I bought her iPod for her Mary Kay business, so I could convert and copy marketing videos to it. It has worked like a charm! She also wanted several movies on it , for road trips, so I obliged. She has used it a lot over the years; so, when the battery finally gave out, I knew, through my experience with iFixIt, I could replace the battery.
Alas, this repair story does not have any entertaining history behind it...just a simple case of a battery that lasted far longer than it should have :o)
With a very tight budget, I had to wait to order the battery and plastic tools, so I opened the iPod ahead of time, using my Swiss Army knife. The small blade worked very well as I gingerly opened the case, using iFixIt's iPod repair guide. The picture guides were very helpful, although I did add a comment about the headphone cable. In any event, I could not have replaced the battery without iFixIt! Unfortunately, I did not take any photos. I will have in invest in a helping hand tool to hold my cell phone so I can take photos in the future : )
I did not need to disconnect or remove the hard drive itself. I used one of the plastic tools to prop the drive up while I re-installed the headphone cable...the first time...ultimate
My only advice is to make sure the headphone cable is secure in the connector before you close the brown tab. The tricky part was maneuvering the cable into the connector, using the tool. When I did get it in the slot, it stayed put, to my surprise : ) I had to be firm and careful as I closed the brown tab, again with the plastic tool. It seemed to snap shut when it did close. Thank you, iFixIt!