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. Jon M Curley

    Listening to my Mini right now. The only issue I saw was that it took ~3.5 hours to sync my 8628 songs. They are encoded at 320kbps.

  2. cmarti

    @ Jon M Curley, please let us know how it works. The 2nd gen iPod mini is very picky when it comes to CF cards and SD to CF adapters.

  3. Jon M Curley

    Tarkan, if I purchased the iFlash Bundle (iFlash v3 + SD Adapter v7), am I able to remove the SD Adapter in order to use a CF card?

  4. Tarkan Post author

    @ Scott – I suggest commenting on one of the iFlash-Sata articles, as people on there have installed Rockbox on the 6g and can help with which versions to use, sadly EmCore/Rockbox has many problems with the ATA code, and there are various buildd floating around to make it work.

  5. Scott Booth

    Hey Tarken,
    When formatting the msata drive using a USB adapter and AOMIE, do you recommend an advanced format? What type? SSD optimized? I have been trying to get my 6th gen to work with rock box and a Samsung 840 1 TB and your board. I’ve tried the emcore 967-968 with your files, but I can’t get your boot loader to work. I do have a working boot loader from emcore. I get emcore to boot, but rock box sometimes fails, then even when it loads it disappears after I reboot the ipod. Any advice? I’ve been working on this for over a week now and could use a tip. Thank you!

  6. John

    I have a Generation 5.5 30gb ipod I ordered – “iFlash Bundle (iFlash v3 + SD Adapter v7)”. And I am using this SD card.
    When I install this in the iPod I get a sad ipod icon with a triangle with explanation point and “www.apple.com/support/ipod” This iPod was fully functional before removing the hard drive. What am I doing wrong. Do I need to format the SD card differently?


  7. Tarkan Post author

    What kind of bitrate and file size is the files it does it on? It could be related to the time the iPod is taking to read in the file.

    You get something like this on the original HDD with very large high bitrate M4A files, it is probably something similiar – having said that I have a test 7g with the 256Gb PNY installed and that has many albums with 40Mb+ sized high bitrate M4A files and I have never heard it do that.

  8. Claudio

    Hello Tarkan,

    first of all thanks for making this little jewel 😉

    I bought in late December 2014 the iFlash CF+SD/CF adapter and I’m using it with a 256Gb PNY Elite Performance High Speed SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 card.
    The iPod it’s a 160Gb iPod classic, model MC297LL, loaded with about 120Gb of mostly ALAC and 256Kbps AAC files (about 6000 files).

    Restoring the iPod and loading songs on it works like a charm, and it’s pretty fast.

    I’m getting a strange behavior though. Every now and then the iPod would pause playing, backlight turning on and after 2-3 seconds the iPod would resume playing from about the same spot.
    It’s not skipping and it’s not freezing/blocking. Just pausing and resuming. I’m not sure if that happens only on lossless files and it’s pretty random and not very frequent.

    First time I formatted the card using the standard DiskUtility on a Mac. After experiencing this issue I reformatted on a PC using AOMEI and following your instructions, but the issue is still there.

    What do you think?


  9. fightoverflight

    Hi I am using the mSata adapter with iPod classic 7th Gen (160Gb stock) and a Samsung 840EVO 1TB mSata drive(MZMTE1T0HMJH). When I first installed it, I restored with iTunes and success! Except that iTunes only allows 120GB… so that didn’t suit me. I followed the threads and read that using emcore and rockbox is the only option to access the full 1TB with my model. So I did that. With the adapter and mSata drive, I constantly get an ATA: Error 80000000 while reading BBT (sector 0, count 1). I can get to the emcore boot menu, but I cannot load rockbox. Here’s what I’ve done so far:
    -Attempted installer-ipodclassic-r859-20120102.ubi
    -Attempted installer-ipodclassic-r708-20110424.ubi
    -Attempted installer-ipodclassic-usbfixcandidate.ubi

    The iPod will say formatting, but goes no where.

    I also put my original iPod HDD back in, and I was successfully able to load rockbox onto that. So the iPod hardware is working properly, I just can’t get it to go with this iFlash adapter.

    I do have a mSata to Sata adapter, and a USB to Sata adapter, so I have also tried to copy the contents of the working iPod HDD to the mSata drive via usb. I cannot copy disk with a utility, since one shows as 512 bytes per sector and one shows as 4096 bytes per sector. I have copied simply by dragging and dropping the contents of the iPod HDD with Rockbox to the mSata drive. Still no luck.

    Any suggestions? I’d really like to get this thing running 100%

  10. Jon M Curley

    Tarkan I am purchasing the 512GB Sandisk SDXC to test with the 5.5G 80GB and the 7.5G 160GB thin.

  11. WildmaN

    @JJ/ Once you get Rockbox successfully on your iPod, just create a folder to put your music in. You will hit a wall for a file limit. When that happens, just make another folder to put your music on, then update your database on Rockbox. I can help and guide you step by step when you get your card and adapter loaded and with Rockbox on it. As I have over 380gb, with over 92,000 songs on my masata 512gb 5.5g 80gb iPod Good luck.

  12. JJ

    Thanks for the response! I’m about to purchase the bundle tonight!

    So I should install rockbox before I do anything? I thought I read that transferring the music with rockbox installed is problematic? But maybe I’m mistaken.

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