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.

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

  1. Support Post author

    @Alex – depending on the generation, generally you get random resets when trying to play certain playlists, iPod hanging on the lit Apple logo while booting, or showing no tracks and the music is shown as other on the about screen.

    In all cases, connecting to the computer will let iTunes read the iPod as normal allowing you remove/reduce the number of tracks – if the iPod is hanging on boot, then reseting and entering diskmode will allow you to use iTunes as normal.

  2. Alex

    What does actually happen when surpassing the storage limit of songs?
    Does the sync from iTunes fail or does only the iPod fail to start?
    Can you just remove a number of songs via iTunes to go below it again or do you have to erase the iPod and start agin to fill it from scratch?

  3. Darren

    @peter. Thanks for the reply. I was asking becuase I only use my iPod in my car, and my Head unit controls the ipod.. From what I’ve been reading, the head unit will only recognize thei Pod if it’s running the apple software, the interface won’t recognize any other software on the iPod from my understanding.. unless someone else can tell e differently. BTW my radio is a Pioneer P4400BH. Thanks!!

  4. Darren

    I just ordered my dual flash adapter and was wondering if anyone has had any success syncing more than 50,000 songs. I have roughly 67k songs I wanted to put on my iPod. After reading that the limit is 50k I’m pretty bummed about it.

  5. plasreconsurg

    Thanks @support – yes, 65,000 tracks crashed it and I was back to red cross.
    But, it was working fine for a day with about 2,000 tracks – no battery issues (and I swear the new back cover from China gives a louder volume output).
    So, I am now going for 25,000 tracks, and I will try adding 5,000 at a time to see how close I can get to the 50,000 limit you mentioned at https://www.iflash.xyz/store/iflash-compatibility/
    Cheers, am really enjoying this project!

  6. Support Post author

    @plasreconsurg – I think your biggest problem will be the 65000 track library you have, I doubt if the iPod will boot/work with that size library.

  7. plasreconsurg

    I’m trying to upgrade a 7g 160GB to an Evo 840 1TB SSD. I’m not there yet, but this is what I think I have learned so far:
    1. Utterly stupid, I know, but put Tarkan’s adapter in the right way up as in the photos shown here. I learned this the hard way: http://www.alphr.com/audio/1001325/turbocharge-your-ipod-classic-revive-your-old-ipod-with-an-ssd
    3. I used a USB mSATA adapter from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/mini-PCIe-mSATA-adapter-driver/dp/B00KTE3J78?ie=UTF8&ref_=pe_385721_51767431_TE_dp_1 on one of the built in USB3 sockets on the back of my iMac (late 2013, 27″ 3.4GHz i5). Using Disk utility to format the “Generic drive’ that appeared to MS-DOS (Fat) seemed to work. iPod is restoring as I type.
    4. Using AOMEI partition assistant on a Parallels Windows 8.1 machine running on the same iMac, following all steps at https://www.iflash.xyz/prepare-sdxc-exfat-for-use-with-the-ipod/ did not work. I got the red cross in the iPod.
    5. I kept the battery connected when I slotted the evo840 into Tarkan’s adapter. Not sure if this is important.
    6. I then plugged in the dual lead into both my Firewire 12v charger and the USB3 socket on my iMac before connecting the remaining end to my iPod. I then got the picture of the white connector lead on the iPod and a notification on iTunes that an iPod in recovery mode had been detected!
    7. Before Step 1 formatting the same mSATA on a mate’s PC (the same friend who noticed my stupidity as detailed in Step 1) using a SATA to mSATA adapter had worked. I got as far as syncing my entire library (400GB, 65,000 tracks of varying bitrates) successfully. However, this was using a straight single USB to iPod lead, ie no firewire power supply. Seemed to work without crashing, so I thought so far so good. All seemed good on the iPod. However, battery level seemed low, so I left it to charge overnight via the iMac. Batt indicator on the iPod the next morning still showed half charged, so I might have a duff battery (new 2600mA one is on its way from China along with a thicker back plate).
    8. As soon as I tried playing a track the battery (original) ran out of juice and I was back to Red Cross.
    9. So, I am waiting to see how this current sync goes, and if it fails I’ll start again from Step 3 with the bigger battery I’ll report back either way.

  8. Support Post author

    @Stefan – It sold out a lot quicker than I was expecting, and I have not even started making another batch yet. Hope to have another batch started soon’ish!!

  9. Tim

    It would be cool two have a flash adapter board that had 2 regular size slots and and 1 mini slot so one could go beyond 1TB for those of us that strictly import Apple lossless files.

  10. Mark

    The outlet told me that the EVO 840 was out of stock and discontinued and replaced by the 850. Would you suggest I not even try it? Time is running out on the return.

  11. Mark

    Before reading all the recent posts, I purchased a SAMSUNG 850 EVO mSATA 1TB Mini-SATA (mSATA) Internal SSD Single Unit Version MZ-M5E1T0BW. I have a 7g Classic. Can someone please give me an idea of success before I open the package. I have waited over a month for the other parts to arrive from China!

  12. Support Post author

    @Stefan – Sadly the 850EVO have proved extremely unreliable due to the fact they draw and require too much power on startup – too much for the iPod to provide. The best solution for 1Tb is my iFlash-Dual with 2x 512Gb SDXC cards.

  13. Stefan

    Which 850´s TB evos work – the first series or the newer?
    The 840 becomes more expensive than the 850s.
    So could we buy a new 850 tb for a 7g ipod?

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