am I right though in thinking it’s to do with the date/time info being modified in the process and the Fat32 drive having problems with that? Some of my files ended up with a creation date of 2024 and a modified date of 2013 (which seems like it could make things a bit confusing).
    Cheers again anyway.

  179. 179 On September 2nd, 2013, Aiko said:

    CF/SD & iFlash working on 6th gen (80GB black classic) with Kingston 128GB class 10 sdxc.
    Opening AND closing the iPod (without specialised tools) was a pain though.
    Quite sure it’ll be worth it!

    Thanks a lot!

  180. 180 On September 13th, 2013, w0werine said:

    OK, so I got a no name SD card in the mail today. (it turned out to be an 8GB SDHC Class 10 Toshiba).

    I didn’t work once I put it in, but once I reformatted it, it worked fine.

    Weird thing is, a 4GB SDHC Class 4 SanDisk didn’t work at all.

    Now I’m waiting for my 128GB Kingston, I have a 5g and a 6g iPod, and plan to upgrade both.

    Good work Tarkan!

  181. 181 On September 30th, 2013, Oannes said:

    Hi Tarkan

    The new SD-CF Adapter ver. 5 is it included in the bundle version?


  182. 182 On September 30th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Yes all SD-CF Adapter orders including the bundle are for the newer ver.5

  183. 183 On October 1st, 2013, Joshua C said:

    Hi there, installed the adapter with a Transcend Class 10 64GB SD card, on itunes it all seems fine but once sync is finished and disconnect, no music appears on the ipod. On reconnection it says the ipod needs a restore and all the tracks in the ipod folders appear corrupted. I tried manually syncing tracks and I can get a few albums on, before the ipod will do the same again. Even adding two/three albums at a time, after a few syncs, the ipod will do the same thing and become corrupted.

  184. 184 On October 1st, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Joshua – Sounds like you have a corrupt MBR on the card, something which only seems to effect Transcend and Kingston cards.

    You need to remove the SD card from the iPod and using a card reader, create a new MBR and an aligned partition. I have emailed you instructions using AOMEI.

    You can use the SD-CF Adapter if you do not have an SDXC capable reader.

  185. 185 On October 4th, 2013, Stef said:

    Hi Tarkan, I received your excellent iFlash and CF to SD converter and installed them with a 128Gb Class 10 SD card from Platinum in my 5.5G iPod video. I managed to restore the iPod, although Win8 keeps asking to format the SD card whenever I plug in the iPod. iTunes picks up the iPod fine, until I try to move larger numbers of songs in one go (more than 5 albums at a time). Then the iPod freezes and I have to reset it (hold down menu-select). The batch of songs it was copying while it froze are not on the iPod when it has rebooted. From what I read here I suspect a broken MBR. Or Win8 causing problems. What do you think? And if it’s the MBR, could you email me instructions on how to fix it? I do have a Win7 machine available as well.

  186. 186 On October 4th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Sounds like it, was the card used for any purpose before?

    If you can try something and see if that fixes it. Place the iPod in to diskmode, connect to your PC and try formatting – (quick format is ok) – for 128Gb card the format should show exFat only. Then eject the iPod, reset and place in to diskmode once more – reconnect to the PC and allow iTunes to restore.

    I have sent you the instructions for the other method via email, but try the above first.

  187. 187 On October 20th, 2013, iPaul said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    Congratulations for this great little circuit that has revolutionized my life! :D
    I wanted to know if there was a place that you advise me to buy an SD card can be the least expensive 256Go ?
    Again thank you !!!

  188. 188 On October 21st, 2013, Tarkan said:

    256Gb SDXC cards are still very very expensive, also choice is limited to Lexar who have (or had) a 400x and 600x card on sale now.

    I would say another 6 to 12 months before prices come down further..

  189. 189 On October 22nd, 2013, iPaul said:

    Thank you for the reply,
    I’ll opt for a 128Gb SDXC Class10 Kingston then.
    I had another question, what do you think for the future of apple ipod classic ?
    Thank !!! :)

  190. 190 On November 1st, 2013, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    Hi, I am having a problem with the ZIF-CF adapter plus the CF-SD adapter in a Classic gen 5 iPod with the Lexar 256GB 600x card. I started by wiping the card with AOMEI and then restoring the iPod under iTunes 11, thus allowing iTunes or the iPod to create the partition structure.

    Then I sync’d my library using J. River Media Center. The sync appears to work, but after the sync is done and the iPod is properly ejected, etc., the iPod says it has no songs on it. This sounds similar to Joshua C’s and Stef’s problems described above.

    Looking at the card at that point with AOMEI shows that the partition table has been corrupted: it shows a 31 MB “unallocated” partition, a 59.59 GB Unformatted partition (Windows shows it as RAW), and then 178.87 GB unallocated. (This is nothing like what it looks like immediately after iTunes restored the iPod: A 78 MB “unallocated” partition and then the rest of the card in FAT32). Windows is unable or unwilling to remove the “Raw” partition. To do anything else with the card at that point I have to remove that partition with AOMEI… or else just use the Wipe Disk function.

    I have another iPod, a gen 5, with a 256 GB RunCore ZIF SSD in it. I formatted and sync’d it the same way described above, and after the sync all the songs are there. So I do not think the gen 5 has an inherent problem with 256 GB drives with this amount of data on them. (But it is a little too slow to keep the iPod interface in my car happy.)

    I have another iPod, this one a Classic gen 6, with a 128 GB SD card in it. It works fine, sync’d as above – although I had to use a lower bitrate to get all of my songs on it. This one works perfectly in my car. But it’s almost full, not enough room for growth, which is why I’m trying to get the 256GB card to work. At the moment it does hold all of my music, so I am less than willing to take it apart and try the 256GB card in it.

    And in the past I’ve used the typical Toshiba 240 GB HDs in these iPods, again with no problems in loading up with tunes… but frequently has problems in my car. (The problem is that pressing the equivalent of the middle button to go into the various menus, select songs, etc., sometimes does nothing. It sometimes takes two clicks. Sometimes it doesn’t work even after a lot of clicks… but going into another folder works great. I found a description of this problem on the web, and several posters said they had solved it by putting SSDs of various sorts in their iPods… which is of course the reason I started down this “solid state ‘drive’ in iPod” path in the first place.

    Any ideas? I am interested in trying the suggestion you gave someone above, “create a new MBR and an aligned partition. I have emailed you instructions using AOMEI.” I am willing to try that. Does it have to be done inside the iPod? Would it not work to simply put the card in a USB card reader and format it that way? I think that if I create a FAT32 partition that occupies the entire drive, iTunes will just throw that away and create its own 73 MB partition (a boot partition?) and the data partition after that anyway.

  191. 191 On November 2nd, 2013, Fahd said:

    I have pre-ordered this 256GB SDXC at $159.99 – http://amzn.to/16VbvPM

    They also have a 128GB for pre-order at $79.99 – http://amzn.to/17DCZry

  192. 192 On November 3rd, 2013, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    Update: Sad news: The RunCore 256GB SSD simply doesn’t work for me in a Classic Gen 6. (But not so bad – it’s returnable)

    Good news: I got the Lexar 256GB SD card to sync properly in the Gen 6. I’m not sure what I did differently this time, but it may have been telling Windows to disable its file cache on the iPod device.

  193. 193 On November 3rd, 2013, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    To Fahd: Wow! That’s what I call a price cut! (looks sadly at the 600x Lexar)

  194. 194 On November 3rd, 2013, Tarkan said:

    @Jamie : Sorry do not have much info on that card – only around 3 or 4 people have reported using that card and I think they it has been on the Classics (6g/6.5g/7g) iPods.

    @Fahd : So far the 256Gb PNY is vaporware, hopefully it does get delivered because that price point is amazing….

  195. 195 On November 7th, 2013, Fahd said:

    Yup, even the 128GB is still not available. I might have to settle for KomputerBay :(

  196. 196 On November 8th, 2013, claudia said:

    OK I had tried with 256Gb SDXC lexar successfully in songs and movies very happy

    But i had notice that the game VORTEX does not work at all not even the icon to launch it is OK, it looks like lets say “noise” when i try to launch it the message is:

    This game cannot be launched
    Connect the ipod to itunes and reinstall the game
    For more information please visit

    I wonder why is this happening does any body have an idea? is this a sing that something else is not working ok somewhere do I neeed to concern or just leave it ?

    I had try with 128Gb Kinsgton and the game vortex work ok in the same ipod

  197. 197 On November 8th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    What kind of transfer speed are you getting? Also did you format the card before using it in the iPod?

  198. 198 On November 13th, 2013, Claudia said:

    OK I going to try to format to fat32

    I am not sure how can I get the transfer speed but it is a 256Gb 600x lexar. Do you want me to benchmark the sd card or the ipod in hard disk mode?

  199. 199 On November 13th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    If you connect the iPod in diskmode to your computer, check how fast the read/write transfer speed is. If it is very slow, it could mean the partition data is not aligned for the SDXC.

  200. 200 On November 14th, 2013, Claudia said:

    Can you please tell me how much is slow or how fast is the proper speed is going to be x?x?x?Mb/sec?

  201. 201 On November 14th, 2013, Claudia said:

    I get maximum read rate 14.7Mb/s

  202. 202 On November 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    That seems about right for that. When you remove the SDXC card from the iPod – Rebuild the MBR and format to FAT32, see if that fixes the issue.

  203. 203 On November 23rd, 2013, claudia said:

    ok it is working now good after I format to fat32 but when i try to sync my 25,000 songs, 165gb with itunes it fails at 131gb i had tray several times with the full library and in parts do you know a solution for that?

  204. 204 On November 25th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    It would be interesting to try – boot the iPod in to diskmode, and see if you can copy over say 200Gb of data, and then check it has written it ok. This way it will confirm that the iPod can write to the majority of the SDXC card ok.

    Not sure why it is failing at 131Gb. 256Gb does work ok in the iPods.

  205. 205 On November 26th, 2013, claudia said:

    update when it finish to sync it says 174gb busy in the ipod and about 65gb free so the info/songs are there but it show 0 songs at the library…?

    then if i reconnect the ipod in disck mode and search manually the songs i can see them inside the folders named like F13 and the songs name is like w0085820.m4a

    So somehow the songs are there but the itunes/ipod library and artwork is not working

    i will try to copy 200gb od songs in disk mode and i let you know

  206. 206 On December 1st, 2013, tasos said:

    will this card be ok?


    Micro is good for me as I can later get a bigger one and use this one in a mobile.

  207. 207 On December 1st, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Yes. That is quite a popular card, make sure you get the sd-micro sd adapter, I think it is supplied with the card but check.

  208. 208 On December 12th, 2013, eric said:

    I need some help. My iPod 5g gets to the point where it asks to be plugged in a computer and get formatted. I plug it in my laptop, and it shows the “Do Not Disconnect” screen, but after 5 minutes, it freezes. It doesn’t show up on iTunes, but it shows up on Disk Management, but under Properties, it shows up as 0mb when there is a 64gb micro sd card inside.

  209. 209 On December 12th, 2013, mashiko said:


    I have no-music error with Lexar 600x 256GB SDXC and iPod classic.

    It’s the same problem with Claudia.

    I tried with iPod classic 6.5g/7g and Extreme CF Adapter 3rd/4th/5th Generation.

  210. 210 On December 12th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    @Eric – try getting the iPod in to Diskmode before connecting to the computer, then see that you can read/write/format the iPod (close iTunes if it starts up) – this will confirm if everything is connected ok.

  211. 211 On December 12th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    @Mashiko – have you tried the solution that worked for Claudia – you need to using a SDXC card reader or Cf card reader to format the card to FAT32 or also maybe worth rebuilding MBR data using partition software (like AOMEI) – see if that works.

    I assume the iPod restores ok and boots ok – just no music showing?

  212. 212 On December 12th, 2013, eric said:

    @Tarkan – I can get the iPod into Diskmode, but it does not show up on the computer. iTunes doesn’t open up to prompt for a restore. The device shows up in Computer Management though, but once again the capacity shows up as 0mb.

  213. 213 On December 13th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Eric – in that case something is probably wrong with the card format, remove the SD-CF Adapter from the iPod install the SD card into it – using a CF card reader format (FAT32) the card on your computer.

  214. 214 On December 13th, 2013, Mashiko said:

    Yes,I’ve already tried.

    The iPod is restores ok and boots ok on Windows.

    However, No-music error appears after Data sync.

  215. 215 On December 14th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Very strange issue, have you tried connecting to the computer in diskmode, does iTunes see the music on the iPod?

  216. 216 On December 14th, 2013, Mashiko said:

    No, iTunes doesn’t recognize the music data in iPod with no-music error.

    I have tried several times, No-music error appears after syncing data over 120 GB.

  217. 217 On December 26th, 2013, James said:

    I wish to upgrade my iPod Classic 80gb by using the sd card mod. I want to rockbox it after the upgrade

    Other than the bundle from your store (and of course a compatible sd card), do i need to have anything else?


  218. 218 On December 26th, 2013, James said:

    forgot to add. ipod is 6G (not video) does it need the ribbon?

  219. 219 On December 26th, 2013, Tarkan said:

    Hi James, Yes the bundle is all you require – the ribbon is required by the newer slim 120/160Gb ipods.

  220. 220 On January 2nd, 2014, flyingkid said:

    Still waiting my bundle…
    I hope this would save my ipod classic…

  221. 221 On January 2nd, 2014, Tarkan said:


    All orders placed between Christmas and New Years will be dispatched today and tomorrow.

  222. 222 On January 3rd, 2014, David said:

    Hi Tarkan. Just received my iFlash SD-CF and am using a SanDisk Ultra 64GB 64G SD SDHC SDXC Flash Memory Card Class 10. However I keep getting an 1429 error when trying to restore the iPod software on my 13″ MBP Retina (Mavericks). I’ve tried another computer (13″ Mac Air with Mavericks) and am getting the same error message.

    I tried an 8GB Lexar SDHC 60x Platinum II, just for kicks, and received a 1409 error.

    What do you think the problem might be?


  223. 223 On January 3rd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi David,

    Did the iPod ask to be restored after install? If so place iPod in to diskmode before connecting and check you can access it as an external drive.

    It is possible you have a bad hard drive ribbon which is causing access errors.

  224. 224 On January 3rd, 2014, Dominik said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    just finished to pimp my ipods.
    really awesome…
    i upgraded an ipod Video 30GB and an ipod classic 80GB with your bundles, going with
    64GB Platinum Extreme SDXC class10.

    As soon as Akku was connected, ipods asked for itunes connection, cards were formated and apple software was installed! No faults, just straight forward!

    Amazing work, THX

  225. 225 On January 4th, 2014, laughingbuddha said:

    Looks like just needs a back cover with a slot cut in it and somthing to secure the SD-CF Adapter to stop it from moving make it
    a proper SD card device ?

    It’s already there !? :-)

  226. 226 On January 4th, 2014, laughingbuddha said:

    Is there anyway of using a Dual Slot Micro SD TF to Compact Flash CF possibity of pre raiding them together or the ipad seeing them or Rockbox ?

  227. 227 On January 5th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    You must be pretty rough on your iPod for the SD-CF Adapter to come loose. If it is an issue place a piece of sticky tape across the CF connector and SD-CF Adapter to hold them together.

    I have got the newest version of the Dual TF (MicroSD) Adapter in hand at the moment, just waiting on some 64Gb TF cards – the previous firmware version was not very stable and had issues.

    Will post something up once I have done some testing and if it looks useable.

  228. 228 On January 9th, 2014, Shirow said:

    I’ve successfully upgraded a blue 2nd gen iPod mini using this CF-SD adapter and the Kingston 128GB SD card, Mac-formatted. This card exhibited strange behaviour in the latest iPod classic, but works in the iPod mini just fine. Have already got more than 24 hours of continuous playback on the first test run, still waiting for it to finish. :)

  229. 229 On January 10th, 2014, flyingkid said:

    Successfully saved my ipc using this adapter and Sandisk Ultra 64GB class 10 SD card!
    After installation, need to enter disk mode to format the card first. Then use iTunes to restore. Otherwise, restore process would give an error.
    Thank you Tarkan! Definitely worth the price!

  230. 230 On January 13th, 2014, flyingkid said:

    Hi, after several days using, I encountered strange problem.
    I’m using official firmware 2.04. Everything looks fine. However, when I played songs, the player would stop after some random time. When it stopped, all the controls are still responsive. It just cannot play songs. I must use select+menu to restart.
    I tried rockbox also. The same problem is still there.
    Could you please give me some hints what’s going on?

  231. 231 On January 13th, 2014, Tarkan said:


    Normally it means the card format is not partitioned or aligned properly.

    Remove the card and using an SDXC reader (or leave it in the SD-CF Adapter and use a CF card reader) – then in a partition software like AOMEI, remove all the partitions and rebuild the MBR, after that re-format to FAT32.

    That should align and clean up the partition table.

  232. 232 On January 14th, 2014, Fred said:

    Hi Tarkan!
    Got my upgrade SD-CF Adapter for my 5.5gen Video 80gb Ipod, 3 min install!!
    Used SanDisk 64gb Ultra, on sale here in the states @ BestBuy 59.99, couldn’t
    find a 128 in stock locally. Only hiccup, itunes saw it restored it but didn’t
    sync any files.. Until I shut down itunes discontented ipod, restart itunes plugin
    ipod, then without flaw 10,000+ songs later and over night everything works perfectly!
    oh yes replaced battery too! Thanks for your effort and shearing your knowledge/support!!


  233. 233 On January 19th, 2014, flyingkid said:

    Thanks for your information.
    May I do the deleting and rebuilding things while remain the SD card inside the iPod? I really have pain on opening it.

  234. 234 On January 19th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    You can try with the iPod in diskmode, but even in diskmode you get an emulated image of the underlying disk and drive structure.

    If it does not work, then opening it back up is the only way.

  235. 235 On January 21st, 2014, mototechRyan said:

    Having the same hanging and file corruption problems others are having with the 128gb Kingston card. It worked great after throwing about 19gb’s of playlists on there to try out. But after subsequent syncs the problems listed above by me and others with hanging and file corruption happens. Tarkan posted the problem with the MBR on this card but I wanted to add what I found on Kingstons site. It states “Supports FAT32 file format (SDHC 8–32GB)”, in the specs for the 128gb sdxc uhs-i class 10 I used. If I’m interpreting it correctly, it means after iTunes formats the card to FAT32, it can only handle 8-32gb’s of data?

    Planning to get another 128gb sdxc card from another manufacturer to fix my 120gb ipod classic. But am still happy I have the Kingston card for other stuff. Will keep yall posted on my progress and what I’ve learned.

  236. 236 On January 21st, 2014, Tarkan said:


    The issue is that these cards come with a MBR record which causes issues for the iPod, it is probably related to the fact that the 128Gb cards come with a factory ExFAT partition table.

    You just need to remove the SDXC card from the iPod, and using a card reader and something like AOMEI partition software, rebuild the MBR and create a new FAT32 partition.

  237. 237 On January 21st, 2014, Nelson said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    Do you have any news regarding the dual slot micro sd adapter compatibility?

    BTW GJ

  238. 238 On January 21st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Still got compatibility issues with 64Gb Micro SD cards, hoping that it can be solved with firmware corrections.

  239. 239 On January 24th, 2014, mototechRyan said:

    Thanks for suggesting Aomei Tarkan :) I recently decided to dual boot windows 7 and 8 but like 8.1 so much…I did away with the partition for win7 to save the limited space I have with the 460gb ssd RAID 0 I’m running on my laptop. I wanted to try to use the Acronis Disk director 11 program I already have to try and rebuild the MBR on my 128gb Kingston card, but the program is not supported on Win8. So I broke out my old HP laptop and spent 2days re-installing win 7 with all the updates so I could use Acronis to rebuild the MBR. Sadly I couldn’t get Acronis to do the job. Maybe it’ll do it, but I ran out of patience using that old and slow HP laptop.

    So I looked into Aomei per your suggestion and it is supported by Win8.1 and also offers support for RAID disk. Just what I was looking for :) I’m wiping the Kingston card right now with Aomei, then going to rebuild the MBR. Will post back with how it goes and thank you again so much Tarkan. Aomei PA Pro is a pretty sweet program :)

  240. 240 On January 24th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    It was recommended to me by a fellow iFlash user, it is pretty good and like you probably discovered it is one of the few partitioning software which works on removeable drives and SD/CF Cards.

    Actually right clicking on the drive (not the partition) gives you the options to rebuild MBR which also deletes the partition data. Then you can go straight to creating a new FAT32 partition.

    I am still on Windows 7, 8 scared me too much – will have to look at 8.1 as I have started the daunting task of moving my servers to 2012 r2!!!

  241. 241 On February 1st, 2014, David Cotton said:


    Was just wondering what kind of battery life people were getting using the sd to cf adaptor along with the tarkan adaptor? Considering getting the 256 gig lexar (eep) but if the battery takes a hit not really worth it.


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  243. 243 On February 4th, 2014, AKOH said:


    I want to buy the kingston 128gb cause its the cheapest branded. Avoiding komputerbay. I notice you have instructions for kingston partition to make it work with iPod 5 30gb. Can you advise if i should go for it?


  244. 244 On February 6th, 2014, James said:

    Hi David,

    I’m getting 30-ish hours with my sd card adapter and a new battery. I can’t say if it extends battery life when compared to using the HDD since a different battery is used. Thing is, I’ve notice that for that 30 hours to be achieved I have to intentionally put the ipod to sleep by holding the play button each time after I stop using it. Otherwise when I start up the ipod the next day I find it completely drained of juice.

    According to Apple that shouldnt make a difference to the battery life but my experience says otherwise (some help @Tarkan?)

    Also I’ve noticed that my player randomly jams. I’ve got to do a reset by holding menu and select before my songs start playing again. (@flyingkid did you manage to reformat without tearing the ipod apart?)


