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.


399 thoughts on “iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

  1. Denny Atkin

    So the SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB card is listed as compatible with the iFlash-ATA1.
    When I installed it in my iPod Photo, the iPod would not save any settings in Rockbox, nor could it create an index. Tried reformatting, tried FAT32 an exFAT, no luck. A few hours trying reinstalls, different ways of troubleshooting, etc.
    Swapped it for a Samsung Evo microSD card in an adapter and I’m now successfully rocking 256GB in my formerly 60GB iPod Photo. Worked with the iPod firmware and Rockbox both, on the first try.

    So you might want to add a warning that some users have experienced issues on the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 card listing.

  2. Alan Mondragon

    Does anyone know if an SSD is faster than a San disk Extreme Plus Micro SD card upgrade?

    I recently purchased a 80GB [THICK] Black Ipod Classic 5.5 that has the search feature and bigger RAM and want to make it really fast.

    Currently I have a white Ipod Classic [THIN] with 833GB (1 512GB Sandisk Ultra Plus and 3 128GB Sandisk Ultra Plus cards) but it is the regular Ipod 5 model with lower RAM.

    ALSO, does anyone know if a 3000maH battery is safe? I’ve heard it can explode? Which battery would be best for a [THICK] 5.5 ipod?

    1. Lauren Glenn

      Yes, 3000mAh batteries are safe. I’ve ordered quite a few from China and they’ve all been fine. The ONLY one which was bad was one that arrived bad because the guy didn’t cover the contact pieces and wrap the battery so that the metal pins made contact to the battery and burned them. Surprisingly, even then… the battery didn’t even puff up.

      And after I contacted him and showed pictures, the guy sent me 2 of them which were both fine. All these were bought on eBay also. Never really had an issue with them.

      I had mine in an iPod Classic with a thin back and an iFlash Quad board. Never had any issues with it.

    2. Lauren Glenn

      Keep in mind that your machine will still run at a relatively slow speed because it’s still a USB 2 connection and transfer speeds aren’t meant to be quick. I’d go the iFlash route mostly for easy expandability and because it’s very power efficient. Really efficient. You could charge it once and not charge it until next month. Even listening 8 hours per day.

  3. Lauren Glenn

    Peter (re: 4/1/2020 10:06pm comment):

    Hold down shift when running iTunes. From there, you can redirect the library to a new location (put that on your 2TB drive). You can then go into settings and change the library path to that drive also. 🙂

    My iTunes library is on my local NAS which is drive X: 🙂 Runs without incident as long as I have the NAS authenticated… but otherwise no issues.

  4. Mike

    Peter, did your PC recognize the iPod? I am running W10. My iPod is 4th Gen. This is my first iflash card (got a Solo) so I was excited to get it going. My roadblock was that my PC wouldn’t recognize it. It saw it, but it didn’t know what it was. I tried using iTunes and iPod updater and neither saw it. So, I went to Win troubleshooter. From there, select View All. From there, select Hardware and Device options and then run the Hardware troubleshooter. It will show the the device that’s the issue in a pop-up and after running the troubleshooter, it will want a restart. It will then recognize the iPod and you should be good to go.

    To the iflash crew, THANKS GUYS!!! I found the iPod after tears of thinking it was lost. My son told me about you guys so I came and checked it out. The installation of the ribbon adapter and the card were a breeze. After I got the iPod recognized, I could not get iTunes to perform a recovery. I got upset for a minute but decided to re-open the iPod to see if I missed something. It has been so long since i have used a card adapter that I notice I had not locked the microSD into the card adapter. Put it all together and it was a snap!

    I used on the SOlO card a SanDisk Extreme A2 (160MB/s). It was only a 64G card. Will have to get a bigger card now.

    Thanks again iflash!

  5. Jeroen


    Just wanted to let everybody know I did a successful mod of a 7th gen (bought with a red cross issue).
    Used a iFlash-SOLO and a Sandisk 256GN Ultra (UHS-I, A1, gray/red). I used a single foam pad, placed on the SDcard/slot (included).

    After install I saw the “restore from iTunes”, as I did. After that I filled it with 200+GB without a hitch.
    No additional actions needed and all is fine

    My experiences;
    Take your time opening the casing. The front is held with metal clips applying presure between the backcase and front. Al in all it took me arond 5-10 minutes to open the casing. Take is small steps at a time (<1 mm) and go around until you can open the casing and disconnect the battery ribboncable.

    I used metal spudgers, (three) and plastic prying tools (the sharpest possible, I used the cheap AliExpress ones, that plastic is so soft it can't damage the casing of the iPod.) to create a small gap between the front and back. Once there was a gap, I placed the metal spudge and let it stay there. No need for any other tools for my experience…

    I restored from a 2019MBP, I needed to connect to a usb-c port, the restore failed when I connected it to a USB2 hub/port in my monitor (which was also connected to another USB2 hub)

    Love how light it feels now.

    1. Peter

      Can I pose a new strand to these comments please. I recently had to replace my main PC and now have another Dell with 16 GB ram and a 9th gen iCore 7 processor. I expected high speed downloading to my iPods. However, the PC has a 2 TB hard drive and a 500 GB SSD ‘C’ drive and I cannot get iTunes to work correctly. I cannot use the 500 GB SSD for iTunes inc music library as I have 1.4 TB of music on my iTunes so I use the SSD to run iTunes using remote storage for all my music. I have tried using the 2 TB internal drive as the storage drive for iTunes but ended up using a 3TB LaCie remote drive as the iTunes storage drive. My problem is that I cannot get iTunes to restore any iPods at all including those that I have modified even though I have been able to restore them on my laptop and the PC does sometimes recognise and sync previously synced iPods. Has anyone come across this issue before and found a way around it? I currently have plenty of time to mess about with things like this!! I have also been having slow running issues and internet drop outs on the PC and wondered if this might be part of the problem. I am hoping to run a network cable upstairs to the PC to see if I can get it running normally.

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