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.

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

  1. Support Post author

    @Rich – I assume you get the restore screen on the iPod ok? and are you able to enter disk mode, with your computer showing iPod and the correct capacity?

    Couple of things to check. Make sure the HDD ribbon is fully home on both the iPod end and iFlash end.

    Also make sure your battery is fully charged – if the iPod is cycling between the restore screen and off it will not charge, you can enter iPod diagnostics (Menu+Select to reset, then Left+Select), and drill down Manual Tests / Power / A2DTests / BatteryA2D and leave the iPod pluggeds in to a USB charger or computer until the battery reads above 4100mV.

  2. Rich

    Tarkan – when in iTunes trying to restore the iPod (160GB 7g to 500gb msata 850evo) i get “the ipod could not be restored, an unknown error occurred 1439″… any thoughts please?

  3. Support Post author

    @Ron – Not sure how installing an iflash board would cause anything like that – it is only connected to the HDD interface, it is not involved in the audio production or sourcing.

    Have you isolated it to the iFlash? If you re-install the original HDD noise is not there?

    We use docks all the time for development work never heard any issues, and plenty of iflash users have their iPod’s in docks – never had any reports of ‘noises’.

    I am not familiar with your dock model, is it an analog unit – using the line out from the 30pin connector? or the digital out and signal going in to an DAC unit?

  4. Ron

    Hi, Tarkan,

    Ran into a new issue this weekend…it appears a 1TB iPod Classic, using a Dual SD and authentic Kingston 512GB SD cards has a static noise when docked and music is played digitally through Pro-Ject Dock Box adaptors. Have you run into anything like this in the past? If so, how did you correct it? I am at a loss.

  5. Support Post author

    @Rich – Depends on what EVO you are talking about – the 840EVO would enter power loss mode quite quickly whenever there was power source issues – the 850EVO on the otherhand I have not seen it enter PLM yet, so it handles power issues much better than the old range.

  6. Rich

    I notice that in the fitting instructions you mention that the EVO has a power loss mode, and can only be brought out of this by taking out of the iPod and putting direct into a computer. It also says that if the battery gets too low, the same thing can occur due to power demands on startup. Am I to believe then that if I drop below 20% at any point (theoretically), that I will have to break the ipod into bits again as complete steps above?

  7. Support Post author

    @Rich – Yes the iFlash-Sata will work with 850EVO range of mSata drives. The USB/Firewire is not needed with the 850EVO, but as always with the mSata option the iPod battery needs to be in good condition due to the high power demands of mSata drives especially while syncing/writing to the iPod.

  8. Rich

    i’d like to attempt a 500GB update on my iPod classic 160GB (7th gen I believe). i understand that mSata would work (and obviously the iFlash is available here!) but would this SSD work with it, does anybody know?


    also.. do I need anything special for formatting the SSD prior to installing in the iPod with the iFlash, or can i install and then plug into iTunes and be up and running? i also don’t have this firewire/usb cable…. thanks in advance!

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. cataclem

    Thank you for the answer!

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

  12. 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.


  13. 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.

  14. 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.