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  1. Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position.  The orange bar should be visible, indicating hold is active.
    • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The orange bar should be visible, indicating hold is active.

    How necessary is it to have the HOLD switch in the locked position? On my iPod the switch is stuck in the unlocked position and I can't force it into locked.

    Is locking the iPod for a mechanical reason or an electrical/software reason?

    gabeshaikh - 답글

    Citaat van gabeshaikh:

    How necessary is it to have the HOLD switch in the locked position? On my iPod the switch is stuck in the unlocked position and I can't force it into locked.

    Is locking the iPod for a mechanical reason or an electrical/software reason?

    It is for an electrical reason. If the iPod hold switch is kept on, the device will not turn on, thus ensuring the device stays powered off while performing service.

    trusty - 답글

    I have a 60 GB iPod photo that needs a new Logic Board. I bought a 30 GB used iPod on eBay and replaced the Logic Board. Now the iPod thinks the hard drive is only 30 GB, when it is really 60 GB. It works, but the hard drive is not recognized for its full size. Sites like this offer a 20 GB and 40 GB logic board...I apparently need 60 GB. Can I bypass this somehow, or do I really need a logic board that is specifically made for 60 GB???

    Mark - 답글

    My 30gig drive shows up as a 16.4gig. I can not for the life of me, figure out why this is doing this. Can anyone help? Thanks!

    Stephan - 답글


    First thank you for this tuto and help.

    I did follow your instructions and every step was ok but when I closed my i'Pod, it kept staying on the lock position even with moving the lock button.

    Now it has charged but I could not make it run.

    So I did a complete reboot by connecting it to my Mac with i'Tunes to restore.

    It's still locked.

    What can I do?

    Than You for your answer


    Voisin - 답글

    Much quicker and far easier opening from the right side instead of from the top using the blue plastic spudger. Opened in under 10sec. Do not know why this guide asks you to start from the top and work it to the left corner. Perhaps it was meant as a challenge.

    Edwin Seah - 답글

    Well, I did it! I am pretty mechanically inclined, but I don't work well with small stuff. Anyway, as others mentioned, this step was the hardest for me, the included tools, worthless (to start to separate the case) As another person mentioned, I used a razor blade on the side on the upper left corner pushing down toward the metal clips, 'pop' once the first came off, then I used the blue tools to release the remaining clips. I didn't want to remove the connector in step 8, but had literally no room to work, the connector is a square push in type that is attached to the ribbon cable, I pryed with the blue tool carefully at the connector base, it popped right off! (getting is back on was more challenging, but managed with a small pair of needle nose pliers.) Had to pry the old battery out carefully - it was really in there. Got it all back together, works like a champ! Thanks ifixit!

    mikesnyder - 답글

    Promptly broke both blue plastic tools. I used a putty knife to pop the case. Opening was the only hard part. I didn't disconnect the headphone cable. No problems and the battery has enough charge that I listening to Bare Naked Ladies now. Last week I installed a new hard drive in my Mac mini. IFixit is the greatest!

    heldon - 답글

    If you are lucky, your battery may swell up like mind did, short of blowing up it opened the case for me. That being done really made it easy and encouraged me to do the repair myself. I still needed the proper screw driver (T6 Torx Screwdriver) to remove the two black torx screws that are found at step 10 of this repair guide. I purchased the iFixit 64bit driver kit, simply because I intend to work on several other iPods and phones, the kit is of good quality, well worth the purchase. If you have some mechanical ability, and follow the instructions, I was done in about 20 minutes, placed it back on my Bose player. I couldn't wait for it to charge, just wanted it to start playing, and after a minute or so my iPod 4th gen 20 gb was playing the music which I hadn't heard in about 3 to 4 years, as a result of a enlarged battery. As I write these comments down, I'm listening to my sweet tunes with a big smile on my mug, the sign of a satisfied customer. Thanks to iFIXIT.!!!

