So I've been gathering information on installing 1.8" PATA ZIF SSD's into the Ipod classic. Really couldn't find much info on it at head-fi. So I'll post what I know. Need you all to help make this thread the best place for Ipod classic SSD mod info.
The Ipod classic runs off a 1.8" HDD. There are 4 Ipod classic models as follows:
-6Th gen 80GB slim (1.8" PATA ZIF)
-6Th gen 160GB fat (1.8" Ce-SATA)
-6.5 gen 120GB slim (1.8" PATA ZIF)
-7Th gen 160GB slim (1.8" PATA ZIF)
The Ipod video runs off a 1.8" HDD. There are 4 Ipod video models as follows
-5Th gen 30GB slim (1.8" PATA ZIF)
-5Th gen 60GB fat (1.8" PATA ZIF)
-5.5 gen 30GB slim (1.8" PATA ZIF)
-5.5 gen 80GB fat (1.8" PATA ZIF)
SSD mod will work in all the 5 and 5.5g Ipods but if you get a fat Ipod you will need to construct some type of foam frame to keep the SSD from loosely bouncing around. Slim one does not require that.
Notice the fat classic has a different interface. I don't have any information on how to mod that one. It never interested me to find out but if you do have info for that you can share it.
All the slim Ipod classics are equally good to mod with an SSD but there is more information you need. Not just ANY 1.8" PATA ZIF SSD will work. You must carefully read the specs. For the SSD to work in the Ipod the SSD must operate on 3.3 volts or less. I've basically found a few different voltages for 1.8" ZIF SSD's 5V and 3.3V and 3V. If it is a 5V version its not gonna even start up in the Ipod at all.
3.3V and below low power SSD's
Super Talent ZT2 - Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB (256GB is 5V it will not work) - 100% confirmation this drive works from ALO audio who makes an SSD Imod with this - 128GB can be had for 200 on eBay which is only 100 more than the 160GB slim HDD stock Toshiba
Renice K3vlar E - available in 30GB 60GB 120GB 240GB - Even the 240GB is listed at a 3V input sticker on drive confirms 3.3V - I know 3.3V works and 5V doesn't so I'm guessing a little lower should also still work but no confirmation. 30GB models are pretty cheap if someone were to try best to start there.
Photofast Gmonster V4 - 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB - All listed as 3.3V - No confirmation if working but there is no reason it should not work so a good choice to try out. As with all unproven start with the lowest cap and report findings.
Mach Xtreme MX Nano - 30GB 60GB 120GB 240GB - Listed as 3.3V or 5V - but they do advertise on the site that it can be used to upgrade an Ipod video which is 99% certain it will work in the Ipod classic slim.
Sabertooth ZF - 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB - Listed as 3.3V - Untested no reason it should not work.
SAMSUNG 1.8" ZIF/PATA SLC 64GB SSD MCCOE64GEMPP - Listed as 3.3V - Site listed it as compatible with Ipod - Don't know about other capacities but do note that this drive is SLC which offers much increased writing durability - 99% certain this drive will work
Took me a long time to search all these out. My goal is to have Ipod classic SSD modders to come here and make this the best source on the net for Ipod SSD mod information. When I finally mod my SSD I will post pictures with a detailed guide step by step with a picture for each step unless someone beats me to it.
Any knowledge you have on this topic would be very appreciated posted here. I hope my hours and hours of research into this gives other new comers a nice head start into Ipod classic modding. Now I need you guys to really make this thread shine.
Edited by Freeze - 8/19/11 at 7:25am