So youtube’s sentient algorithms a couple months ago decided I would like watching dankpod’s videos, and they were right! So that sent me down a rabbit hole of hunting ebay listings, fb marketplace and CL for and iPod to take and shove ludicrous amounts of flash storage into.

I landed on an iPod mini circa 2005 in the most glorious shade of ‘pink as hell’. It’s ugly, but in a relatively endearing way - and what was I going to do, spend another $15 for one in a better color? No way!

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It came from FB marketplace from a dude in Ohio who would ship it (apparently FB is paying for shipping during some kind of promo at the moment) and it only cost me $21. Best part is it’s fully functional as is with the 4gb hard drive in it.

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The last part to complete this showed up yesterday, I bought a full sized SD card for the combo reason that the CF to SD was a couple bucks cheaper than CF to MicroSD and that a 128GB SD card was a couple bucks cheaper than a 128GB MicroSD as well as the adapter + card was about $25 cheaper than a 128GB CF card.

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Tools required - tiny screwdriver, metal spudger, plastic probe and heatgun.

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The heatgun is not essential, just softens the glue on a couple parts making taking it apart much easier. Also I love this Ryobi cordless heat gun, it’s amazing for quick jobs like this and I use it all the time with my 3d printer to clean up prints too.

Let’s crack her open!

Now onto the glory shot of an exposed iPod mini

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Oh the humanity of that poor exposed and helpless device about to be torn asunder by a heartless nerd!

A bit of tape removal later and the Compact Flash sized spinning hard drive separates. This is definitely a marvel of early 00's engineering to create a mechanical hard drive in the footprint of a Compact Flash memory card.

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Well time to pop in the CF to SD adapter and connect it to itunes for formatting.

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The first time I restored it the iPod only showed 4GB storage so I removed the SD card, formatted it in windows again to full capacity and reinserted it and on the second attempt it showed all the storage in iTunes!

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Throw the 10 gig of music I have been able to import back into iTunes, Sync and Viola!

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The pic ended up sideways, but fuck it. Now you see a formerly 4GB iPod mini with 10 GB of music on it and 106GB available - success!

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And she’s all back together and plays music. Now I’m going to spend the rest of my day pretending to work while actually importing music into iTunes and organizing it!

All in all this was ridiculously easy, took maybe 10 minutes to get apart and back together and functional, if you have a few electronics tools and have taken apart something small and electronic you can handle this.

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Cost Summary:

  • iPod Mini 2nd gen - $21 on FB marketplace
  • CF to SD adapter - $15.58 Amazon
  • 128GB PNY SD Card - $19.20 Amazon
  • Total - $55.78

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Thanks for coming along for the ride Oppo!

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