Originally Posted by AceFaith
I'm a newbie, and I do hate bumping older topics, but I need some questions answered regarding this specific kind of mod for my situation:
I have A1238 120 GB iPod (7th generation?), and I was wondering if it's possible to do the SDXC -> CF -> HDD mod on this specific model.
Secondly, should such a mod be made, which SDXC card has been the most functional in this mod?
Does it significantly change anything regarding the devices weight or battery efficiency?
Where can I find specific instructions for installing an iFlash mod without turning to a professional and forking up cash I don't have?
Welcome Ace-Faith to Head-Fi.
Actually the 7th gen mod is a very common one and yes it is possible, countless people have done it before.
You can do a few ways but some are more expensive than others and some solutions work best with different iPod generations.
The 7th gen can definitively be done with SDXC->CF->Zif (Zif is the hdd interface).
The best site to see how it's done is Tarkan Akdam's site, here is the link for instructions using his well designed iFlash adaptor:
Here is another link showing the compatibility list of sdxc cards versus the different iPod generations:
He provides everything from the instructions to the components needed to make it work (very competitive pricing by the way and Tarkan's quality for his iFlash is definitively there). Remember that for the 7th gen iPod, opening the case is a real challenge. You will most likely damage your back plate not to mention your front panel. So if you still want to do it, I'd suggest you buy both of those and then move the iPod switch and battery from your current one to the new back plate. You can get brand new front plates and refurbished back plate that just looks fabulous from eBay.
Modding the iPod does a few things to it:
Makes it lighter because cf + adaptor is lighter
Makes it shock proof to a certain extent as there is no moving parts (the screen is still "crackable" so be careful there.
It uses less battery power than the hdd, that is true when the hdd is seeking, other than that the Ipod has a fetch buffer that allows the hdd to be used less. If you change tunes a lot, that is when it is more savvy.
As far as cash, it becomes impossible to do unless you have money, there is a strict minimum you need to spend to upgrade the iPod to cf, sorry you can't win them all.
Have a blast modding your iPod!
Edited by musicheaven - 8/5/13 at 4:02pm