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Sunday, September 30, 2007

iPod Photo 20GB Drive Replacement Guide - Step-by-Step

If you iPod Photo's 20GB hard drive starts acting up on you, it may be time to pursue an iPod Photo hard drive replacement. I recently had to do a similar thing (and replaced it with a 60GB version) and I ended up very happy with it! This guide will help you in a short period of time to replace that pesky 20GB hard drive.

Two thoughts on the upgrade - 1) It is so easy that you can do it in less than 10 minutes with the right tools, 2) It is nice to have a steady iPod Photo with the full 20GB availabel for music and photos! This article and guide will take you step-by-step through the tutorial to give you all the information you need to complete a successful hard drive upgrade or replacement in just 10 minutes. While this may not be the first tutorial on an Apple iPod Photo hard drive upgrade, it may be the easiest to follow!

What do I need?
1. First off, you need a replacement drive for your Apple iPod Photo 4th Generation 20GB drive. The original drive models are Toshiba hard drives the MK2004GAL and the MK2006GAL. They are available for approximately $50 on eBay for either the MK2004GAL or MK2006GAL Hard Drive They both are ATA-50 pin model and are directly compatible with your Apple iPod Photo 4th Generation, as all 4th Gen devices use the ATA-50 pin technology.
2. If you want to avoid scratching up your iPod Photo's case, make sure you have a non-marring pry tool, similar to the one I mention in this article. Alternatively, you can use a small screwdriver if you can stand the nicks and scratches.
3. Your iPod Photo's wall charger and cable. Once the device is reset, you will need it to get it back into working condition.
4. An exacto knife or sharp object to remove foam cushioning from your old hard drive.

Now that you are ready, here is the step-by-step tutorial. Was this guide helpful for you? If so, please let me know with a comment!

1. With your iPod Photo facing up and towards you turn it so the right side is facing you. Slide your non-marring pry tool in between the plastic front of your iPod Photo case and the back metal case. Once inserted as below, pull the bottom part of the case out and downward until the clips release. Moderate force was required with my iPod Photo.
Pry Tool Insertion on Apple iPod Photo 20GB hard drive replacement

2. Once the clips release the entire side of the iPod Photo case is released.
Opened iPod Photo case on Apple iPod Photo 20GB hard drive replacement

3. Rotate the right side slowly and carefully to separate the back case of the iPod Photo from the front. Do not pull apart as the lock and headphone connector from your iPod Photo is still connected between the cases.
Rotate the case to expose the hard drive on Apple iPod Photo 20GB hard drive replacement

4. On the bottom right of the iPod Photo is the battery connector disconnect this before removing any of the electronics in order not to damage your iPod Photo.
Disconnect battery from iPod Photo on Apple iPod Photo 20GB hard drive replacement

5. Now, separate the the ATA 50-pin hard drive connector from your iPod Photo. You should be able to perform this with your fingers, but gently prying and wiggling until it releases. Do not apply too much force or you may bend the pins.
Separate ATA pin connector from iPod Photo hard drive on Apple iPod Photo 20GB hard drive replacement

6. Now remove the old 20GB drive from the iPod Photo. The plastic bumpers around the drive release very easily. To remove the foam cushion material, use an exacto knife or similar tool to cut the foam from the drive where it is glued. Rather than gluing the foam cushioning to my new drive, it stuck pretty well by itself.
Replace the hard drive and transfer bumpers and foam cushion on Apple iPod Photo 20GB Hard Drive Replacement

7. Place the plastic bumpers on the new drive so they fit securely.
Secure the plastic bumpers around the hard drive on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

8. Reassemble your iPod Photo by placing the new 20GB hard drive back into the case - foam side down, then attached the ata pin connector to the new drive, connect the battery supply back to the iPod Photo, and finally snap the case back together.

9. Turn your 20GB with MK2004GAL or MK2006GAL Hard Drive replaced to your 20GB iPod Photo on and connect it via USB to your computer with iTunes running. You receive the message that the iPod Photo is in recovery mode and must be restored. Click 'Ok' to continue.
First connection to iTunes post upgrade on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

10. Go to the iPod Photo screen on iTunes and click on the button for 'Restore' to start the restore of the iPod Photo system software onto your new hard drive.
Restore iPod Photo Update software from iTunes on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

11. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to restore the iPod Photo with the message "Are you sure you want to restore the iPod Photo 'iPod' to its fatory settings? All of your songs and other data will be erased." Click on 'Restore' to complete the restore.
Confirm restore on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

12. In my case, I had to update the software to iPod Photo updater version 1.2.1 Click on 'Next' to continue.
New Apple Updater version 1.2.1 on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

13. Click on 'Agree' to accept the terms of the license. The restore will now take place on the iPod Photo. iPod Photo now needs to be connected to an AC Adapter to start up.
Accept the terms of the software license on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

14. Connect the iPod Photo to the AC wall Adapter for start-up.
Plug in iPod Photo to AC Adapter on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

15. iPod Photo correctly starts up with factory default settings. I choose the English language for my iPod Photo.
Select updated language on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

16. The iPod Photo shows the available space in the >19GB range, showing the completion of the MK2004GAL or MK2006GAL Hard Drive replacement. Now connect your iPod Photo back to your USB connection on your computer.
Hard drive has over 55GB of free space on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

17. The iPod Photo now connects to iTunes and iTunes recognizes that the iPod Photo now has a 20GB drive and begins to sync information.
iTunes connection complete on Apple iPod Photo 20GB upgrade to 60GB hard drive

Congratulations, your iPod Photo MK2004GAL or MK2006GAL Hard Drive replacement on the 4th Generation iPod Photo is complete. Enjoy the reliable new drive!

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