    Alex DeLeon - 답글

  2. Insert an opening pick as far as possible into the seam between the plastic front and the metal rear panel, on the right edge of the iPod.
    • Insert an opening pick as far as possible into the seam between the plastic front and the metal rear panel, on the right edge of the iPod.

      • You may need to rock the pick back and forth to slide it in farther.

    • Use the opening pick to pry up against the plastic front panel and release five retaining tabs (seen in the third photo).

    • Slide the pick along the edge of the iPod and continue prying to release the rest of the retaining tabs.

    • After all five tabs along the right side are free, the case should easily open.

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    • The iPod case is now open, but don't separate the two halves just yet. There is still an orange ribbon cable connecting the headphone jack to the logic board.

    • Open the case like a book with the dock connector edge at the top, and lay the rear panel next to the front half of the iPod.

    This is the most fragile piece to work with in the whole process. Make sure you have some glasses or something and actually watch the individual pins while you reconnect the cable. I can't see so close, and didn't see what I was doing clearly. Consequently I broke the pins.

    Adam Logan - 답글

    • Use a plastic tool or your fingernails to carefully disconnect the orange headphone jack cable. Be sure to pull straight up on the connector, not the cable itself.

    Be very careful disconnecting. In fact may want to leave connected. I "removed" the entire piece pins and all from the board and had to replace the logic board to fix. A $15 fix turned into $65. Happy to say got it fixed with a new board but this was a crucial step that cost me big time! Again leave headphone jack connected if at all possible!!

    tigers27408 - 답글

    DO NOT remove the ribbon cable unless absolutely necessary. I also removed the black female plug from the logic board by mistake. However, in my case I was able to plug it back in and it still works (phew!). Lucky. I might have destroyed some soldering, I don't know ... but it works.

    Paul - 답글

    At this point I damaged the motherboard irreversibly!!

    This guide should be modified. You should not attempt this step. Either you replace the battery without disconnecting the ribbon. Or if you really want more room, you unscrew the other little board from the the metal half of the case.

    Now I have to buy another ipod :-(

    Guillaume Barreau - 답글

    It is worth noting that the connector for the iPod 4th gen and the iPod photo/color are NOT compatible. The 4th gen has only 10 pins, whereas the photo/color have 12 pins.

    Miles Raymond - 답글

    I successfully installed the new battery without removing the ribbon cable.

    Michael Caputi - 답글

    &&^&. Just ripped the circuit. Destroyed my iPod. Thanks for nothing. Other fixes do not have this step. Horribly disappointed. This needs to be deleted!

    Adam - 답글

    Any idea if it can be resoldered?

    Adam - 답글

    • Grasp the hard drive with one hand and carefully disconnect the orange ribbon cable from the hard drive using your other hand.

    • If the cable doesn't come free easily, it may be helpful to gently wiggle the cable from side to side.

    Note carefully how the orange ribbon cable is connected, as there are more holes than pins (at least on my hard drive) which makes it a little tricky to put it back correctly. Not that difficult, but I had to do it twice...

    osset - 답글

    Just a curious question, since the hard drive is quite fragile, can it be replaced with a lets say: 8 GB fast CF card with built-in ATA?

    callmered - 답글

    It can with an adapter. I picked one up on ebay for $2 from Hong Kong.

    Eric Rumsey -

    The Hard Drive can be replaced with a CompactFlash to Toshiba 1.8-inch IDE Hard Drive Converter and a CF Card. It works! http://www.dx.com/p/cf-to-toshiba-1-8-in...

    Lion - 답글


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Just to let anyone wondering know: today I replaced the HDD with a 60 GB SSD - works like a charm. Maybe I can use this pod for another 8 years! :-)

Stefan - 답글

Hi Stefan,

Iam very interested in replace my ipod photo HDD with a 60 GB SSD . What kind of SSD did you use?

Thank you

Luiz Bandeira


Luiz Bandeira de Mello Braga -

What kind of SSD did you use? Did you use an adapter as well? Is it possible to install up to 480 GB SSD?

