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.


330 thoughts on “iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

  1. Karl

    I want to build a 6.gen iPod with an iFlash dual adapter. Does the LBA28 limit also apply to Apple disk Mode or only when transferring files with iTunes?

  2. Support Post author

    @ Tim – I find that quite strange, as each card is negotiated with our controller individually, so it should not matter what mix you use.

    Does the 400Gb work ok by itself, have you used it to full capacity, and your 256GB EVO cards to full capacity? Also have you tested a combination below 1TB, as the current iFlash85 boards are only tested up to 1TB.

  3. Tim

    It would appear to me that the new Sandisk A1 series of micro SD cards only get along with other A1 series cards. I can’t get the new Sandisk 400gb A1 micro sd card to work when paired with my 3 256gb Samsung EVO micro SDs. Works fine by itself but when trying to mix it up with other non A1 cards it’s no go.

  4. Support Post author

    @Mark – If it is interference due to the existing iPod partition data, then the only way would be to remove the SD cards and format/partition via a card reader.

  5. Mark

    @support Yes, the 2 Kingston 512 Chips are the same on in the older iPod. When I go to Disc Mode, formatting the chips always fails.

  6. Mark

    I have install a iflash dual 1Tb that worked fine in an other iPod. I installed in it a new one, but iTunes restore fails. I cannot put it in Disc Mode and Win 10 format either. Win knows it is a TB, still f The ipod is a 7G MC297LL

  7. Lauren Glenn

    Yes you can save money by getting a 5 or 5.5 version iPod mainboard but here’s why you might want a 7G one (2.0.4 or 2.0.5 — you can search on eBay with just those numbers and find many people selling them):

    * Battery life is better
    * Interface is better
    * 5 and 5.5G always had a problem playing lossless audio whenever I owned it. It just always did for me. Video used to be fine but it would drain battery faster. I guess it has to do with buffering and power savings.
    * There’s a video option in the Classic that isn’t in 5 or 5.5G. This is the screen type option (standard / widescreen) for video out. Since we all have HDTV and/or widescreen TVs, you set this for widescreen and set the TV to full. Better picture quality, definitely. And if you use a portable DVD player that works with the iPod, it’s essential to have that

    Granted, you get fewer accessories with the 2.0.4/5 and you don’t get the video out from the headphone jack, but once you get a good cable from Belkin or someone, it doesn’t make much of a difference… although those video authentication issues can get annoying…. it’s been pretty stable for me.

  8. Peter Mayhew

    Farid asks about the 128gb limits in the 6th gen ipod and is answered by support. I pointed out a while ago that I have successfully fitted a 256GB SDXC and adapter in a 1st generation ipod mini and downloaded my itunes library on to it (The library is just a touch over 1TB and around 60,000 tracks). I have to say that it mostly runs well but has the occasional glitch but gets over it quickly. Perhaps I have been lucky that it works though. Its used in the car so it’s well protected.
    I would like to comment on the lottery when buying memory cards. I had 2 256GB micro sdxc cards from eBay recently in what looked like genuine sealed wrappers but when I tested 1 and it was obviously a fake as only 15gb was useable. I didn’t even unwrap or test the 2nd card and then the seller tried being clever by refusing to send a pre-paid return label so a call to ebay solved that problem and the refund.
    I tried again with another seller only to find that eBay seemed to have discovered an issue with them as well as they suggest starting a refund claim after the date the cards are supposed to have arrived!!
    A few years ago I had an issue with a Transcend 16GB CF card from My Memory which turned out to be 8GB so even the big sellers can be conned. It seems that the safest way to buy would be direct from the manufacturer but for the likes of myself it would be nice to have a cheaper source that’s not trying to fleece us all. Does anyone know the contact details of an honest memory card seller?? I have some 5th Gen ipods I would like to convert but finding genuine cards has stopped me so far and I need the cards so that I know what iFlash adaptor to buy.

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