iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

Introduction

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

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.

 

362 thoughts on “iPOD and SDHC – SDXC cards

  1. jimbob

    Is the format the same in both 32 and 64 gb? Fat32? Doesn’t the Ipod need Fat 32? I thought the 64gb was a different format thus won’t work well or needs special equipment etc. I do have a built in SD card reader in my windows.

  2. Support Post author

    @jimbob – not sure what you mean, there is no need to do any formatting, just install and restore/sync using iTunes.

  3. jimbob

    I have a 5.5 Gen Video. Which current SD card sold will work with your bundle in the 32 or 64 gb range. I would do 64 gb as long as formatting is no issue. I run win 7 and have a SD card reader in it. But I read over 32 gb can’t be FAT 32..does the 5.5 gen need Fat 32? or can the 64 gb be forced to take FAT 32.

  4. Jeric

    I must admit I did not test it this long with the 2 GB SD.
    Well, I verified the SDXC card and it seems to be fine.
    I still had an 8 GB CF card lying around. I tried with this one and it worked for several days, until the iPod again froze and came back with a sad iPod face. The face also appears when I put the adapter with the CF into the other adapter. Unfortunately I don’t have a CF card reader, so I cannot reformat and/or verify the compact flash card.

  5. Support Post author

    @Anthony – since switching to the newer Type-I SD adapters, we have also introduced a new rubberised adhesive to bond the iFlash to the SD adapter, so this should not happen. However, I do still recommend using the enclosed foam pads to make sure the iFlash itself does not move around in the iPod itself.

  6. Anthony

    CF to SD card adapter.

    Helpful hint.

    I purchased the bundle with the single CF to SD card and adapter. I found that mnany times the CF adpter would come loose overtime, maybe to shock, unsure. A piece if electrical tape can help limit though not get rid of this issue. Recentlt the SD card stopped reading. I found if i researed it, it came back to life as well. I suggest electrical or duck tape to assist in this matter as well, sice there doesnt seem to be a securing mechanism.

  7. Bogdan

    Hi guys,
    I’m looking to get this mod.
    Has anyone tried Samsung EVO 128gb?
    I se that 64GB version is on the supported list, but what about 128GB?

  8. Support Post author

    @Jeric – so everything seemed to work ok with the 2Gb card, but plays up when using the 64Gb – First step would be to confirm the 64Gb microSD card is working ok. Install the card in to your Mac, format and copy other say 30Gb of files, then see that you can read them files back – On PC we would use H2Testw to perform this, I think on Mac’s there is a software called F3, but have not personally used it.

  9. Jeric

    To clarify my previous Comment: I was not able to do the steps explained in the ‘preparing SDXC card for iPod’ as my MacBook Pro supports SDXC cards only using OS X. So I tried deleting the partition and doing the other steps using Disk Utility (before trying the card in the iPod at all). This resulted in the sad iPod icon, followed by the ‘very low battery’ message. The iPod was not recognized in iTunes (11.4; OS X 10.6.8) at all.
    I then formatted the SDXC-Card using the SD-Formatter program (and tried the few options it offered). The iPod now shows the ‘please connect to iTunes’-message. iTunes recognizes the iPod and offers to restore it (Funny thing is that when I forgot putting anything in the SD-Slot of the SD-CF-Adapter, the same thing happened and iTunes showed an iPod with 0 Gigabytes). I can then sync Music to it afterwards (synced about 15 gb to it). They play fine on the iPod, altough skipping between Songs which do not follow the song currently plays results in quite long waiting times during which the iPod does not react.
    But, after a few hours, the iPod freezes completely during Usage. Resetting the iPod results in the sad iPod icon & low battery warning again.
    As I thought that I might have accidentally damaged the logicboard of the iPod, I today purchased another one with a bad hard drive (the old one: iPod Video 60 GB; the new one: iPod Video 30 GB), which seems to show the same behaviour.
    Before purchasing the SDXC-Card (64 GB microSDXC UHS-1 Sandisk Ultra with supplied SD-Adapter) I tried a 2 GB SD card, which seems to work (altough I did not test it for long). I have no working hard disk nor another SD(XC) Card to test with.
    And btw, I have the iFlash CF v1.1.
    Is there any obvious Mistake I made?

  10. Jeric

    Hello,
    I purchased one of your Adapters and also an 64 GB SDXC card which is – according to the sheet that came with the iFlash adapter – is compatible.
    I run OS X.. First I tried ‘preparing’ the card with disk utility (like formatting in FAT32). When I connected the iPod to my Computer, I just saw the sad iPod, then the ‘very low battery’ warning.
    When I format the SDXC-Card with the SD Formatter program, the device can be synced. I can listen for music then for a while (with long pauses when I skip Songs), but after a while, the device freezes and after a reset I get the sad iPod icon again. The card needs to be formatted with SD formatter again before I can sync musik to the device now.
    I just tried it with a 60 GB iPod Video and also a 30 GB one (I guess 5G as the backplate states (c) 2005).
    What can I do?

  11. Mic

    @markus hi. I received the PNY 256gb u3 yesterday and installed. It works flawlessly so far 🙂
    Its a bit more expensive than the kingston, but at least it works now. Its a lot faster too.

  12. Support Post author

    @Oliver – No the iFlash will have no effect on the audio, what you describe sounds like you have knocked or pulled the headphone jack ribbon and it is not seated properly on the connector, you need to remove the headphone jack ribbon and re-insert it fully home.

  13. Oliver

    Also, is it possible that the iflash unlocks the EU restricted volume limit? Because suddenly 50% volume is already louder than it was on 100% before(volume limit in settings on max.) Even though I get the feeling that this varies sometimes.

  14. Oliver

    There’s a noticeable crackling during some songs that certainly wasn’t there before I installed the iflash-bundle. Is that a possible error(or maybe downside to the iflash), or can you rule that out, so the problem must lie somewhere else? Using a 128Gb SDXC UHS-I (U3) Sandisk Extreme

  15. Support Post author

    @Mark – MicroSD does work, obviously you need to use the adapter that is normally supplied with them. However, please be aware there are many high capacity microSD cards that are very cheap prices, these always tend to be fake/remarked 4Gb/8Gb cards.

  16. Markus

    @ Mic – I got the same problem with the Kingston 256GB UHS-I (SDA/10). After about 2000 songs synced I get some errors stating the disk is unreadable/corrupted and that certain songs could not be transferred to the iPod.

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