  245. 245 On February 6th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Not sure what iPod gen you are using, but it should not matter – the iPod Video’s when switched off go in to deep sleep after around 8 hours, the iPod should not be drawing any juice while in the off state – it is possible you have motherboard issue. The Classics, do not have a 2 stage sleep, they go in to a deep sleep as soon as the device switches off – either from timeout or holding down the play button.

    My personal 6g Classic the battery lasts months between charge sitting in the off state.

    I am finishing up a runtime comparison article between CF, SDHC and SDXC cards, having some problems measuring runtime when playing Video – I hope to have that solved shortly.

  246. 246 On February 6th, 2014, Miguel said:

    Thanks man ;) The iFlash SD-CF Adapter Bundle and a SDXC card from amazon (Transcend 64gb class 10 for my iPod Video 5.5g) that I bought for my iPod Video 5.5g works fine.

  247. 247 On February 6th, 2014, David Cotton said:

    Thanks to James and Tarkan

  248. 248 On February 13th, 2014, Calvin said:

    Is there a difference in power consumption between using the iFlash with a CF vs the iFlash with a Class 10+ SD card via the bundled CF-SD adapter?

  249. 249 On February 13th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I am nearly finished my article concerning this – had trouble doing video runtime tests, but that has been solved now. Hopefully this weekend it should be posted.

    Not repeat what will be discussed in my post, the simple answer is yes the SD cards will use more power.

  250. 250 On February 14th, 2014, Calvin said:

    Great! Looking forward reading about your findings whenever you are able to get it posted!

  251. 251 On February 16th, 2014, Robbert said:

    I’m interested in buying the iFlash with sd adapter for my 6th gen 160GB iPod classic with a ticking hard-drive. A week ago I send you some questions through your contact form, did you receive it?

  252. 252 On February 16th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Robbert, No sorry – I have replied to you directly, if you can reply to my email with you questions.

  253. 253 On February 17th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I have posted my analysis of the power consumption comparing CF to SD.

  254. 254 On February 19th, 2014, Isaac said:

    Hey Tarken, I recently bought the CF-SD adapter from you. Looks great and works great! I used it in a 4th gen iPod, and an eBay 1.8 IDE to CF adapter (as I understand the iFlash won’t work with anything prior to 5th gens). I’m testing with a 4gb SanDisk I had laying around before dropping a chunk of money on a 128gb SDXC card. I’m having an issue with playback on a specific type of file. I have a few audiobooks that won’t play. It essentially skips the track (these are single tracks with chapters). Occasionally they will decide to play, but when you go back to play them, it doesn’t remember position, and more often then not it won’t play. I’ve had no trouble with any other files, and all my other audiobooks work just fine. The only difference I can find in these (5 audiobooks of the same series) is that they’re encoded with iTunes; two of the audiobooks in the series are encoded differently, and they play fine. I used the iTunes “convert to ACC,” and it seems to play fine then, but it strips the chapters from the track. Any ideas or suggestions?

  255. 255 On February 20th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    It is probably related to read speed from the card.

    What is bitrate of the problem files? and what is read/write speed of the SD card you are testing?

  256. 256 On February 20th, 2014, Isaac said:

    The bitrate is 64kbps (This is the same as the books that work correctly), they’re in .m4a format, and they are around 300-350mb each. The write speed is about 3mbps and the read speed is about 2.3mbps . The test was done with the card in the iPod. That seems lower than I expected considering its a SanDisk SDHC, class 4 I believe. Do I need to pull the card out to test it properly?

  257. 257 On February 20th, 2014, Isaac said:

    While putting music on the iPod, Activity Monitor was showing rates more around 4 write and 6 read mbps. I used F3 2.2, basically a Mac version of H2testw (used to verify the actual size of an SD card), to check it last time.

  258. 258 On February 20th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    If them files are only 64Kbps I cannot imagine it being anything related to the speed of the card – they very low bitrates.

    Do you have a small CF card you can try, see if the files cause problems on that? Your transfer speeds seem about right for a Class 4 card.

  259. 259 On February 21st, 2014, Isaac said:

    Unfortunately, I don’t. I’m going to order a permanent SD card, so I’ll see if that has any effect on it.

  260. 260 On February 21st, 2014, Dan said:

    This is so rad… Tarkan, I wonder if I could ask your advice on purchasing an SD card. I’m fairly certain I’ll order a combo from this site and replace my 80GB HDD in my iPod Video 5.5G with a 128GB SD card. I wanted to make sure I could buy an SD card fast enough so that I don’t lost too much read/write performance, and inexpensive enough to not break the bank. I’m considering the Lexar Professional 128GB 400x or something around that speed. Would that be very similar speed (read/write) to what my current HDD offers?

  261. 261 On February 21st, 2014, Dan said:

    Even better… If I may ask, after all of your experience with this, what would be your go-to 128GB card?

  262. 262 On February 21st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I have generally been happy with the Kingston, it is worth rebuilding the MBR and partition before using in the iPod. The other is the Patriot.

    The Lexar you mention has been reported as working by several users, and speed wise they are probably quite close to the original HDD speed.

    The Komputerbay cards are ok as well – if you get a good one, the one I got was returned, but other people are using them with no issues.

  263. 263 On February 21st, 2014, Dan said:

    Thanks a ton. I was looking at the Kingston as well, since it’s fairly cheap. I’ll make a decision and order one over the weekend. I’ll report back with my results!

  264. 264 On February 22nd, 2014, James said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I’ve tried to use AOMEI to wipe the drive partition and rebuild mbr. after fomatting to fat32 and restoring on itunes i still get the same problem of music stopping and then skipping.

    Any suggestions on what I could do to fix this?


  265. 265 On February 22nd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    James, have emailed you directly to get more info.

  266. 266 On February 23rd, 2014, arb226 said:

    Is there any way to mount this thing in an ipod and modify the ipod’s case to where an SDXC card could be removable, so I could swap out SDXC cards without opening up the ipod case?

  267. 267 On February 24th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    You could do, you need to be careful as the headphone output ribbon comes very close to the SD slot.

    Something to try would be an SD extension block, a thick iPod back with some tinkering you maybe able to make it work.

  268. 268 On February 28th, 2014, martin said:

    any chance this polaroid 64gb for under 30 will work?


  269. 269 On February 28th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    It probably will work – however the older Polaroid 32Gb did not work.

    There is quite a few known working cards around the $30 mark, like the Komputerbay and PNY.

    If the return policy is allows, give it a try.

  270. 270 On March 7th, 2014, Bernhard said:

    I bought your SD Adapter and it’s simply awesome. Everything worked fine, but sometimes it just stops playing or skips songs. I searched through the comments and detected some people have the same problem and you wrote them some instructions. It would be nice if you can send me this information too.
    Thanks for the awesome thing you are doing!

  271. 271 On March 7th, 2014, Brian said:

    Can you email me the directions on redoing the MBR and formatting it ahead of time. Thanks.

  272. 272 On March 7th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I am going to go one better and just post an article on how to do it!!! kind of getting bored writing out individual emails!!!

    (I removed your email address from your comment, your inbox would have turned in to a Spam cesspit)

  273. 273 On March 8th, 2014, Isaac said:

    Hey Tarkan! Looking forward to the article. I finally got my SD card in; I ordered the Kingston 128 GB. It has the same issue, and it’s all the same files and same codecs. I put the original HDD in it, and it seemed to play them alright. The SD card is formatted in fat32. Any other suggestions?

  274. 274 On March 9th, 2014, WildmaN said:

    I got my ipod working with the 256gb card. But I am having trouble filling it without a lot of errors. Has anybody successfully filled it or close to it? Just curious, feel free to comment or reply. Thanks

  275. 275 On March 9th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Is this the 600x Lexar you have? I have one on hand at the moment for testing, yes there are some serious stability issues.

    I am getting an I/O error at around 4000 songs (~23Gb) and on reconnection the syncing seems to go well, but after around 130Gb I start getting more I/O errors. This is on a 7g iPod, will be testing a 5g next.

    So far I think the 256Gb SDXC and the SD-CF Adapter are not playing nice – I am exploring the issue with the manufacturer.

  276. 276 On March 10th, 2014, Brian said:

    What card do you recommend in the 128GB range for a 5G ipod?

  277. 277 On March 10th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Kingston and Patriot are good, Kingston you really need to repartition before using in the iPod. Also the Komputerbay cards are ok, but make sure you get it from somewhere with a good returns policy – the QC on them is not the greatest.

    I have been using the Sandisk Ultra 64Gb UHS-I cards and they are very good, but they are more expensive in the 128Gb capacity.

  278. 278 On March 15th, 2014, William said:

    Hey Tarkan, did you do the mbr rebuilding & partition wipe on you sandsik ultra 64gb UHS-I card too? Or is it one of the cards you just plug in and restore from itunes without the mbr rebuild & partition wipe? Since I got the sandisk mricosdxc ultra 64gb UHS-I card, I figure would do what you do with yours.

  279. 279 On March 15th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I don’t remember doing it, but it is worth doing – it should only take a minute or so to do.

  280. 280 On March 16th, 2014, William said:

    Wookay, will do that. Thanks!

  281. 281 On March 22nd, 2014, WildmaN said:

    On March 9th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Is this the 600x Lexar you have? I have one on hand at the moment for testing, yes there are some serious stability issues.

    I am getting an I/O error at around 4000 songs (~23Gb) and on reconnection the syncing seems to go well, but after around 130Gb I start getting more I/O errors. This is on a 7g iPod, will be testing a 5g next.

    So far I think the 256Gb SDXC and the SD-CF Adapter are not playing nice – I am exploring the issue with the manufacturer.

    I am not sure it is blank black 256gb card that I got cheap on Ebay. I think it could be a Lexar, but not 100% sure on that. And I do not know the x rating on it. It could be a 400x or 600x. I have tried it in multiple ipods, with the same -69 errors when trying to fill it with music in itunes. I have also run Rockbox on them, and it runs good, but the batteries drain for some strange reason. Have you ever tried Rockbox? If not could you experiment with it also? And thanks for your response. Will try to come on here a little more often.

  282. 282 On March 23rd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Wildman – are you saying it is working ok in Rockbox and you can fill it beyond 130Gb?? – all my testing is pointing to the card and SD-CF Adapter not working well together.

  283. 283 On March 24th, 2014, cmarti said:

    Tarkan, I have the same Lexar 256gb SDXC card and even with RockBox it fails to transfer files around 140gb. Don’t know why but it does, I’ve tried it on iPod mini using your newest SD to CF adapter and also tried it on my iPod classic 6.5th gen with same results.

  284. 284 On March 24th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    We (As in I and the Manufacturer of the Sd-Cf Adapter) hope to find a firmware solution to the problems with the 256Gb cards.

  285. 285 On March 24th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I just posted up a little teaser on something else I am working on at the moment.

    If you are the impatient type I suggest you do not read it :)


  286. 286 On March 25th, 2014, cmarti said:

    That makes sense, because the reported actual capacity of the SDXC card by Windows doesn’t not match the actual file capacity that you can actually put in the card. (I hope is makes sense)

    I have tried the card with h2testw and it passes the tests with great numbers, definitely it must be an issue with the compatibility with the SD to CF adapter.

  287. 287 On March 25th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Yes that is right – I am shipping the 256Gb to Taiwan, as I have got to the limits on what I can do here, the manufacturer should have better luck with the firmware revisions.

    In my testing card capacity is correct, it is just that has the card fills up the SD-CF Adapter struggles with the i/o management – which is why the Manufacturer and I think that is related to the firmware.

  288. 288 On March 25th, 2014, cmarti said:

    Sometimes I hope that I had one of those MP3 players with SD card lot to try the card. But I don’t know of any that plays lossless files or can be RockBoxed.

  289. 289 On April 9th, 2014, cmarti said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Does the manufacturer contacted you back about the progress on the testing of the 256gb SDXC card?


  290. 290 On April 10th, 2014, jenia said:

    Hi Tarkan your doing an amazing job with that indeed!
    that have said i have 3 questions:
    1.incase im swapping the SD cards and, you said only a reset required, what happens for ROCKBOX users, do they still need to comence database?
    2.i saw you havent checked this card yet http://www.amazon.de/128GB-Secure-Digital-Speicherkarte-HighSpeed/dp/B00JAXVUSO/ref=sr_1_168?s=ce-de&ie=UTF8&qid=1397143478&sr=1-168&keywords=128gb+sd#productDetails any reason?
    3. the ipod Video assumed to be the best DAC ipod, and its getting quite old now.. comparing to new devices from IBasso und FiiO, hows its SQ compared to them at this time?


  291. 291 On April 10th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Carlos – No they are still working on it, I know the chipset manufacturer is involved now – so just have to wait.

  292. 292 On April 10th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Jenia – I have answered your questions as numbered.

    1. Will be the same reset the iPod when swapping SD cards – the iPod will boot in to exactly how the iPod shutdown with that card.

    2. Looks like a good buy very cheap!!! The 64Gb Qumox has been tested and works well.

    3. iPod I would say is still very good and with the diymod capacitor replacement mod very very good – The thing with these DAC players, most have very simple and direct path out of the Codec chip to the outside world – so in terms of ultimate audio quality it is limited by the abilities of the codec.

  293. 293 On April 15th, 2014, cmarti said:

    Hey Tarkan, look at this deal:

    PNY Elite Performance 256GB SDXC Flash Memory Card – 90 MB/s Read Speed, CL 10, For High-end DSLR Cameras & HD Video – P-SDX256U1H-GE

    $99.99 after rebate


  294. 294 On April 15th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    This card appeared on Amazon several months back at $150, but then they were pulled for being vapourware!!!

    Tigerdirect seems to say they have stock and that is a pretty impressive price point – so who’s going to buy me one ?!?!?!?!?

  295. 295 On April 15th, 2014, cmarti said:

    I been thinking to order one, I can always return it to my local TigerDirect store if it doesn’t work. Decisions, decisions…

  296. 296 On April 26th, 2014, Colin said:

    I got one of the PNY 256GB cards from TigerDirect and while it works fine in my SD reader, in the CF reader through the current adapter I can only write just over 64GB to it before it stops.

  297. 297 On April 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Thanks that is interesting. The Lexar 256Gb SDXC can be written up to around 130Gb before issues.

    I will try and obtain one of these PNY cards as well, it will help with getting compatibility solved in the SD-CF Adapter.

  298. 298 On April 30th, 2014, Neil said:

    Hey Tarkan, I’ve been trying to get the 128gb Kingston card working with very little luck. I tried rewriting the MBR using the AOMEI tool as well as wiping the MBR record and using fdisk to write a new on. In both cases I connected the ipod and succesfully restored. After the restore I am able to copy and read a 400mb video file but if I attempt to sync the ipod will freeze and I will be forced to disconnect. Any ideas why this might be happening?

  299. 299 On April 30th, 2014, cmarti said:

    Neil, have you tried to sync the iPod with other program? Maybe MediaMonkey or Foobar2000.

    Also you will get better results if you rockbox the iPod.

  300. 300 On April 30th, 2014, Neil said:

    I’ve tried with Foobar2000 and iTunes. I just attempted to install rockbox but it locked up then as well.

  301. 301 On May 1st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Neil – Which ipod do you have? If you place the iPod in to diskmode before connecting to the computer, can you say write about 10Gb of files and then try and read them files back again.

    Again while in diskmode, can you try to format the iPod does the computer see the iPod correctly (in your case as an 116Gb external drive)?

  302. 302 On May 4th, 2014, Mike from New York said:

    I’m trying the PNY 256gb Elite Performance SDXC in an iPod Classic 6th Gen. I restored/formatted it in iTunes 10.7 on a Mac running OS10.8 Mountain Lion, looked like no issues.

    I even played some songs at both 30 and 50gb full, then I loaded 203gb. After ejecting the iPod I closed and relaunched iTunes and thats where the problem started, iTunes had forgotten the name of the device and indicated it was a corrupted iPod.

    After disconnecting it from the computer I was encouraged to see the iPod still thought it had 203gb on it, however no songs appear in it’s music menus at all.

  303. 303 On May 8th, 2014, Damien said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I purchased your CF/SD adapter back in November or so. First ran with a 128gb Kingston card. Card had major issues (erasing data, more than just partition problems) so I sent it in for warranty replacement. Replacement then started acting up in the ipod by skipping songs or hanging etc. In looking through the board it seems that you have mentioned repartioning as the cure for this; any chance you can post the instructions for that using Aeomi? Thank you

  304. 304 On May 8th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Here you go :-

    Let me know if that fixes it for you.

  305. 305 On May 10th, 2014, Damien said:

    Thanks very much. It fixed one problem… ipod operation standalone is fast and smooth as glass. Only problem is that when I connect it to the dock (ipod connection in a mini cooper), it freezes after every song and the album art just shows up as a bunch of pixels. Any ideas?

  306. 306 On May 11th, 2014, WildmaN said:

    On March 23rd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Wildman – are you saying it is working ok in Rockbox and you can fill it beyond 130Gb?? – all my testing is pointing to the card and SD-CF Adapter not working well together.

    Yeah I have been running it on Rockbox in my 5.5g 30gb ipod. Occasionally I have songs that skip, I keep track in a list to try and see a pattern. I am noticing at times that it can be 1, then 5, 4 etc… I have close to 7000 songs on it now, but thinking of going back to my ipod classic 6.5g. I like using the classic more, but the problem is battery drain running on Rockbox. When I run it with my 5.5g the battery is more normal. Kind of strange…. I thought about trying and running the most current Rockbox with my classic and try and see if the battery acts any different. Of course if I was running the Apple firmware on the classic the battery acts normal.

  307. 307 On May 12th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Damien – if the iPod is working ok then I don’t know what could be the issue, when you reconnect to the computer – does iTunes accept the iPod and starting syncing, etc?

  308. 308 On May 13th, 2014, Damien said:

    Well… I spoke too soon. It’s having the same issues as it did before- skipping 50-70 songs at a time, then playing one, then hanging, then freezing- etc.

    It does connect and sync, but it did that before, too. I can try formatting it again to see if that helps- but I’m open to any ideas. Thanks again for your help.

  309. 309 On May 13th, 2014, Dan said:

    Checking in with errors on a 128gb kingston card on an ipod 5g 60gb. I ran the MBR prep step by step. Restore with itunes went fine. Problem: Sync times out after 5-10 minutes. I will be doing more troubleshooting this week when I have time. Just wanted to make the note as a few people are having issues with this card and it may not be the most reliable setup.

    Will let you know if I find a solution. Cheers

  310. 310 On May 19th, 2014, John V said:

    I just placed my order yesterday and will be using the “Patriot LX Series 128GB Flash Memory Card – Class 10, UHS-1, SDXC”. My question is do I need to format it or reformat it before I install it or does iTunes do that? What format does it use… Fat or exFat?



  311. 311 On May 20th, 2014, cmarti said:

    @ John, you need to format to Fat32.

  312. 312 On May 23rd, 2014, Gareth said:

    I just thought I’d report back with my progress based on Tarkan’s advice and all of the above comments. Using a PNY 256GB card and formatting to fat32 using apple disc utility I’ve ended up with a few thousand songs sync’d and the full reported capacity in a 7G/Thin/120GB: http://i.imgur.com/8D79QUt.jpg

    I’ll keep filling the card and report back with the capacity at which I find problems. If anyone else is collecting parts to do this on a 6/7G I’d suggest getting a spare rear housing on ebay… I’ve taken a lot of stuff apart with no problem, but this was designed not to be disassembled. It really requires a lot of force, and I have no idea what it’ll look like when I clip it back on (I’m keeping it “ajar” in case I hear anything about the CF adapter compatibility issue)

  313. 313 On May 26th, 2014, Joe said:

    I have a PNY 256GB card also, factory formatted and I can load about 124GB (11,000 songs) using a fifth generation Ipod and the latest adapter. Beyond that, there is a problem and the Ipod needs to be restored. I will try the AOMEI formatting option, but I guess this is the known firmware limitation mentioned earlier.

  314. 314 On May 28th, 2014, John Z said:

    Hi Tarkan, I’m having trouble with the PNY Elite Performance 256GB SDXC P-SDX256U1H-GE in a 30GB iPod Video. The other hardware I’m using is the Transcend TS-RDF5K SDXC USB 3.0 adapter, a Lenovo Windows 7 laptop, and your latest CF-SD adapter. First, I put the card into the adapter and (as described in your instructions) used AOMEI to rebuild MBR, delete partitions, and format FAT32. At this point, I can write to the card at ~34 MB/sec, which is perfect. Next, I disconnect the adapter and put the card into the iPod. When I connect the iPod to the PC, Windows says that the drive needs to be formatted. I hit Cancel in this dialog box and open iTunes. Of course, it says that the iPod needs to be restored, and Capacity is displayed as “zero KB”. After restoring, I close iTunes and try copying files to the drive. This results in speeds at about 2.5 MB/sec. If I reboot the iPod and put it in Disk Mode, the transfer rate isn’t any faster.

    I’ve gone through this process twice. The transfer speeds are terrible, but if that were the only problem, I could manage. When copying files, Windows eventually gives the error “The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable”. In order to use the disk again, it is necessary to check the disk for errors. This cycle of copying, getting the error, and fixing the disk eventually just results more frequent errors; I haven’t been able to fill the disk.

    I also have an iPod Classic 6G that I’m going to try with the same adapter & card. Do you have any idea what the problem could be?

    Thanks for the help

  315. 315 On May 28th, 2014, John said:

    I’m using a 256gb PNY card as we’ll and have been dealing with the same limitation. The card works fine up to around 130mb. Above that the card corrupts and needs to be restored.

    Any word yet from the adapter manufacturer with a firmware fix yet?

  316. 316 On May 29th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    We have a beta firmware, which has fixed some issues but has introduced other issues – once I have a better beta firmware I will contact you guys to try out.

    John Z, Not sure what is going on with your 5g, the 256Gb card should work ok until you breach 130Gb in sync’d music – restoring and syncing should work ok.
    It is possible you have a bad SD-CF Adapter, but you used the adapter to do the formatting on your PC?

  317. 317 On May 29th, 2014, cmarti said:

    I think John meant to write 130gb instead of 130mb.

