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.


382 thoughts on “iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

  1. Mic

    Thanks for the feedback.
    I did a full disk check and seemed ok.

    I bought the PNY U3, gonna try that next week. 🙂

  2. Support

    @Mic – Sounds like your card is failing, someone else had a similiar story and then the card failed – I suggest you RMA it and get a replacement – I have owned a 256gb Kingston for over a year now they are a good card, as long as you get a good version.

  3. Mic

    I’m getting bad results with the Kingston 256GB UHS-I (SDA/10).
    Even with just 1000 songs on it, it can sync but it skips songs eventually.
    And when i reset the iBod or reconnected to iTunes the card get unreadable/corrupt.
    Anyone got this 100% working?

    It’s strange cause Tarkan uses the 512GB version in one of his videos.
    I followed all the MBR/partition steps.

    i tried my little Sandisk 16GB Ultra II and that works 100%.
    Any tips?

  4. CoCo

    Re SDXC cards, i’m looking to get a couple of 128gb cards by PNY. The high performance models are considerably cheaper than the Elite models. Just wondered if i’d run into any major problems with the cheaper model or is it just a question of transfer speed?
    Thanks in advance to anyone who can help

  5. Andy

    I’m replacing the hard drive with flash memory on an Ipod classic (4G). The mod works with an 8GB CF card, but I want to use an SDXC card (64gb). I have the CF to Sd adapter, but the Ipod will not restore with Itunes. Is there an issue using SD cards on the classic 4Gs? And is there a size limit on the CF and SD cards?

  6. JaRa76

    @Tarkan. I have a 7G with 256GB PNY Elite, but itunes is reading just 128GB on a PC. I checked on my Mac and it says 256 available. I am trying to install Rockbox on in using my PC but I am wondering why is showing just 128GB?

  7. Tarkan

    @beanish – It really is not necessary, I have not seen any bad ExFat partition tables in over a year on factory fresh cards.

  8. beanish

    @Tarken – Thank you for the prompt reply! Was thinking of formatting the SDXC card because we run windows, and read your post regarding preparing cards for, and formatting to ExFAT using the AOMEI utility. I have borrowed an SDXC compliant card reader. So I can format the card If you consider this best practices. Thanks again!

  9. Tarkan

    @beanish – There is no need to format the SDXC unless you have specific need to, and I don’t suggest removing the SD adapter as the bundles do have some hot glue applied to them.

  10. beanish

    Very happy to have received my iFlash bundle the other day, thank you! Quick question regarding the bundle, when you have a moment. Am I able to remove the CF adapter from the iFlash, to use it for formatting my SDXC card in a card reader? It seems to be attached quite well to the iFlash, and I don’t want to break anything:) Best Regards!

  11. Tarkan

    If you suffer from that it is a pretty simple fix – either put some tape across the SD-CF Adapter to the iFlash -OR- just place a small bit of neoprene/rubber on top of the SD adapter to hold it against the rear case.

    I don’t recommend glue but if you must, use something which is flexible e.g. contact adhesive or even hot glue.

  12. Ryan

    I have a continuing issue with the iFlash Bundles that I put into iPods. Several times now, I have had the iFlash CF become partially disconnected (at an angle usually) from the SD-CF adapter inside the working iPod. The iPod then starts searching through songs without playing anything and the card gets corrupted. Is anyone else having this issue? I’m wondering if it might be a good idea to glue the SD-CF adapter to the iFlash CF or if maybe I should put some sort of stopper on the top or something.

  13. Pete


    I can’t be sure at what point I formatted with the emcore menu – I’m fairly sure I did at some point after it got a bit corrupted following a failed attempt to install rockbox. I definitely reformatted the card completely with AOMEI more than once, possibly after every failed attempt to install rockbox.

    Don’t want to mess with it at the moment, now its working in the 5th gen, but when the dual card adaptor turns up will be swapping things around so might experiment some more then.

  14. Tarkan

    @Pete – My Kingston is still being used in a test program, once it is free I will test it out – one thing when you do swap cards around did you format the data partition via the EmCore tools menu? I remember when I spoke to one of the EmCore developers, he mentioned that partition alingments can get mixed up between iTunes restores, windows format and EmCore data partition – which would cause some very strange behaviour and slow / freezing access.

  15. Pete


    Strange thing with that Kingston card – couldn’t get it to work with rockbox in either a 6th or 7th gen, yet it works fine in a 5th gen (while PNY cards work fine in the two ipods that the Kingston wouldn’t). Seems as if it must be something to do with the combination of emcore and the Kingston card.

  16. WildmaN

    @ Tarkan

    Okay thanks for letting me know. So your newer thin model bundle will let me use Rockbox on my 6g to be able to fill it? Also what could I use the outdated iflash adapter and card reader for?

  17. Tarkan

    @ Wildman – Yes the SDCF Adapter from back then will not work with the newer 256Gb or greater SDXC cards. To fit the 2000mAh battery you will need the iFlash-Thin.

  18. WildmaN

    @ Tarkan

    So what you are saying is my card reader or board I got from you in 2013 is outdated? Or is it both? If so what bundle would work with the 2000mah battery in my 6g Classic? Thanks for your help.

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