View Full Version : IPOD mini 8G hard drive upgrade?

06-06-2008, 10:25 AM
Does this make sense, has anyone done this upgrade? I've done the battery upgrade twice and that's easy.
""""""just sync it with your computer, run the iPod Updater to restore to factory settings""""""<---Never heard of this. Do they mean sync using itunes???? That will normally prompt for a s/w upgrade

,I can get the Seagate 8G hdd for very short money thru a guy I know, but he has no idea re: upgrading the Ipod. Thanks for any input
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There is now a solution for ipod mini-users. Seagate Technology has just released a large compact-flash type II+ hard drive called the CompactFlash Photo Hard Drive. Just as many once purchased a mini in order to remove the hard drive for digital photo applications, now you can buy a photo drive and use it to expand your mini's storage. This works because the drive is formatted to the same 'Fat 32' standard that digital cameras and iPod minis use. Of course, you will have to tear open your ipod mini, much the way you would to replace the battery, but once you are in there, its simply a matter of unwrapping some tape and delicately removing a connector to the Hitachi 4GB drive, and replacing it with the Seagate 8GB Photo Hard Drive.

If you start up the mini it will flash a question mark, as there is no OS on the drive. Not a problem at all, just sync it with your computer, run the iPod Updater to restore to factory settings, and viola, you have 7.4 gigs of accessible space for your music and files.

I ran this and did it successfully the first time on my green first-gen iPod mini synced with my Apple Powerbook. I assume it works on the second-gen (brighter, 4 or 6GB) minis as well. I'm sure this will void your warranty and you have to be handy with small tools to get into your mini. Don't blame me if you break something, I'm just letting everyone know that it is possible and a totally viable option to double your capacity of a 4GB mini.

06-06-2008, 06:24 PM
No Ipod hackers out there? :D

06-06-2008, 07:39 PM
No Ipod hackers out there? :D

I'd like to help, but it's all I can do to figure out how to turn mine on....:D