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.



278 thoughts on “iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

  1. RyanL

    My iPod serial number is PC293. Here you list PC297 and MC293, but you do not specifically cite PC293. How can I know my iPod will be compatible if it’s not listed? Thanks – R

  2. Sebastian

    @support – yeah I did it just like you wrote! It works even on my linuxmint machine without problems. Now everything works like i attended it to be! No iTunes or Windows needed! Perfect!

  3. Support Post author

    @Sebastian – I think to dual boot back to the Apple os, you power off then flick the hold switch then power up – it should boot in to the original Apple OS. I am not a Rockbox expert, best place for advice would be rockbox.org .

  4. Sebastian

    @support – you wrote Apple OS and i thought iTunes, damn! So i restored my ipod, in the meantime and tried to sync my music with iTunes. Then i read your last comment, damn for the 2nd time!
    Today is obviously not my use-your-brain-day! But hang on, i can do it!
    Thanks for your support, again.
    It is working now!

  5. Support Post author

    @Sebastian – No you do not use iTunes, just boot in to the Apple OS and when the iPod ‘drive’ appears on your computer drag and drop your files on to the iPod.

  6. Sebastian

    @support- ok sad to hear that you don’t recommend rockbox despite you mentioned to use it somewhere on your website.
    Initially i did not want to use Itunes, that’s why chose Rockbox as primary OS. It’s so damn restricted in use, especially while being a Linux/Ubuntu user!
    But anyway, so i just boot into Apple OS then using Itunes to drag and drop and then back into Rockbox again, right?
    Thank you for your quick response!

  7. Support Post author

    @Sebastian – we do not actually recommend Rockbox, we do not officially support it. The issue you have is that the Rockbox USB handler is broken causing corruption and generally being very slow to transfer, you need to boot your iPod back in to the Apple OS, using that do your drag & drop, then boot back in to Rockbox.

  8. Sebastian

    Hi there,
    i have an problem with drag and drop data onto my ipod 5g 60GB with the iFlash Solo and a San Disk 256GB.
    Installing and restoring the Ipod was no problem, but after everything was completely done I couldn’t drag and drop anything onto the Ipod (i use RockBox as recommended). While trying it several times the process crashed within 10 sec. Then the Ipod unmounts itself an i have to mount it manually again.This happens on my Linuxmint 17.2 and the windows machine of my wife.
    After uncounted times i put the SD into the SD-card reader and filled it with music. NO PROBLEM!
    What can i do, to fill the card with data without taking it out of the Ipod every time? It’s pretty annoying that way.

  9. Brent

    Sorry, I should include I am trying it on 2 different A1136 5.5th gen iPod Video 80GB models from that last post.

  10. Brent

    I have tried 2 SanDisk cards and both are crapping out on me. I have a 128GB Ultra Micro SD (533x) which will not install after going thru the steps and a SanDisk Ultra Plus 64GB (x533) that i keep getting error 1429 when trying to restore it. I’ve tried following the steps from Apple Support and still get the same result. Any thoughts??

  11. Support Post author

    @Cho – Micro SDXC work but you have to be careful where you buy them as many high capacity cards (64gb+) can be fake.

  12. Peter

    I’ve used the iflash sd to cf adapter in some of the old iPods.

    Works straight into a iPod mini 1st and 2nd gen without an adapter. Tested by me up to 128gb
    Works in 4th gen and 4th photo with an IDE to cf adapter. Tested up to 64gb by me. Going to try 128gb this week.
    Works in 3rd gen iPod. With IDE to cf adapter. It’s a tricky install process but well worth is as solid as a rock once in. Tested up to 32gb so far. Going to test 128gb this week.

    I’ll see if I can post a few pictures

    Sd to cf adapter is a great piece of kit.

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