  318. 318 On May 29th, 2014, John said:

    Cmarti, I did in fact mean 130Gb not 130Mb, thanks for pointing that out to alleviate possible confusion.

    Thanks Tarkan, for the update on a maybe eventual firmware fix! Looking forward to more news on the SATA adapter as well.

  319. 319 On May 29th, 2014, John Z said:

    I formatted the SDXC card before installing it in the iPod. The Transcend adapter was used to format and rebuild the MBR. After that, I put it in the iPod and restored.

    Really looking forward to the firmware fix. Thanks

  320. 320 On May 31st, 2014, John V said:

    Received SD-CF Adapter today! Thanks for the fast shipment.

    My question is how do I format the SD card to Fat32 on a Mac? The only options I see in Disk Uitlity is “MS-DOS (FAT)” and “exFAT”

    The card is a “Patriot LX Series 128GB Flash Memory Card – Class 10, UHS-1, SDXC”.


    John V

  321. 321 On June 1st, 2014, Liam said:

    Hi there. I can confirm that a Qumox 128gb sdxc high speed card works flawlessly on an ipod classic 6g, it actually transforms the laggy 6th-7th gen classic ipods into a decent piece of kit! done the rebuild mbr trick and reformat to fat32 before putting in ipod. I believe these Qumox cards are the cheapest genuine 128gig cards around (tested capacity myself with h2test) so quite possibly the iflash+cf-sd+128gb Qumox sd combo is the cheapest way to get 128gb of flash storage (for now!)

  322. 322 On June 2nd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I think the MAC Disk Utility can format to FAT32/MS-DOS.

  323. 323 On June 2nd, 2014, Gareth said:

    MS-DOS (FAT) is the correct option for FAT32 in OSX Disk Utility (I guess it doesn’t specify because it doesn’t do FAT16?). If you go into “options” (I believe) you’ll also see that MBR is the default setting.

    For these to show up you need to highlight the device, not the current partition, in the list on the left… and I think select the partition button at the top, but I’m doing this from memory.

    My SD was formatted in this manner and is only running into the 130gb limitations we already knew about.

  324. 324 On June 2nd, 2014, Ben said:

    Chalk one more up for instability with the 128gb PNY SDXC card
    (ipod rebooting, song/art reads failing, requests to restore after docking).

    I tried a 2GB generic micro sd I had lying around and it had no problems, dunno if that data point helps.

    I’d love to be kept in the loop about any fixes as well, firmware or otherwise.

  325. 325 On June 2nd, 2014, Ben said:

    Oh, and the above is with a 6gen classic, btw.

  326. 326 On June 3rd, 2014, John Z said:

    I’d like to give an update to my post on May 28th (#314):

    The PNY 256GB is very well behaved in the iPod Classic 6G. It consistently transfers files at 4.0MB/s – much better than with the iPod Video. The only problem is when I hit the previously-discussed storage ceiling, which on this card is a little more than 140GB. Other than that, it’s perfect in the Classic.

  327. 327 On June 4th, 2014, Steven M. said:

    I have been using the Lexar 128Gb CF cards in two 6G’s for two years with great success.
    However I have been gradually converting my digital library over to a high resolution format, requiring the need for more storage.
    The 256GB CF cards are over $1,000. I have already bought the SD adapter cards, but have not bought any SD cards.
    I want to stick with Lexar, as they have been outstanding reliability and compatibility. I’ve seen prices as low as $300 for new.
    Thoughts anyone?
    Thanks in advance, Steven.

  328. 328 On June 4th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Either the PNY or Lexar 256Gb SDXC cards are good.

    Once the firmware for the SD-CF Adapter is solved (and we are close I think) then for 256Gb iPod SD cards will be the preferred way.

  329. 329 On June 4th, 2014, cmarti said:

    Hi Steven M, there’s actually one 256CF card that you can get for $370 shipped.


  330. 330 On June 4th, 2014, Steven M said:

    So the SD-CF adapter cards I bought last year might have a firmware incompatibility for 256Gb?

    I haven’t used them yet, they are still in the plastic wrap. I’ve been waiting for 256Gb SD prices to drop.

    I just bought a third SD-CF adapter this morning for a new (to me) 6G classic. My intended use was to convert all three to 256Gb. Will there be an issue with my current adapter cards at 256Gb?

    Thank You,

  331. 331 On June 4th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Unlikely they will work, sorry.

    You just maybe lucky and have units which are made by the same people who make my adapters – so you may be able to update the firmware once we have finalised it.

  332. 332 On June 4th, 2014, Gareth said:

    Ah! This is the first hint that Tarkan’s made at the adapters being user upgradeable. I’d pessimistically assumed that we’d be buying replacements with the new firmware.

    Until the 256 cards came out (or were in general circulation) I don’t imagine there was any way for Tarkan to know that there was a capacity limitation on the adapter.

  333. 333 On June 4th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Well that is the plan at the moment…..

    If we get in to a situation where the hardware needs revision I would be offering a cheap exchange/upgrade path for existing owners of v5 SD-CF Adapter.

    As the saying goes my name is on the product, so I would always stand by it… :)

  334. 334 On June 5th, 2014, Steven M said:

    Please let me know when you have the capacity issue sorted out. In the meantime, I’m going to request of you to put my most recent order on hold. I placed it yesterday. The only order information I have is the palpay transaction ID number 7Y14038637323051X and the dollar amount of $38.20 (i bought a ribbon cable too)and the date of 4 June, 2014.
    Thank you Steven.

  335. 335 On June 5th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Sorry Steven, Your order has already been sent….

    I have sent you an email with your options.

  336. 336 On June 9th, 2014, Dan said:


    Previous comment.

    Checking in with errors on a 128gb kingston card on an ipod 5g 60gb. I ran the MBR prep step by step. Restore with itunes went fine. Problem: Sync times out after 5-10 minutes. I will be doing more troubleshooting this week when I have time. Just wanted to make the note as a few people are having issues with this card and it may not be the most reliable setup.

    Will let you know if I find a solution. Cheers

    After manually restarting the sync every 2000-3000 songs, sync completed and all are present on the ipod. No problems with playback, or any other functionality past this.

    I’m sure it has to do with the limited memory on the old ipods or something similar.

    Overall, (old hardware minor issues aside) really happy!
    Thanks for all your hard work.

  337. 337 On June 9th, 2014, Michael said:


    Installed your iFlash into my 6th gen iPod this weekend. Used a Sandisk Ultra 64gb 30mb/s UHS-1 SDXC card and had no issues. I did mess up and formatted it OS X journalled at first. Reformatted to Fat32 and the restore worked perfectly. Rode around mowing most of the day Saturday listening (not watching) music videos and audio and used very little battery capacity on a battery that I figured would need replacing. Have a 5.5 gen iPod to do next …. ! Great solution … I’ve replaced the HD in both previously and love this solution. No more crashes!

  338. 338 On June 9th, 2014, Michael Jordan said:

    Hi Tarken, I’m also looking forward to the firmware if it becomes available. Running a 6th gen with a pny 256gb and other than the same problem as others over the 130gb all running well.

  339. 339 On June 9th, 2014, Joe said:

    Tarkan – As a follow up to my earlier post, #313, I formatted and partitioned using AOMEI Utility and loaded up to about 132GB onto the PNY 256GB (~8MB/s). Good luck with the firmware testing.

  340. 340 On June 15th, 2014, James said:

    128Gb SDXC UHS-I Kinkgston Ultimate 90 Mb/s(SDA10) works perfectly

    my configuration

    iPod G5 30GB Model:MA146FD
    Rockbox Utility 3.13
    Apple firmware 1.3(iTunes 11.2.2)

    Parted Magic (http://partedmagic.com/)
    – Erase Disk – Disk (External) Write zeros to the entire drive dd
    – Partion Editor – Partion table msdos

  341. 341 On June 18th, 2014, steven m said:

    Most people having having good success with name-brand 128Gb.
    Because of the shift to high resolution music files (24 bits @ 196khz), the next issue becomes storage devices over 128Gb i.e. 256Gb to 1Tb.
    If I’ve read the previous posts correctly, the problems start occurring at 130Gb.

  342. 342 On June 18th, 2014, cmarti said:

    I wonder if they will add 24 bits @ 196khz compatibility to old iPods like the Classic and the Video… I guess that time will tell if they will.

  343. 343 On June 23rd, 2014, hrzd said:

    128 GB Qumox SDXC works on my 6g ipod.

  344. 344 On June 23rd, 2014, cmarti said:

    I am kinda jealous that I can’t source that 128 GB Qumox SDXC card in the USA. They sell for cheap in England.

  345. 345 On June 30th, 2014, Alec said:

    Bought the adapter a few weeks back and installed it in my 7th gen iPod with a Kingston Technology SDX10V/128GB SD card. All looked fine, but from time to time playback hung and the iPod sometimes became unresponsive. On my final test, it played a few songs and then went silent, spending about 5 seconds on one some, then on to the next and so on. Sounds similar to the problems others have seen.

    Based on other recommendations, I replaced it (good on Amazon for their easy returns) with a 128GB QUMOX SD XC 128 GB SDXC card – not only about 40% cheaper, but *blindingly* fast! And that appears to work perfectly based on experience so far. I’ve had it running for 24 hours, and it’s up to song 400 so far, without a hiccup. Transfers are faster too.

    The figures from h2testw bear out rather tasty performance:
    Kingston: Write – 13.9 MB/s, Read – 38.7 MB/s
    Qumox: Write – 52.4 MB/s, Read – 68.4 MB/s

    Based on mine and others’ experiences, I wonder if it might be worth a question mark against the Kingston 128 card in the compatibility list (maybe it’s just a 7th gen thing?). And it’s certainly worth adding the Qumox, especially given its GBP 32.90 price at Amazon.

    Was so happy with my original upgrade, then disappointed when it appeared to have made my iPod unreliable. Now happier still that I’ve got a working, faster solution – for even less money!

  346. 346 On July 1st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Alec,

    Thanks for posting – The Kingston 128Gb has always been a card which required some nurturing. It was the card which kicked off the whole FAT32 Formatting for 64Gb/128Gb ExFAT cards.

    The PNY and Kingston have consistently been the cards which required the MBR and Formatting before working. I assume you went from box to iPod with no formatting or MBR rebuild of the Qumox??

    The funny thing is my own 7g which has the Kingston 128Gb installed, and it has never reset, froze, or skipped in the last 5 months it’s been in there.

    I will place a note against the Kingston for the 7g, and if you can keep me updated on how the Qumox is working.

  347. 347 On July 1st, 2014, Chris said:

    I purchased the SD-CF adapter bundle in May and just got around to installing it on my 5th gen video. After closing the iPod backup and plugging it in it started to boot. Then I got the sad face with the apple website under it, then the “Very Low Battery” message. I took the iPod apart again and reseated the battery connection, this got rid of the “Very Low Battery” error. Now it starts to boot (I get the Apple symbol) and then it very briefly flashed the sad face and goes back to the Apple Symbol. IF I hold the iPod to my ear I hear two quick beeps from the adapter just as the sad face pops up. It seems like the iPod isn’t reading the card or the adapter and the adapter is resetting?

    The card I am using is a PNY 64gb SDXC Elite Performance UHS-1. I just saw the post about reformatting the SDXC cards to Fat32, I will try this after work.

    Any other thoughts or suggestions?

  348. 348 On July 1st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Chris, you probably find the battery is very low.

    Plug it in to USB charger or computer, then let it attempt to boot up, and allow it to sit at the Very Low Battery message for 20 minutes or so.

    Another thing, if you have not used the iPod in a long time and the battery was low – then the battery maybe damaged and needs replacing.

  349. 349 On July 2nd, 2014, Chris said:


    I let it charge for a while, it just keeps looping. I opened it up again and formatted the SDXC card to fat32. Put it back in and closed it up and plugged it in to the wall charger. I am not getting anything on the screen, its not even lighting up. However if I hold the back of the iPod to my ear I hear a very rapid beeping, almost, kind of hard to describe. So it is getting power somewhere.

  350. 350 On July 2nd, 2014, Chris said:

    Ok, it’s looking like the battery. I left it charging over night, same errors. Still heard the HDD beeping though, not sure what that means. I took a close look at the battery ribbon and there was a small tear near the connection to the logic board. Ordering a battery and see where it goes.

  351. 351 On July 7th, 2014, Antonio said:

    Hello – Thanks for a great little product! Slapped it into an old, beat up 6th gen, with a fresh 64GB micro SD card (Sandisk), and all new casing (front/back).
    It’s fantastic, really, to see this thing “as new” and fully operational. The previous 80GB drive was on its last leg, failing randomly, with many corrupt sectors.

    Sadly, I’m getting the same Rockbox errors as others above (ATA: Error 80000000 while reading BBT (sector 0, count 1))

    I’m curious if anyone has found a workaround for this yet. I’m glad the device works well with the SD card, it’s just that I find the stock firmware to be almost useless to me (much of my library is in FLAC format). I suppose I would be willing to go through buying another card, trying that out, but I’d just like to hear if anyone else has any way to work around the error first. Being that these things are so difficult to disassemble, I’d also likely have to opt for another new back plate for it.

    All in all, I’m very satisfied with the quality, the ease of use of this set of adapters, and very thankful for ALL of your efforts, Tarkan! Hopefully, someone here has managed to get Rockbox working with a micro SD card?

  352. 352 On July 7th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    If it is a 6th Gen, I assume you are using EmCore to load Rockbox? I am in conversation with one of the emCore developers to see if we can fix this.

    The current situation is that ALL Lexar SDXC/SDHC cards work fine with emCore and Rockbox, and all other cards fail during the boot process.

  353. 353 On July 7th, 2014, cmarti said:

    Antonio, try this patch.

    (just extract and overwrite any files in your iPod)


  354. 354 On July 7th, 2014, Antonio said:

    Nice – yes, it’s a 6th gen. Good to know there’s some collaboration going on :)

    GREAT to know about the card types that do work in that particular instance. I’m looking forward to seeing if it can all be sorted out in the coming weeks before opening the case and going with another card type, but, if I must, I will.

    Thanks for the good news on other types that work well in this situation, as well as ongoing discussion with that developer. I’m certainly willing to test ;)
    Again, AWESOME product, and many thanks for all the kind words and helpful comments here on these posts.

  355. 355 On July 7th, 2014, Antonio said:

    cmarti – thanks for the upload. No luck with that one. Will wait for further updates from the emcore folks, as it seems to be a driver issue at this point. That, or I’ll end up getting a Lexar card, since those seem to have fewer issues.

  356. 356 On July 7th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    The problem is in emCore – my mSata board also has the same error with some cards (works with the Samsung EVO range).

    The beyondwind build of Rockbox only reduces the ATA polling delays which were causing issues on mSata drives – this build will not work in this situation.

  357. 357 On July 8th, 2014, WildmaN said:

    So is there any update on Rockbox working with a classic on the Lexar 256gb card? I decided to go back to running Apple firmware until this is resolved, because the iPod video runs slower and has more hangups with Rockbox.

  358. 358 On July 8th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I have sent you an email – to try something for me.

    One of my testers is running the latest firmware on a 5.5g / Rockbox with the 256Gb PNY, and so far it seems to be working ok, and they have 182Gb of music loaded.

  359. 359 On July 10th, 2014, alnasique said:

    my setup is ipod 5.5 + transcend ultimate 128gb sd card. It is freezing when transferring files both in RB and OF and keeps reconnecting once in a while all the time. Who knows how exacly itunes restores ipod, does it always format ipod ordoes it make sense to play around with formatting. Any suggestions.

  360. 360 On July 11th, 2014, Liam said:

    Now finished a third ipod flash conversion – a 2nd gen ipod mini. It seems the 2nd gen ipod mini works perfectly with Tarkans cf-sd adaptor and a 128gb Komputerbay card. No restore, reboot issues, just as seamless as it was with the original microdrive. Im guessing the mini will probably share the same sd card compatibility list as the others. A 4th gen iPod photo is next to do! Komputerbay card not as quick as the Qumox though, but got it for a good price on ebay.

    I know you are solely focused on the later gen full sized ipods Tarkan, but if you were to list any possible compatibilities with your cf-sd adaptor and older ipod models (ipod mini, 3rd-4th gen “classic” ipods) based on other peoples experiences on your site, you could potentially attract more customers and helping the ipod modding community even more by consolidating more information on one site. (youre doing a great job as it is tho!)

  361. 361 On July 13th, 2014, Alec said:

    I did the whole rebuild MBR & repartition thing with both my original 128GB Kingston card and the 128 GB Qumox card. In fact, after I’d had the problems with the Kingston card, I took it out and ran through all the prep stages again, just to be sure, but to no avail.

    It could have been a problem with that particular card, but it reported as fine using htestw.

    It was totally unreliable for me. One of the main uses for my iPod is for providing music before and after bands that I engineer for, and it let me down a couple of times in that situation. Couldn’t rely on it.

    But, with the Quomox card (which is about 35% cheaper) it’s been running like a dream. Can’t make it miss a beat at all. That Quomox looks like being a real gem – unreal speeds as well as cheap.

    Oh, and one other quick thought – I’d recommend getting an iSesamo tool for opening up an iPod. When I did mine, with the standard plastic pry tools I turned the air blue with swearing, turned the tools to putty, and had bruised hands and cracked fingernails – not to mention that it took me about 45 mins to get the back of my iPod. Got an iSesamo tool and had the back off my son’s iPod in a minute.

    Can’t fault your interface, though – it’s a gem. And to think, that you can turn an iPod into a 128GB solid state iPod for just GBP 55 – bargain of the century!

  362. 362 On July 13th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    I am just waiting on some metal spudger type tools I will be selling on my store page in addition to the plastic tools I already sell.

    I find the metal tools are great for the iPod 6g/7g Classics and if you are very careful the 5g’s as well.

  363. 363 On July 15th, 2014, Antonio said:

    Sounds awesome. Will wait and see what you come up with.

    Any word back from the dev on Rockbox? Last I heard, he thought he might have something by last weekend, but haven’t heard anything on my front.

    Wouldn’t mind waiting a bit longer to see if this works out, as, even with a *great* opening tool, it’d be nice not to have to (as well as having to buy a different card).

  364. 364 On July 17th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Well the latest build I have tried has resolved the emCore bootup issue with the various cards I have tested. Some more work is required in the ATA layer as there are some issues specific to certain drives.

  365. 365 On July 17th, 2014, Auer said:

    hello tarkan,
    I have an ipod Classic 6g, 80gb and I am planning to use a 128Gb SDXC UHS-I Qumox . But when I read “6g Classic (80gb Thin) ** Maximum Storage 127Gb” I didnt really now what you meant with 127, so 127gb is the maximum and 128 is already too much?


  366. 366 On July 17th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Sorry it is not very clear. I will try and rephrase it to make it clear.

    Your card will be fine as the formatted capacity will be around 119Gb, so you will not be affected by it.

  367. 367 On July 18th, 2014, firefly said:

    I got the 7th gen 160GB ipod classic, hd died.
    Will the pny 256GB sdxc work at full capacity with the latest v5 adapter?
    thank you

  368. 368 On July 18th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Yes the current beta firmware seems to be working well with the PNY 256gb.

  369. 369 On July 18th, 2014, Moshe said:

    Is there a projected timeline for the release of said beta firmware?


  370. 370 On July 20th, 2014, John William said:

    Hi. Thanks for saving a lot of older and/or dead HDD iPods from recycling. Much appreciated. I just ordered my second adapter system from you and hope to drop a 256Gb SD card into a 5th gen iPod video. I’ve read conflicting reports on the viability of the PNY 256Gb and the 5. What do you know/think about the combo? Once again, thanks for resurrecting iPods! John from Canada

  371. 371 On July 20th, 2014, John William said:

    Hi again. After posting my comments and question, I realized I was not being specific enough to expect a good answer. I am specifically wondering whether the “PNY 256GB Elite Performance SDXC 90MB/s Flash Card (P-SDX256U1H-GE)” works in an iPod video 5g. I would really like to get a 256Gb card as it would really kick up my 30Gb iPod…like 10x! Thanks again. John from Canada

  372. 372 On July 21st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    The sd-cf adapter are shipping with the latest firmware now.
    Testers have generally been happy with the 256Gb SDXC compatibility, there is still the odd iPod which seems to have problems with these larger cards.

  373. 373 On August 13th, 2014, John Z said:

    Short of exchanging my v5 adapter for a new one, is there any upgrade I can perform to be able to use the full capacity of a PNY Elite Performance 256GB SDXC card in an iPod Classic 6G with Rockbox?


  374. 374 On August 14th, 2014, WildmaN said:

    Unfortunately I am having nothing but problems and headaches from my ipod with the 256gb Lexar card. You can’t fill the ipod video more than 19k songs with itunes. And when running Rockbox on it it is slow and hangs up while putting music on it. On the ipod classic, it always gets errors when syncing with itunes, and with Rockbox it runs great, but the battery drains on it. I have put it to the side, to give it a break. Hope other people are having more success than I have been having.

    The other annoyance is the ipods will skip random tracks, with no particular pattern. So I have to delete the track then put it back on every time a track skips. Of course after that it is fine. But it gets tedious and annoying to have to keep doing that. I just gave it rest for now, and am running my ipod classic 160gb. These ipods are just tricky and don’t like running outside of itunes and the freaking Apple firmware.

  375. 375 On August 28th, 2014, djmsx said:

    hi, i have two old ipods 30gb and i plan to upgrade them using the iFlash SD-CF Adapter Bundle. So i bought two bundles, can you please Tarkan tell me when you plan to ship me the stuff, knowing the fact that i’ve paid via paypal on wednesday 27th of august. Another last question, my ipod classic 160gb begins to have problems with its hard drive, can i use one of those bundles to upgrade it, thanks for your response.

  376. 376 On August 28th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    You will get an confirmation once it has shipped.

    Yes you can use the bundle in 160Gb Classic, if it is a thick 160Gb (6g) then you will also need a replacement hdd ribbon to fit the iFlash.

