First Look: iFlash-Sata

First Look: iFlash-Sata

Just a brief look at my new product in my iFlash series.

While the iFlash enables the iPod to work with Compact Flash and SDXC cards, the new iFlash-Sata opens up all Sata based storage devices – mSata and externally powered Sata Hard drives and SSD drives.

The iFlash-Sata will work in the Video iPod (5g, 5.5g) and the newer Classics (6g, 6.5g, 7g).

Be warned the current crop of mSata drives are power hungry, so runtimes are not great compared to CF/SDXC – but still worth while if you must have a 1Tb iPod!

Here is some pictures of the mSata configuration.

iFlash-Sata Front

iFlash-Sata Front

iFlash-Sata side mSata

iFlash-Sata side mSata

iFlash-Sata Angled Shot

iFlash-Sata Angled Shot



187 thoughts on “First Look: iFlash-Sata

  1. Support Post author

    @Ryan – If the mSata drive has been used before, it might require formatting – with your issue, check the battery is fully charged and check your HDD ribbon. There could be an issue with the iPod communicating with the drive.

  2. Ryan

    Do you have to format the Msata drive before installing it into the Ipod? I am using a Samsung PM851 – 512Gb Msata drive and it gives me the “Use Itunes To Restore” Screen. I plug into my computer and Itunes and my computer don’t recognize it at all. The Ipod says “OK To Disconnect” when plugged in. I normally use the Iflash SD Card one and that one is just plug and play. Do I have to do anything to get it to recognize?

  3. Andrea

    Thank you Tarkan, installing the mSata drive with a Sata-mSata adapter did the trick, the partition table was a mess: it had 4 primary partitions, one logical partition and a bunch of unallocated space between them, the result of all my attempts with the USB enclosure, I suppose. Now I know the reason of the sad iPod face. With GParted I deleted all these partitions, created a single primary FAT32 partition and now I’m ready to transfer all my music.
    Just a couple of questions: I’m afraid that when I received the iFlash-Sata two years ago the thermal gap filler was missing, can you tell me where I can get a similar material?
    And as for the battery, I’m still using the original one that came with the iPod so it’s almost ten years old. I’m trying to find a good replacement but all my searches result in 800 or 900 mAh batteries which are unsatisfactory. Can you tell me where I can get much more powerful batteries?
    Thanks again for your support


  4. Support Post author

    @Andrea – USB Enclosures cannot clear the Power Loss Mode, in fact they will constantly put the mSata in to that mode – the best and easiest solution is an mSata – Sata enclosure.

  5. Andrea

    Hi Tarkan,
    I’ve been using for a couple of years your iFlash-Sata adapter along with a Samsung EVO840 500GB msata drive in my 5.5 iPod video without any issues. Unfortunately, recently while listening to music and thinking that the battery was recharging (but it wasn’t) I completely drained it and so I came across the sad iPod face issue without any solutions.
    I installed the original HD and completely recharged the battery, but after reinstalling the msata drive, I cannot enter disk mode, nor DFU mode. The drive works flawlessly in an USB enclosure, I completely erased the partitions with AOMEI, recreated MBR, created the FAT32 partition, but nothing: the sad iPod face keeps showing up.
    I even tried without partitioning and formatting, even formatting with HFS+ without succeeding.
    The drive operates well in the USB enclosure but not inside the iPod, and the original drive works well too.
    I tried all the suggestions found here and on the web but unsuccessfully.
    What else could I try to fix this issue which is driving me crazy?
    I’m considering to order the iFlash-Quad with quality SD cards, but I’m a little bit reluctant since I’m not sure that it would work.
    Thank you in advance

  6. mikey

    Whats the best battery for the 5th gen 30gb ???? at the moment I have a new 650mAh but it lasts 20-30 mins , might be fauklty one though
    anyone else experienced this ?

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