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Thread: iPod 4th Gen HDD DESTRUCTION!

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    Exclamation iPod 4th Gen HDD DESTRUCTION!

    Alright well this isnt really a question...more of a statement of my experience.

    Ive fixed quite a few iPods in the last few years especially LCDs and Batteries. (if you ever need one fixed let me know...) A friend of mine gave me her 4th gen iPod to look at and hopefully fix. So i took it home and popped it open (which let me tell you the first time sux but is a walk in the park from then on)

    Its VERY similar to the 3rd gen. Items are moved around a bit and the battery is a bit bigger. But anyway I look at this thing when she hands it to me and the thing has two enormus dents in the back, i ask what the hell did you do? her response "I was mad and threw it against the wall" Well the item is basically useless because the hard drive was shot (and its not worth it to buy a new HDD because it usually costs equal or more than a new one)

    I decided to open the HDD which the back pannel dents went through to and found that inside the Disk itself was okay but the reader head wasnt. And after a bit of research found that usually its not the disk that dies in an HDD but the reader head itself. Its about the size of a hair and the slightest touch will bust it.

    I decided to post this just to let everyone know how fragile HDDs can be and not to abuse them too much.

    As for the iPod, i think i will sell the remains. I attempted to remove the disk from the HDD as a keepsake but the damn thing is a delicate piece of glass and when i stressed it a bit, the thing exploded and shattered in my lap, a painful task to clean up.

    Thats all, just thought id let anyone who didnt know about the inside of an ipod and HDD was like...and my exciding glass explosion act.
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    I never knew the disk was glass. I've dropped my 2nd gen a lot if it wasn't for the crappy battery I still might use it.

    How do you take the iPod apart? I was looking into doing a bunch of mods to my iPod a while back, but I was distracted by school...

    cool story anyway.
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    I believe the HDD is glass coated in a metal film. Well at least it shattered like glass and splinterd like glass.....

    The battery in the 2nd gen (and the majority of iPods) can be replaced giving you new juice and longer life, also a higher capacity battery is available to add another .5 - 1 hour worth or time

    As for opening it. Its fairly easy. Slide a very small flat head screw driver down the side under the plastic front and pry up against the metal. It will basically pop open after that. You may scratch the case a bit the first time, but you get the hang of it. Search google there are PLENTY of walkthroughs.

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    got any pics?

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    I can make pictures if you like....what of?
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    the disc compositon pls! I've seen them inside before, but never seen it's glass. could u do a macro shot of one of the peices pls?

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    yeah i think i can do that. Im gunna have to get a nice piece out of the trash...and ill post what i get.
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    Well I got a few super macro shots. Some good some bad... im posting the best. Its still hard to tell but some of the pictures it looks a lot like glass.

    And with the macro, it all looks VERY dirty, even tho the naked eye believes othewise. Hence why even if you are "clean" in your work, no matter what if you open an HDD and close it, it most likely wont work....
    (but then again i did handle it alot, and it did end up in the trash and.....)
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    and one more of the HDD itself...notice the read head is UNDER the disk...LMFAO....
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    Cool pics, and thanks for the brief walkthrough!
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