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

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Can a 40gb+ really be installed into a 20gb iPod?

I am getting conflicting information on this. I am just wondering if I can install the 8mm (drive height) drives such as a 40 or 60gb into my 20gb iPod. The 20gb drive is 5mm tall. Someone else here answered this exact question by saying you could but you would need a new drive holder part... Perhaps thinner rubber piece to go around the drive?

The real reason I want clarification is that I believe the 40gb iPod was thicker than the 20gb.

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Yes, see Can I replace 20 gig with a 60 gig?, it has all the instructions you need.

Edit: If you want a little more clarity, you need to replace the following parts,

1) rear panel

2) headphone jack

3) headphone jack cable

And you can get a 60 gig drive here.

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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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