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Upgrade your storage with a new hard drive.

  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.
    • Before opening your iPod, ensure that the hold switch is in the locked position. The orange bar should be visible, indicating hold is active.

    Note that the lock will move out of position again easily once you have the case open (when disengaged from the internal switch). That being said, you will want to keep this little switch in mind even beyond making sure the lock is in the right place, as the little plastic tab that is the switch is extremely small and fragile. I ended up breaking mine off somehow while trying to get the case closed. It is small enough that I never felt it break; I finally got the iPod back together and found that the lock switch didn’t work. I was able to re-open it and use a pick tool to unlock what was left of the switch, so my iPod works, but no longer locks. I’m happy to have a working battery anyhow, but I’d have been happier yet to have completed the repair without breaking anything - be careful with this little switch.

    Joe Sutton - Réponse

  2. 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).
    • 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 open easily.

    Is that wide opening pick shown in the photo available? Or should I be able to get my iPod 3G open with just the narrow opening tool? So far I’ve been unsuccessful.

    David Troup - Réponse

    Hi David, an opening tool can definitely work, but we’ve found that the opening picks tend to be a bit easier. You can find those in our store. The clips are definitely really tough and, like Matthew mentioned, using multiple picks might help. Getting the pick in the seam is the hardest part, then once it’s in you should be able to work it in farther, or add another pick to eventually release the clips.

    Adam O'Camb -

    I had to use about 10 guitar picks. The case “clips” are amazingly tight. I’d get one in just barely, then I’d add another in the now-opened slot. Then another. I’d space them about 1 or 1.5cm apart on two sides. Work into a corner and it will release. (I’m going on memory. I bought packs of the cheapest guitar picks. I have both thin and medium. I think I used medium, but I can’t remember.)

    Matthew Robbins - Réponse

    so much easier to open with an xacto blade and handle. the blade has a more defined edge that helps to move the plastic front cover. then a pick can help do the rest.only took 2 mins. using xacto blade and handle

    dennis fowler - Réponse

    also not mentioned is reattachment of hard drive plug to board . not a normal plug as the others.need to be sure it is attached before closing up ipod. replacement battery was thicker than origional and allowed hd to not sit level

    dennis fowler - Réponse

    I had success holding the iPod im my hand, pushing the plastic with the thumb while pushing on the metal body from the other side. This opened a gap between the parts, where I could insert the pick.

    Jakob - Réponse

    After trying fruitlessly with a variety of plastic tools, I remembered I owned an iSesamo. Got in in 20 seconds.

    Alison Scott - Réponse

    I second the idea of using an Exacto handle with a flat chisel blade to start the opening on the right side. Then I could insert the pick and work it around to undo all the clips. I could get a lot more purchase on the edge and make a gap for the pick. It took some pressure as it’s been 20 years since this unit was built, an iPod Special U2 black edition.

    David Wilcox - Réponse

    As others noted, it’s darn near impossible to get a pick into the seam to get started opening the case. I finally got mine by pressing up on the back of the case, which causes the side of the back piece to angle out a bit and allowed me to get the pick that came with the replacement battery in. Once I finally got that far, it was fairly easy to slide the pick up and down the side of the case to pop free each of the clips. I scubbed up the edge of mine a bit before I figured this out, and those efforts didn’t help, so maybe avoid that. (I didn’t have an Exacto like others have suggested, but having done this, I can see how that might work well also, if you are careful about it)

    Joe Sutton - Réponse

    This tool worked great! iFixit Opening Tool

    I could push the plastic top part back enough to get the pick in.

    Brenna Rentmeester - Réponse

    Two guitar picks did the trick – as soon as the edge of the first pick goes into the gap, twist it more upright; the next pick can then be slid into the opening and the rest of the case opens up easily. One warning: be very careful near the charging port – there’s a delicate plastic trim around the opening in the metal case and I accidentally cut through the trim with the edge of a pick. The trim is attached to the case with two screws so I removed it before repairing it with superglue. This worked well and the trim screwed back in very easily.

    Ian - Réponse

    Get the plectrum in at the charging port where the metal is thinnest, then move left/right and around the first corner, keeping it tightly in the seam. Once around the corner, it begins to ‘pop’ open. Do the same for the other corner and it will open right up.

    Matt - Réponse

    Turn the iPod upside down and squeeze (push the white plastic in while squeezing). You will hear a click, creating a gap to insert the pick. You're welcome. :)

    https://youtu.be/w2DzkFrBEGw

    TONIA PROUTY - Réponse

  3. 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.
    • 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 at the top, and lay the rear panel next to the front half of the iPod.

    Remember to fold the backplate up the correct direction, otherwise you might break this cable.

    iTronics Repair - Réponse

  4. 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. The headphone jack connector is unusually tall. When prying, be careful to not separate the lower, plastic part of the connector from the ribbon cable. Pry between the connector and the socket, not between the two halves of the connector.
    • 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.

