Recently the HDD Disk in my G4 iPod Photo died. As I was a bit annoyed by that and I didn’t want to head for a new player, I decided to go for an experiment. I wanted to replace the HDD by a compact flash card, as the interface is more or less the same.
So I made a shopping list:
- Opening Tool: In order to open your iPod you need a tool in order not to scratch the metal case. You can get this tool also when you buy new battery. As mine was already three years old I got a 1400 mAh battery for the iPod. There are several sellers on ebay. I also search on YouTube for videos on how to open the iPod in order not to destroy it.
- Secondly I looked for a tiny 1,8” ATA => Compact flash adapter. You can find several sellers on ebay for that as well.
- Last but not least, I needed Compact Flash card. I bought an 8 GB one, as this seams to be sufficient for my requirements. Actually there is not limit in size for the capacity of the card you would like to in add to your iPod – just your budget
These are the steps to take (no guarantee that they work for you as well!)
- Turn off the iPod
- Turn on the key lock, as we don’t your iPod to start during the experiment.
- Unplug the battery in order to avoid short cuts.
- Carefully remove the HDD
- Put the CF Card into the adapter and Stick some heave paper in the bottom in order to avoid shortcuts with the PCB (it’s the yellow paper in the pictures)
- Connect the battery again and close the ipod.
- Connect the iPod to the PC again and let iTunes restore the Firmware Image.
I’m very happy with the solution, as it was quite inexpensive in comparison to getting a new one (12 EUR for Adapter, 16 EUR for new battery, 18 EUR for CF Card = 46 EUR in total).