  377. 377 On August 29th, 2014, djmsx said:

    Thanks Tarkan, my 160Gb ipod classic is a 7th generation, i’ll take a look :)

  378. 378 On August 29th, 2014, djmsx said:

    Hi again Tarkan, i’ve also bought 3 ipod hdd ribbon, can you please send the totality of the order in the same package, with the 2 iFlash SD-CF Adapter Bundles. Many thanks.

  379. 379 On August 29th, 2014, Originalsnuffy said:

    Tarkan. I am looking at upgrading a 80gb ipod video 5.5g. Two options have similar costs. One is the pny sd card. Your new firmware seems to be working for the most part from what I gather but not always.

    The second is to order your new Sata adapter with the crucial msata 240 card.

    The power consumption seems better with sd but file transfers seem problematic. Any advice ?

    Also what is the preferred revision of rockbox for this. ?

    Does anybody in the us do the mods for a fee? I broke a video display on my most recent mod so I lean to using an expert if available. Thanks !

  380. 380 On August 29th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    The 256Gb PNY is ok in the 5.5g, using iTunes you need to sync in batches as the original database was never designed to handle 50000+ tracks.

    mSata drives will give you half the runtime compared to the SDXC card.

  381. 381 On September 2nd, 2014, lemcy said:

    i’ve bought the http://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B00JAXVUSO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (it’s on the list). I cant get into disk mode, computer can’t see it (osx or win), the only thing that it does it hangs on the “connect to your computer….restore”.
    thanks for your help

  382. 382 On September 2nd, 2014, hubcapboy said:


    That is the video demo from the rockbox install page. Until I duplicated the amount of time counted off in the video I had absolutely no chance of getting my latest-gen ipod into dfu mode. It was hopeless counting, some sites say “around ten seconds” etc. If you hold it for too long it just resets. I think I did that 1000 times. The first time I watched this video as I held and released the buttons was my successful rockbox install.

  383. 383 On September 4th, 2014, David said:

    Picked up the CF/SD bundle… Fit perfectly, instructions were great and with the a Lexar 128GB 400x SDXC card, (preformatted to FAT32 – following the instructions on the site) everything is working great. Transfer from iTunes is a little slow due to the card having a 40ish MB/s write speed, but the read/search is very fast! Great upgrade for an ipod video that needed to be opened for a new battery (nine years later). Thanks for a great product!

  384. 384 On September 5th, 2014, Bruno said:

    One more…my 5G 30Go… has a new life with this adaptator.. Installation is simple…. works great.. Thanks !

  385. 385 On September 6th, 2014, WildmaN said:

    Well I gave it another try to see if running on Winamp would help it. And it didn’t, it is still skipping random tracks. So I am pretty much done with it for now. I hacked one of my 160 classics (with hard drive) with Rockbox and running it on an older version of Winamp. It runs great, and it is autofilled with albums. It has over 33k songs on it. I usually listen to full albums when I am working. So I will use that for now.

    The memory card ipod still needs a lot of research and work. And I don’t have the patience for it, and it is high maintenance. I have wasted enough time with it. That I am thinking of building a 250gb ipod classic with hard drive. I have the adapters for it. I will let you all know if it works out. As for now it is not on my top priority list. I have other things going on.

  386. 386 On September 6th, 2014, Eric said:

    Hey Tarkan,

    I just installed a KOMPUTERBAY 128GB Professional CF 1000X 150MB/s Extreme Speed UDMA 7 into an Ipod 5g. I want to keep the apple software on it due to the fact that I use it in my car and my head unit can fully control the ipod. That being said, I’m having a few issues. First is that sometimes the album art doesn’t transfer or is glitchy. The second problem is that transferring songs is way slower than before the mod (takes a few minutes just to transfer 20 songs), and my itunes also can become slow or unresponsive after plugging in the ipod.

  387. 387 On September 7th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Is this an Compact Flash card we are talking about? Check the card works in a card reader, and run something like H2Testw – Sadly Komputerbay cards do not have very good QC.

    The 32Gb version of that CF has been reported working ok.

  388. 388 On September 8th, 2014, John said:

    Hi. I installed a 256GB PNY SDXC card (model P-SDX256U1H-GE) into a 5th generation iPod using the iFlash adapter and CF to CD adapter purchased here a few weeks ago. I’ve found that after transferring somewhere between 25,000 (around 140GB used) and 35,000 (around 185GB used) songs onto the iPod, the iPod is unable to boot (stuck at the apple logo). When I had about 25,000 songs on it, everything was fine but transferring that additional 10,000 made it fail. Is there something I’m doing wrong or is this a limitation with iTunes or the stock iPod firmware?

  389. 389 On September 8th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Large track numbers will freeze and slow up the 5g – I have 28000 Tracks using up about 210Gb on mine, and rebooting from a reset takes a long time.

    I suggest syncing in batches, so the Apple iTunes database can be updated incrementally, rather than sitting there doing a 20hours 200Gb sync.

  390. 390 On September 9th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi John,

    I ran a test overnight using a different music collection – I pulled the 256Gb PNY from my 5g (80gb) and Rebuilt MBR / Fat32 Format using AOMEI.

    I then let iTunes sync overnight – Just ejected it this morning, stats are ~34000 tracks 206Gb Used, and the iPod is working fine.

    I reset the iPod and it booted fine, it does sit at the White Apple Logo for a few minutes, this is when the iTunes Database is parsed and checked.

    I have it playing the 90’s playlist now, which has approximately ~8000 tracks.

    I will re-run this test again with another collection of 216Gb 36000 tracks, tomorrow.

  391. 391 On September 10th, 2014, Josh said:

    Now that Apple has taken the iPod Classic off their store I’m looking more seriously into modding my iPod. I’m just double checking that the following line means that I shouldn’t use the PNY card on my 160gb thin iPod classic.

    “256Gb SDXC UHS-I PNY (Since 7/14) (5g/5.5g, restore loop on 6g/7g Classics)”


  392. 392 On September 11th, 2014, djmsx said:

    hi all i found a card on amazon that is very cheap, here is the link
    What do you think, this costs about 40€ :)

  393. 393 On September 11th, 2014, djmsx said:

    Hi all, buyed this card “komputer bay 128 go” from amazon, formatted with the advices of tarkan with aomei on a win7 machine, then go back to mac to restore the ipod, restored successfully but ……..
    Impossible to grab music on it via itunes, the only thing i could do is to use a third party software from bigasoft to transfer music.
    that was possible but …….
    while playing music, randomly, the track skips to the next without finishing playing.
    I then noticed that when that happens, the track begins playing since the beginning while the time displayed does not match, the ipod displays for example 1.50 mns.
    So i ordered from amazon another sd card mentioned by tarkan, the “128Gb SDXC UHS-I Qumox”, hope this will solve my problem.
    If you had similar problems please warn me to tell me if you had a solution, many thanks :)

  394. 394 On September 11th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Which version (600x or 400x) did you get? Also what iPod version did you install it in to? Did you test the card in a SDXC card reader, using something like H2Testw?

    Komputerbay while being very cheap, sadly suffer a lot of variance between cards, some work great and some are poor.

  395. 395 On September 12th, 2014, Eric said:

    These are the results from running H2Testw:

    Warning: Only 500 of 121958 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 930 KByte/s
    Reading speed: 966 KByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

  396. 396 On September 12th, 2014, msx said:

    Hi Tarkan, i’ve the 600x one, i’ll test it with h2testw, and i’ll report the results, thanks.
    Other question, is it possible to format the card under windows with aomei and restore the ipod in macosx, knowing that this will reformat the card again in hfs.
    This procedure did not work for me with the sdhc card from komputerbay. :)

  397. 397 On September 12th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Eric, That is very slow – is that directly in a CF card reader? Also are you running this in a 5.5g? The 5.5g has issues with UDMA7 based CF cards – like the newer Lexar’s, so it is possible you have the same issue with the Komputerbay 1000x CF.

  398. 398 On September 12th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Msx, Yes that is ok – you could also use the MacOS disk utility to format the card to FAT32 – anything which rewrites the MBR is ok formatting is not the important part.

  399. 399 On September 12th, 2014, djmsx said:

    Hi again Tarkan, always the same issue, received the qumox card, reformatted it via disk utility in many file systems (exfat hfs+), itunes restores the ipod but when i want to transfer music it hangs after loading 3 or 4 songs, i have to resynchronize many times to load only one album, :(
    If you can, tell me the exact procedure i’ve to make with the card and what options i have to tip on disk utility, on macosx Mavericks, thanks.
    My version of Itunes is the last one.
    the good news is that the songs loaded with itunes doesn’t skip anyway on playing :)

  400. 400 On September 12th, 2014, John said:

    Thanks for the reply, Tarkan. I tried syncing in smaller batches but it still gets stuck on the Apple logo (I’ve left it sitting for as long as 20 minutes to make sure it wasn’t just booting slow) when I get too many songs on it. By putting the iPod in disk mode and deleting some files, I was able to get the iPod to boot normally but I would then have a problem playing large playlists (for example, if I go to “shuffle all,” the first track will play but when it ends or I skip to next, it stops playing and returns to the main menu).

    If I understand correctly, the iPod you tested, the 80GB version, is a 5.5 generation iPod. I’m using the normal 5th gen version (was originally 30GB). Do you think that could be why I’m having problems when the iPod has a large number of files on it?

  401. 401 On September 12th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi John,

    Sorry I made an error the iPod I used in the test above was a 5g 60Gb, but regardless it probably explains it, as the 60Gb 5g has 64Mb of memory, and your 30Gb 5g has 32Mb memory.

    I have updated this article above and uploaded a screenshot of the 5g (60Gb) About screen showing 216Gb used with 36000 tracks, model no. MA147.

    I will try and find a 30Gb 5g in my collection and run the tests again just to confirm what you are seeing.

  402. 402 On September 12th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @djmsx, I will send you an email to run through some tests to try and determine what is going on.

  403. 403 On September 12th, 2014, Josh said:

    Is your new iFlash-Sata mod going to be a better (and more reasonably priced) option for an iPod larger than 160gb?

  404. 404 On September 13th, 2014, djmsx said:

    Thank you Tarkan ;)

  405. 405 On September 13th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Josh, At the 256Gb point it is a hard call, especially when you take in to account the power hungry mSata.

    However, above 256Gb – mSata wins hands down, as the price per Gb is just so much cheaper than SDXC/CF cards.

  406. 406 On September 13th, 2014, Josh said:

    Thanks for the reply. It’s definitely a tough choice at 256gb because I have a 7g 160gb iPod and it looks like from your list that the PNY 256gb SDXC doesn’t work (restore loop). The PNY card is a reasonably $110 but the Lexar cards are around $300

  407. 407 On September 13th, 2014, Tushar said:

    Hi Tarkan, I’m modding my iPod classic 6th gen with a 64gb Samsung Evo micro SDXC, however it’s the thin (late 2009) model and I have noticed that you said you need the cable offered in your store for the thick model. I have already purchased the cable with the adapter bundle (thanks for your quick postage by the way), which one should I install in the iPod, the original cable or the one from your store? Thanks.

  408. 408 On September 13th, 2014, Josh said:

    Has anyone any info if these 256gb micro sd cards will work in an adapter?
    Forgive my ignorance but they are so cheep and I have never even seen them mentioned before, I have seen different brands listed on ebay for about 50 usd as well,
    Anyone know?
    ****LINK REMOVED****

  409. 409 On September 14th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Josh, No all them cards are 8Gb cards which have been hacked to show up as 64Gb/128Gb/256Gb. They are also sold on Ebay as Adata or Samsung MicroSD cards, they all share the same packaging and similar branding/colors.

    I suggest people stay away from them and not to waste your money – thinking you are getting a bargain.

  410. 410 On September 14th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Tushar, either is ok – they should both be the same.

  411. 411 On September 14th, 2014, volt said:

    it would help us all for everyone to report the APPLE MODEL NUMBER–instead of the product name–when reporting working/non-working configurations. The fact that there are two versions of the 160 Classic isn’t doing anyone any favors. Check this site to clear up some of the confusion regarding “6g” and “7g” models. But, please, refer to your ipod by the MODEL NUMBER:



  412. 412 On September 14th, 2014, volt said:

    …for example MB562LL, MB145LL etc.

  413. 413 On September 15th, 2014, Josh N said:

    Ack, we have two Josh’s here now. I’m the one asking about the PNY cards. Tarkan, do you think the restore loop on the PNY 256gb is fixable with a format of the card or anything like that?

  414. 414 On September 15th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Josh N – No it has nothing to do with formatting, it is down to the Apple OS and the initial storage device negotiation. I have had a few engineering samples of some new 256Gb CF cards that are coming out and some of them have the same issues.

    @Volt, yes it would make better sense if people used the model specific numbers, but I think it is quite hard for users to locate the number without having a working iPod.

    One trick is to get in to the iPod Diagnostic mode (Select + Left button, from reset) and then menu Manual Tests / SysCfg – the iPod model number is shown at the bottom two letters and 3 digits.

  415. 415 On September 15th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @John – Finished testing on the 30Gb 5g and Yes anything past 25000 tracks causes the iPod to freeze up. I think it has to do with the fact that the iTunes database file is larger than the size of the memory, With 36000 tracks my Database .db file is 57Mb in size and with around 20000 tracks the file is 28Mb – I think the iPod has trouble parsing the db file when it is larger than the ram. So I think we have accept Apple’s advertised limit of 20000 tracks for the 30Gb, and 40000 tracks for the 60Gb/80Gb iPods.

  416. 416 On September 18th, 2014, Federico said:

    if Transcend Ultimate 128GB class 10 has issues with ipod 5.5, does the same transcend 64GB have issues? i found a brand new one in my desk, and might want to try…

  417. 417 On September 18th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    It is worth trying if you have the card. The manufacturers also tend to change the internals of these cards quite often.

  418. 418 On September 20th, 2014, Paradigm said:

    PNY Technologies 256GB Elite Performance SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
    (PNY#P-SDX256U1H-GE) – $99.00 After Rebate – Free 1-3 Shipping for Lower 48 States of US

    After much research and deliberation, for my upgrade I am going to go with the PNY 256GB SD card linked above. This seems to me to be the best balance of dependability, cost, battery-life, and storage capacity. I will post an update after I receive the parts & finish the build.

    iPod Video 5.5 Gen 80GB
    Last 3 of Serial #: V9R
    Model MA450LL

  419. 419 On September 20th, 2014, originalsnuffy said:

    I can report that the PNY 256gb card works fine with stock itunes 1.30 firmware after formatting back to FAT32 as described above. My unit is/was a 5.5g unit 80gb.

    However, adding Rockbox into the mix is problematic for me. I no longer am able to dual boot. More importantly, Rockbox seems to corrupt the memory. Checkdisc does not seem to solve the problem nor do other utilitites. I can’t write to the SD card; files just “stick” while transferring. The BeyondWind patch does not seem to help either.

    I am thinking we need some kind of Rockbox patch.

    Open to advice or guidance.

  420. 420 On September 21st, 2014, Josh N said:

    Thanks for the updates Paradigm and originalsnuffy. I’m wondering if maybe I should try and find an older iPod to mod since the PNY card won’t work on my thin 160gb model. It must be something with the firmware since this generation has ver 2.0.4.

  421. 421 On September 21st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Originalsnuffy : I find the Rockbox USB Handler on the 5g/5.5g iPods is broken, regardless of the card used the transfers are very slow and it causes corruption of the filesystem.

    You need to boot into the Apple Diskmode then connect to the computer before doing your music transfers. The Apple USB handler is much faster and no errors.

    Also it helps if you switch off the USB HID mode on Rockbox.

  422. 422 On September 25th, 2014, John said:

    Thanks for all your help, Tarkan. I have 60GB version of the 5th gen lying around here somewhere; I’ll give that a try.

  423. 423 On September 25th, 2014, Kevin O. said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I completed the iFlash mod a few days ago with a SanDisk 64GB microSDXC card and everything works great. I have one issue and could not find my issue on this thread. I have a iPod Video 5.5 (30g) and when I swapped the iFlash into the iPod the SD card will manage to wiggle out of place from the CF-SD adapter and the iPod starts to go haywire. I opened it up and reseated the SD card, reset the iPod, and it works fine again. I was wondering if this is a known issue with SD cards coming loose in the CF-SD adapter or if may it is just my unit?

    The card does make the “click” sound once I push it in so I know that it is “locked” into place in the adapter. I use the iPod while I’m at work along with in my car to and from home and work. Could the vibrations from my car be causing the SD card to wiggle out of the CF-SD adapter?

    Thank you for your help and awesome product.

  424. 424 On September 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    It is not something I have seen or ever been reported. It must be your particular SD Adapter or SD card.

    Push the SD card in and lock it, then using your fingernail try and pull the SD card out of the slot. It should have some resistance.

  425. 425 On September 26th, 2014, Federico said:

    do you think that a 60MB/s will be much better that a 45MB/s (much cheaper)?

  426. 426 On September 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    It may make a very slight difference on the iPod Classics, but on the iPod video no difference.

    I would not spend more to get a faster card, after initial sync/restore most generally just add or remove tracks in small numbers.

  427. 427 On September 29th, 2014, Kevin O. said:


    It looks like my own user error for the SD card. I think I may not have pushed the card in the correct “lock” position for the SD card.

    I have another issue that is coming up but this time it is with the CF adapter. Last night another error popped up with iPod icon and a circle with a clash through it. I popped open the iPod again and this time the CF adapter came loose. I made sure to check that I had seated it in correctly and everything was tight. I closed it back up and it worked fine after a reset. I made sure that between the SD card reset and this most current reset that I didn’t drop the iPod or handle it rougher than I normally do. Is the CF adapter coming loose something that happens a lot for other users?

  428. 428 On September 30th, 2014, Eric said:

    Ok so I tested the KOMPUTERBAY 128GB Professional CF 1000X 150MB/s Extreme Speed UDMA 7 on a different computer, in the computer’s card reader. It was faster than before, but still wouldn’t read faster than 30 mb/s or write faster than 23 mb/s. The card is supposed to read at 150 mb/s and write at 130 mb/s. Why won’t my computers read this at those speeds (the second computer is an i7 only three years old)?

  429. 429 On September 30th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Simple reason is the CF card reader is connected via the USB bus (even most internal card readers), and in general USB2.0 only ever achieves a maximum of 30 to 33MB/s. To get higher speeds on your computer you need a USB3.0 card reader and a USB3.0 bus on said machine.

  430. 430 On September 30th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Kevin – not something that happens generally, the odd person who use iPod mounted on the handle bars of their motorcross bike has experienced it. The fix is pretty simple -place a small bit of tape (sellotape, pvc, duct tape or masking) across the top straddling both the CF connector and the SD-CF adapter – in effect locking them together.

  431. 431 On September 30th, 2014, Eric said:

    So should the read/write speeds be faster when the CF card is in my ipod, and connected to my computer through a USB cable. If not, then what is the point in having a 1000x CF card in my ipod vs a 600x CF card in my ipod?

  432. 432 On September 30th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    No the iPod is limited by the USB port as well.

    And in terms of 1000x or 600x, there is not much difference but it does improve the read rate and access times for the iPod’s internal drive access.

  433. 433 On October 4th, 2014, Ryan said:

    Are people still having issues with the 256Gb SDXC UHS-I PNY card? I have a 7th gen iPod classic. It looks liked the least expensive card available, but I’m also open to suggestions for other cards that don’t have issues in a similar price range.

  434. 434 On October 4th, 2014, William G said:

    Hello Tarkan. I want to use your CF/SD adapter combo in my iPod 4th Generation (B&W) Does it work for that model? Whats the maximum recommended SD size for that iPod?

  435. 435 On October 5th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    The iFlash kit only works in 5g and newer. The 4th Gen iPods use a different interface connection.

  436. 436 On October 9th, 2014, Paradigm said:

    I finally received all the parts for my build. Previous to the build, I formatted my SD card using the instructions provided by Tarkan. I initially ran into a few errors after installation of Rockbox, mainly a loss of Dual Boot functionality. This is the same error that originalsnuffy ran into, wherein the iPod refused to boot into the Original Firmware. Instead the iPod would display the Apple logo for a couple of seconds before clearing the screen and repeating the cycle.

    After trying several things that did not work, I decided that the issue was with the Rockbox Bootloader. I navigated to the Rockbox site, downloaded the old version of the Bootloader, & performed a reinstall. After that I tested out the Dual Boot functionality & found that the error had been fixed.

    Below are some installation guides that I threw together. After writing them, I tested the process from start to finish and it appears to be working correctly. This is only tested for the iPod Video 5.5G, but I do not see why it should not work for any other build that is encountering the same issue. On a somewhat related note, if you do not disconnect the iPod & select a Language after Restoration, and install the Bootloader, you will encounter an issue where you will have to select a Language anytime that you boot into the Original Firmware.

    I have not had any issues after nearly a full day of listening to my Rockboxed iPod.

    Also, I strongly advise staying away from the iVue faceplate from RapidRepair, as the plastic is not optically clear & has the same flimsy feel of a TicTac box. The Click Wheel is so flimsy that it makes key presses feel mushy and non responsive.

    Installation Guides:
    iPod Video 5.5G – iFlash CF-SD & 256GB PNY UHS-I Card – Rockbox Installation Procedure
    Reinstalling Rockbox Bootloader to Restore Dual Boot Functionality on iPod Video 5.5G with iFlash CF-SD & PNY 256 GB UHS-I SDXC Card

    Build & Parts Info:
    iPod Video 5.5 Gen 80GB (Now 238.58GB)
    Last 3 of Serial #: V9R
    Model MA450LL
    Milliamp 850mAh Battery (The pry tools that come with this battery are far superior to the ones from iFixit)
    Tarkan iFlash CF-SD Adapter Bundle
    Rockbox 3.13 Dev Build 8b8b854
    Lexar Dual Slot USB 3.0 Reader Professional LRW307URBNA

  437. 437 On October 10th, 2014, beer said:

    Thanks for the information Paradigm. The Rockbox Bootloader link doesn’t appear to be working.

