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iPod classic 7th gen or ipod video 5, 5.5

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Hey everyone. So i ditched my Colorfly C3 and moved to the old iPods as they have space reliability and that much desired LOD. I have a 160GB 7th gen. And i love it except I hate the hard drive, I can hear it spinning, and i know their life isnt long. Also I have just bought an ipod video (5 or 5.5) not sue which one. off ebay. I plan to refurbish it. Ive just found out that I can add an SSD to the one i got off ebay. Which would be awesome as there is no moving parts, its also faster. so my question is should i sell the 7th gen and use the 5th gen with an SSD. Also is rockbox any good for these ipods?  Thanks

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There is a long thread on this site about SSDs for the iPod Classic. The Toshiba/Samsung HDDs in the iPod Classic range are reliable and well designed drives but some fail. They are however easily and cheaply replaced. The iPod 5G was more hi-fi orientated then the 6/7G. Over the ear headphones aren't great with the later models. With earbuds/iems the later models have the significant advantages of capacity/battery life. The Wolfson dac on the 5G gave a better sound for hi-fi headphones at the expense of battery life. You can tell if your ebay purchase is a 5/5.5G by going into settings and looking for a search option. Only the 5.5G has search. SSDs give more durability are lighter and don't suffer access delay (this wasn't much of an issue with ipod HDDs). They are expensive however, especially at larger capacities.
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Ahh i see, i see significant access lag in my ipod classic and its new. Also i find the sound to be a bit harsh. Since my music collection is no more than 20gb i will buy a 32gb ssd on ebay for £30 which isnt bad really. I would be happy with that storage option, and maybe then sell it once the repair is done. Thanks for your reply.
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if you are not planning to upgrade the iPod 5g to a larger drive, why bother a ssd right now ? Just use the one you bought off eBay and rockbox it and enjoy! You can replace the HDD when it dies. With that said , 30gb is not much if you play lossless flac's.
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I got home today and opened the package, the hard drive was knackered. condition of the ipod was okay. Ive ordered a 32GB SSD and a new housing for the exterior, in total it came to £40. Which is okay for me if i can get a new looking ipod with SSD.

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That's the perfect excuse for switching to ssd. Hopfully that will fix the problem. Good luck. Please let us know how that ssd works.
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It should arrive tomorrow, i will fix it up and post the results.
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The SSD arrived, installed it, restored in itune on mac, didnt work ( tried about 5 times) went downstairs to my mums PC restored it, worked fine. Took it back upstairs, plugged it back into my mac and it went back into disk mode. So i spent 3 hours trying to get it working again. To no avail, I'm buying a normal HDD when I can be bothered. The SSD i used was a Runcore 32GB 1.8" zif SSD (PATA) for those who are attempting this, that drive doesnt work.

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Originally Posted by AudioJunki3 View Post

The SSD arrived, installed it, restored in itune on mac, didnt work ( tried about 5 times) went downstairs to my mums PC restored it, worked fine. Took it back upstairs, plugged it back into my mac and it went back into disk mode. So i spent 3 hours trying to get it working again. To no avail, I'm buying a normal HDD when I can be bothered. The SSD i used was a Runcore 32GB 1.8" zif SSD (PATA) for those who are attempting this, that drive doesnt work.


Sorry to hear that and hope you can return the drive. This is one of the reasons I stick to the hdd's for now before they fail on me.

 

I recommend this 120GB HDD for you and it will work as I did this 3 times. The price is the lowest for the same item from all eBay sellers. Good luck!

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classic 

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Personally highly recommend an ssd for the ipod classic 7th gen. 

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Personally highly recommend an ssd for the ipod classic 7th gen. 

Why?

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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

Why?

Guess he doesn't know... rolleyes.gif

Is it possible to fit a 160GB drive into a 6.5G 120GB iPod Classic?
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