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Model A1019 / 10 or 20 GB hard drive / full-size Firewire port

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iPod 2nd generation: compatible replacement

Has anybody successfully replaced the HDD from a 2nd generation iPod (Touchwheel - A1019)?

I'm wondering if anybody can point to a list of confirmed HDD replacements for this unit? I would like to upgrade the capacity but don't want to purchase a drive that isn't going to work.

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@renomd what size HDD does it have now and what capacity upgrade were you thinknig off?

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it has a 10GB drive (MK1003GAL). I'm looking for a higher capacity obviously, but am wondering if the firmware has a drive limit to it.

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A 20GB will definitely work since there was a 20GB version and no firmware issues with it. I've had no issue with a 30GB and the firmware did allow the upgrade and no issues with the RAM either during playback and syncing.

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I can say that the iPod 2nd gen with the touch wheel is not compatible with the MK2006GAL or MK3006GAL. Received both, they work on an IDE converter but the iPod is unable to use them.

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I tried an MK2004GAL (20GB) on an iPod 1G and was unsuccessful during the restore process in iTunes. It also worked well on a PC so definitely a compatibility issue. The 1G and 2G share the same firmware so...

I've also tried compact flash adapters and SD to Ziff to IDE adapters sold on iFlash.xyz and have been unsuccessful. I'm about to try their mSATA adapter and I'll post a follow up here. I think the 1G and 2G have the best DAC for audio playback.

Also working with an iPod Mini 2G and iPod 4G seeing they should work with my SD to CF adapters and Rockbox. Those might be the sweet spot for getting classic hardware to run with higher capacity storage.

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@renomd here is a list of the drives supported. Problem with some of the iPods firmware is that it may limit the size as well

Brand Model # Capacity Connector Thickness Supported iPods

Toshiba MK1011GAH 100 GB ZIF 8mm Thick 5G, 5.5G

Toshiba MK8007GAH 80 GB Pins 8mm Thick 2G, 3G, 4G, photo

Toshiba MK8009GAH 80 GB ZIF 8mm Thick 5G, 5.5G

Toshiba MK6006GAH 60 GB Pins 8mm Thick 2G, 3G, 4G, photo

Toshiba MK6008GAH 60 GB ZIF 8mm Thick 5G, 5.5G

Toshiba MK4006GAH 40 GB Pins 8mm Thick 2G, 3G, 4G, photo

Toshiba MK4008GAH 40 GB ZIF 8mm Thick 5G, 5.5G

Toshiba MK4007GAL 40 GB Pins 5mm 1G, Thin 2G, 3G, 4G, photo

Toshiba MK4009GAL 40 GB ZIF 5mm Thin 5G, 5.5G

Toshiba MK3006GAL 30 GB Pins 5mm Thin 2G, 3G, 4G, photo

Toshiba MK3008GAL 30 GB ZIF 5mm Thin 5G, 5.5G

Toshiba MK2004GAL 20 GB Pins 5mm 1G, Thin 2G, 3G, 4G, photo

Toshiba MK2006GAL 20 GB Pins 5mm 1G, Thin 2G, 3G, 4G, photo

Toshiba MK2008GAL 20 GB ZIF 5mm Thin 5G, 5.5G

Toshiba MK1504GAL 15 GB Pins 5mm 1G, Thin 2G, 3G, 4G, photo

Toshiba MK1003GAL 10 GB Pins 5mm 1G, Thin 2G, 3G, 4G, photo

Toshiba MK5002MAL 5 GB Pins 5mm 1G, Thin 2G, 3G, 4G, photo

Toshiba MK5004MAL 5 GB Pins 5mm 1G, Thin 2G, 3G, 4G, photo

Seagate ST760211DE 60 GB ZIF 5mm Thin 5G, 5.5G

from here.

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Are these confirmed tested by anybody on the 2g?

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I used a MK3006GAL to update my drive on a 2G. That is all the confirmation I have. If you check the Toshiba Specs for each one of the drives you can see that they have a compatible interface.

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Thanks, although it's not just about compatible interfaces; the iPod's firmware could have a hard limit built in for some reason, like with what apparently exists with the 3g according to that site.

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That is correct. To large a harddrive and your RAM cannot keep up with the storage amount and will not properly read the files etc.

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I've accepted the answer, but really for your comment @oldturkey03 . Thanks!

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