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


234 thoughts on “First Look: iFlash-Sata

  1. maingey

    I apologize. I meant to say the link I sent you is for a 128GB micro SD U1 for 60$USD after rebate. That is what the link was for. and it is Samsung evo+ either way I am on the train. I have to purchase the card then I will purchase the adapter, adn hopefully it is just the hdd that is the issue.

  2. Tarkan

    @Maingey – for that kind of money you can pickup a 128Gb PNY UHS-I (U3) SDXC. Which is not only double the capacity but is using a newer gen controller.

  3. maingey

    @Tarkan, thanks for you fast reply again. I did take a look and in the US they have the Samsung EVO+ (You have Evo 64GB listed as compatible) for about 60$USD. That is around the same price as the Regulard SD class 10.

  4. Tarkan

    Yes MicroSD can be used as the adapters are just passive devices which marry up the connections. I would say in the 128Gb capacity standard SD card will be much cheaper. Very very cheap large capacity (64Gb >=)MicroSD cards tend to be fake.

  5. maingey

    @Shane, thanks. You asked some of the questions I had.
    @Tarkan – thank you for your fast response. Can a micro sd be put into an SD adapter and then used in one of your units? I’m looking around (for the 6G in my original question).

  6. Shane

    @tarkan Sorry, what I meant was that if I were to install one of your boards (SD or SSD) would iTunes see the full capacity on the CE-ATA Classics?

  7. Tarkan

    @Shane – The problem is that no other CE-ATA drives were made – the only one in existence is the 160Gb used in the iPod. The Standard has effectively been dropped since no other devices were ever made using it.

  8. Shane

    @tarkan So do the 6G 160GB CE-ATA Classics with LBA48 see the whole capacity in iTunes if you were to put in a capacity larger than the original 160GB drive?

  9. Tarkan

    @Shane – The 160Gb 6g use a CE-ATA drive rather than a PATA drive used by all the other models, and Apple use this to limit the PATA interface to LBA28 (128Gb limit), and allow full LBA48 on the CE-ATA interface.

  10. Shane

    @Tarkan “@Maingey – Sadly the 6g are limited to 128Gb, the only way would be to switch to EmCore/Rockbox operating system on the iPod – but that is not a recommend option for mSata drives. Your only solution would be iFlash-Bundle + 256Gb SDXC + EmCore/Rockbox to achieve what you want with the iPod you have!”

    Can I ask, how does the 128GB limit on the 6G iPod Classics work with the 160GB hard drives they were originally shipped with? Am I missing something because this has always baffled me!

    @Maingey, I was determined to go down the SSD route, but after doing a good bit of reading on this site it seems like the 256GB SDXC card route is probably the best bet for the 6Gs, especially when it comes to power drain, etc. At some point down the line I’ll actually get around to doing this… By then 256GB cards might be in my price range (though they’re not overly expensive, I’m just on a very tight budget!)

  11. Tarkan

    @Maingey – Sadly the 6g are limited to 128Gb, the only way would be to switch to EmCore/Rockbox operating system on the iPod – but that is not a recommend option for mSata drives. Your only solution would be iFlash-Bundle + 256Gb SDXC + EmCore/Rockbox to achieve what you want with the iPod you have!

  12. Maingey


    I saw it posted but had to ask again. I have an Ipod, 80GB (A1238 and last on serial are Y5N) so I believe it is a 6G ipod. In compatibility list I saw that it can go up to 128GB, but I saw another poster talking about getting a Samsung 840 1TB working in it. It the size capability larger? I really would like at least a 250GB drive. Any other way of getting it to work in the unit?

  13. Tarkan

    @Hector – The thermals pads are not designed for those after market high capacity batteries. You can use it but you need to cut the thermal pad in to small 1cm square pieces, this way the pad will spread easier and make it a easier fit. Otherwise glad you are up and running ok.

  14. Hector

    I got an old 5.5 gen iPod Video working with the iFlash-SATA adapter and MyDigitalSSD BP4e – 512Gb. I installed the guts of the iPod into a new 80g case (and faceplate, and clickwheel…) with a 1900mAh battery.

    It was a tight squeeze with the thermal pad, if the pad was 33% less thick maybe it would have been a better fit.

    Itunes formatted the drive without any problems.

    Running RockBox as modified by beyondwind for use with mSata (but with the superior iFlash-SATA), I am happily playing tunes at my desk today.

  15. Andreas

    Today i pimp my iPod Classic 160 Gb (made in 2010) with Tarkans iFlash-SATA and an Samsung MZ-M5E500BW 500Gb SSD.

    For me, I am not a trained electronics engineer, the task was quite easy after reading the tutorials on and here at Tarkans Page. In less than 30 minutes the conversion was done and now i synchronize my iTunes running Library. Thank you for this great product @Tarkan!

  16. Shane

    @tarkan Cheers for the prompt reply. I’m stunned at what you’ve written to your 256GB cards, my impressions about write wear on SD cards must be old school compared to what modern cards can do! So, that ticks that box, looking into a Kingston SDA10/256GB SDXC card (reported working on the SD card list), only £85 at I won’t get my entire collection on it BUT if I can just about chop it down to the 148GB available for use on 160GB then I should be fine (for now!) I’ve been meaning to EmCore/Rockbox my iPod Classic for a while and as far as I know that removes the LBA28 restrictions, I may do this today to allow me get used to Rockbox.

  17. Tarkan

    @Shane – The MX200 250Gb model is known to work ok. Modern SDXC cards have great reliability, my own PNY & Kingston 256Gb cards have had around 2Tb of data written to them and they are still working great – about 9 full restore & sync 238Gb cycles each (so far!!)

  18. Tarkan

    @Shane – I will search my notes, but I recall the M200 are too power hungry to work in the iPod. The other thing have you checked your model against my compatiblity list? as the 6g model will be limited to 128Gb due to LBA28 restrictions by Apple.

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