  438. 438 On October 13th, 2014, Andrew B said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I’m trying to parse things here. I’ve bought a used 30GB 5th gen. I’m about to get the SD-CF bundle and wanted to make sure of something. Am I limited to 128GB SDXC or can I go up to 256GB SDXC using stock firmware? I heard something of a 7500 song limit but I read a post somewhere here that says it can go up to 35,000? Thank you.

  439. 439 On October 13th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Yes you can use a 256gb SDXC using the stock iTunes firmware. Testing has shown that the 30Gb iPod Video’s can handle around 20000 tracks, and the 60Gb/80Gb will handle around 40000 to 50000 tracks.

  440. 440 On October 14th, 2014, William G said:

    Oh that’s a shame, what adapter do you recommend for giving new life to my 4th Gen ipod? Even if it has to work with Cf cards only

  441. 441 On October 14th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Search for mini-IDE to CF adapter – I think they are the ones that go in the 4g. You may find my Sd-CF adapter will work as well once you have working CF adapter installed.

  442. 442 On October 20th, 2014, Stu said:


    I’m assuming your “iFlash SD-CF Adapter Bundle” comes with the latest versions of both the “iFlash iPod CF Adapter (ver.3)” and the “SD-CF Adapter (NEW v7)”? I’m planning on getting a 256GB PNY card and your bundle for use in my ipod classic (7 gen.) and just wanted to make sure it’s the latest stuff so it will all work well together? Thanks!

  443. 443 On October 20th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Yes the bundle is always the latest versions as listed.

  444. 444 On October 20th, 2014, Joss said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I have a 120g classic IPod that I probably damaged the hard disk. I want to use il in m’y new chevy car.

    I bought il new in january 2009 so I think it’s a 6th generation classic Ipod.

    Here are m’y questions : Could I use a 256 g sdxc disk and be able to use all the 256gb of memory and not be blocked to 120gb?

    Does someone, have an Ipod working with that same setup?

    With that modification will the sound system of my chevy car will see my IPod?

    Tanks in advance

  445. 445 On October 20th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Sadly that model will be limited to 128Gb.

  446. 446 On October 21st, 2014, Joss said:

    Hi tarkan,

    Thanks for the answer. I Will take the 128gb route

  447. 447 On October 21st, 2014, Andrey said:

    Hi Tarkan,
    Thank you for your work on this! Got the part and all is ok.
    Here are the results:

    Motherboard: iPod Video 5.5
    Housing: iPod Classic Silver
    Storage Capacity: 256gb
    Battery Pack: 1240mah
    Inner Frame, Screen, Click Wheel: iPod Video


  448. 448 On October 31st, 2014, Nathan said:

    I installed a PNY 128GB Elite Performance SDXC and formatted it as your instructions said. Everything seems to be working beside the fact when I transfer a file through rockbox it hangs up three quarters of the way in. It has no problem when transferring through itunes. I restored the ipod and installed rockbox again and I am still having the same problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  449. 449 On October 31st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    The Rockbox USB Handler is slow and prone to cause corruption issues on solid state drives.

    I suggest you boot to the Apple Diskmode and then connect to the computer to copy your music over. It will be faster and will cure the issues you have.

  450. 450 On October 31st, 2014, Nathan said:

    At first transferring data from disk mode seemed to be working but as the transfer progress the speed decreases. Half way through the transfer I get a half mb/s and I give up. any ideas? thank you.

  451. 451 On November 1st, 2014, Joy Bhowmik said:

    Hi Tarkan
    I have an ipod Classic 160 GB (thick). I want to convert it to use a 256 GB SDHC/SDXC card.

    Please correct me if I am missing anything in the list of things needed for the install:
    1) iFlash SD-CF Adapter Bundle – will this contain the v7 SD-CF Adapter?
    2) 4pcs iPod Opening Toolkit
    3) Metal Spudger – is this needed if I buy 2) above
    4) iPod HDD Ribbon – is this needed – I thought the ipod’s own HDD ribbon can be reused? I just want to confirm.
    5) 256Gb SDXC card

    My understanding is that after the hardware is installed on ipod ; following things are needed
    6) You have mentioned that one needs to re-create the MBR for ExFAT formatted SDXC. Is this still needed given the new v7 SD-CF adapter?

    7) To get around the 128 Gb (LBA48) limitation of the Apple firmware, you have suggested installing EmCore firmware. Will iTunes be able to retain the normal sync functionality with this firmware on the iPod?


  452. 452 On November 3rd, 2014, Paradigm said:

    Nathan I recommend reformatting the SDXC card & performing a fresh install, due to possible file system corruption. Refer to Steps 24-29 of the iPod Video 5.5G – iFlash CF-SD & 256GB PNY UHS-I Card – Rockbox Installation Procedure document:

    24. Boot iPod into Disk Mode (Failure to Perform this Step May Result in
    Corruption, Skipping, & Slow Transfer Speeds)
    a. Hold Menu + Select to Perform a Hard Reset
    b. Hold Select + Play to Boot into Disk Mode
    25. Reconnect iPod
    26. Create Folder in Root Directory to Store Music Files
    27. Transfer Music to Newly Created Directory
    28. Safely Disconnect iPod
    *** Hold Menu + Select to Perform a Hard Reset
    29. Test Functionality

    I will edit the documentation to reflect the updated step and publish a “How to” for music transfer to a Rockboxed iPod Video/Classic when I have some time to spare.

  453. 453 On November 3rd, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Joy – answered as numbered.

    1) Yes Bundle always includes latest version sold seperately.
    2) & 3) I suggest getting both, but some people are happy with just the Spudger for the Classics
    4) The Thick 6g 160Gb uses a CE-ATA drive, so the ribbon is required for your specific iPod model
    5) Yes, but….
    6) PNY generally is ok without, but no harm doing the prep work – gives you a known starting point.
    7) Yes the 160Gb Thick 6g will be limited to 128Gb, installing EmCore/Rockbox will replace the Apple firmware entirely, so iTunes will not work with it anymore nor will the iPod work like the original Apple firmware.

  454. 454 On November 3rd, 2014, Jon M Curley said:

    Would I be able to use the CF/SDXC adapter in a 2G iPod Mini? I see mods for adding a CF card to replace the HDD in the 2G iPod Mini.

  455. 455 On November 4th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Not sure, I know people do use my SD-CF Adapter in other models like the 3rd gen and 4th gen.

  456. 456 On November 4th, 2014, Joy Bhowmik said:

    Hi Tarkan
    A question. You mention the thick 160 GB ipod will be limited to addressing only upto 128 GB once I replace the inbuilt HDD with a 256 GB SDXC + iflash + SD-cd Adapter (assumes no Apple firmware replacement).
    Is this a limitation of the iflash – the reason I ask is because how is it that the Apple firmware is able to address 148 GB (of the 160 GB disk)?

  457. 457 On November 4th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Because the original HDD is a CE-ATA drive and the Apple use that to determine if the iPod should use LBA48 or LBA28, if you replace the original CE-ATA HDD with a normal PATA drive the iPod will switch to LBA28.

    It is not an limitation of the iFlash kit, a decision by Apple to stop people upgrading the iPod.

  458. 458 On November 5th, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    Just to confirm: I have two PNY 256GB class 10 / UHS-1 (90 MB/s) cards working in thin classic 5’s. One of those is “enhanced” (has the “Search” option in the Music menu), the other not.

  459. 459 On November 5th, 2014, Bana said:

    Is there a list of Ipods that are not upgradeable to beyond 127.5GB.

  460. 460 On November 5th, 2014, Boris said:

    Hi Tarkan!
    Accidentaly spoild a part of back metal panel when opened iPod. Is it possible to replace 7th Gen 120GB slim back panel with older fat ones?
    Thank you.

  461. 461 On November 5th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Boris – yes you can. You can however pickup refurbished backs pretty cheap on Ebay.

  462. 462 On November 6th, 2014, SKC said:

    Hello, anyone tested Toshiba Exceria SDXC UHS card?
    Thank you.

  463. 463 On November 6th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Bana – I have posted a compatability chart (pdf) on my store page.

  464. 464 On November 8th, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    Looks like I spoke too soon. My 256GB PNY cards are not working reliably in the 5th gen. 30GB iPods. After a period of some use, the iPod freezes up, then after a reset, never gets off of the Apple logo screen.

    In your compatibility list you list “256Gb SDXC UHS-I PNY (Since Oct 14)”. Does the “since Oct 14″ refer to production date of the PNY SD card, or of your CF->SDXC adapter? I am using a fairly recent CF->SDXC adapter (the most recent one I got from you) but I don’t think it shipped after Oct 14. The SDXC card, on the other hand, is from May 2014.

  465. 465 On November 8th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Hi Jamie,

    The 30Gb iPod cannot handle more than approx. 20000 tracks in the iTunes database, when you are above that and you eject from the computer – it may appear to be working ok till it freezes or the iPod is reset/rebooted – then it will just sit on the Apple logo.

    The 60Gb/80Gb will handle around 50000 tracks.

  466. 466 On November 9th, 2014, Jamie Hanrahan said:

    So that’s not just an iTunes (on the computer) limitation! I was thinking I was bypassing it by syncing from J.River Media Center.

    The problem doesn’t happen immediately on eject. But it happens soon after.

  467. 467 On November 9th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    No it is actually the iTunes database file that is stored on the iPod – regardless of how you sync, the iTunes DB file stores the music metadata and track filenames, etc.

  468. 468 On November 10th, 2014, SKC said:

    Any sound different between difference brand of sd card?

  469. 469 On November 10th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    No sound difference at all.

  470. 470 On November 12th, 2014, Dan said:

    64 GB SaveTec SDXC C10 U1 UHS-1 working on iPod A1238 (ex 160Gb)

  471. 471 On November 15th, 2014, Blas said:

    Hi Tarkan. I received the adapter bundle from you and I just installed it into a 5.5 gen iPod following the instructions from the dropbox link a few posts up. So thanks for that. However, I am getting an average write speed of about 2.5 MB/s with a PNY 256GB SDXC card. This seems like a very low number and I am wondering if this is normal. The write speed was the same when I tested it right after the iTunes restore process and also when I had finished installing Rockbox on it. I also own a 6th gen ipod and may try the adapter in that ipod if it can get much higher transfer speeds, but I’d rather try to minimize the number of times that I reopen my iPods. People say that the 5.5 audio quality is better though so I’d rather use that iPod. So yeah, is 2.5 MB/s normal or should I be getting faster write speeds?

  472. 472 On November 15th, 2014, Blas said:

    Just a follow up from my last message. I tried using the original 30GB hard drive of the iPod and I was getting write speeds of 6.5 MB/s. I then redid the entire process from the dropbox link, and made extra sure that the ribbon cable was perfectly attached (same ribbon I used with the hard drive), yet I was still getting write speeds of about 2.5 MB/s. I forgot to mention that this was/is in “disk mode.” (side issue, my Windows now thinks that the 256GB iPod only has 30GB like the zif hard drive) When the iPod is in Rockbox’s USB mode, I can start to copy the first few MB of a file and then it always locks up on me. I have also tested the PNY card in Windows before reformatting to FAT32 again to make sure that I’m getting good write speeds, and it works great by itself.

    I suppose the next step now is to take apart my 6th gen iPod and try the adapter in there to rule out the adapter as the issue. If that doesn’t work, then I will find another computer to format the SDXC card on. This is rather frustrating lol.

  473. 473 On November 16th, 2014, Blas said:

    Updating again. I have been working at this for hours now and can’t figure it out. I have tried different cluster sizes. I have tried deselecting the “SSD Partition Alignment.” I have tried a Kingston Class 10 16GB SDHC card. I am still getting around 2.5 – 3.0 MB/s write speed when the SDXC or SDHC card is in the ipod. I have tested the card while it was still in my card reader immediately after the AOMEI process and I was getting over 10 MB/s write speed. I then tested the write speed while connecting the iPod to my PC immediately after placing it into your adapter in the iPod and the write speeds just come to crawl again at 2.5 – 3.0 MB/s. I have also done the AOMEI process in the iPod’s disk mode, again, same slow write speeds. This leads me to believe that it is the adapter causing the slow write speeds, because as I mentioned early, I have tried the original zif HD as well and I get around 6.5 MB/s. I am open to any advice on this as this is driving me bananas. Thanks.

  474. 474 On November 16th, 2014, Blas said:

    I have performed a write speed test after each major step of the process of installation, the speeds just keep getting slower each step of the way.

    Immediately after AOMEI format while 256GB SDXC card is still in the PC’s card reader:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244474 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 13.9 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 19.3 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Immediatly after iTunes restore while SDXC card is in the iPod:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 4.13 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.5 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    A second test immediately after the above test:

    Warning: Only 1024 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 3.86 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.5 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Test after first eject and reconnect after iTunes restore:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 3.55 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.5 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Test after Rockbox installation process:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 3.35 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.5 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Test after step 25:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 2.07 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 4.99 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    256GB SDXC after iTunes restore using new ribbon cable on 5.5 gen ipod:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 5.52 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.5 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Above test on another computer:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 5.94 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.7 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    New ribbon after step 25:

    Warning: Only 256 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 1.85 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 5.07 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    16GB SDHC on 5.5 gen after iTunes restore:

    Warning: Only 512 of 15158 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 4.88 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.5 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

  475. 475 On November 16th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Have you let the iTunes actually restore some music and test if the iPod is working ok – if there is any faults anywhere then it would apparent when using the iPod.

    Your results from H2Testw, look strange with the transfer rate getting slower. I have never ran H2testw through the iPod before, I will try it out and see if I get similar results.

    From my previous tests using ATTO Disk benchmark for a normal iTunes restored 5g the 256Gb PNY averages around 7MB/s Write and 13MB/s Read.

  476. 476 On November 16th, 2014, Blas said:

    I let iTunes restore the iPod and made sure that it finished “syncing” it’s own files and that the process was complete. I did not restore any music files to the iPod, however, as I just used the iTunes restore process and moved on. I did add some music from the iPods disk mode and tested playback for a few minutes in Rockbox and it appears to work fine from my brief testing. I suppose when I continue trying things tomorrow, I will try adding a few tracks in iTunes, although I am skeptical that will accomplish anything, but anything is worth trying at this point. I’ve downloaded ATTO and will be using that for some tests as well. Also, I finally got my iPod 6th Gen working and just did some tests with the 16GB card that I tested on the 5.5 gen in the above tests and the speeds were better than on the 5.5 Gen. I will have to test the PNY 256GB tomorrow as well as I imagine that will be faster on the 6th gen then. If I could get the 7 MB/s write speed on the 5.5 gen I would be happy though, as I really don’t want to resort to using the 6 gen iPod due to it’s poorer sound quality and extra hoops to jump through for Rockbox.

    On 6th Gen iPod with AOMEI formatted 16GB SDHC card:

    Warning: Only 512 of 15171 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 7.40 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 16.3 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Above after iTunes restore:

    Warning: Only 512 of 15060 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 8.36 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.1 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

  477. 477 On November 16th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    With the 256Gb PNY on the 6g, you should get around 20Mb/s.

    Here is what I get with the 5g and 256Gb PNY with H2testw :-

    Warning: Only 512 of 244313 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 6.33 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.6 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    eject and reconnect

    Warning: Only 1024 of 244313 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 6.03 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.6 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

  478. 478 On November 17th, 2014, Blas said:

    Thanks for taking those speed tests. I redid the whole process on my 5.5G with the PNY card and came to a simple conclusion. Of the three ways to connect the iPod to the PC, the transfer rate varies drastically.

    Rockbox USB mode: Not even functional. It will copy a few MB (anywhere from about 10 to 50) and then completely freeze. I cannot even perform a “safe eject” at that point.
    iPod’s “Disk Mode”: Very slow speeds. It seems to cap the read speed at almost an even 5 MB/s. The write speed seem to be around 1.8 to 2.2 MB/s.
    “Normal” iPod mode: Acceptable speeds, very similar to the speeds that you quoted above.

    So it appears that whenever I want to connect my iPod to my PC, I will have to do the dual boot trick and be sure to be using the normal iPod mode, not the disk mode and definitely not have Rockbox loaded. I have no idea if this will cause corruption to the files in any way, but I assume that it should be fine to play the files copied this way from Rockbox on the iPod.

    I’m not sure why my speeds kept getting slower during the last test that I took, but I did another round of testing and that didn’t happen. Here are some of the tests that I took during another format of the 256GB PNY card in my 5.5 gen:

    After iTunes restore:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 5.73 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.3 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4


    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 5.86 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.3 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Disconnect and reconnect:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 5.99 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.3 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    On another PC:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 6.10 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.7 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    After running Rockbox Utility while still connected:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 5.40 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.7 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    In Disk Mode after installing Rockbox:

    Warning: Only 64 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 2.15 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 4.99 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Second test in disk mode:

    Warning: Only 1024 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 2.13 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 3.92 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    After uninstalling Rockbox and bootloader, using iPod mode (not disk mode) connected to PC:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 5.83 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.8 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Booting in disk mode again:

    Warning: Only 512 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 2.08 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 5.10 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Back into iPod mode:

    Warning: Only 1024 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 6.06 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.8 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Reinstalling Rockbox and the dual boot firmware and booting into iPod mode (not disk mode):

    Warning: Only 1024 of 244329 MByte tested.
    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 5.44 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 12.8 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

  479. 479 On November 17th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Yes the Rockbox USB Handler is much slower and causes corruption when using Solid State storage.

    It is recommended either booting in to Diskmode or the Apple OS to do your music transfers, before booting back in to Rockbox.

  480. 480 On November 24th, 2014, Arturo said:

    Hi Tarkan im really interested in upgrading an ipod classic 7g of 160gb. I want it to use it with the 256gb Sd PNY. I just dont know what to purchase from your store. The Iflash sd cf adapter bundle is all i need to stick de Sd card? or do i need the sd cf adapter that is 18usd too? Thank you so much.

  481. 481 On November 24th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    All you need is the Bundle.

    Read my compatibility guide to determine your exact iPod model, it can be found on the store page.

  482. 482 On November 25th, 2014, Jeron said:

    Hi all,

    I recently purchased a 120GB iPod Classic from a sketchy individual for $45, and it ended up having a failing hard drive. Upon researching the problem I’ve stumbled upon your store. Since then, I’ve opened up the iPod Classic, ready for storage transplant.

    I just saw the compatibility chart, and am troubled about the maximum storage problem. I was ready to pull the trigger on a 256GB SD card but the compatibility chart says the 120GB iPod Classic will limit the capacity unless I use EmCore/Rockbox, and I do not like Rockbox because I like the default UI.

    Thanks in advance.

  483. 483 On November 25th, 2014, Jeron said:

    Aaaaaand, I just realized I forgot to add a question.

    Is there any chance of using a 256GB SD card in my 120GB iPod Classic, or am I stuck with 128GB SD Cards?

  484. 484 On November 25th, 2014, Jeron said:

    never mind, my question has been answered.


  485. 485 On November 25th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Sadly that is how it is, you may be able to find a 7g motherboard either from a broken 7g or as a spare part.

    Your LCD, Touchwheel, battery, and housing will fit with the 7g motherboard.

  486. 486 On November 28th, 2014, Thomas said:

    I just upgrated my iPod 5th Gen with your adapter and a “Transcend SDXC UHS-I U3 128GB”. You can add this card to your list, everything is working like a charm. The iPod is much snappier now, and so light now with its 119,71 GB of usable space – it’s crazy!
    Thank you very much! Greetings from Spain and a happy Thanksgiving!

  487. 487 On November 28th, 2014, Paul Fender said:

    is it possible to build a sd-cf-raid adapter to get more storage for a lower price?

  488. 488 On November 29th, 2014, David Cotton said:

    Hi Tarkan

    Just got a cheap ipod 5th gen with a view to modding it. You mention above “the 30Gb iPod cannot handle more than approx. 20000 tracks in the iTunes database’. Is this true with rockbox as well? Thanks. I plan on getting the 256 sdxc card as it is still cheaper to order from the states then it is over here in the uk!

  489. 489 On November 30th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    No, as Rockbox uses files and folder structure for the music it does not have that limitation.

    Rockbox can build a database of the music to allow easy searching and automatic playlist generation, I do not know if that would have any limitations, but I suspect if the database does grow too large you will hit performance problems with the 30Gb iPod.

  490. 490 On December 7th, 2014, MJ said:

    I recently bought the SD Adaptor, but it doesnt seem to fit in my Slim Classic 6G (Originally 80gb). A normal CF would have.

  491. 491 On December 7th, 2014, Stefan said:

    Hi. Ive had my iflash for some time now but I just cant seem to get it to work. Whenever I go to restore the ipod in iTunes I get the (1439) error and it links me to this page http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203165. My Ipod is the iPod classic 160 GB (Late 2009)

    Anyway has anyone got any idea’s on this? I could really do with some help. Thank you

  492. 492 On December 7th, 2014, Pete said:

    very sorry, accidentally posted the comment I meant to post here, on the “iFlash Compact Flash Compatibility” thread instead! You can delete it from that thread! Trying again…

    This is a very informative discussion

    I have a number of Frankenpods (built from multiple broken 6th/7th gen ipods), including one rockboxed (allowing 160gb drive with 6th gen logic board – rockbox is fantastic, its just unfortunate I’ve become fixated on the playcount feature of itunes!) and one with the toshiba 240gb drive, and am looking to try another higher capacity upgrade, but funds are very limited.

    At the moment I’m leaning towards the sdxc card in a “slim 160g” (7 or 7.5 gen, depending on terminology), but need to be sure it will work.

    Also – where are people getting the SDXC cards? It seem as if there is a plague of fakes out there, which make second-had too risky, plus there seems to be a near 100% markup getting them in the UK as opposed to the US (e.g. the PNY card is $100 on some US sites but £130 on ebay uk).

    Thanks so much to Tarkan for his work, I for one just find it inherently interesting even if I never suceed in getting anything working!

  493. 493 On December 7th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @MJ – what do you mean by does not fit? Does the ribbon not fit on the iFlash?

