Can the HDD be replaced with a SSD
Is there a SSD compatible with the iPod Classic?
Model A1238 / 80, 120, or 160 GB hard drive / black or silver metal front
A couple of years later, a less expensive solution is to get the Sintech PA6007 1.8" ZIF/IDE to mSATA adapter and mount a standard mSATA SSD on it.
The Sintech adapter is about $15 on Ebay, $20 on Amazon, and I've seen it as low as $10 around the web. The interfaces are all proper, but I'm not sure if there are power demand issues.
240GB mSATA SSDs have been turning up at Holiday sales this year (2013) as low as $130 -- mainly at Amazon and Newegg.
So for under $150 one can get 240 GB of storage.
Of course, just before the Toshiba MK2431 was discontinued, one could get 240 GB of much slower storage for ~ $75.
Best solution, IMO, is the iFlash Quad at iflash.xyz
I don’t know if this unit can take 512GB micro SD cards yet since they’re a bit expensive at the moment, but 400GB micro SD cards work just fine in it and use very little power. My unit with 3000mAh battery gets charged only once per month and is never low on power when I charge it. Performance is excellent on it too. To fill up my 1.6TB iPod, it does take about 16 hours, but subsequent syncs take maybe 2 minutes to download the database file from the iPod (which is in itself 1.5GB in size). After that, it goes fast.
As an FYI… one guy on a message board got four 1TB micro SD cards and put it in an iPod Classic…. the unit could only read 2TB in Windows.. the cluster size of the iPod disk is apparently 4kB so the limit should be 16TB…. anyone with a Mac want to try to go over 2TB with HFS+ formatted iPod? If you have, please post here… a lot of us are wondering. If I had a Mac Mini, I’d try it myself.
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