iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards


For some time many people have wanted to use my iFlash iPod CF adapter with the new generation of large format SD memory cards. SDHC and SDXC are the new generation of SD cards which are cheaper and have capacities of upto 256Gb and growing.

SDXC 7g and 256Gb PNY

SDXC Installation


7g 256Gb About Screen

7g and 256Gb PNY

Installation is simple, the iFlash is first installed – then install the SD card in to your SD-CF Adapter – finally insert the whole thing in to the iFlash, ready to restore the iPod.

SDHC and SDXC which cards to get

So far all the SDHC and SDXC cards I tested worked ok, so it is looking likely that majority of the SD cards out there will work ok.

In terms of card speed, one user has reported issues playing FLACS with a Class 4 card. I would suggest you want a minimum of a Class 6 card with Class 10 the prefered option.

So far… working and tested in 5g / 6g / 7g iPods

iPod 5g with 256Gb PNY

iPod 5g with 256Gb PNY

The current compatibility list has been moved to the iFlash-Solo product page.


347 thoughts on “iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

  1. Pommes

    I just ordered the iflash quad for my iPod 7g 160.
    I read here, that 400gb Micro SD work, but I would like to use 4 of them, so 1.6 tb.
    Anybody tried to use more than a tb in iflash quad / iPod classic 7g?
    Please let me know, thanks

  2. Support Post author

    @ApolloBoy – unlikely to be caused by the SD card.
    It might be an issue with the motherboard, I have seen water damage/corrosion causing this as the charging circuit is on the front face near the scroll wheel, sweat/moisture getting past there will cause this. So worth checking that.

    Also worth checking if your library is not too large the iPod as the 30GB models have very low limits, which can cause very strange problems. Do this by removing say 50% of the tracks from the iPod and checking if the symptoms clear.

  3. ApolloBoy

    I should also clarify that I purchased the SD card directly from Amazon and the iPod passed the internal diagnostics test with flying colors.

  4. ApolloBoy

    I recently refurbed a 5th gen 30 GB using the solo SD adapter and a 128 GB SanDisk microSD card. For the most part it works great, but it seems to have an annoying problem where the iPod thinks that it’s fully charged and connected to power when it’s actually not. I’m beginning to think it’s either an issue with the new battery I installed or the logic board, but I’m not sure if it’s the SD card causing it either. Any thoughts?

  5. Support Post author

    @Alt – I would not use a Class 4 card, they are too slow for this application. If cost is the biggest factor for around $3 more, you can get the Sandisk Ultra series card which are UHS-I U1 class cards.

  6. Peter

    Thanks Zed,
    I was beginning to think that I had a faulty logic board but have seen posts elsewhere that mentioned cleaning cable clamp contacts and some have eventually sorted out the problem and the fact that the scroll wheel will reset the iPod makes you think that it is working. I will have to delve into the connections again to see where it gets me.
    As for the memory loss issue I equate it to asking for 1000 pennies and being given only 930! If you only get 930 GB that’s useable why not advertise a 930 GB card. I know that it’s the same for all memory bur I think that it’s immoral selling something that falls short of what it’s advertised capacity actually is in reality. Car engines are usually a couple of cc’s under the advertised engine size but it’s usually only 2 or 3 cc’s such as the 1 litre Ford Anglia that was regularly known as the 997 cc Anglia and my 1500cc MK1 Ford Cortina log book said it was 1498cc’s. I just think that memory manufacturers have taken it a lot too far and no-one says anything, most peculiar.
    Anyway, if anyone else has a miracle cure for my strangely uncooperative iPod then I would love to hear from them.
    Thanks, Pete Mayhew

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