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

    @Ehret – Yes if the iPod sits on the lit Apple logo on boot up then it is due to exceeding the database limit for you iPod (which being an 30Gb model can be anywhere from 15000 tracks up!).

    You do not have to format the iPod if that happens – you can actually reset and quickly enter diskmode, and then when you connect to the computer, iTunes will work with the iPod normally, where you can remove tracks, etc. Then eject and try again.

  2. EHRET

    Hello, I’ve got a problem with an ipod 5G 30GB updated with iflash card 256GB (Patriot LX ).
    When I synchronise more than 210GB of songs by itunes , Ipod shutdown and don’t restart. Ipod remains blocked on Apple and reset don’t work.I openned Ipod, formatted Iflash card, I assembled the iPod and synchronized again 210 GB of songs, and the problem is comming back. I suppose it was because the limite of 20000 songs has been reached.
    What do you think about this problem ?

  3. Ron

    I agree, RubeN. And that is what makes me believe either I am doing something wrong or AOMEI isn’t doing the trick.

  4. Ron

    Thanks for the response, Tarkan. That is exactly what I have been doing. However, I can’t get the EVOs to switch back. Would if be beneficial if I wrote some data to the mSata prior to the AOMEI tasks, in order to make the drives work a bit?

  5. Support Post author

    @Ron – The most critical steps I find with the Samsung 1Tb is a) surface scan for at least 200Gb, b) make sure you shutdown the computer before removing the mSata drive from the mSata-Sata enclosure (this assumes that the computer power supply is powering up the mSata drive). Powering down sequence is most important to get them out of the Power Loss Mode.

    Also make sure that the iPod battery is fully charged before installing and powering up.

  6. Ron

    Hi, Tarkan and all,

    Ran into a problem I can’t get out of thus far. I have three (3) different 1TB Samsung mSatas, and all of a sudden all 3 have given me the infamous “Red X”, even though they had been working before. I have re-formatted to Fat32 and performed a few surface scans through AOMEI and mSata to Sata adapter, but can’t get rid of the problem. I put a 512 mSata back in the iPod and that works fine. I have also used the 1TB mSata’s on a external USB drive case and the computer has no problem reading / writing. Any suggestions? I really want to get my Terapods going again. Have been at this for a week now with no success. Would appreciate any and advice.

  7. Daniel

    I tried putting into disk mode, it goes into disk mode and the computer can read and see the ipod, but iTunes acts like it isn’t connected.

  8. Support Post author

    @Daniel – To enter diskmode when the iPod is frozen on the Apple Logo – you need disconnect from the computer, Reset (hold down Menu+Select) then very quickly hold down Play+Select this should enter diskmode – after which connect to the computer, and iTunes should be able to read the iPod ok.

    What is the make up of your library? is every track got lots of metadata (e.g. lyrics/tags/etc) ? 40K seems quite low, most peoples libraries seem ok up to 50K, and quite a few number are happy with around 53K to 55K.

  9. Daniel

    You said if you have the apple logo screen after syncing files, that you can go into disk mode and remove songs through iTunes until it comes out of the apple logo. I seem to remember iTunes telling me I had to restore when I was in disk mode. Maybe I am remembering wrong. Can you explain the process to me, so I don’t have to restore and re- sync my whole iTunes library again. I’m suspecting my database limit is 40,000 songs, because when I synced 41,000 I got the apple logo, but I am at 35,000 and change right now and it is working fine. I want to test the limit, but am dreading re-syncing everything again. Thanks.

  10. Support Post author

    @Jspenaranda – Yes of course, however the original slim battery will not give you much runtime when used with the 1Tb!!

  11. Support Post author

    @Daniel – which model iPod are you using? Also if you exceed the database limits with the iPod just sitting at the lit Apple logo, you can reset & enter diskmode, once connected to the computer, iTunes will work with the iPod as normal and you can remove tracks using iTunes until the iPod will boot – there is no need to restore the iPod.

  12. Jspenaranda

    What battery is needed to fit 1Tb into a MC927 ipod? is it ok to use the original battery?

  13. Daniel

    How did you get the ipod to function with the 49000 tracks? Mine crashes every single time I try and sync my entire itunes, which is like 41000. It freezes and goes to the apple logo and won’t work until I restore it. From what I have seen online, the ipod’s database file will only support a certain amount of tracks and it will not function correctly over that amount. Is there a fix out there to overcome this database limit?

  14. Ron

    Hi, Tarkan. Surface scan worked like a charm. I let it run all the way, just in case. No problems after that. Ultimate iPod built and loaded. Took about 4 hours to load 250gb of music. Thanks again.

  15. Ron

    Thanks for the AOMEI suggestion. Will try either tonight or tomorrow night.

    As far as ribbon and battery, I should be fine. It works with the original 160gb drive and now has a brand new 3000 mAh battery. Will keep you posted. Thanks again.

  16. Support Post author

    @Ron – Have you checked that the HDD ribbon is ok, the battery is able to power up the 1Tb without browning out.

    With AOMEI I find that running a surface scan for around 100Gb-200Gb, then shutting down the computer is more effective in clearing the Power Loss Mode then just doing a format.

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