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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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kornchild2002
post Aug 6 2012, 23:22
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The 2 platter 160GB iPod classic released in 2007 actually went on for a full year until Apple released a single platter 120GB iPod classic in 2008. So it went on for a longer period of time than a "handful" of months (unless 12 is your idea of a handful). In 2007, Apple introduced an 80GB ($249) and 160GB ($349) version of the iPod classic. The 80GB edition was single-platter and the 160GB version was dual-platter. They were both replaced in 2008 with the introduction of a single-platter 120GB iPod classic for $249. It had a couple new features and a slightly newer firmware. Apple then released a single-platter 160GB iPod classic replacing the older 120GB model. It too had a few new features (Genius playlist compatibility being one of them) but that was also added to the previous 120GB model.

The current iPod classic line is maxed out at 160GB and it is my understanding that higher capacity drives, with that form factor and connector, were not manufactured. However, the 5G/5.5G iPod (the OP has a 5G iPod) can be upgraded to 240GB. The drive is expensive ($200) but it can be done. Whether or not the high $200 price tag is worth it is up to the OP. Personally, I don't think that spending $200 is worth getting that type of upgrade when the money would be better spent towards a different solution. I know the song limitation of the Pioneer deck in my Civic, which was about $500, is more than 10,000 songs as I have about 12,000 on it now (a couple hundred over 12k) and every song is identified along with every playlist. The hard drive hooks up through a standard USB 2.0 connection. The Kenwood deck in my old Escort had a 10,000 song limit but I believe things have changed since then (2007). Instead, you would be better off finding a car deck that can handle more than 10,000 songs instead of spending $200 to upgrade an iPod that is worth about $50 only to face the same issue a few years down the line.

Either that or invest in an 8GB iPod touch (or compatible Android player) and a 500GB wi-fi hard drive. That solution is about $400 and you would need a DC to AC adapter in the car to power the wi-fi hard drive. Seagate (or Western Digital, I can't remember) makes one but it only gets about 3-4 hours on a single charge.
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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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