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SD Card Adapter for iPod

SD, SDHC, and SDXC compatible
For iPod 5 Generation and Later
  • Revive an iPod with a damaged HDD
  • Dramatically increase existing iPod storage capacities
  • Increased speed, versatility, and data protection
  • Continue building your extensive media catalog
Classic on the Outside. Modern on the Inside.
Tarkan's iFlash allows you to install an SDHC or SDXC storage card in place of the HDD to modernize your classic model iPod. With Tarkan iFlash you will fall in love with your iPod all over again.
Give your iPod another nine lives in just three easy steps.

  1. Remove your iPod's current HDD
  2. Insert an SDHC or SDXC flash card, up to 256GB, into iFlash
  3. Install iFlash into your iPod

With Tarkan iFlash installed, you can store your music, movies and photos on non-volatile flash memory with faster access times and better skip protection than the original HDD that came with your iPod.

This is your classic iPod, only better.

Note: 6th Generation iPod Classic (80, 160, and 120GB) are limited to 128GB due to software limitations in the OS.

Product Specifications:

Card Types Supported

  • SD Class 6 or higher
  • SDHC Class 6 or higher
  • SDXC Class 6 or higher

SD Cards Tested for use

  • 8GB SDHC Class 10 Centon
  • 16GB SDHC Class 10 CnMemory
  • 16GB micro SD Class 4 Sandisk1
  • 64GB SDXC Class 10 7DayShop
  • 64GB SDXC Class 10 Busbi
  • 64GB SDXC Class 10 Centon
  • 64GB SDXC Class 10 Lexar
  • 64GB SDXC Class 10 Platinum
  • 64GB SDXC Class 10/UHS-I Qumox
  • 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Sandisk Ultra
  • 64GB SDXC Class 10 Sandisk
  • 64GB SDXC UHS-I/Class 10 600x Transcend
  • 128GB SDXC Class 10 Kingston2
  • 128GB SDXC Class 10/UHS-I 400x Lexar
  • 128GB SDXC Class 10 Patriot Memory LX Series
  • 128GB SDXC UHS-I PNY Elite Performance
  • 128GB SDXC UHS-I Qumox
  • 128GB SDXC UHS-I 80Mb/s Ramozz
  • 128GB SDXC Class 10 Sandisk
  • 128GB SDXC Class 10 Transcend3
  • 128GB SDXC UHS-I Transcend Ultimate
  • 256GB SDXC UHS-I 400x Lexar4
  • 256GB SDXC UHS-I 600x Lexar4
  • 256GB SDXC UHS-I (U1) PNY
  • 256GB SDXC UHS-I (U3) PNY
  • 512GB SDXC UHS-I (U1) Kingston SDA10
  • 512GB SDXC UHS-I (U3) PNY
  • 512GB SDXC UHS-I (U3) Sandisk Extreme Pro


  1. Card is possibly too slow for FLAC playback
  2. Card not recommended for iPod Classic (7th Generation)
  3. Card not recommended for iPod (5th Generation)
  4. Can sometimes cause song skips on very large size (20MB+) lossless files.


Manufacturer provided specifications for Tarkan p/n BUNDLEUSD UPC#: 812437021295


iFlash is compatible with...

Model Description Model No. iTunes Storage Limit1
5th Gen 30GB MA002 / MA146 ~20000 Tracks
5th Gen 60GB MA003 / MA147 ~50000 Tracks
5th Gen U2 30GB MA452 ~20000 Tracks
5th Gen (Late 2006) 30GB MA444 / MA446 ~20000 Tracks
5th Gen (Late 2006) 80GB MA448 / MA450 / MA450C ~50000 Tracks
5th Gen U2 (Late 2006) 30GB MA664 ~50000 Tracks
6th Gen 80GB2 MB029 / MB147 ~50000 Tracks
6th Gen 160GB2, 3 MB145 / MB150 ~50000 Tracks
6th Gen 120GB2 MB565 / MB562 ~50000 Tracks
7th Gen 160GB MC297 / MC293 ~50000 Tracks

  1. The track limit's shown are aproximations. Actual limits will vary by iTunes library and the amount of meta-data stored within (e.g. artist name, track name, genre, comments, album art, etc.).

  2. 6th Generation iPod Classic (80, 160, and 120GB) are limited to LBA28 addressing by Apple, so these models will only show and use up to 128GB of the storage installed.

