Originally Posted by motheweirdo
Thanks so much for the loads of info in this thread. I've already spent hours here trying to get an answer but it's still not completely clear to me, so I have to ask.
I have an iPod Classic 160GB (thin). I'd like to upgrade to SSD or some other flash-based solution because hard drives suck. Ideally I'd like 240-256GB, but if that's impossible I can settle for 128GB until a better option arises.
What are my options at this point?
Thanks in advance for your response.
You can certainly use the Tarkan ZIF to CF adapter board, and a CF to SD adapter allows use of the cheaper SDXC cards for storage rather than the more expensive CF cards.
The above works reliably up to 128gb SDXC capacity in my experience, however you'd need to confirm actual brand compatibility of the SDXC card and the CF- SD adapter to avoid disappointment, its not as simple as picking the cheapest ones available.
Tarkan's web page details known to work combinations, and he sells the CF to SD adapters too, so you can order that as a bundle with his ZIF - CF adapter board, then all you need is an SDXC card.
I recently picked up a PNY Elite Performance 128gb SDXC for about $60, so the prices have come down quite a bit recently.
The same combination but using a 256gb SDXC card is currently stalled with a firmware incompatibility in the CF to SD adapter, the iPod becomes corrupted after writing about 130gb of data.
Hopefully that gets resolved soon as the other aspect of your question, battery life, is improved with the Tarkan iFlash mod compared to using a standard HDD. That is not the case when using an SSD, where currently battery life suffers compared to HDD when using the current crop of power hungry mSATA drives.
In the meantime, you can do the iFlash mod using a 128gb SDXC card.