iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards
For some time many people have wanted to use my iFlash iPod CF adapter with the new generation of large format SD memory cards. SDHC and SDXC are the new generation of SD cards which are cheaper and have capacities of upto 256Gb and growing.
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.
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: 12th October 2014)
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 (Possible issues on 7g, need more reports)
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 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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