iPod 4th Generation or Photo

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

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hard drive upgrade to newer type

i have an iPod 4th Generation or Photo and

i wanted to know if it was possible to use a new type of hard drive with the ipod and still have it work. i saw this toshiba one but am not sure if it needs to be the hard drive specifically made for that ipod in order to work.


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brandon, , the drive you picked does notwork. The interface is wrong. Your model iPod uses a ATA-6 interface with pins, not a ZIF socket. I believe that a Toshiba MK8007GAH 80 GB would be a good choice for this iPod. Hope this helps, good luck.

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thanks for the help :D

by brandon

Thank you for accepting my answer. Best of luck to you.

by oldturkey03

I've upgraded mine to a Toshiba model MK8007GAH that works great. Now I'm thinking of trying a Kingspec 120GB ssd http://www.amazon.com/128GB-KingSpec-1-8... Update: I have installed the Kingspec 128GB 50-pin SSD into a 4G ipod and it works great so far.

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My 20gb 4th Gen iDie Hard Color, model A1099, lost his mind after I dropped it from 2+mtr high on a concrete floor. I ordered a:

64GB KingSpec 1.8-inch IDE CF 50-pin SSD Solid State Disk (MLC)

to replace the original KIA 20gb HDD. Within 24hrs I received the 64gb KingSpec SSD.

I used iFixit's "iPod 4th Generation or Photo Hard Drive Replacement" as my DIY guide.

A good thing to know is that the 64gb KingSpec SSD has the same size as the original 20gb HDD so you don't have to buy a 40/60gb thick rear panel, 40/60gb headphone jack or bracket. Connecting the KingSpec SSD is exactly the same as connecting a HDD

When I was done I attached the iMod to my Laptop. Right after that I got a "iPod Firewire AC Charger" logo on my iMod screen. When I attached it to the AC Charger the "iPod Firewire AC Charger" logo disappeared and the "battery is fully charged" logo appeared. Right after that I connected my iMod again to my laptop. Because iTunes recognized the iMod it started itself up. After I choose "Restore iPod" in iTunes my iMod was within one minute fully functional again. Time will tell if it became a "iDie Harder" ;-)

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I recommend just buying one from iFixit.


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brandon will be eternally grateful.

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