Using a MK2004 GAL in a 20 GB iPod (Thick)?

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I recently aquired a 20GB Ipod 2G with a bad HDD ( Checked using HD Tune). I would like to know if I would be able to use a MK2004GAL instead of the MK2003GAH that is in the device currently. I saw the compatibility list but it only specified the thing 2G as being able to use it. Does it really matter?

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I have a better idea.

Why not save power and use a larger storage than 20gb.

Here is a CF to iPod2g IDE adapter.

https://www.amazon.in/Generic-Compact-Fl...

The reviewer said it worked in their 2g iPod.

A 64gb CompactFlash is around $45

https://www.amazon.com/Sandisk-Extreme-C...

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First off, thanks for the super quick response. While that definitely sounds like a great and potentially easier route to go down. I would like to maintain the originality of the use of a HDD. I like the way it feels when it works and you can hear it work. I want to keep the iPod as original as possible. I would also like to add I see the 40 GB MK4006GAH is compatible with the 2G thick on the list. Does it matter that they never made a 40 GB version of the 2G?

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I can't remember what the size limit of a 2g is, but the 40gb should work as long as it is also an IDE 1.8" interface.

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According to CNET, it has the same specs except for the difference in drive size. So yes, it has an IDE 1.8 interface

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One more question, sorry for double posting. When I restore the iPod, is it true I will need the AC adapter to complete the restore process? I found the iPod in question at a garage sale and they didnt have any accessories.

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There's no way to charge via AC Adapter while syncing. Firewire I've heard doesn't provide enough power to charge and sync at the same time, but I don't think you will have a problem if you use USB to charge/sync on the PC/MAC.

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