Replace A Dead iPod Hard Drive With A Compact Flash Card

If the hard drive on your iPod video bit the dust, you can replace the old platter-based drive with a compact flash drive for lighter, faster, drop-proof music and media playback.

Technology blog Unpluggd shares a simple tutorial for replacing the hard drive in your iPod video (iPod generation 5/5.5) with a compact flash drive. You'll need a compact flash drive (or CF adaptor and an SD card to go inside), the iFlash CF-iPod adaptor ($IS25), and a guitar pick or other slender object to help open the case of your iPod.

Once swapped out your "new" iPod will be lighter, run faster and be more resistant to drop-related damage like the modern iPods. Have a DIY tutorial or trick to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.

How to Convert an iPod Hard Drive to Compact Flash [Unpluggd]


    Same trick applies to some netbooks.

    When the HDD in my HP Mini 1000 went the way of the Dodo, I cracked it open to find it was the same ZIF PATA style as the iPods. Instead of forking out $330 to HP for a new drive, I bought the exact same drive new off a Hongkonese eBay store for a third of the price, installed it but after half an hour of use, it too failed. Bought one of these CF to ZIF PATA adapters for $5, took a 4Gb CF card I had lying arround and et-voila, working netbook. Thankfully, with a $20 USB caddy, I was able to use the eBay purchased HDD as an external drive for data.

    would this work with a 6G ipod classic? Would be a great upgrade, i assume it would use less power as well

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