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. Ron

    Hi, folks. Running into the same issue as a few others in this thread: 840 EVO 1TB and red X on a 7th Gen iPod classic (originally thin 160GB). I formatted the drive using the SATA adapter, AOMEI, and direct motherboard connection, powered down the PC, and still have the red X. Question: when I format as FAT32, does it matter if it is made into a bootable drive (MBR)? Could that be the issue? Would appreciate some ideas. I have made quite a few 480 and 256GB iPods, but really want the “ultimate iPod” to top off my collection. Thanks in advance.

  2. Ryan

    Ssd are really made for computer systems with heat syncs and cooling systems. iPods have no way of cooling. Unfortunately they get pretty warm when syncing.

  3. Anton

    Hello, support! Forgive me for repeating myself! Tell me please! Why my player whith IFLASH-Sata is so hot? I synchronize 2-3 gigabytes files AAC – 192 kbps, and the iFlash-sata is very warm. And. Why do I have a file system error (http://tinypic.com/r/14l0dbs/9)? My SSD —–1 amper now.

  4. Anton

    I have maximum 5 gb per session (only AAC-192 kbps). But: my ssd —–3,3v 1,7 ampers; original hdd—-3,3v 0,5 ampers. Maybe a problem in the 1,7 ampers? I want to buy ssd with 0’3 ampers.

  5. Support

    @Anton – you can get away without the firewire/usb lead, you just need to limit your syncing to 80Gb per session with charging inbetween – having said that 250Gb mSata’s really do not need it as there power consumption is much better than the 500Gb/1Tb units.

  6. Anton

    I have ssd “samsung evo 850” 250 gb in my ipod. I think i must use dual usb cable like in video. Right?

  7. Mark

    I find that with the Dual 512G SDXC, the Apple cord is not required even though I have one. It works fine without it!

  8. plasreconsurg

    These leads are very rare and therefore expensive! It needs to be a genuine Apple one I think. I bought a cheap non-Apple version and it didn’t work. Eventually I sourced one on eBay Germany for £70 approx! Just keep searching and eventually one will come up for sale. Good luck.

  9. sg

    Agreed with below comments. You have a post regarding the teaser for a 1TB iPod and then a video showing you syncing it but don’t have any of the real explanation or a tutorial of the process of creating the 1TB iPod.

    A video would be excellent to help those interested. Also parts that are readily available (compatible SSD’s and batteries) rather than discontinued parts.

    A patiently waiting reader of your blog.

  10. rubeN

    Yeah 840 EVO 1TB are discontinued and are harder to buy new, you might find them used though. 850 EVO 1TB don’t work even with a big battery. 850 EVO 500GB works great though, I have 3 pods running them.

  11. Bruno

    But which hard drives models fits with this upgrade? U said that samsung 850 evo doesn’t work but 840 evo was discontinued.

  12. Bruno

    If i change the battery can I use Samsung 850evo 1tb hard drive? Im thinking to buy a 3000mah battery…

  13. Mark

    I should fill out my answer more…I have a MC293LL with Dual iFlash holding 2 Kingston 512G. I also have an 1800 mAh battery that I occasionally recharge. The Apple Dual Cord is not required. Works like a charm! At least it says it is 1 TB!

  14. Thierry de Nave

    Hello Tarkan,
    Looking around I don’t find the spot answer and the question might be obsolete :
    Can I upgrade iPod Classic model MC 293 with 1TB ?
    Glad to hear
    Thierry de Nave
    Antwerp (Belgium)

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