1Tb 7g iPod Classic – Restore & Sync Video

1Tb 7g iPod Classic – Restore & Sync Video

Posted a new video – demonstrating the complete restore and sync of a 1Tb 7.5g iPod Classic.

I have done this many many times now with zero problems, so I thought this time I would make a video.

Syncing is done using iTunes 11, importantly I used the Apple Dual Firewire/USB Docking Lead, and the Apple 12V Firewire charger.

The firewire can supply enough power to the iPod while syncing that you do not have to worry about Power Loss Corruption issues which can occur while syncing mSata drive based iPods. The iPod USB Charge circuit cannot supply enough power to the mSata during syncing to stop the battery drain issues.


  • iPod Classic (7.5g 160Gb Model PC297LL)
  • iFlash-Sata
  • Samsung 840EVO 1Tb mSata
  • Apple 12V Firewire Charger
  • Apple Dual Firewire/USB Docking Lead


Tracks Sync’d:  49995 Tracks

Data Sync’d:   907Gb Transfered

Time Taken: Restore to Sync to Eject  approx. 11 hours


Click on video settings to select the 1080p HD version.

149 thoughts on “1Tb 7g iPod Classic – Restore & Sync Video

  1. Support Post author

    @Rusty – is the restore process on the same machine as it was restore previously?, is the iPod operating do you have the restore screen or does it boot up ok?

  2. Rusty

    I have an Ipod classic 16o (with a dual iflash 512 GB with used to work fine. I had to do a Restore. I plugged the usb in and it went to Disc Mode. I started the iTunes restore process but when I believe it the transferring the OS to the ipod, get an error. Changing cords does not help.

  3. cataclem

    Thank you for the answer!

    but what kind of msata to zif adaptor board for itb did i need?

  4. Ryan

    @mark It could be a 7th gen 120. That one will only give you 128gb just like the 6th gens. I can’t find any 7th gen 120gb boards for the serial number though. What color is the battery connector? Brown or black? 6th gen is brown and I’m 99% sure 7th gen 120gb is black same as the 7th gen 160gb. Rockbox does work with 6th gen. I’ve done many of them. Did you get the build for 6th gen? Google rockbox iPod classic 6th gen and that should give you a result with the latest builds. Actually here is the link. If That doesn’t work maybe it’s a 7th gen 120gb. Look for a build for that gen iPod.


  5. Mark

    @Ryan. On the contrary, I just installed a TB into the unit as it had the same number, but only yielded 128G. Even though it has the right number, it may be from the 120G 7th G? I see that on ebay that they are listing the number more frequently instead of the actual model number of one you cane xpand. Also the 6th currently will not work with Rockbox. I just checked.

  6. Ryan

    @mark the 6th gen motherboard is 820-2168-a. Another way to tell is the battery clip on all 6th gen is brown. The 7th gen is black. 6th gen will install a 1tb drive but it will only give you 128gb unless you use rockbox.

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