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Replacement LARGER Hard Drive Models For Ipod Classic?
The_Egg
post Aug 5 2012, 03:22
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Hey guys. I have a 160GB Ipod Classic Model A1238 (late 2009 "thin" version). My music collection has recently ballooned to just over 200GB, so I'm now tasked with the chore of finding over 40GB of music to NOT include when I update the Ipod. This is really unfortunate, since I use it almost exclusively for playback in the car, where I would like to have the entire collection.

Most car stereos (including mine) have a 10,000 file limit for standalone external hard drives, so that's not an option. Apple also doesn't appear to have any plans for releasing a larger Ipod Classic. This means my only option (other than just dealing with it) would be to custom-install a larger hard drive myself.

I've tried searching the web for current 1.8" hard drives compatible with my model, but I'm really not having any luck. Has anyone performed this procedure, or can you point me somewhere I can find the information on compatible hard drives and such??

Ipod Classic Model A1238
160GB Late 2009 "thin" version
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The_Egg
post Aug 6 2012, 06:14
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Alright.....I've done a bit of research, and I've also received an additional Ipod as a gift from a friend. The details of my Ipods are currently:

#1
Ipod "Video" 5th Generation
A1136 (EMC 2065)
60GB "thick"

#2
Ipod Classic 7th Generation (Late 2009)
A1238 (EMC 2173)
160GB "thin"

As I mentioned above, the only hard drive I see being verified to work is the Toshiba MK2431GAH 240GB. While I wouldn't mind even more space, this is at least a 50% improvement in capacity, so it would be worthwhile in either circumstance.

Question #1: If I install this hard drive into the older Ipod #1, is it going to need a custom firmware to be able to see the full 240GB?

Question #2: From what I've gathered, this new hard drive will not physically fit into Ipod #2 because it is a "thin" model. However, I found refurbished thick rear panels for sale. Will one of these thick rear panels physically connect to my newer 7th Gen Ipod #2?

Question #3: Will the new hard drive need any sort of special formatting before being installed?

Question #4: Other than Ebay, do any reputable dealers sell this drive?
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post Jan 25 2013, 12:28
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QUOTE (egglick @ Aug 6 2012, 06:14) *
Alright.....I've done a bit of research, and I've also received an additional Ipod as a gift from a friend. The details of my Ipods are currently:

#1
Ipod "Video" 5th Generation
A1136 (EMC 2065)
60GB "thick"

#2
Ipod Classic 7th Generation (Late 2009)
A1238 (EMC 2173)
160GB "thin"

As I mentioned above, the only hard drive I see being verified to work is the Toshiba MK2431GAH 240GB. While I wouldn't mind even more space, this is at least a 50% improvement in capacity, so it would be worthwhile in either circumstance.

Question #1: If I install this hard drive into the older Ipod #1, is it going to need a custom firmware to be able to see the full 240GB?

Question #2: From what I've gathered, this new hard drive will not physically fit into Ipod #2 because it is a "thin" model. However, I found refurbished thick rear panels for sale. Will one of these thick rear panels physically connect to my newer 7th Gen Ipod #2?

Question #3: Will the new hard drive need any sort of special formatting before being installed?

Question #4: Other than Ebay, do any reputable dealers sell this drive?


Fitted the Toshiba MK2431GAH 240GB to my classic 5th gen.
No problem at all, connected to itunes, welcome new ipod message then did a sync of over 20000 songs and still got 60 gig spare.

Bought it on Ebay and was delivered within seven days from china. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200815135985?ssP...984.m1439.l2649
Hope this helps.
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- egglick   Replacement LARGER Hard Drive Models For Ipod Classic?   Aug 5 2012, 03:22
- - A_Man_Eating_Duck   maybe something like this would do for you? http:...   Aug 5 2012, 04:11
- - JJZolx   QUOTE (egglick @ Aug 4 2012, 20:22) This ...   Aug 5 2012, 05:34
- - egglick   I seriously looked into a car pc a handful of year...   Aug 5 2012, 09:22
|- - DonP   QUOTE (egglick @ Aug 5 2012, 04:22) It se...   Aug 6 2012, 13:33
- - EagleScout1998   I wonder if anyone has tried modifying an iPod Cla...   Aug 5 2012, 10:40
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (EagleScout1998 @ Aug 5 2012, 05:40...   Aug 6 2012, 12:47
- - db579   My collection has also outgrown portable media pla...   Aug 5 2012, 15:17
|- - DonP   QUOTE (db579 @ Aug 5 2012, 10:17) My coll...   Aug 6 2012, 13:50
- - Soap   I think the fact that a google search for CE-ATA 1...   Aug 5 2012, 16:14
- - egglick   Alright.....I've done a bit of research, and I...   Aug 6 2012, 06:14
|- - Soap   QUOTE (egglick @ Aug 6 2012, 00:14) Quest...   Aug 6 2012, 11:51
||- - egglick   QUOTE (Soap @ Aug 6 2012, 05:51) The 5th ...   Aug 6 2012, 14:32
||- - Soap   QUOTE (egglick @ Aug 6 2012, 08:32) QUOTE...   Aug 6 2012, 18:57
|- - shawburn   QUOTE (egglick @ Aug 6 2012, 06:14) Alrig...   Jan 25 2013, 12:28
- - JJZolx   http://www.rapidrepair.com/shop/ipod-video-hard-dr...   Aug 6 2012, 06:32
- - skamp   I installed Rockbox on my last gen Classic. A bit ...   Aug 6 2012, 08:38
- - egglick   Actually, information on these sorts of details is...   Aug 6 2012, 21:49
- - kornchild2002   The 2 platter 160GB iPod classic released in 2007 ...   Aug 6 2012, 23:22
|- - greynol   QUOTE (kornchild2002 @ Aug 6 2012, 15:22)...   Aug 7 2012, 05:46
- - egglick   @ kornchild2002 Lets just say that I've been ...   Aug 7 2012, 00:46
- - marvnmars   i understand the op's pain..the world has gone...   Jan 4 2013, 00:22
- - shawburn   Fitted the Toshiba MK2431GAH 240GB to my classic 5...   Jan 25 2013, 12:29
- - tsandrew   QUOTE (egglick @ Aug 6 2012, 06:14) Alrig...   Mar 3 2013, 06:08
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (tsandrew @ Mar 3 2013, 00:08) Ques...   Mar 5 2013, 14:43
- - tsandrew   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Mar 5 2013, 14...   Mar 5 2013, 15:46
- - skamp   The voltage is also important: the iPod won't ...   Mar 5 2013, 16:39
- - AshenTech   bought from the fellow above, hes been very respon...   Jun 10 2013, 04:09


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