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My 80Gb classic's hard drive has been dying for a while. I finally decided to pick up a chinese 128Gb ZIFF SSD. Since the battery was hardly fresh I decided to go for it as well while i had it open.
I have had a 1st gen Nano in my drawer that I assumed was bricked since it went through the wash 6+ years ago and refused to turn back on after dry. I recently found out the recall was still valid and decided to send it in after messing with it a bit. I hooked it up to a power supply and realised that it still worked perfectly and it was just the battery all this time.
Both repairs were simple beyond the annoyingly hard cases to open. No tabs broken, however the Classic's back popped off more forcefully than I expected and snapped the hold/headphone jack cable. I had to order a new one at fair expense and wait time.
The best advice I can offer is exactly what has been said by anyone else working on these and I didn't heed as wella s I should have. Work SLOW and CAREFULLY when removing the back cover. The ribbon cables get brittle over time and snap a lot easier than they should...
In trying to install a clear iVuse front panel on my iPod I damaged the click wheel. I didn't realise I'd damaged it until I got every thing back together again and went to use the iPod and the click wheel didn't work.
Replacing the part was simple enough. The hardest thing is getting the back cover off the iPod.
Not sure if I would do this again. I was planning on trying to put in a bigger hard drive (240GB) but after the trouble I had getting the back cover off this time I have my reservations about attempting it again.