    • The headphone jack connector is unusually tall. When prying, be careful to not separate the lower, plastic part of the connector from the ribbon cable. Pry between the connector and the socket, not between the two halves of the connector.

    Be more than careful with the headphone jack, because I thought I was until I broke mine (I still don't figure how I did this). Those are hard to find after and if you do, it may cost you something around 20-30$

    Tristan Gauvreau - Réponse

    Yeah, I just did the same. Oops.

    Alex Robinson -

    Yikes - yes, be SUPER careful - just damaged mine too (snapped some of the soldered connections between ribbon and plug). I only use my iPod with a dock in my car, so hoping I will get away with this.

    Russell Coleridge - Réponse

    Arrgh...I should have paid closer attention the red warnings above. I ended up pushing up on the ribbon part rather than the actual socket. Thereby completing separating the connector from the ribbon cable. I got way too excited when I finally got the case loose after an hour of trying that I rushed through this part. Now I have to see if I can replace this part.

    Eric Schenkel - Réponse

    Blech - despite these thoughtful warnings I snapped that plug right off the ribbon! So please, be careful. I found a replacement headphone jack (used) on eBay for 20 bucks. What a not-fun way to spend 20 bucks!

    Matt Michael - Réponse

    Yep - did the same. Bugger. Is it possible to carefully fix? Solder or glue or are there replacement parts? I do actually have another iPod but I was hoping to end up with two working versions rather than one just for parts.

    Greg J Mason - Réponse

    Well, that reminds me to view the comments first before attempting any of the repair steps. Did the same thing. iFixit should put that suggestion at the top of every repair guide. “Review Comments First, Save $20”.

    John Lillywhite - Réponse

    Yep, that’s me buggered too.

    Alistair Hay - Réponse

    Same thing happened to me. I was extra careful. Now what?

    Clayton Adams - Réponse

    I don’t think it’s repairable. I bought one for $20-30 off ebay and cannibalized the ribbon cable.

    kb9rhe - Réponse

    This step appears to be optional for a battery replacement - or, at least, I could not persuade the connector off the logic board without applying more force than I was prepared to given all these warnings. So I just carried on, and replaced the battery without ever removing the headphone jack connector.

    Alison Scott - Réponse

    You are correct, this step is not necessary for a battery replacement although it may give you more room to work with. In my opinion it’s not worth the risk of damaging the connector though, as you can just place the metal cover to the side like Rob said, leaving the connector attached and carefully folding the metal cover to the side like opening a book (although it may not lay perfectly parallel to the front case of the iPod).

    Bagel -

    Yep, the step should be place the metal back cover to the side without removing the connector, because you’re certain to break it, especially if this is the third time you’ve replaced the battery and you forgot to be careful the third time.

    Rob - Réponse

  5. Lift up the hard drive with one hand and carefully disconnect the hard drive ribbon from the logic board.
    • Lift up the hard drive with one hand and carefully disconnect the hard drive ribbon from the logic board.

    • Lift the hard drive out of the iPod.

  6. Peel back the metallic tape connecting the hard drive ribbon to the blue mounting bracket.
    • Peel back the metallic tape connecting the hard drive ribbon to the blue mounting bracket.

    Also, when reassembling ensure the metallic tab/tape connecting the hard drive ribbon to the blue mounting bracket. As seen in step 9 is still on top of the mounting bracket.

    When I reassembled mine the tab became folded down and was touching pins connecting the drive. As a result the iPod worked as a player but had difficulty charging, would not connect to iTunes or show as a mounted drive. After waiting along time it would be detected but would not work with iTunes. iTunes would report the iPod as corrupted or in recovery mode. Removing the tab/tape from the pins restored function.

    Dan - Réponse

    where can replacement hard drive be purchased or other options like a flash card.

    JD - Réponse

  7. Use a spudger to carefully disconnect the orange ribbon cable from the hard drive.
    • Use a spudger to carefully disconnect the orange ribbon cable from the hard drive.

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

  8. Lift the hard drive mounting bracket and cable off the hard drive.
    • Lift the hard drive mounting bracket and cable off the hard drive.

  9. Lift the blue and white mounting bracket off the other side of the hard drive.
    • Lift the blue and white mounting bracket off the other side of the hard drive.

  10. Hard drive remains.
    • Hard drive remains.

    Would a Compact Flash card work directly plugged in to the ribbon cable? Like in the iPod mini?

    Macuser24 - Réponse

    The pins are the same, correct.

    Cole Feldt -

    After I got the hard drive out (great tutorial btw, thanks!) I tried connecting to the charge cable - still no go, I could feel the HDD trying to work though. So I unhooked it from the ribbon cable and threw it on the (carpeted) floor - and now it works! Whoo-hoo, try it, you might save yourself some $$ and time.

    gruuvyman - Réponse

Conclusion

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

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Works with iPod 3rd Generation 10GB also.

Xavier Delapree - Réponse

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