Will a ZIF-to-pins adapter fit in an iPod?
Rather than buy a new iPod Classic, I'd like to resuscitate my old iPod Photo, which has a dead hard drive, with a higher-capacity ZIF drive. I've found an adapter that should do the trick, whose description even mentions the iPod (in broken English), but looking at the iFixit guide for HDD replacement, I can see that things are pretty tight in there. Here is a close-up of the adapter board:
(Click to enlarge. Remember that it uses a slim ribbon cable, pictured at the link above, as well.)
It's possible that if it works at all, it would only work to put a 5mm-thick ZIF drive into one of the thicker, higher-capacity iPod models that were made for 8mm-thick drives, which could leave some room for the adapter. Or it could also work for the thinner models (like I have), or it could be there's no way it would fit in either case. Can anyone who is very familiar with these HDD replacements say with certainty whether this would fit, for either the thinner or the thicker iPod models?
I do have an iPod Photo that is currently disassembled, and it looks like it wont fit. The problem here is not just the thickness of the drive but the length as well. With an adapter, the smaller ZIF drive will be to long to fit the iPod photo. I do have one that I converted to CF card and that does fit, but the adapters are harder to find. Good Luck.