  494. 494 On December 7th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Stefan – What card are you using? Also what screen does the iPod show on power-up? Can you enter diskmode, and access the iPod directly as an external hard drive on the computer?

  495. 495 On December 7th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    @Pete – The Slim 160Gb is the one you need if you want to upgrade beyond 128Gb – best card to get at the moment is the 256Gb PNY and it does work great, but sadly not sold in Europe/UK, only reliable method is to get a USA based friend to get you one.

    Stay away from Non-branded / ADATA / SAMSUNG SD cards sold on Ebay/Amazon, etc. They are all fake – normally sold in capacities of 64Gb/128Gb/256Gb/512Gb, they stand out as the price is very low for these capacities.

  496. 496 On December 7th, 2014, Pete said:

    Thanks! (I think perhaps people should give up on talking of ‘generation’ and just use descriptions – ‘slim’ vs ‘fat’, and so on).

    Must say its frustrating looking at amazon.com and seeing that card <$100 with free shipping, while the cheapest on amazon.co.uk seems to be the kingston at more than double that price (anyone know if that one even works?).

    It seems it would be cheaper to fly to the US and pick one up in person, than to pay the huge markups and import duties required to get it here!

    For time being just have to hope that domestic prices come down on SDXC cards.

  497. 497 On December 7th, 2014, David Cotton said:

    Pete, amazon.com WILL ship that card to the uk, but might have to pay import duties on getting it. Even paying for two-four days shipping it should still come down to around £100 or so which whilst more expensive than the states (isn’t everything)is still better than over here. The tax should be around £20 or so all in I think (though I take no responsibility). Of course at that price point, you are not that much further away for a 480 msata drive.

  498. 498 On December 8th, 2014, Pete said:

    @David Cotton

    I’m wary about how much the shipping and import duty would actually be, as I don’t think you find out till it arrives in this country, and I can’t justify spending too much on yet another ipod!

    I find on ebay its a bit shocking how huge are the import duties and other taxes they charge for things from the US via their shipping programme. Also I’ve heard customs can cause a long delay in delivery. But I’m still thinking about it!

  499. 499 On December 8th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    At the 250Gb capacity, mSata drives can be found for about £100.

  500. 500 On December 8th, 2014, David Cotton said:

    Also according to hotukdeals, there’s a £5.00 off if you order through amazon itself using a mastercard. No idea how long it runs for but assume not very.

  501. 501 On December 9th, 2014, Stefan said:

    Hi I am using this card http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CF3EOFM?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

    but I have also tested with this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0064Z71T8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00

    Well the iPod will show up as an iPod in ‘devices with removable storage’ in ‘my computer’. I try to open the device and I’m told that I will need to format it before continuing. I give this a try but it stops straight away and I am just told that it cannot be formatted.

  502. 502 On December 9th, 2014, Stefan said:

    Sorry I forgot to mention,
    The iPod will just show the ‘Use iTunes to Restore’ screen on power-up.


  503. 503 On December 9th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Ok them cards should work ok. It is possible you have a faulty HDD ribbon, they are known to cause these strange problems.

  504. 504 On December 9th, 2014, Pete said:

    Definitely favour the SDXC solution, due to the good battery life (and slight capacity increase over my 240gb hard-drive model). Looking into it, it does seem that people can experience huge delays due to customs if ordering from US Amazon.
    What are the chances of the Kingston card working, anyone know?

  505. 505 On December 9th, 2014, cmarti said:

    Are Kingston 256GB SD cards available?

  506. 506 On December 9th, 2014, David Cotton said:

    512 ones are, but are mahoosively expensive right now.

  507. 507 On December 9th, 2014, Pete said:

    Was looking at this one – still a lot more than I can really justify!


  508. 508 On December 13th, 2014, Pete said:

    Heh – now tending towards an SSD, as 512gb costs hardly any more than the 256gb sdxc cards here. Not that I have 512gb of content to put on it!

  509. 509 On December 14th, 2014, Roger said:

    I just completed the mod on a G5 I-pod and want to report back. I used the combo adapter and this card:


    This project began when the local computer store guy shook his head and held out my daughters I-pod – I decided to research a way of fixing it.Firstly, I have zero experience of the subject of electronics and was concerned that my mechanical hands may end up adding the mod parts to yet another scrap pile.

    This site and the guidance of Tarkan and the other contributors here made it possible for a novice to complete this mod in about an hour. Once the case was open I knew it was going to be okay. The only difficulty I encountered was inserting the ribbon into the adapter. It was very tight and required considerable force to get it seated and locked home. I was concerned that I might do irreparable damage to the ribbon with the amount of pressure that was required.

    A few minutes later and the dead I-pod was in restoration and today my daughter is rebuilding her lost media files.

    Thanks to all the contributors and especially to Tarkan for making this a fun project that had a very good outcome. You guys are awesome!

    Happy holidays, Merry Christmas and a good New Year to you all.

    Roger – Ontario, Canada

  510. 510 On December 17th, 2014, Pete said:

    OK, decided to go the SDXC route, as I don’t have enough content to fill a 512GB SSD anyway. Adaptor ordered!
    (Presumably, if a year from now, say, 512gb SDXC cards come down in price, one could simply swap in a bigger card?)

  511. 511 On December 18th, 2014, Mike said:

    Hi Tarkan, I’m about to buy your iFlash + CF adapter and I have 7th gen iPod 120GB but my aim is to use 256gb CF with Samsung EVO microSDXC, will it work?

  512. 512 On December 19th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Mike, I think your confusing storage options – the iFlash bundle will allow you to install SDXC cards, there are no 256Gb Micro SDXC cards at the moment. Best value 256Gb SDXC is made by PNY (currently)..

    The other thing to be aware of is that your iPod model will not access anything above 128gb using the original Apple firmware.

  513. 513 On December 19th, 2014, Stefan said:

    I’ve been doing some troubleshooting and feel that it may be that(the ribbon cable) or the Ipod’s main board.
    Hopefully I will get it figured out when I have the time.

    Thanks allot for the help and suggestions. I really appreciate it.

  514. 514 On December 19th, 2014, Mike said:

    Terran, I saw on eBay Samsung EVO 256GB micro SDXC sold for about $80 thats way my question about it, I read mixed opinion on >128GB on 7th gen iPod, I read that all 7th gen support L48, well if not I will just get 128GB

  515. 515 On December 20th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    As far as I know Samsung micro SD cards only go up to 64Gb, so that one is more than likely a fake and not the stated capacity.

    The safest choice for 256Gb is the PNY SDXC which is around USD$100.

  516. 516 On December 20th, 2014, Mike said:

    Thx Tarkan, then I’ll stick with 128GB that see for about 36 Euro on eBay from QUMOX, my MP3 collection in 60GB plus 100GB FLAC witch will be exported to 320 VBR cuz no diff to FLAC that normal human can hear :)

  517. 517 On December 21st, 2014, Mike said:

    Tarkan, do you know if its possible to flash MB565LL to MC297LL to avoid the LB28 limit and get LB48 support?

  518. 518 On December 21st, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Not heard of any one doing that – Problem is that Apple has encrypted the firmware, so not sure if it will be possible.

  519. 519 On December 24th, 2014, Mike said:

    do you know if the 5th gen iPod 30GB can handle 128GB SDXC with iFlash and your SD-CF with iTunes or do I need the 5.5 gen?
    I will try to upgrade my few iPods with new SD/iFlash.

  520. 520 On December 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    The 5g 30Gb works fine with 128Gb SDXC cards.

  521. 521 On December 26th, 2014, Carl said:

    I have a Ipod 5th Gen Video just got a ADATA 256GB SD Class 10 trying to see if this would work with your adapters?


  522. 522 On December 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    ADATA 256Gb is a fake card, no such card exists. They are normally relabelled 8Gb or 16Gb SDHC cards.

  523. 523 On December 26th, 2014, Carl said:

    My ADATA 256GB SD Class 10 card is plugged into my laptop upstairs right now it has 242GB available? It seems to be the full size to me?


  524. 524 On December 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Download H2Testw , run it and see where it errors out, that will show you what the actual size of that card is.

  525. 525 On December 26th, 2014, Carl said:

    Just downloaded it not familiar with the program just hit write and verify it says it will take 16hrs does that seem right?

  526. 526 On December 26th, 2014, Tarkan said:

    Yes, just hit write and verify – When errors start appearing that is the actual capacity of the card.

  527. 527 On December 27th, 2014, WildmaN said:

    @Carl Yeah beware of fake sd cards. I fell for it a while ago. I thought I was getting a 512ggb card and it was an ADATA. Then after I formatted it and such it only read 32mb. Luckily I got my money back, but what did I expect for less than $50? So after all that is said…..The only real 512gb card for the cheapest is the Sandisk which is still over $700 on Amazon or any other website. Good luck.

  528. 528 On December 29th, 2014, Mike said:

    @Tarkan got my iFlash Bundle today, installed in a 7th 120GB with Qumox 128GB and works just fine, thx.
    Tested the 128GB Qumox if its real 128gb and it is legit, got it for 35 EUR, now have to wait for 256GB for price to drop to 50-60EUR the I’ll do my 5th.

  529. 529 On December 30th, 2014, Carl said:

    So once I saw it was going to take 16hrs to check my ADATA I just decided to save a bunch of stuff to it right now its at 220GB of 242GB is it possible it could save 220GB of stuff if its not 220GB its size?


  530. 530 On December 31st, 2014, Richard said:

    Thanks Tarkan,
    my iflash and CF/SD adaptor arrived early in December,
    But it’s only now (xmas hols) I’ve had a chance to play with it.

    Paired with a Qumox 128th SD. Had no problems at all.
    My old 60gb iPod video (5g) has a new lease of life.
    And is so much lighter too.

    Anyone know of a usb caddy that will take the old iPod drive ?
    Seems a pity to let it rot in a drawer.

    Happy new year !


  531. 531 On December 31st, 2014, Mike said:

    @Richard there are may ZIF to USB adapters and caddy on eBay, I ordered few days a ZIF/CF to USB adapter to see what I can do with my old 120 and 30 GB iPod HDD’s, cost me about $4 will take maybe few weeks from china, will se.

  532. 532 On January 2nd, 2015, John said:

    I have a Generation 5.5 30gb ipod I want to update to use an SD card. Is this what I need to by to accomplish this. Is this what I all need to order – “iFlash Bundle (iFlash v3 + SD Adapter v7)”. I was planning on using this SD card.



  533. 533 On January 2nd, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @John – yes that is right, all you need is the bundle + tools if you require them.

  534. 534 On January 2nd, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Carl – just copying ‘stuff’ to it is not enough, can you now read all that stuff back? H2Testw, writes a particular data pattern and then reads it back to check that it is correct – These fake cards keep re-writing over the same data area to appear much larger than the underlying storage capacity, but when you try and read the data back it is not there.

  535. 535 On January 3rd, 2015, Lukas said:

    Hi Tarkan, just a silly question: Why you guys all load the iPods with music over the USB cable while most of you use SD cards inside your iPod? Once there is Rockbox installed, I could just put the card into my computer and load the music directly to its specific folder, right? I think it is much faster and there won`t be battery issues…or?

  536. 536 On January 4th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Well I do, because I do not use Rockbox personally on any of my iPods. Rockbox USB Handler is not great, it is much slower than the original Apple USB Handler, so I do suggest dual booting in to the Apple OS before transferring (this will not work with EmCore/rockbox, as you cannot dual boot).

    You mention battery problems, what battery problems?? You will never have any sort of battery problems with SDXC installed, and much longer runtimes compared to the original HDD.

  537. 537 On January 4th, 2015, Marcel said:

    Hi Tarkan.
    I just want to buy your bundle consisting of iFlash v3 and SD Adapter v7 to get a 128GB Qumox to work.
    Can you tell me if it will fit with the 6th generation iPod 80GB, the thin one?
    One person in this comments section wrote it didn’t fit for him…?
    Thanks in advance for your reply :)

  538. 538 On January 4th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Yes the bundle works fine in the 6th gen, the full compatibility chart can be found on the store page, but the basics are all iPods from the 5g to 7g work with the bundle.

  539. 539 On January 4th, 2015, Lukas said:

    Hi again Tarkan,

    by battery issues I meant that once you transfer a lot of data, the battery can be discharged easily. What I do is that I will insert my card into your bundle, will not close the iPod. I will install the Apple OS, then Rockbox. This creates folders on the SD card, so then I can take out the card from the bundle and put it into my card reader in my computer and I transfer all files directly to the folder called MUSIC. Then I put the card back to the iPod and that`s it….?
    I just made a payment to you, I will confirm by email once my bank confirms the payment has been sent away. Should be on Tuesday.


  540. 540 On January 4th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    No the battery thing you mention is only related to mSata drives, that will not / does not happen with SDXC or CF cards.

  541. 541 On January 5th, 2015, madhits said:

    Hello All,

    I wanted to report on some success I’ve had with a 20gb Ipod 4th gen a1059. I updated the 20gb with a 256gb PNY card from the list and digigear CF to SDXC & a CF to IDE adapter all from amazon. Now I had a couple of concerns about the limit on the amount of songs I could fit on the ipod due to the 20K limit mentioned here and if the 32mb of ram on the ipod would really stop me from loading any more or have issues booting. I’m also wondering if the 130gb limit is something that will affect the digigear adapter. So far so good with this 4th gen ipod. I have 21749 songs loaded 92.3GB. My itunes database file is 23mb. Not quite over 32mb yet but I have more music to load anyway. Hoping this limitation is not something I have to deal with. I will report back once I load another 50gb which should put me over the 32mb ram limit. The ipod plays music in shuffle fine as of now and seems to act about as fast as before if not a little faster. I know tarkin is focused on the 5th-7th gen ipods but the 4th and 3rd gen seem to have a a lot of success and may not have the same limitations as the 5th in some ways and this might have to do with apple putting better logic boards in these older ipods. I have a theory that apple started to realize the threat of upgrades around gen 5, so perhaps the 3rd and 4th have more flexibility then people think. I’ve heard people have great success with the ipod photo due to it being one of the best ipods due to superior components.

  542. 542 On January 5th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    I think quite a few people do use my SDCF Adapter in them older iPods with great success.

    The digigear adapter will cause you problems above 130Gb – my current SDCF v7 adapter (I think, so far) is the only adapter that correctly handles LBA48 (128Gb+) SDXC cards.

  543. 543 On January 5th, 2015, cmarti said:

    @ madhits, you will have issues as soon as you exceed 125GB – 131GB of files. You need Tarkan’s SD to CF adapter.

  544. 544 On January 6th, 2015, madhits said:

    Tarkin.. I am currently copying the 50gb extra to see if that is correct. If I find I am stuck with the 130gb limit I will buy your adapter. If that’s the case I will use this adapter with a 64gb SDXC I am getting for a 3rd gen ipod update.

    Tarkin Will your card be compatible with 512gb SDXC when the price becomes reasonable in the next 6 months? Or can you not guarantee that compatibility yet? It would be nice to know as I might just go ahead and buy 2 of them as I have 3 ipods I want to upgrade, 1x 64gb, 1x 256gb and 1x 512gb.

  545. 545 On January 6th, 2015, madhits said:

    Tarkin.. sure enough corruption after 130gb.. Darn it. Your adapter is a lot more expensive then the digigear one. I’m guessing there is no alternative correct?

  546. 546 On January 6th, 2015, madhits said:

    Tarkin also.. Will your SD-CF v7 Adapter work ok with my IDE 50 Pin Male to CF Compact Flash Female Adapter that I used with the digigear?


  547. 547 On January 6th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Technically my adapter should work ok with 512Gb SDXC cards, but it has not been tested yet in the iPod.

    Yes the adapter will work in the IDE to CF adapters.

  548. 548 On January 6th, 2015, madhits said:

    Tarkin… Thanks for this page and all the great info!!! I’ll make my order for your CF to Sd adapters today.. I just completed my 3rd gen 64gb upgrade using the parts from the 4th gen that I plan to make 256gb with your CF2SD. Next will be the 5.5 gen (30gb) upgrade to 512gb when the 512gb come down in price, I’ll wait to make that order till later.

  549. 549 On January 6th, 2015, JJ said:

    Hey! You guys have been so helpful! I have one last question regarding this mod.

    I’ve purchased a 256gb SDXC card, NOT CF. So, if I’m correct in understanding, I’ll purchase the IFlash bundle option???

    Then after I open my iPod and removing the hard drive, I place the SDXC card into the SD adapter, then place the SD adapter in the IFlash, then place the entire assembly into the iPod?

    I have the 6g and plan on using rockbox to eliminate the 128gb limitation. Am I correct in assuming that after I successfully put the card in the iPod, I then need to reformat the iPod in ITunes, then boot into disk mode, load the 256gb of music I’d like onto the iPod as an external hard drive, then install Rockbox???

    Sorry I’m a noob at modding iPods, but those seem to be the last two things I’m cloudy on. Any help would be appreciated.


  550. 550 On January 6th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Yes that is right.

    Once you have everything installed, I would install Rockbox first in your case – and use the EmCore Tools/setup menu to format data partition to prepare the SDXC card for you.

  551. 551 On January 6th, 2015, JJ said:

    Thanks for the response! I’m about to purchase the bundle tonight!

    So I should install rockbox before I do anything? I thought I read that transferring the music with rockbox installed is problematic? But maybe I’m mistaken.

  552. 552 On January 7th, 2015, WildmaN said:

    @JJ/ Once you get Rockbox successfully on your iPod, just create a folder to put your music in. You will hit a wall for a file limit. When that happens, just make another folder to put your music on, then update your database on Rockbox. I can help and guide you step by step when you get your card and adapter loaded and with Rockbox on it. As I have over 380gb, with over 92,000 songs on my masata 512gb 5.5g 80gb iPod Good luck.

  553. 553 On January 9th, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    Tarkan I am purchasing the 512GB Sandisk SDXC to test with the 5.5G 80GB and the 7.5G 160GB thin.

  554. 554 On January 11th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Going where no (wo)man has gone before. Keep me posted.

  555. 555 On January 12th, 2015, fightoverflight said:

    Hi I am using the mSata adapter with iPod classic 7th Gen (160Gb stock) and a Samsung 840EVO 1TB mSata drive(MZMTE1T0HMJH). When I first installed it, I restored with iTunes and success! Except that iTunes only allows 120GB… so that didn’t suit me. I followed the threads and read that using emcore and rockbox is the only option to access the full 1TB with my model. So I did that. With the adapter and mSata drive, I constantly get an ATA: Error 80000000 while reading BBT (sector 0, count 1). I can get to the emcore boot menu, but I cannot load rockbox. Here’s what I’ve done so far:
    -Attempted installer-ipodclassic-r859-20120102.ubi
    -Attempted installer-ipodclassic-r708-20110424.ubi
    -Attempted installer-ipodclassic-usbfixcandidate.ubi

    The iPod will say formatting, but goes no where.

    I also put my original iPod HDD back in, and I was successfully able to load rockbox onto that. So the iPod hardware is working properly, I just can’t get it to go with this iFlash adapter.

    I do have a mSata to Sata adapter, and a USB to Sata adapter, so I have also tried to copy the contents of the working iPod HDD to the mSata drive via usb. I cannot copy disk with a utility, since one shows as 512 bytes per sector and one shows as 4096 bytes per sector. I have copied simply by dragging and dropping the contents of the iPod HDD with Rockbox to the mSata drive. Still no luck.

    Any suggestions? I’d really like to get this thing running 100%

  556. 556 On January 14th, 2015, Oscar said:

    Hello, has anybody tested this card with a 30g 5.5g ipod video?


  557. 557 On January 19th, 2015, Claudio said:

    Hello Tarkan,

    first of all thanks for making this little jewel ;-)

    I bought in late December 2014 the iFlash CF+SD/CF adapter and I’m using it with a 256Gb PNY Elite Performance High Speed SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 card.
    The iPod it’s a 160Gb iPod classic, model MC297LL, loaded with about 120Gb of mostly ALAC and 256Kbps AAC files (about 6000 files).

    Restoring the iPod and loading songs on it works like a charm, and it’s pretty fast.

    I’m getting a strange behavior though. Every now and then the iPod would pause playing, backlight turning on and after 2-3 seconds the iPod would resume playing from about the same spot.
    It’s not skipping and it’s not freezing/blocking. Just pausing and resuming. I’m not sure if that happens only on lossless files and it’s pretty random and not very frequent.

    First time I formatted the card using the standard DiskUtility on a Mac. After experiencing this issue I reformatted on a PC using AOMEI and following your instructions, but the issue is still there.

    What do you think?


  558. 558 On January 19th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    What kind of bitrate and file size is the files it does it on? It could be related to the time the iPod is taking to read in the file.

    You get something like this on the original HDD with very large high bitrate M4A files, it is probably something similiar – having said that I have a test 7g with the 256Gb PNY installed and that has many albums with 40Mb+ sized high bitrate M4A files and I have never heard it do that.

  559. 559 On January 21st, 2015, John said:

    I have a Generation 5.5 30gb ipod I ordered – “iFlash Bundle (iFlash v3 + SD Adapter v7)”. And I am using this SD card.
    When I install this in the iPod I get a sad ipod icon with a triangle with explanation point and “www.apple.com/support/ipod” This iPod was fully functional before removing the hard drive. What am I doing wrong. Do I need to format the SD card differently?


  560. 560 On January 21st, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @John – Have you installed the iFlash the correct way? The Zif connector goes the opposite way to the original HDD.

  561. 561 On January 22nd, 2015, John said:

    No I must have mist that info Thanks

    It’d syncing now

  562. 562 On January 22nd, 2015, Scott Booth said:

    Hey Tarken,
    When formatting the msata drive using a USB adapter and AOMIE, do you recommend an advanced format? What type? SSD optimized? I have been trying to get my 6th gen to work with rock box and a Samsung 840 1 TB and your board. I’ve tried the emcore 967-968 with your files, but I can’t get your boot loader to work. I do have a working boot loader from emcore. I get emcore to boot, but rock box sometimes fails, then even when it loads it disappears after I reboot the ipod. Any advice? I’ve been working on this for over a week now and could use a tip. Thank you!

