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iPod Touch - Possible to upgrade iPod's disk space?


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Hello, I currently own a 2G iPod touch 16GB. I recently thought about whether or not it would be possible to upgrade to a 32GB. So am I able to do this without buying a new one?
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No. The touch devices use flash memory, not a disk, and the flash chips are soldered on.
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No. The touch devices use flash memory, not a disk, and the flash chips are soldered on.
This doesn't mean you can't, it just means you need to think of a way to remove the flash memory with a desoldering tool without damaging the leads on the motherboard (unlikely) and then find flash chips of the same form factor and same pin configuration to solder back on. So it's difficult to the point of being impractical, not impossible ;-)
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You probably have a greater chance of breaking it than fixing it. Desoldering is challenging and requires a lot of patience, soldering another chip on requires the RIGHT replacement, and also very good soldering skills to make sure it fits within the room. Your biggest issue would be re-soldering for 3 things, 1) You'll probably destroy the storage chip beforehand 2)It is machine soldered so its more space efficient 3) You may have issues restoring iPod software to it.
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This doesn't mean you can't, it just means you need to think of a way to remove the flash memory with a desoldering tool without damaging the leads on the motherboard (unlikely) and then find flash chips of the same form factor and same pin configuration to solder back on. So it's difficult to the point of being impractical, not impossible ;-)
Fair enough, let me restate that:

Yes, yes you can. If anything goes wrong, miles here will be happy to help.




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