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.

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

  1. Lauren Glenn

    Stefan, if the clickwheel doesn’t work (or even the buttons underneath them don’t work), you probably did what I did which was to break the ribbon cable for the clickwheel. Took me a while to figure it out when I got a new mainboard but sure enough that was the issue. I’d buy a couple of them from eBay as they’re not too expensive (maybe $12 each?)

    But give that a try first before replacing the mainboard. If it’s not the reason, it’s best to have a couple clickwheels handy anyway.

  2. Stefan

    Hi, when I try making a 1tb Ipod using a Ipod classic 7th 160gb with a Samsung 860 Msata the Clickwheel won’t work. I have tried it on two different Ipods and the clickwheel still wont work.

  3. Jim

    Using msata board to upgrade
    does anybody kow if the 860 evo will work?
    found a ton of 840 and 850 posts stating those work well, but wanted to know if anybody had an 860 evo test or install?.

  4. Lauren Glenn

    The best way to swap micro SD cards into this unit is to mount the card in an external card reader, load DISKPART from DOS, (make sure you select the right disk!), and then type CLEAN. Put use the “LIST DISK” and then “SELECT DISK” to make sure you’re not choosing your actual boot hard disk as it will cause your PC to be unbootable.

    From there, eject the disk, and then put back in your iFlash. From there, it will restore and then fix itself. I’ve tried to partition it and have had issues but this way hasn’t given me any and I’ve swapped cards multiple times.

  5. Chris

    Wouldn’t the whole thing just be used for iPod? So it’s not a partition reserved for something else?

  6. John

    It works best if you partition the drive on your computer first. I used Partition Guru with great success.

  7. Moma

    Is it possible to partition an SSD when it is already installed in an Ipod or do I have to uninstall the SSD and directly connect it to the PC to do this?

  8. tot

    iFlash-Quad,I success install sd card128GB.1slot (Ipod classic g7) and upload song 120GB. everything good and success.
    If I install more128sdcard in iFlash, my Ipod classic need to restore like first time?
    Thank you

  9. Support

    @Mark – That sounds like the SD card has failed, quite common with them SDA Kingston models (Especially on the 256GB version). Only thing that can be done is to RMA with Kingston.

  10. Mark

    @Mark from Mark. I have solved my problem. The iPod and iFlash Dual are working correctly. The problem was that one of the two 512GB SDXC chips was failing which resulted in the iPod reporting only 8MB of storage. I tried the chips separately and was able to use AOMEI reformat the working chip. The iPod is now synchronizing as a 512GB unit without problems. I will have to inquire about someone being able to reformat the failed chip which AOMEI cannot do.

  11. John

    Don’t know if this will help but I ended up formatting my SSD before I installed it my iPod. I used Partition Guru to do the format

  12. Mark

    I have encountered a program I cannot solve. I installed 2 Kingston 512GB SDXC chips in to a iFlash Dual with now is in a MC297LL ipod. I know this can work as I have done it successfully before. However, the “Use iTunes to Restore” screen changes to white when I connect the USB. The White screen has a small cross symbol and it goes to not disconnect. After a while, if I do disconnect, it says OK to disconnect. It will not stay in Disk Mode. I cannot format the Chips.

  13. Chris

    Hello, I got a 850 evo 1tb. Windows will only allow exfat formatting. Will this be okay? Also does the allocation file size option need to be anything specific and does it need a partition or anything?


  14. Support

    @Michael – We have not tested any 256GB MicroSD cards as yet, once we have we can start adding them to our compatibility lists. The largest combination known to work on the iFlash-Quad is 4x 200GB (800GB combined capacity).

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