reusing an old ipod hard drive
so what happens when your ipod dies? what if you get a new one and simply have no use for your old one? if you don't have a use for your ipod or it is broken and you have determined that it's a model with a hard drive and it is still in working condition, you can simply turn it into an external hard drive. i had a 5th gen video ipod that had a circuit board go bad and it already had a battery that wouldn't hold a charge. instead of buying parts to repair it, it just went ahead and bought a new one.
that left my old one for parts and pretty much the only thing of any value to me was the hard drive. mine has a zif/lif connector which i hadn't ran into before but after doing a little looking around, i found that you could find fairly inexpensive enclosures on ebay (search for '1.8 ZIF LIF external usb'). from what i understand, some ipod hard drives are zif and others are ide. just make sure you know which one you own before ordering. the person i bought mine from on ebay had both types available.
|1.8" ide drive||1.8" zif drive|
the case doesn't come with instructions but installation was a easy and took about 2 minutes. if you have the ability to disassemble an ipod, you will easily be able to figure out how a zif connector works. if you don't know how to disassemble your dead ipod, just do a quick google search and you'll find plenty of assistance. the only reason the installation took 2 minutes was because the screws were so small, they were difficult to handle. once it was all buttoned up, i just plugged it in, reformatted the drive and it worked like a charm.