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Support and General Use => Hardware => Topic started by: aryankanse6 on June 15, 2020, 11:49:15 AM

Title: Rockbox on 6G iPod Classic questions (PC noob)
Post by: aryankanse6 on June 15, 2020, 11:49:15 AM
Hey guys. I'm considering replacing the hard drive in my dead 160 GB iPod Classic and want to be sure I'll be able to do everything as I'm imagining it.

First, I want to buy a Tarkan iFlash adapter so that I can use SD cards. My understanding is that the 6th gen 160 has a software limitation of 128GB, and that if I want to get past that I'll have to install Rockbox.

So first question is, is that all doable with what I have?

Second, how do I install Rockbox? I've found a few tutorials, but here and there I see special mention about the iPod I have, and needing something called emCore.

So as a guy who's really not nuts and bolts computer literate, is installing Rockbox easy? Like, can I just download a program, click a few buttons, and have it in there? I'm on Windows 10, by the way.

Final question for now - is Rockbox stable in its current form? I ask because I'm not always running programs and hardware that is cutting edge. If I install Rockbox tomorrow and never update it again, will I always be able to use it?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Rockbox on 6G iPod Classic questions (PC noob)
Post by: cereal_killer on June 16, 2020, 02:38:20 PM
Hey guys. I'm considering replacing the hard drive in my dead 160 GB iPod Classic and want to be sure I'll be able to do everything as I'm imagining it.

First, I want to buy a Tarkan iFlash adapter so that I can use SD cards. My understanding is that the 6th gen 160 has a software limitation of 128GB, and that if I want to get past that I'll have to install Rockbox.

Are you sure it is a 6th gen (thick) and not a 7th gen (thin) iPod. From my observations, the thin 160 GB HDD is prone to fail. Anyway, this doesn't matter regarding Rockbox installation, but for the 128GB file limit. The 7th gen has none.

So first question is, is that all doable with what I have?

Sure.

Second, how do I install Rockbox? I've found a few tutorials, but here and there I see special mention about the iPod I have, and needing something called emCore.

So as a guy who's really not nuts and bolts computer literate, is installing Rockbox easy? Like, can I just download a program, click a few buttons, and have it in there? I'm on Windows 10, by the way.

You don't need emCore. Just download Rockbox Utility and follow the instructions. Entering DFU mode and pressing the right buttons at the right time is tricky tough.

Final question for now - is Rockbox stable in its current form? I ask because I'm not always running programs and hardware that is cutting edge. If I install Rockbox tomorrow and never update it again, will I always be able to use it?

Thanks!

It is very stable and if you don't need new features you can leave the installaation for years.