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. Pete

    @Pete H

    Saying its playing while not actually progressing from zero usually indicates hard-drive problems.
    But then it wouldn’t play through the dock either.

    Though that sort of issue can be erratic, where some files will play and some won’t, so could it just be coincidence based on which tracks you played in each case?

    The other possible problem is if the ipod keeps thinking the headphones have been pulled out of the socket and so automatically pauses. Due to a faulty headphone jack. But that would put the ipod on pause, rather than saying its playing while not doing so.

    Meanwhile, I’ve given up on the Kingston card, as even using a different PC it rockboxes slightly better but still won’t let you copy much to it before losing the drive again.

  2. rubeN

    @Pete H
    That doesn’t make any sense. Why would it play fine when connector to the 30-pin dock cable and then not work (track won’t progress in time) when connected to headphones.

  3. Pete H

    Thanks for responding! The ipod shows the file is playing, but the time never progresses past zero. I can play any files through my car or computer, however.

  4. Tarkan Post author

    @Pete H – you mean they are playing but no sound through the headphones? you get sound ok when playing through your car system? If so more than likely the headphone jack/hold switch assembly has probably failed, replacement are quite cheap and easy enough to replace.

  5. Pete H

    Hi, I recently purchased a 5th gen 30gb that would not play files. I installed the iflash with a 128gb card and the ipod took 70gb of files with no problem. However, ipod still will not play files. It will play them while connected to itunes or my car, but not with headphones. Do you think the logic board is caput? Thanks for any and all input!

  6. Pete

    Update on my trouble with kingston card – weirdly, I can install rockbox on it if I use a different, linux-based PC. But any attempt to write to the ipod with my normal PC and it fails very quickly. Have to suspect there is something _really_ peculiar about the USB on my main PC, as it seems in general very fussy about what it will work with.

    It won’t sync any Sony mp3-players, it won’t reliably synch an ipod with more than 160gb and original firmware, and it won’t write to an ipod with a kingston card. It _will_ synch to a rockboxed ipod with a PNY card, and it _will_ sync an original firmware ipod if 160gb or less. Lord alone knows what’s wrong with the wretched thing.

  7. Pete


    Thanks – will definitely be checking to see what you find, will give me a clue whether its worth trying swapping card into different ipod.

  8. Tarkan Post author

    @Pete – it is possible that you have an issue specific to that iPod. I own the Kingston 256Gb card myself if I need to sync & restore in the next few weeks, I will try to test Encore/Rockbox on it before I do.

    Received the new U3 PNY in 256gb & 128gb versions excellent cards, and currently very cheap, sadly another USA thing.

  9. Saughassy

    Well, the 128gb (probably fake) Kingston did not work… random skipping and freezing occured after a few mins of playing.

    So i ve bought a Sandisk 64gb UHS1 and its really great. Sorry for the first misinformation.

  10. Pete


    I tried a couple of different versions of emcore – the normal unmodded one what worked fine with the PNY card ipod, and also one I think I got from beyondwind’s site.

    Sometimes it fails when installing emcore, more often it falls over part-way through installing rockbox itself. Always it continues to detect the ‘device’ but suddenly decides the device has no drive in it. OF allows the drive to be filled and seems to play everything perfectly well.

    Annoying in that before I wouldn’t have cared as I hadn’t gotten used to rockbox, but now I’m a convert and don’t want to use the original firmware! Not least as some of my digital stuff is in ogg format which OF can’t natively play. Rather wishing I’d just got another PNY card from the US, but I didn’t want to wait that long for shipping.

    I suppose there’s an outside chance its something odd about this particular ipod rather than the Kingston card brand.

  11. Tarkan Post author

    @Pete – different cards do behave differently, cheaper PNY range for example has high variation between cards, where as the more expensive cards tend to have less variation.

    I pesonally have not heard of a SD card working under the Apple OS but not working with Rockbox – but I suppose the possibility exists, the Rockbox ATA code does not work as well as the Apple OS code base so anything is possible.

    I assume you are using the same version of Emcore and Rockbox, you have formatted the data partition within Emcore to prep the card, etc.??

  12. Pete

    So, no-one knows whether different brands of sdxc cards are likely to have subtle differences in how they behave with the adaptor? I’m just bemused that this one will work perfectly with original firmware but just can’t be rockboxed. Is there a possible reason for that?

  13. WildmaN

    So after a lot of trial and error, and many tries. I finally got the 2005 ribbon cable to work on my 7g 160gb with the 256gb sd card. Crazy I couldn’t get it to work before. The cable that worked was the one I recently received from an Ebay auction. Maybe it takes many attempts to get it to read with the older ribbon cable. Who knows? lol At least I finally got it to work. Though I will probably still order the 2008 ribbon cable, just in case my 6g 160gb (fat version) decides to be a little picky. We will see I guess….

  14. Tarkan Post author

    @Wildman – no idea then. All the iPods I am looking at on my desk right now are using the white printed 2005 821-0386, and they work fine – plus most of the ribbons I sell are the 2005 versions.

  15. WildmaN

    @ Tarkan

    I know for a fact that not all the ribbon cables are damaged. I have a big pile of them. Anyway neither one of my iPods (the 5g, 6g and 7g) accept the older cables with the adapters I have bought from you. Only the year 2008 ribbon cables work with the adapters. I did have 2 of the cables but one broke internally, and it seems to be hard to get another one.

  16. Tarkan Post author

    @Wildman – I think you are mistaken – I sell both types (2005 821-0386 and the 2008 821-0728) and they work fine in the 7g’s – actually the 7g I used for my photo guides on the products pages (here) has the 2005 821-0386 installed and that has an iFlash-bundle with the Kingston 256Gb card installed.

    Maybe you just got damaged or faulty ribbons? which does happen.

  17. Pete

    I have several 7.5gen sdxc pods now, and have an odd problem with one.

    Ones with the pny card are working fine with rockbox, though they had trouble with the OF (possibly something to do with my particular iTunes library). But one with a kingston card is working OK with OF, but I can’t get emcore/rockbox install to work with it. It “loses” the card when I try to install emcore, or (sometimes) as soon as I try to write rockbox to it after installing emcore, essentially it rapidly decides its a device with no storage in it.

    Is there any reason why different brands of card would behave differently with regard to rockbox/emcore vs OF? Its almost as if Kingston cards prefer OF while PNY ones prefer rockbox.

  18. WildmaN

    Okay I need to know what type of hard drive cables will work with the sd card adapter. I have Tarkan’s sd card adapter, and I am going to run a Sandisk 512gb sd card with it in my iPod 6g 160gb Classic (fat version) I have already ran a 256gb sd card in it, and it ran fine after getting the correct Rockbox progream to run on it. Anyway the only hard drive cable I could get to work was #821-0728 which has 2008 copyright on it.

    The reason I am bringing this up is because I recently purchased a hard drive cable from a seller on Ebay, and they sent me a copyright 2005 #821-0386 which will not work in my 6g or 7g 160gb. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance.

  19. WildmaN

    @ rubeN

    Yeah I noticed, and the hard way.. lol

    Anyway the 512gb msata iPod I am selling will have almost 93k songs on it. Mostly full albums of different artists and genres. If interested ask me, or contact me privately. And I will try to tell you an idea of what I have on there.

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