My sister received the new Nano for her birthday, I was left with the 2nd gen, and her old mini lie in her room collecting dust!

She received a new iPod because her Mini was acting up, not charging, and pretty much not functioning at all. I decided to take matters into my own hands to fix that sucker. At first I thought it was a battery problem, so I tried to replace the battery, but that worked to no avail.

So, I thought up the crazy plan of taking my Dell DJ (broken screen) micro drive , and replace it with the 4GB one that she had in her Mini.

So this Instructable is teaching you how to open your iPod, and replace the micro drive with a better micro drive, and in my case, it added an extra GB to the iPod Mini.

If you finish this Instructable, go to my continuation: http://www.instructables.com/id/Microdrive-Madness-15-solution-for-your-extra-mi/

So here we go!

  • One tip, when you take off the top of your iPod, use an adults help like I did, because they can help you pry the top off. I had my dad help me, and it worked great!

Step 1: Materials

Here is what you need to complete this job:

  • iPod Mini
  • Flat-head Screwdriver
  • iTunes
  • Mac/PC
  • Any other micro drive that can fit into the pins that the old micro drive fit in to.

That is it!
<p>8 years later, The mods still continue! Even more ironic, seeing an ad from ebay for a SDHD to CF adaptor card I just bought on EBay, popping up in the ads.. The mini's battery can be replaced with more higher capacity batteries (upwards of 2000mAh, I just ordered a 1300.), and CF capacity is already up to 1/2-TB! The memory cards (SDHC, or CF) will draw far less than the mini drive, and the increased battery holding will more than multiply the life (the original, was only 400mAh) So, yes, this mod is still being performed today! </p>
My iPod mini will not restore so I'm very interested to do this mod. I ned to know exactly what kind of flash drive I need to get. I have a second generation iPod. I have tried to reset it many times and have rebooted dozens of times.
Pretty Sweet! My sister's iPod mini is doing the same stuff, so when she gets her nano, I am totally going to gigafy it!
Lol it sounds like taking your sister's ipod is the modern equivalent of taking your sister's dolls and attaching paper parachutes to them and throwing them out the window. (I wish I had a sister :S lol)
no, you don't wish you had a sister, they are demons. in fact, their true forms live deep within the impossible planet orbiting a black hole. the vases need to be destroyed.
lol<br />
I'm guessing you're a teenager... And as I am one also, I agree with you completely...
No, you do NOT wish you had a sister! trust me!
i bet she was happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD lol
I strapped my sisters barbies to model rockets and launched them
Ooh! Nice one.
Thats the spirit!
got a mini at a yard sale for 4 bucks now i wanna hack it!
Absolute genius, worked a treat. Very exciting. 1st generation 4GB mini is now a 1st generation 8GB mini. Brilliant instructable. I love my mini.
I have a 2gb Ipod Nano 2nd Generation, and I was wondering if this would work with it, because you're using an Ipod Mini. Thanks, Please Reply
Is there any other electronic device anyone knows of that carries that is under 30 dollars? and fits the "pins" of a Ipod nano?
now how to replace an LCD screen on an MP4 Player
very ironic solution: buy a new one desolder both screens solder on the new screen trash the new mp4 player
hey this is a great mod and i have an old dell dj as well. I want to try this out but i have i believe a 2nd or 3rd gen Ipod Nano, one that is thin but rectangular with rounded off edges. Will it still work this type of Ipod?
Is your siter called Rena? Do I get a prize for picking up on that fact? No? Damn.
No, I don't have a sister. Why?
My sister received the new Nano for her birthday, I was left with the 2nd gen, and her old mini lie in her room collecting dust! Are you sure?
Lol, yea I see. You saw my sister's name where it says the name of her iPod.
hey do you know how to change the color of your ipod in itunes? i found a completely working blue ipod that im painting but i don't want it to show us blue thanks
I am really not sure. There are a couple YouTube videos that show you how to get into the files of the ipod, and you can access different backgrounds. However, I do not know how to choose the one I want.
I've got a broken 30g Zune. i'd like to put the 30 gigs to use as an external hard drive (besides the patch). Keeping the Zune software or previous data is not important to me. Any suggestions?
whats wrong with it?
Try this, the first result might be of use.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.google.com/search?q=make+an+external+harddrive&amp;ie=utf-8&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;aq=t&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a">http://www.google.com/search?q=make+an+external+harddrive&amp;ie=utf-8&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;aq=t&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a</a><br/>
Yes, i have considered this, but would I need to reformat the 30 gig hard drive to get rid of all of the Zune software? If so, how can I do this?
my compact flash is connected to my mp3 player it isn't an i pod it is manufactured by a company called mpio {www.mpio.com} my model number is hd200 i replaced the st1 drive wid a cf card but my mp3 player firmware got destroyed in the process the mpio utility provided by the manufacturer does not detect my mp3 player {although windows and Linux do so as an external mass storage drive} this is why my mp3 player works only as a thumb drive and does not play any music as a standalone player sumone plz help me out and tell me what to do please help me out
you must have lost the files neccesary for your computer to sense it. You should be able to turn on your mp3 and go to settings. it should say something like 'restore original settings' or something similar. it should restore all the files neccesary for the computer to sense it; however you will need to replace the music that was on it before.
I want to know how to make a nano into a video. heh.
iPod Linux
i got the third generation nano in october and it rocks!!!!
DId you have another ipod before you upgraded? Im looking for a cheap one 2 buy
if u want a cheap iPod i would recomend buying either the shuffle for 79.99 or the ipod nano for 150.00
Heh. I can get an Ipod video for 150 on eBay. Im going for an Ipod video for <100$
Yea my sister got it too.
Great Instructable but like someone already mentioned, it's better to put a flash drive instead of HD since they're faster and almost totally immune to any shocks and while you're opening the iPod anyway I recommend you to change the battery as well, new batteries that are two times more powerful than original ones can be bought from eBay for 0.99$!
Do not buy ipod battery on ebay. I purchased one and it was a bad experience. This was supposed to be 900 mAH. Ipod required 740maH (4th gen 20gb ipod). The charge barely lasted 4 hours. Original battery lasted over 24 hours on one charge. I know that Apple does a rip off on the battery. But the ones on ebay are bad. They do not last long.
I bought a .99¢ replacement battery for my iPod mini from eBay seller "Factoriesonline" and it has been working great for nearly a year.
Wow 99cents! My brother and I have an ebay account, so we will have to buy one. Thanks Jesusali!
It depend from who you buy it, it bought from user named everydaysource.com who has over 600 000 positive feedbacks and my battery works just great!
Reading feedback comment and buying battery is not advisable.
I'm sorry if you bought a bad battery but I bought one and it works great, as simple as that. Yes, there are bad stuff at eBay but remember that there are also good stuff :)
ebay user ipodresq is also a store who does a very good, responsible business outside of ebay. ebay is merely a new angle for them. good prices, good product. I replaced a lcd screen and battery at same from with their supplies and directions.
Thanks! If I had a new battery, I would definitely replace it!
wow, this is amazing! my friend asked me to do this for her, and i might do it! but she will have to pay.

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