  3. The 6th Gen 160GB model will require a replacement HDD Ribbon as the original hard drive uses an CE-ATA interface.

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 5 out of 5 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Arendal, Norway Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Superpower for my iPod 7th gen July 17, 2016 I just love this adapter. I had gotten hold of an old 7th gen iPod 160GB, but sadly (or luckily? :)) the hard drive died a week after I got it. I didn't want to let this wonderful piece of iPod machinery go to waste, so I decided to order the iFlash adapter to bring it back to life. And wow did I come back to life! It's faster, lighter, less noisy and the battery lasts longer than when I had the hard drive. Oh, and it houses more music with it's new and shiny 256GB flash card inside. It was easy to install also, the biggest job was to pop open the iPod without too much damage to the edges. Absolutely worth the money.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Camarillo, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent HD June 3, 2016 I bought a used iPod Classic 5th Generation 80gb (2008) as a music transport for my new car's audio system (via USB from the iPod to the car- an Acura TLX). I loaded it up with 60gb of large music files (AIFF) and found that sometimes playback would hiccup slightly and that scrolling the files using the car's music finder would lock things up until the system could catch up to itself. So I ordered an iFlash and put a SanDisc 128gb SDXC UHS-1 Class 10 card into it. Using the pry tools I popped the case, undid the battery cable (I replaced the battery as well), removed the old HD, hooked up the new one, reattached the battery cable, closed it up and was done in no more than 15 minutes. This included changing out the battery. The ONLY issue I had was getting the connector ribbon to seat correctly in the slot on the iFlash. That took a few tries. I watched the video of that part several times to be sure I was doing it correctly.

After that, I hooked it up to my Mac/iTunes and turned it on (it automatically goes into Recovery mode). I let it go through the process of downloading and installing the latest firmware, and then let it install my music files. That whole process took maybe 65-70 minutes (for about 60gb of music). Then I set up the iPod using Settings and everything was good to go. Using the scroll wheel, I scrolled through my music library and it just flew though it. Much faster than with the stock HD. I then plugged it into the USB cord in my car and used the car's system to scroll through the music files. No lag, no lockup. Music played perfectly.

This is only the first day I have used this product, so I can't speak to durability, but performance is very good and the build quality seems good as well. If you've got an old Classic and want to make it either work or make it work better, this is a good way to do it.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Houston Tx Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Noob Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 1st time and it worked! March 20, 2016 Replaced a failed hard drive om my 5 th gen Ipod Classic 80gb. I had never opened or repaired an ipod b4 but watched the video and followed the directions and 1 hour later my ipod is back with a 128gb hard drive and Sync's faster than it ever did. Thanks for a great Product and Video that I could understand and follow along with ease. Thanks Bill B

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NJ Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Long live the iPod! Install was not too bad! October 4, 2015 I have a 5th generation 30 GB iPod in which the battery was on its last leg. So I purchased a battery and the iFlash from OWC. I figured it was better to replace everything at one time.

I've installed batteries in old iPod before. Foe me, the 5th generation iPod is much easier to open than some of the earlier models. Took me maybe 5 minutes and the provided tools actually worked. I didn't have to use old credit cards in different spots like I remember doing before.

The install videos are spot on. I had to pause and replay a few sections because I didn't want to screw anything up. But if you take your time, it's not hard nor is it a time consuming process. To replace the battery and install the iFlash, it took 30 minutes from open to close.

Although it didn't happen to me, I can see people forgetting to install the SD card into the iFlash so be sure to do that before anything else! I installed a 60 GB SD card in mine for now. Rewards points elsewhere was the deciding factor for choosing it! But if I ever need to go bigger I just reopen the case and insert a card with bigger storage. It's that simple now.

The iPod feels considerably lighter with the iFlash installed. The original drive is not that heavy but the difference in weight is noticeable . Since there are no moving parts, no spinning drives, there is less heat produce and your battery will last much longer.

Thanks OWC for great support. I highly recommend this product.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NYC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great Product, Not the Easiest Install March 18, 2015 First off, I have always been happy with OWC, their products, and their service. Same applies here. The only gripe I have with this is that there are no instructions included. Luckily, there are a lot on the Internet, although their quality varies. I'm going to post links below that worked best for me.

Once you get the iPod open, it's not THAT bad, but it's not for the faint of heart. I have worked on many MacBooks, iBooks and other devices. I am used to doing delicate work and being careful. Once the iPod is open, it's a matter of carefully putting the three ribbon cables back into place. That's do-able, although it takes some care and dexterity.

What I was NOT prepared for was the difficulty in opening the iPod. This was one of the more difficult techno things I have ever done. I really recommend the videos I'm going to post - I have NO affiliation with the guy, but I think they work the best.

Also, make sure you get the right flash card for the iPod. I was unaware that there is a difference between the 160 Gen 6 and the Gen 7 versions. There is - you can only go higher than 160GB in the Gen 7 model. Anyway, after some teeth-gnashing, a lot of false starts, and a bit of pucker, along with some starts and marks on the sides of my iPod, I now have a flash memory 256GB iPod Classic! I love it.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Tarkan iFlash SD Card Adapter for iPod Mfr P/N: BUNDLEUSD OWC SKU: TARBUNDLEUSD Install an SDHC or SDXC storage card to modernize your 5th gen or later iPod 1 Year OWC Fulfilled Limited Warranty
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