Heiko - 답글

I have a 4th generation iPod color 20GB. I tried to replace the hard drive with KingSpec 32GB SSD it didn't work it had formatting issues. I then did what most people do and bought a compact flash (CF) to 50 pin 1.8” IDE adapter. The adapter I bought came with a case the adapter's circuit board is red and has a master/slave switch on it. The case looks like a hard drive so the padding and bumpers on the Ipod's original hard drive can be reused with ease. Some people have had success with the KingSpec's SSD it is a nice option because it doesn't need an adapter. I have seen talk on the internet about iPod logic board versions and drive compatibility so maybe this is why the SSD didn't work for me. The key to converting to solid state is having a good adapter with the right brand and model of CF. I used a Kingston Ultimate 32GB CF it was indicated on Tarkan's website to be compatible with all iPods. Everything works perfectly now after installing the CF card with adapter.

negichan - 답글

Dropped in a 64GB SSD - this guide was excellent to get it all in place :-)

jonas - 답글

I have a 30GB 4th-gen iPod with a color display. I had to replace both the battery and the hard drive (the battery had physically expanded when it died and crushed the hard drive). The hard drive I replaced with a Sandisk 32GB CF card mounted inside a CF to 1.8" IDE adapter from Micro SATA Cables. My computer recognized it immediately when it was plugged in and it is working fine.

mbta3247 - 답글

I replaced my old hard drive with a Komputerbay 32GB High Speed Compact Flash and CF to 50 Pin 1.8 IDE Adapter with Case. Its amazing it works. I have brought new life back to a very beloved iPod.

amaximo - 답글

Anybody had any luck getting more that 60gb ssd in the 4th gen? I see mentioned that there is a possible firmware limit of 60gb on this model. Im just going the new battery and CF upgrade route and wondering if its worth getting anything bigger than a 64gb card?

peter barker - 답글

Yes. I just did it with a 2004 iPod Photo using a 128GB FAT32 formated SDXC Type II 600x card (Komputer Bay). That plugs into a Digigear Ultimate CF to SDXC adapter (SDXC Type II compatible), which plugs into a CD to IDE adapter (Generic). Needed a few chunks of cardboard cut and strategically hot glued (not that strategic really) to keep the significantly reduced sized "disk" from flopping around inside.

cls -

My iPod 4th generation 20 giga from 2005 is born again with a brand new 32 gb SSD (KingSpec) and Li-ion battery (iFixit). It works perfectly now and I hope it will last for another 10 years or so! I have to thank you very much because following your tutorial was actually very easy to replace both components...you're great! :)

Guendalina Marini - 답글

I just completed replacing the battery as well as upgrading the hard drive to an "SSD" in my 40GB iPod Photo that I bought in 2004. The hard drive was the main issue as it just would not boot up any more and the drive would make lots of clicking noises as it tried spinning up, only to give me the Apple "frowny face-you've got a problem" screen. I created a SSD by using a generic IDE to Compact Flash adapter, a Compact Flash to SDXC Type II adapter and a 128GB SDXC card. I had to manually reformat the SDXC card to FAT32 (they are all formatted as NTSC by default) using a free partition manager (I've used both the MiniTool Partition Wizard and the AOMEI Partition Assistant) since Windows won't format FAT32 on anything over 32GB (don't know why). The battery was definitely toasted and had swelled so badly that I thought that the Select button in the middle of the scroll wheel was broken. Fixing the battery fixed the scroll wheel. I now have a 128GB SSD iPod Photo that seems to play forever :-)

cls - 답글

Anyone know the song limit for this model?

Stephen Sherry - 답글

Ansering my own Q.

++iPod++ ++4th Gen++

20 GB, 40 GB

5000, 10,000

++iPod++ ++U2 (4th Gen)++

20 GB


++iPod++ ++photo (30)++

30 GB


++iPod++ ++photo (40/60)++

40 GB, 60 GB

10,000, 15,000


Stephen Sherry -

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