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Model A1059 or A1099 / 20, 40, or 60 GB hard drive / touch sensitive click wheel

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HDD Replacement. WIll say a 30gig work in replacement of a 60 gig

I have one of these older units (4th gen with a 60 gig drive) that the drive has failed. The 60 gig drives are quite spendy, its really not worth spending $90.00 for a HDD, however a 30 or even a 20 gig drive would bring this back to a usable life again for less than $50.00. Can a person put a smaller HDD into these? Or will the main board freak out?

Thanks in advance.

Don.

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It occurs to me that this was an iPod that originally shipped with 20, 40, or 60 gig drives, which *might* indicate that it can handle a variety of drive sizes. All just speculation, of course, but it seems promising, doesn't it?

UPDATE: Just checked the ifixit page about the 4th Gen iPods -- and it appears there was a "thick" and a "thin" version of the machine. The 20 gig drive version was thin; the 40 gig (and presumably 60 gig) was thick. So there's a chance that a smaller drive might be too thin for the 60 gig version you have... I'd try to get exact dimensions for the replacement drive you're considering and compare it to the drive you have.

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The 20 gb would CONNECT, but there would be some slack space. you could fill this with say, foam-or just let it be free, as long as it's not bumped around too much it shouldn't matter.

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