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I recently purchased a 1.8" ZIF drive to replace the hard drive in my iPod Classic 160gb. The iPod classic's stock hard drive is listed as ZIF interface so I purchased a ZIF drive not expecting any issues... I would REALLY like to use this drive as it is lighter, solid state,thinner, and higher capacity than my stock ipod hard disk (not to mention I'm not sure if I can return it.)

The problem is, apparently the stock hard disk is CE-ATA ZIF and the other is just plain PATA ZIF. This was not listed on the spec sheet of either drive until a lot of digging was done.

Is there any way to go between the two interfaces? I don't mind if it ends up slowing down the new drive drastically, since I will still be able to run with it.

Attached is a snapshot of the two "connectors"
    
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it certainly looks like this drive has a cable that has a different interface on each end... doing some searching for the cable.

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Yes let me snap a better picture, I was looking at those cables as well, but I dont think the pin count is correct. its strange that the 5th generation iPods (not the iPod Classic) have a standard ZIF drive and the 6th generation (1st generation iPod Classic) have this new drive with the smaller connector.
    
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Two views of the connector on the original hard disk.


Please forgive my lack of proper lighting equipment for such small pieces ><

And here is the ribbon cable inside the ipod in question:


And where it connects to the PCB

note that its consistant across the length of the ribbon, instead of changing thickness as in the prior generations.


Looking at some of the spec sheets it seems that all of the other 1st generation iPod classics used regular zif with the exception of the 160gb model, and ALL of them used the same logic board...

here is a very good picture of the other ZIF cable:
http://www.parts4ipods.com/WebRoot/S...GBHDDCABLE.jpg
(its extremely high rez)


Using the macro picture taken of my ribbon cable and looking at the large picture of the other cable, both of the PCB-sides (smaller) have a total pin count of 18. Both cables are found in iPod classics which all use the SAME logic board, I'm going to presume this should work and purchase one.
Edited by Xaero252 - 7/27/11 at 8:22am
    
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