As mentioned in my admittedly lengthy Zune review, I’ve been an iPod guy for a while. Long enough for my original 4G iPod’s 20GB hard drive to go kaput a few months back. But would any professed technology geek settle for using Apple’s free recycling service? Heck, no!
Not when we can rebuilt it. Better, stronger, faster.
So I read this Instructables article and subsequently ordered a Transcend 16GB Compact Flash card and a CF-to-1.8 inch drive adapter (the former from Newegg, the latter from what I’m sure is a perfectly reputable Chinese retailer).
Some benefits of switching to Flash-based memory:
- Faster read and write times
- Less prone to shock-based damage due to the lack of moving parts
- More energy efficient for extended battery life
The aforelinked article proved helpful and largely correct, with two small caveats:
- Opening the device is the most difficult step. Despite recommendations to use special tools and guitar picks, no plastic tool I tried would work before its edges would soften. I eventually had to use a pocket knife, which did a fine job but left a few minor marks from false starts on the iPod’s seam.
- The jumper on the adapter was very slightly too tall, resulting in a black spot on the LCD screen from the pressure it applied when closed. I bent the jumper with a pair of pliers to solve the problem.
Pics or it didn’t happen:
Have you hacked your personal tech?