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    Is is possible to (at the invalidation of the warranty) updgrade the HDD in an iPod? Would the firmware support it, and to what capacity could it take.

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    Just done a quick Google search, and I can't find much, which is surprising. The capacities available for the I-Pods are about as big as they come for the size of HDDs used, so I doubt anyone will have bothered to mod/replace the HDD.

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    In short, not really, no. There would be little point upgrading curent iPods, the new drives would be physically larger leading to all sorts of problems. As for the older ones, you can get larger capacity drives that take up the same or less space, but they ain't cheap. Once you've got the drve in, it still won't work. It needs to be formatted to the specific filesystem of the iPod. I heard of someone who tried to clone the new drive from the old drive, but that failed too.

    So no, it can't be done, at least not easily, and it would probably cost you more than a new iPod to do it well.

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    One my of mates looked into this a while back, you can with the older iPod's but it is _hard_ to format it with the correct filesystem! Also headbrace, you been drinkining? (*hint* read your post again )

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    This won't be possible on the iPod due to the fact that the OS is stored on the hard drive, so you would need to clone the drive somehow to get it to work. Whereas on something like the Rio Karma, the OS is stored on the hard drive, but there is also a firmware stored on flash memory, which boots up when you turn it on, and then loads the OS off the drive. With just this firmware functioning, the Karma will still be detected by a PC, and can then be formatted. This is why there have been a few Karma upgrades to 40gig, but again, the drives are almost the price of a new unit, so there's not much point.

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    caged,

    I'm no ipod guru (I don't even own one), however I was reading some sites, which point at the whole OS being stored on the firmware / flash chip. Also, there is a site about a guy trying to parition his ipod so that half was used as storage and half for his music (thus keeping them seperate) and when he was using partition tools on it, there was no hidden or unhidden system partition, just one big partition. If this is the case I don't see how the OS could be seperated from the music files as it appears to be a pretty dump OS which just hardware drivers in it.
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    I see no problem with my post.....

    Also added a link
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    I thought we had a resident alcoholic on the forum for a moment there headbrace, but glad to see you're back to normal.
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