If your iPod’s hard drive has reached the end of its life and you’d rather not shell out a couple hundred bucks for a new iPod, here’s a neat little hack that will allow you to convert your 5th/5.5 gen iPod’s hard drive to compact flash. Not only will you save a few bucks (depending on the size of your compact flash card), but converting your hard drive will also extend your iPod’s battery life and make your iPod significantly lighter (also no moving parts, which means your iPod is less likely to break). We’ll show you how, after the jump.Recently my very rare all black iPod started making a dreaded clicking sound. Anyone who has experienced this for themselves would recognize this sound as the dying beating heart of a hard drive. Not wanting to throw away such a rare iPod, this nifty hack ended up being just what I was looking for. You’ll need a compact flash card (size is up to you, and can always be upgraded later) and an iFlash mk2 Compact Flash Adapter.
What You Need:
- iFlash mk2 Adapter
- Compact Flash Card (up to 64GB)
- Case Opener Tool (or hard guitar pick)
5. Put back together and restore using iTunes. Now reconnect the battery ribbon cable and snap everything back together. Restore as you would normally with iTunes.