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  1. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Hard Drive Replacement, Rear Panel: passo 1, immagine 1 di 1
    • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The orange bar should be visible, indicating hold is active.

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    • Insert an opening pick as far as possible into the seam between the plastic front and the metal rear panel, on the right edge of the iPod.

    • You may need to rock the pick back and forth to slide it in farther.

    • Use the opening pick to pry up against the plastic front panel and release five retaining tabs (seen in the third photo).

    • Slide the pick along the edge of the iPod and continue prying to release the rest of the retaining tabs.

    • After all five tabs along the right side are free, the case should easily open.

  3. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Hard Drive Replacement: passo 3, immagine 1 di 1
    • The iPod case is now open, but don't separate the two halves just yet. There is still an orange ribbon cable connecting the headphone jack to the logic board.

    • Open the case like a book with the dock connector edge at the top, and lay the rear panel next to the front half of the iPod.

  4. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Hard Drive Replacement: passo 4, immagine 1 di 1
    • Use a plastic tool or your fingernails to carefully disconnect the orange headphone jack cable. Be sure to pull straight up on the connector, not the cable itself.

    • This ribbon cable is very fragile. If you are replacing the battery, you can choose to skip this step and keep the headphone jack connected to the motherboard. Prop and tape the rear case against a box to keep it in place. Be very careful not to strain the fragile headphone jack cable as you work.

  5. iPod 4th Generation or Photo Hard Drive Replacement, Hard Drive: passo 5, immagine 1 di 1
    • Grasp the hard drive with one hand and carefully disconnect the orange ribbon cable from the hard drive using your other hand.

    • If the cable doesn't come free easily, it may be helpful to gently wiggle the cable from side to side.


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Just to let anyone wondering know: today I replaced the HDD with a 60 GB SSD - works like a charm. Maybe I can use this pod for another 8 years! :-)

Stefan - Replica

Hi Stefan,

Iam very interested in replace my ipod photo HDD with a 60 GB SSD . What kind of SSD did you use?

Thank you

Luiz Bandeira


Luiz Bandeira de Mello Braga -

What kind of SSD did you use? Did you use an adapter as well? Is it possible to install up to 480 GB SSD?

Heiko - Replica

I have a 4th generation iPod color 20GB. I tried to replace the hard drive with KingSpec 32GB SSD it didn't work it had formatting issues. I then did what most people do and bought a compact flash (CF) to 50 pin 1.8” IDE adapter. The adapter I bought came with a case the adapter's circuit board is red and has a master/slave switch on it. The case looks like a hard drive so the padding and bumpers on the Ipod's original hard drive can be reused with ease. Some people have had success with the KingSpec's SSD it is a nice option because it doesn't need an adapter. I have seen talk on the internet about iPod logic board versions and drive compatibility so maybe this is why the SSD didn't work for me. The key to converting to solid state is having a good adapter with the right brand and model of CF. I used a Kingston Ultimate 32GB CF it was indicated on Tarkan's website to be compatible with all iPods. Everything works perfectly now after installing the CF card with adapter.

negichan - Replica

Dropped in a 64GB SSD - this guide was excellent to get it all in place :-)

jonas - Replica

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