  563. 563 On January 22nd, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @ Scott – I suggest commenting on one of the iFlash-Sata articles, as people on there have installed Rockbox on the 6g and can help with which versions to use, sadly EmCore/Rockbox has many problems with the ATA code, and there are various buildd floating around to make it work.

  564. 564 On January 24th, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    Tarkan, if I purchased the iFlash Bundle (iFlash v3 + SD Adapter v7), am I able to remove the SD Adapter in order to use a CF card?

  565. 565 On January 24th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Yes, of course.

  566. 566 On January 25th, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    Sweet time to put the adapter in my newly refurbished iPod Mini 2G!!!! 256GB MINI!!!

  567. 567 On January 25th, 2015, cmarti said:

    @ Jon M Curley, please let us know how it works. The 2nd gen iPod mini is very picky when it comes to CF cards and SD to CF adapters.

  568. 568 On January 25th, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    I am currently syncing up my 80GB of music to it right now.

  569. 569 On January 25th, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    Listening to my Mini right now. The only issue I saw was that it took ~3.5 hours to sync my 8628 songs. They are encoded at 320kbps.

  570. 570 On January 25th, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    @CMarti I have been updating on the SSD thread on Head-Fi as I can post pics there.

  571. 571 On January 25th, 2015, cmarti said:

    Thanks Jon M Curley, I will check the Head-Fi post now.

  572. 572 On January 26th, 2015, Rutger said:

    Just letting you all know that the PNY 256gb sd card is at 89.99dollars at the moment! really cheap, no? :)

  573. 573 On January 26th, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    Well I woke up this morning and my Mini was still playing. Just turned off a minute ago. I got 21 hours and 2 minutes of continuous play with the stock battery.

  574. 574 On January 26th, 2015, cmarti said:

    @ Jon M Curley, that’s crazy! I was never being able to get more then eight hours on any of my 1st and 2nd gen Minis. I used third party batteries though, never new ones.

  575. 575 On January 26th, 2015, cmarti said:

    Correction, I mean “Never stock ones”

  576. 576 On January 28th, 2015, Chris said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I’m looking in to buying your iFlash CF+SD/CF adapter to use with a 265gb PNY SDXC. I have a 7 Gen 160Gb iPod classic, model MC297LL. I have two questions;

    I have read somewhere in these posts about the ipod battery draining during initial synching after the new hardware is installed, does the addition of the flash adapter prevent charging when synching (using USB to PC)?

    Also, I currently use an Onkyo digital transport as a docking/synching port. It extracts the digital signal from the ipod and sends it to an external DAC for processing and sending to my amp. Can I still synch and play my ipod in this way if I get a CF Adapter?


  577. 577 On January 29th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Chris – No, the battery issues during syncing only apply to people running my mSata board. Your iPod will work exactly the same as it does now, there will be no difference – so everything you did with it before the SDXC upgrade will still work after.

  578. 578 On January 31st, 2015, Pete said:

    my sdxc pod just doesn’t work!

    Its set up, formatted fat32 with aomei. I sync a full 240gb or so to it (takes 4-5hours) eject it.

    (I have found that any attempt to interrupt the sync to break it into shorter batches will cause iTunes to fall over, requiring it to be restarted, and then a wait while it checks library and verifies ipod)

    Sometimes it corrupts instantly upon being ejected, more often it seems to be successful at this point.

    I play some tracks over a day or so.

    Sometimes I then notice corrupted or swapped-round art-work (though artwork sometimes gets confused even on my hd ipod, the firmware seems to struggle with that in general).

    But even if I don’t, every single time I then connect the pod to the PC again, windows will pause, then claim the disk is unformatted. Then the ipod will behave as if its completely corrupt, and will ask to be restored.

    I can still connect in disk mode and see everything (all the content) is still there, but I can’t connect in ipod mode and can’t use the ipod any more, and have to restore and resync it.

    The same thing happens if I do a forced ‘select-menu’ reboot of the ipod.

    It will only ever work for a period, after being loaded up the first time, but any attempt to sync again or to reboot the device and it goes back to the apple icon reboot loop. I can’t figure out what is going on. The battery is fully charged, but its as if either upon ejection or upon connection to the PC the ipod suffers some corruption that means it can no longer be recognised by the PC unless its in disk mode.

    I’m not having much luck with either the sdxc pod or the ssd one (the latter tends to corrupt itself when syncing – you wait 5 hours for it to finish, then it goes to the red-cross when you eject – I’m increasingly thinking its due to heat).

    The only thing I can think of to try is to put the sdxc or ssd adaptor in another 7.5gen ipod, just in case its a fault with the logic board of these. Unfortunately I don’t have a 5.5 gen to try.

  579. 579 On February 1st, 2015, Mike said:

    i have a 7th gen classic 160gb with iFlash CF+SD/CF adapter and 128gb SDXC and have strange problem,
    the music stops playing wenn the display turns off, then wehen I press the click wheel then plays again, ist like goes to stand by, battery is charged and OK.
    Any idea whats wrong?

  580. 580 On February 1st, 2015, Mike said:

    works again, I did hard reset.

  581. 581 On February 1st, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    Tarkan I have had no issues running your CF-SDXC adapter with the 256GB PNY SDXC for the last week. 15,400+ songs ~180GB memory used.

  582. 582 On February 1st, 2015, Pete said:

    @ Jon M Curley

    What type of ipod are you using? I’ve been trying in vain to get any one of 3 7.5gb ipods to work with that card – they just keep corrupting themselves. Are you using a 5.5g?

  583. 583 On February 1st, 2015, Jon M Curley said:


    I have an iPod Mini, 5.5G Video and a 7.5G Classic. Also have an extra 5.5G Video for sale.

  584. 584 On February 2nd, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Pete – Very strange problem you have there.
    What SDXC card are you using?
    What size is your iTunes library, no. of tracks?
    If you get the iPod in to diskmode and connect to your computer, close iTunes, run something like H2Testw to test that write and reads from the iPod drive are ok. Also what kind of transfer speeds are you getting? H2Testw will show this while it is testing the drive.

  585. 585 On February 2nd, 2015, Pete said:

    Am using the PNY 256gb one – got it from US amazon in the end. I didn’t test initially with h2test because I went to do so and then realised it would take all day. But it was from amazon itself.

    Total library is about 36000 tracks, including podcasts and audiobooks, total about 250gb (getting larger as I am reripping cds at higher bitrates).

    I can’t get either ssd or sdxc to work at all reliably, though they each go wrong in slightly different ways. If they don’t fail when synching initially they become corrupt the next time they are connected, or, at least for the sdxc, sometimes they suddenly fail while playing. Bad artwork seems to be the usual first symptom.

    Last attempt to sync to the sdxc I stopped it part way via the ‘stop’ button on iTunes (with view to disconnecting and checking it was not corrupt already, as its exasperating getting to the end and then it being corrupt when you eject), only for itunes to freeze up, and then for all the tracks so far transferred to appear as ‘other’ and be deleted upon verifying, putting me back to the start again.

    One thing I don’t understand is why, when they corrupt themselves, they always, according to both AOMEI and Gparted, change themselves to a 21mb+59gb (unformatted)+ rest unallocated partition arrangement. Any idea what that is about?

  586. 586 On February 3rd, 2015, Pete said:

    Hmmm, tried again (with a different battery) – left it syncing all night, then as soon as I ejected it, got the menu OK, go to play something and get the apple reboot icon. Sure enough, when checked via card reader it’s changed itself to 24mb+29gb unformatted + rest unallocated.
    I suppose it might be that the 3 ipods all have subtle logic board faults (all were second-hand). Though one of them at least works perfectly with a hd.
    Will try h2test when have time.

  587. 587 On February 3rd, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Pete – so what is common between everything? iFlash bundle + usb lead + computer?

    I cannot imagine all 3 iPods have such a fault causing these kind of problems.

    Sorry to add: the partition table seems correct for a 7g iPod, 24Mb boot partitions then a pseudo allocated partition and then the rest is unallocated.

  588. 588 On February 4th, 2015, Pete said:

    I’ve tried several different usb leads (though not in a systematic way), finally settling on the y-cable with the firewire charger.

    However,I’ve gone back to trying the ssd pod at the moment.

    When I try to sync to the ssd pod, iTunes now crashes after only a few tens of Gb, leaving the ipod corrupted, and when I check event viewer I see lots of ‘bad block’ error messages appearing, relating to the ipod drive as the sync starts to fail. However, checking the ssd for bad sectors with aomei in the external enclosure reports perfect health and no bad sectors.

    I can’t help but suspect this is a heat issue – the ssd gets very hot, even with the case open. The stupid sticky label samsung put on it surely can’t help as it must act as an insulator – I’m now wondering if removing it and putting a thermal pad or even paste on instead would help – it would then transfer the heat to the 2000mah battery though – would it work to use the battery as a heatsink? Maybe another pad on the battery would then transfer the heat effectively to the casing?

    Tried it with rockbox. I thought maybe with rockbox I could remove the ssd and then load it up in the enclosure, then put it back. But it seems if I take it out of the ipod and put it in the enclosure, windows then sees it as unallocated and I can’t write to it (is that method of loading the ssd only possible with a 5th gen?).

    copying files to the ssd in rockbox mode starts at a respectible 15mb/s but gets slower and slower to half that (heat?) and then fails after only 20-30gb or so as ipod gets corrupted. I think I need to find a way to keep the ssd cooler, including once the case is closed up.

  589. 589 On February 4th, 2015, Pete said:

    …It’s extremely hard to pin this down though.

    Now I think of it, I was previously using a different USB cable with the sdxc pod, but then just started using the firewire y-cable arrangement with all the ipods, not just the ssd one. And coincidence or otherwise, the sdxc one does seem to have gotten worse in terms of getting corrupted since I started using that cable with it. It seems to corrupt more frequently than it did before.

  590. 590 On February 4th, 2015, Joan Bosch said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    Finally recieved my Qumox 128SDXC today, got everything installed and it’s working like a charm! Amazing job man! So happy with it. My old dusty Ipod’s got a new life! The only drawback is that I’ve had to order a new front/back casing as I damaged them on the opening process. I tried to be carefull but they won’t fit together like they used to. My fault!

    Anyway, great product! 100% recomended

  591. 591 On February 5th, 2015, Pete said:

    I’m not sure whether I should carry on filling up this thread with narrating my ongoing ipod saga, but, in case anything useful comes of it, just one more post…

    With the SSD one, am now wondering if maybe it isn’t heat – synching small amounts at a time still led to corruption after only 5Gb.

    But its not at all clear to me that the corruption problem when using rockbox is the same thing as when using iTunes – the corruption seems exactly the same as happened at least once when trying to use Rockbox on a HD-based ipod – a directory full of nonsense filenames that can’t be deleted.

    So maybe _this_ corruption is actually due to Rockbox’s dodgy USB handler and not the ssd mod at all? (I used beyondwind’s rockbox patch). I don’t even know how I managed to ‘fix’ this issue on the old HD rockbox pod, rather it just went away the next time I tried synching.

    Meanwhile, with the sdxc card, am still unable to sync a full 250gb without it then becoming corrupt. With the current pod I’m using it now tends to freeze up for short periods while synching, but then unfreezes. Windows event viewer reports that those temporary freezes are caused by a ‘controller error’ on the drive associated with the ipod. I don’t recall getting quite the same thing with the sdxc in the previous ipod I tried, so it might yet be down to specific issues with each ipod logic board.

    Again though, when fully loaded up it immediately went to the apple reboot loop. It didn’t happen when stopped and disconnected half-way – it seems more likely to happen when I’m close to filling the card.

  592. 592 On February 5th, 2015, cmarti said:

    @ Pete, have you tried to load the iPod while it’s on Disk Mode? That’s how we all do it anyways

  593. 593 On February 5th, 2015, Pete said:


    Do you mean for when using rockbox? When using iTunes obviously that isn’t relevant, unless I’ve missed something?

    In the rockbox case, I confess I didn’t try that – but as you can’t dual-boot a 7th gen, is disk-mode (in the sense of what you get when pressing select and play together) still available?

    There’s a disk-mode option in the boot-menu on the 7.5th gen, which I think is part of emcore, but I thought I read somewhere that wasn’t reliable (and when I tried it with a hd pod I recall I got strange results, including DOS-style truncated filenames), so I just boot into rockbox then copy to the pod using explorer.

    Anyway, my next plan is to either try a different PC and/or update the USB drivers on this one. Its still possible it might be the PC that’s the problem (ages ago it had great trouble syncing a sony flash player, constantly getting stuck)

  594. 594 On February 8th, 2015, MJ said:

    @Tarkan Sorry for the really late reply.

    My original message “I recently bought the SD Adaptor, but it doesnt seem to fit in my Slim Classic 6G (Originally 80gb). A normal CF would have.”.

    Basically the enclosure doesnt fit because the SD Adaptor is too thick. The info on the site says that it should. Have i done something wrong?


  595. 595 On February 11th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    The iFlash + SDCF Adapter fits no problem, I am looking at one typing this and majority of users buying my iFlash-bundle are using it in Slim back iPod Videos and Classics.

    You have removed all the rubber padding used by the original HDD? Also you are using an iFlash v3 board? Generic 3rd party Zif adapters will not fit with my SD-CF Adapters.

  596. 596 On February 12th, 2015, Pete said:

    I was using it with a thick back, but just recently tried it with a thin one (with thin battery, obviously) and it does just about fit, though it is very tight (I’m hoping with a thin back and tight fit there will be less potential movement, and that this might solve the corruption problems I’ve been having).

  597. 597 On February 12th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Pete – the iFlash-bundle is an exact fit for the thin backs – the neoprene bumpers provide the pressure to hold it secure.

    I highly doubt corruption is being caused by movement, if this is the case you really need to determine what is causing it.

  598. 598 On February 13th, 2015, Pete said:


    Yes, have now established its not due to movement in the case (at one point it did look as if the problem was the hard-drive cable being not securely inserted in the i-flash, so I thought maybe it was getting pulled out while in use, but, have now eliminated that possibility).

    Eliminated a few other theories I had, and tried a different PC, but that isn’t definitive as its a linux box and so could only test with Rockbox, and the failure in that case might simply be due to Rockbox itself. And it still seems as if sometimes syncing failures go away if I reboot the PC before trying again. The problem is even with a successful sync it will spontaneously apple-icon-reboot-loop after a couple of hours of use.

    Really can’t rule out that the three 7th gens I have all have subtle logic-board faults (all were originally from ipods with failed hard-drives). And the reboot-loop issue happened once when using a hard-drive in one of them. Maybe flash-media is more sensitive to logic board faults than hard-drives are?

    The dilemma is I don’t want to mess with my one-and-only purchased-new, never-opened, definitely-fully-working ipod unless I’m 100% sure I can get the sdxc working with it.

    Its frustrating because I really like the idea of the sdxc-based pod, particularly now I’ve belatedly realised it will fit in a slim back – seems little reason to carry on with 160gb if I could build a 256gb one and fit everything in it.

  599. 599 On February 15th, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    @Tarkan I am currently testing the 512GB Sandisk SDXC with your adapter. Can’t get it to work on the 2G Mini but am having no issues so far with the 7.5G Classic. I have 135GB loaded on it and it seems to work perfectly. I am using stock firmware.

  600. 600 On February 16th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Jon – Thanks for letting me know, Kindly someone else has also been testing the 512Gb Sandisk – just waiting on the results of some specific tests I needed doing, and that card should be good to go on the compatiblity list!!!

  601. 601 On February 16th, 2015, Pete said:

    @Jon M Curley

    Sheesh, this isn’t fair! For time-being have given up on getting the 256gb sdxc to work. Been testing the offending ipods by using them with a 160gb hard-drive, and they appear to work fine in that arrangement.

    Am curious what happens if you fill the card up, or at least put 250gb on it? I seem to mostly have problems when the 256 card is nearly full.

    I do seem to have gotten the ssd to work, but only by getting a 60gb 5th gen to use as host (rockboxed), because of course that allows the drive to be loaded externally – and, boy, not only is that way more reliable, it also takes only about 20% of the time (and as a bonus, the 5th gen housing is far easier to open non-destructively than the 7.5th! I think I’m a convert to 5th gens!)

  602. 602 On February 16th, 2015, Jessica said:

    Transcend 64 GB High Speed Class 10 300x worked perfectly after I partitioned it. Thank you so much for this! My iPod died 5 years ago because of the “Big Red X” and has been sitting in my closet since. So glad to get it back up and running. It’s honestly such a great invention. And now with a a better shock resistance “hard drive” inside – it’s totally worth all the money I spent on it.

  603. 603 On February 17th, 2015, Ryan M said:

    I have ipod 5th gen with video model:MA146LL using ur chip and cf to sd adapter. Just bought a SanDisk Ultra PLUS SDHS uhs-1 class 10 32gb card and it is speedy quick and working great.

  604. 604 On February 17th, 2015, mixtli said:

    Hi all,

    trying to buy a 256Gb SDXC UHS-I PNY card on any European resellers, but no way: it seems that is not available at the moment. I can find just the 128Gb one. Any hint about?


  605. 605 On February 17th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Sadly PNY are not selling the 256Gb in Europe, currently it is for sale in Asia and North America – hopefully Amazon or similiar will start to sell in Europe.

  606. 606 On February 17th, 2015, cmarti said:

    I bought one for a fellow Head-Fi member and shipped it to France or or was England? Maybe you can find someone who can help you with that too.

  607. 607 On February 25th, 2015, Markus said:

    Hi Tarkan,

    I just received your iFlash Bundle (iFlash v3 + SD Adapter v7). Before buying a SD card I just wanted to make sure I am buying the right card with the right amount of gigabytes. As I own a 6g classic and I do not intend to install Rockbox on it, I understand that only 128 gb is something that itunes is working with, right? Or is it yet possible to go for a 256 gb card on a 6g ipod classic? Thanks in advance for your feedback.

    Regards from Germany,

  608. 608 On February 25th, 2015, steven manseau said:

    I believe certain Classic iPods will recognize up to 160 GB of the 256Gb card when using iTunes (this is the way I use it) I have a Gen 7, but I don’t know which of the earlier models will recognize more than what was then the maximum available HD for that Gen. 5, 5.5, 6 etc.

    I have too much legacy invested in iTunes to change now. If at some point Apple dumps iTunes, I’ll be forced to deal with it then.

  609. 609 On February 25th, 2015, cmarti said:

    The 6th gen iPod with Apple Official Software will only see 127.7GB out of that 256GB card.

  610. 610 On February 26th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Markus – The 6g will be limited to 128Gb – there is a full chart (pdf) on my store page, which shows iPod model numbers and any specific limitations for that model.

  611. 611 On February 26th, 2015, Pete said:

    I finally got sdxc pod working reliably, but only by buying a new card (from the same supplier).

    What I can’t figure out is the old card is still reported as perfect by both a full run of H2testw and aomeii’s bad sector test, yet gives ‘bad block’ errors when used in the one remaining ipod that I haven’t closed up. Of course it could be that that ipod has problems that the ipod I’ve finally got working doesn’t – yhet _all_ the ipods gave problems with that original card to start with. Or it could be that one of the two iFlash’s I have is better than the other (dirt in the cable socket was my latest theory!). To further test the old card – cos I still want to get some use out of it – I need a 2nd sd/cf adaptor (ordered).

    The whole thing is mystifying, but at least I now have one 7.5 gen working perfectly well with sdxc (and a 5th gen working with the ssd).

    The most baffling thing is the amount of contradictory results I’ve had, suggesting there are multiple different sources of problems. For example, its become apparent that whenever my central heating does its thing of releasing a burst of RF interference (heard as a burst of crackling over the radio), any ipod that’s connected has a tendency to at that moment lose its connection to the PC! Is that likely to be to do with actual radio frequency noise or the electricity supply? Or just a weird coincidence?

  612. 612 On February 26th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Pete – Glad you finally got it working, there is quite a wide variation in the signal timings between cards, the iFlash kit is designed to adjust for this, but sometimes it can be outside of what can be adjusted for!! It would be interesting to hear how you get on with your next iFlash kit and ‘bad’ card – to keep power consumption low on the SD-CF Adapter, I do allow some variation in signal timings in the adapter – so it is totally possible to have a combination of SD-CF Adapter & SDXC card which do not like each other!!!

    Your central heating pump or ignition circuit is probably got a fault causing it to leak high amounts of RFI, this is probably affecting the ring main it is connected to, is it possible your computer is connected to the same ring main supply? if so it is probably this induced noise causing the USB link to fail or the computer to glitch, it is unlikely however for the iPod to be picking or being affected by the RFI (<- unless it is very close to the boiler!!)

  613. 613 On February 27th, 2015, Blue said:

    Hello Tarkan, just found your site and am thrilled to see this option. My model A1136 5th gen 30 GB iPod just had the hard drive die on me, and I’ve been trying to look for some type of replacement for it. I love the idea of going to an SD card based system but had a few questions for you, based off of what I have read here, and the store page. I admit I haven’t read though everything on the page since there are 612 posts so far, so I apologize if you’ve answered this already.

    First: On the store page you have “5g and 5.5g (30gb, 60gb, and 80gb)” with no GB limit for iTunes like you do for other generation units, does this mean that they have no built it limitation on storage size?

    Second (if there is a 128mb size): emCore states that its compatible with generations 1 though 3 of the classic model. So if there is a limit to the size on the 5th generation units, does Rockbox bypass that limitation? I looked and couldn’t find an answer on their site.

    Depending on how things are looking for me I could be ordering form you very soon. Thank you very much in advance for making this product, my iPod is a huge part of me sleeping well at night (I hook it up to a small set of speakers so I can listen to music… and not my neighbors snoreing) and this could be the answer to some prayers of mine.

    Thanks again,


  614. 614 On February 27th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Blue – The iPod video’s will work with storage above 128Gb, there are however track limits as specified in my pdf list. EmCore is only designed for iPod classics (6g/7g), the iPod video’s can install Rockbox directly using the Rockbox installer.

