Saturday Fun – Flash based Ipod Mini

I have an elderly Ipod Mini that has a battery fully on its last legs. I’ve been working slowly on putting together the resources to take it apart and replace the battery, when I came across this project by Mark Hoekstra.

What is fascinating about this project is that Apple used a standard Compact Flash II sized microdrive in the creation of the Mini, making this easily replaceable with the increasingly affordable Compact Flash cards.


  • drop-free design, the hard drive will not fail due to accidental drops
  • Sizes up to 16 GB currently with 32 GB cards to be released soon
  • Increased battery life


  • Slow syncing via Itunes
  • There is a lot of confusion regarding which cards work properly

Central things to look for when doing this project

  • Be very careful when opening the case and removing connectors
  • Look for ATA Compliant cards from reputable retailers

Make a Flash based iPod Mini


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