  615. 615 On March 14th, 2015, mobes said:


    Hello, I am interested in knowing if there is a quality difference between using CF vs SD. Since SD appears to be less expensive, can you recommend a 128gb and a 64gb? I will be installing in my Ipod video 5th gen. Also, I assume I would just need to purchase the correct adapter for either CF or SD. Thanks for your help!

  616. 616 On March 14th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Not sure what you mean by quality – but I recommend my iFlash-bundle + SDXC card it is the best combination for replacing the original HDD. Price is much better than CF card and there are less compatibility issues.

  617. 617 On March 15th, 2015, Richard d. said:

    Using tarkan’s adaptor I put a Qumox 128gb SDXC in my iPod video 5g.
    Had been 60gb. Now is lighter and faster and twice as big:)
    Qumox does sound like a dodgy make.
    But it works well and is not too high priced.

    Don’t hesitate , do it !
    Good luck.

  618. 618 On March 15th, 2015, mobes said:

    @Richard D.

    Thanks for info. I’m new to this. Although, I am familiar with opening/repairing Ipod Videos. So, do I just need Tarkan’s adapter or do I need the bundle? Sorry for the I’m sure stupid question! I will look at that SDXC card for sure. I will be going from a 30gb hopefully to a 128gb. Can’t wait! Thanks

  619. 619 On March 15th, 2015, mobes said:

    @Richard D.

    I think I see now. I need to order the bundle in order to have everything I need except for the SDXC card. Is there any particular advantage or difference between using CF or SDXC?


    By quality I was just trying to determine if there’s any advantage of using a CF card vs a SDXC card when doing this? I would like to increase my storage to 128gb.

  620. 620 On March 15th, 2015, Richard d. said:

    I have never seen a cheap enough CF to make it worthwhile.
    If you buy the bundle, iflash and SDCF adapter you effectively have both options open to you for your iPod
    As you can use the iflash and SDCF adapter with a SDXC
    or just the iflash and CF on its own if you have big CF (or find one in the future)

    CF sizes don’t seem to have progressed much beyond 64gb commonly
    And those 64gb 128gb or 256gb that are about are very expensive.

    If you do have a big CF you can experiment and tell us !
    If there is any benefit.

    Personally I was amazed by how much lighter my iPod felt.
    I did have the CF adapter work lose once.
    But once I packed the spare space with a bit of bubble wrap it’s been fine.

  621. 621 On March 15th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Like I said SDXC is the preferred option now in many ways. The CF does have a lead in power consumption compared to SDXC but the difference is not huge and both options will still increase your runtime on average by over 50% compared to the original HDD.

  622. 622 On March 15th, 2015, mobes said:

    @Richard and @Tarkan.

    Thanks both for your replies and patience. I got a chance last night to do some more reading.

    Tarkan, this is great stuff and thanks for doing this. Can’t wait to try it out.

    I also do realize now that it’s more economical using the SD cards. I will more than likely go that route. I’ll stay in contact and let you know how it goes. Thanks again!

  623. 623 On March 15th, 2015, mobes said:


    Are there any known issues with 64GB SanDisk Ultra SDXC Class 10 SD 30MB/S? I believe this is the same as on your list of known working. Thanks!

  624. 624 On March 16th, 2015, Benny C. said:

    i just upgraded my iPod Video 30GB with a “128Gb SDXC UHS-I Qumox” SDXC card (cheapest one i could find :D) and it works nearly perfectly!
    only issue is that file transfer between ipod/pc is very unstable and slow while using Rockbox (might be something to add to the list above?). if i boot up the original Firmware it works just fine with 5-7Mb/s (10MB/s on the orig. HDD).

    Thank you very much for the Adapter!!

  625. 625 On March 17th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    That is right, the Rockbox USB Handler is broken, causes slow transfers and if you leave it long enough filesystem corruption – You need to dual boot in to the Apple OS and do your transfers, then you can boot back in to Rockbox.

  626. 626 On March 17th, 2015, mobes said:


    Hello, I purchased the sd-cf bundle on 3/15. Just curious how long it’s taking to ship out. Excited to mod my pod! I ended up with the 64GB SanDisk Ultra SDXC Class 10 SD 30MB/S.


  627. 627 On March 18th, 2015, mixtli said:


    I remind that the workaround, related to the Rockbox data transfer issue, is using version 3.6 of Rockbox or using the latest version by dropping the iPod into diskmode before connecting to the computer and transfering your music.

    Would that work with “128Gb SDXC UHS-I Qumox”, as well?

  628. 628 On March 20th, 2015, Carlos E. Tabares said:


    I just received the bundle and the tools I ordered. I plan to use the PNY 256 card in the install and I have a 7g classic 160, model #A1238. Does the card need to be exFat formatted before the installation, or should I just install and let iTunes restore the unit?


  629. 629 On March 20th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Just let iTunes restore, it should work ok.

  630. 630 On March 24th, 2015, Peter Burkimsher said:

    I tested the 256GB Transcend Ultimate last night, using a non-Tarkan adaptor in an iPod Photo.
    I was testing the SDXC card in-store without buying it, so I didn’t have time to fill it with music.

    iTunes detected the iPod as expected, and allowed me to restore. The restore process took about 5 minutes, and eventually gave an error -50. However, when I unplugged the iPod, it had received the firmware correctly! It asked me to plug it into external power, which I did, and the firmware loaded. After that, it worked fine, and was detected by iTunes as a 256GB iPod.

    Unfortunately the 256GB card didn’t work with my SD-to-microSD to PQI Air Card, so I didn’t buy it after all. I might try to test again with another WiFi microSD-to-SD card adaptor.

    I would be doing these tests with Tarkan boards, but I’m still waiting for delivery to Taiwan after a month. Tarkan! Please don’t forget me.


  631. 631 On March 24th, 2015, Antonio Conolly said:

    Hi there,

    Just totalled hd on my 160 gb classic as it fell. Replacement costs crazy.

    Wondering if this will also work on an iPod 4th Generation 20GB click wheel (not the colour model).

    Would love to upgrade to a 256 gb card/storage for my ipod if possible.

    Thanks so much

  632. 632 On March 25th, 2015, Peter Burkimsher said:

    Hi Antonio,
    Tarkan’s adaptors are perfect for your 160GB classic.
    If you want to do the same mod on a 4th Generation iPod, you’ll need a different IDE-to-CF adaptor, but you can use Tarkan’s SD-to-CF adaptor. Or you can buy that separately; your call. Tarkan’s SD to CF adaptors are probably more likely to work though (one of my third-party ones doesn’t).
    The adaptor you need for the 4th gen iPod is called a “cf 1.8 ide adapter”. I’m using one in my iPod Photo right now.

    I’ve tested the Transcend 256GB SDXC card in the iPod Photo, but I chose not to buy it when the PQI Air Card wouldn’t detect it. I can confirm that it is possible to have a 256GB iPod 4G with SD storage. If you need me to do another test with an actual 4th gen black & white iPod, I can try to ask in the store again.


  633. 633 On March 25th, 2015, Antonio said:

    Thanks so much. My 160GB is toast and so I guess it would make most sense to work on that one. Once the card is in and iPod closed, and job done, does it appear in iTunes and is music added as it used to be when it had the HD installed or is there a different method to it now?

    Also, what cost would I be looking at for everything i need?
    Reader, SF card, and anything else?
    I’m assuming only one port for one memory card available?

    Be kind of great to do it to the 20 gb 4g click wheel (no video) and the 160 GB Classic, if possible and cost effective. An audiophile playpen.

    Thanks Peter.

  634. 634 On March 26th, 2015, Peter Burkimsher said:

    Antonio: Tarkan’s $33 kit includes everything you need, unless you have a thick 160GB 6G or 6.5G iPod. Then you’ll need the HDD ribbon as well, for $2.80.
    iTunes syncs as normal up to libraries with 50,000 songs or 128GB, whichever you hit first. If you want to go beyond that, you need to use Rockbox or iPodLinux (alternative firmwares for you to “sync different”).

    Tarkan’s adaptors only have one port for one memory card. I’ve bought a third-party adaptor with dual microSD card slots:
    EXTREME CF Adapter 2 Micro SD SDHC SDXC 雙TF 轉 CF Type I 轉接卡
    It’s working in my iPod Photo 4.5G, but not in my iPod Video 5.5G yet. That may change when I receive Tarkan’s adaptors.

  635. 635 On March 26th, 2015, Antonio said:

    Thanks so much. Unfortunately, can’t find any place in Toronto, Canada to do the job. iRepair places are not doing it. I would do it myself but am unable to. I guess the project will have to be put on hold. I appreciate all your help. I guess i’ll have to painfully make do with my old 20gb ipod, Ouch

    If anyone knows of any place that does the work, i’d love to know. and get a 256gb card in her.


  636. 636 On March 27th, 2015, cmarti said:

    Why not shipping it to Tarkan or another fellow member here. Are you a member of Head-Fi?

  637. 637 On March 28th, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    @Antonio I do it but you would have to pay for shipping both ways.

  638. 638 On March 28th, 2015, Pihstekcor said:

    What area of toronto are you in? I’m in the east side. I’ve done the conversion on a video iPod (5th I think) and just replaced the headphone jack on my 120 gb iPod classic this week. (Since the sd card I bought for the video iPod turned out to be non compatible). Might be able to lend a hand

  639. 639 On March 28th, 2015, Carlos Marti said:

    @ Jon and Pihstekcor, awesome of you two for offering to help Antonio :) Cheers!

  640. 640 On March 29th, 2015, Antonio said:

    Hi Guys,

    I appreciate all the help. Really interested in turning this into something more and have missed using my musical library. I’m sort of of the east end of Toronto. In and around the Coxwell and Damforth area.

    Was looking at prices on these though and am seeing that the 256 cards are running in and around $275 and not including adapters and other materials need. Is that accuarte?

    Do we know if the PNY is the only confirmed compatible card for the 160 GB thick version iPod?


    Also, is there any confirmation on a 256 gb card working on a iPOd 4th Generation 20 GB ipod (non video)?

    Thanks all

  641. 641 On March 29th, 2015, rubeN said:


    If you have a thick 160GB Classic then it can’t see 256GB because of the way Apple designed that model. Only the 160GB slim can climb above and beyond.

    PNY 256GB is the go to cards if you want 256GB

  642. 642 On March 29th, 2015, Antonio said:

    So you’re saying that a 256 won’t work on my 160 gb classic?

    Or it will work but but not with iTunes and I need to use Rockbox?

    Also, I’m guessing the total cost for Tarkan’s kit and the PNY 256GB card will end up running close to $300 CDN, is that correct?


  643. 643 On March 29th, 2015, Jon M Curley said:


    Email me at *****Removed******

  644. 644 On March 29th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Antonio – On the store page I have a pdf with specific iPod model numbers and storage limitations, the thick 160Gb 6g is limited to 128Gb when using any storage device other than the original CE-ATA 160Gb HDD.

    I have removed Jon’s email address I will pass that to you directly via email.

  645. 645 On March 29th, 2015, Antonio said:

    So not possible to do 256 gb card on thick ipod classic.

    ipod 20 gb 4th generation? does that work?

    Was quoted $400CDN for a 240 gb hd replacement for the 160 Classic.

    Thanks All

  646. 646 On March 29th, 2015, Antonio said:

    Am I right about the total cost being close to $300 for 256gb card and all adapter and tools?

  647. 647 On March 29th, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    @Antonio I get the adapter and 256GB for about $140USD. I have a few refurbished models that I have completed. Hit me up.

  648. 648 On March 30th, 2015, Will said:

    Hey there,

    I too have a IPod Classic 160 gb thick model.

    I’d like to upgrade it to 256 gb as well. Is it possible on this model? See some yes/no on this.

    If so, what would I need? Tarkan’s tops? Adapter model? and any specific type/model of 256gb card?


  649. 649 On March 31st, 2015, Jon M Curley said:

    @Will Only if you use Rockbox. If you want to use stock firmware then no.

  650. 650 On March 31st, 2015, Will said:

    Thanks. Just checked and my model is in the MB029, 6th Generation iPod 160gb.

    So do I need Tarken’s v.3 adaptor kit from the store and a 256GB Elite Performance SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 – 90MB/s.

    Install rockbox or emcore/rockbox?

  651. 651 On March 31st, 2015, Antonio said:

    It was mentioned that i could do theis on my 4th Gen 20GB ipod.

    If I want to install the PNY 256 gb sd card, will I be able to past the 128 gb point of music?

    If so, what do i need from Tarkan’s tools and adapters. Would like to see if possible.

  652. 652 On April 5th, 2015, mobes said:

    Hello, I just replaced my 30gb drive with the Sand Disk 64gb class 10 SD card and everything is working great so far except for when I try to use Rockbox. I used Rockbox before and never had any issues.

    Here is what I’ve done.

    1. Restored using itunes
    2. Installed Rockbox
    3. I use Media Monkey to manage my music. So, I copied all 3000 files to the iPod which showed fine in Media Monkey. Everything went well.
    4. Properly disconnected ipod and started Rockbox
    5. Initialized database and then it became stuck at “committing database 1/9″
    6. I left overnight and it did not do anything.

    Update: I restored again using itunes, installed Rockbox but then selected approximately 100 tunes from Mediamonkey. I started up Rockbox and initialized the database and it worked. The files appeared and could play the music. I tried the process again with approximately 1000 tunes and is stuck again at “committing datase 1/9″. I will try with about 500 songs and see if works.

    Anyone else run across this? I wouldn’t think it has anything to do with Mediamonkey? Thanks for your help!

  653. 653 On April 5th, 2015, mobes said:

    Sorry, maybe need to post to Rockbox also. Appreciate any help. Didn’t have the problem before using original hard drive.

    Btw, love having the extra disk space and just how light it is now too!

  654. 654 On April 6th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Mobes – are you doing the transfers under the Apple OS? The Rockbox USB Handler is broken, it is slow and causes file system corruption. Also have you test the iPod under the Apple OS and everything working ok with the SDXC card, as most of the Sandisk SD cards sold on ebay/amazon are fake.

  655. 655 On April 6th, 2015, Peter said:

    hello Tarkan:
    I buy the CF and SD-CF Adapter, and a Kingstone 64G SDXC (moedel name is SDX10V).
    Shoud I use the AOMEI REBUILD MBR AND change exFAT to FAT32 in a card reader? or , Can I do those steps in ipod classic when I installed the SD?


  656. 656 On April 7th, 2015, mobes said:

    @Tarkan – I restored using Itunes and now syncing all 3000 plus tracks onto the ipod. Going well so far.

    So, in order to avoid the issue with Rockbox I should always use itunes to sync? Rockbox will use the ipod control so I can still use Rockbox to play the music, right?

    Also, what about Mediamonkey? This is where I’ve been managing my music and then syncing with Rockbox.

    Do I need to worry about the SDXC as far as being fake since it looks like I’ll be able to at least sync 19gb? Or is there a way to test it? I believe I saw something in the comments.

    Thanks for the help.

  657. 657 On April 7th, 2015, Richard D said:

    H2testw is the testing tool….

    google ‘h2testw’ a description and downloads for windows
    plus alternative utilities for mac and linux.


  658. 658 On April 7th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @mobes – Yes boot in to the Apple OS for transfers, it should not matter to Mediamonkey how you connect the iPod, as long as the iPod has a drive letter (I don’t use Mediamonkey, but that is my understanding of it).

  659. 659 On April 7th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    @Peter – no you should be ok installing and restoring straight away.

  660. 660 On April 9th, 2015, Darren said:

    Hi Tarkan. Any news on 512gb sdxc compatibility?

  661. 661 On April 9th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Two people have reported as working the Sandisk 512Gb SDXC, on 7g iPods.

    Sadly they are unable to help me with further specific tests, so I am waiting on more reports before putting it on the list.

  662. 662 On April 10th, 2015, John Z said:

    Hi Tarkan

    I haven’t made any changes to my iPod in over a year, but it’s time to replace the battery and the back cover. Here’s what I’ve got right now:

    iPod 6G 30GB
    PNY Elite Performance 256GB
    iFlash SD-CF Adapter Bundle (purchased January 2014)

    I have only been able to use 130GB of the SD card because of the limitation that existed a year ago. Before I make any hardware changes and close the iPod up, do you know of any way to fix the 130GB problem? On 1/5/15, you said that your v7 SDCF adapter handles it correctly. Is v6 to v7 just a firmware update? If so, is there any way to upgrade the adapter that I have? If not, is there any way to get the v7 adapter without buying a completely new one?


  663. 663 On April 10th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Sadly no upgrade path from the v6 to v7 – the v7 is a different hardware revision, so they do not share the same firmware base.

  664. 664 On April 10th, 2015, John Z said:

    That cool, I understand. Is my SD card (PNY Elite Performance 256GB SDXC P-SDX256U1H-GE) known to be fully compatible with the new adapter? Will I be able to use the full capacity of the card?


  665. 665 On April 10th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    Yes I would say the PNY 256Gb is probably the most popular card used with my iFlash kit.

    There is a pdf with iPod model numbers on my store page check that to make sure your iPod is capable of handling greater than 128Gb.

  666. 666 On April 11th, 2015, mobes said:

    Since installing my Sandisk 64gb SDXC card and installing my music everyone once in a while there will be a skip or interruption in a song, not very often. Is this possibly related to how the SD card was formatted? Should I use Aomei to reformat and create a new MBR then sync again? It’s really not bad, but wondering if that should take care of it? Thanks!

  667. 667 On April 12th, 2015, P Green said:

    Hello everyone. I have some questions. I have a 160GB 6 Plus iPod and just received a 256GB PNY SDXC card (Thanks to Richard D for the Flash Test link!) I’m aware that you have to use Rockbox in order to access the full capacity of the card; but I just found out that Rockbox doesn’t support the iPod’s video playback ability.

    I occasional use my iPod as a storage device. Would I be unable to access the remain storage in usb mode? Or run some type of dual booting to use the full card? Or just use Rockport and disregard the video until Rockbox comes adds video for the iPod Classic?

    Also is there a forum to get information about Rockbox usage? I know very little about it and wanted to compare it to the original iOS firmware.


  668. 668 On April 13th, 2015, John said:

    Hi all,

    Wanted to share my experience.

    I have a ipod classic 6G and the hard drive crashed on me about 2 years ago after some very light use (mainly airplanes when traveling). I threw it in a drawer during which time the battery died. About 4 weeks ago I was researching how to replace the hard drive and came across the possibility of utilizing an adapter that would allow for using a CF card. Doing further research I discovered that there was the option to use an SD card which gives you more bang for the buck. Obviously in the process I came across Tarkan’s site and although I found the adapter and CF to SD conversion card on Amazon I decided to go with Tarkan’s bundled adapter because of all the success stories and I just was not in the mood to do trial and error. After ordering Tarkan bundled adapter I also purchased a 64 GB Silicon Power SDXC class 10 card off Amazon ($22) and a replacement 650 mah (not the 450 mah in the ipod) battery off ebay ($6).

    I received the bundled adapter Saturday and installed it that night. Itunes recognized my ipod and restored the software without any issues and on the first attempt. I then synched what music I have on my laptop to the ipod and that also transferred without any issues. So far anyway the Silicon Power SD card is working flawlessly even though it is not on Tarkan’s list.

    As far as the battery I purchased it is working great as well. After bringing it to a full charge I started playing music on the ipod last night at 6 PM. We are now at 3 PM (21 hours) and it still has a little more than 50% battery power left. I estimate the extended battery + the lower draw of the CF to SD adapter will give me 48+ hours of listening time before needing to be recharged.

    It would have cost me $55 to replace the hard drive/battery with a new hard drive/battery vs replacing the hard drive/battery with the CF To SD adapter which cost me around $60 and has less moving parts and I would think greater durability if dropped and I still have the option to increase my memory to 128 GB if I ever need to.

    Right now I am very happy with my decision to go this route.

  669. 669 On April 14th, 2015, Derek said:

    I’m running into a snag with the iFlash kit fitted with a PNY 256gb SDXC card. The bar code on the PNY package reads P-SDX256U1H-GE and the UPC code is 7-51492-56952-9. After installation, I power up and get the “Connect to your computer. Use iTunes to restore.” message. When I connect the iPod to the PC running iTunes, iTunes prompts to restore the iPod. Eventually I receive the message:

    The iPod “iPod” cannot be restored because it contains files that are in use by another application.

    Previously, I did attempt to prepare the SDXC card using AOMEI as described on this site. This process seemed to fail: REBUILD MBR apparently rewrote the boot files on the Windows XP computer, not the SDXC card; and DELETE ALL PARTITIONS failed with messages stating the disk was mounted in read-only mode. I then tried formatting the SDXC card in a Canon camera, and now I have reached the state described above.

    Thanks for any ideas!

  670. 670 On April 14th, 2015, Derek said:

    Forgot to mention – I have an iPod 80gb generation 5.5, model number A1136.

  671. 671 On April 15th, 2015, Tarkan said:

    When you did the AOMEI process is your card reader SDXC compatible? This will cause problems if it is not.

    Check you have not got the lock lever on the side of the PNY set to Lock. Finally put the card back to original state by downloading the card formatting software at http://www.sdcard.org , then re-install in the iPod and restore.

  672. 672 On April 16th, 2015, Derek said:

    Thanks for the quick response. All appears to be working just fine now. The trick was to use SDFormatter (from http://www.sdcard.org), then to use AOMEI to delete the existing (default) partition (which was exFAT), and to create a new FAT32 partition. I ran these on a Windows 7 computer and selected “Run as administrator” for both tools. I skipped the “Rebuild MBR” step outlined in your instructions, as that step only seemed to mess up my Windows XP computer’s boot sequence. Finally, my Delkin Devices brand card reader, despite claiming to handle SDXC cards, may not work as advertised.

    iTunes is now converting my 27,000+ song library from lossless/AIFF format to 256kbps as it syncs my “new” 256gb iPod — should take about 4 days. Thanks Tarkan!

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