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the case of the amazingly elusive 10 gig toshiba embedded hdd

well, that's it. my ipod is most definately dead . and yes, i never did think that is was the greatest idea to train for marathons with a device that had a hard drive , but after a year of training - including running in the winter - with no problems, i guess i decided to see just how much it could take.

it's a pretty amazing piece of hardware when you think about it. it took a year-and-a-half of pounding, in temperature extremes from sub-zero to over a hundred degrees fahrenheit , for runs as long as 18-20 miles; and to make the environment even more stressful, to prevent skipping, i found i needed to tighly secure the ipod to my upper arm with an elastic bandage . of course, this meant that the ipod was coated with a layers of salty sweat after a long, hot run. obviously not the best idea for things electronic that aren't technically waterproof. so, yes, it was "dumb" in a certain sense of the word, but it did make those long winter runs a whole lot more enjoyable.

since it looks like post-warranty ipod work costs only slightly less than a new one, i'm probably going to be forced to take it apart and see i bring it back to life myself. there seem to be a few good resources on how to disassemble the ipod, including "complete ipod disassembly" and the "ipod battery installation guide" . it's even relatively easy to track down the toshiba 10 gig embedded hdd that i'd need to replace. but after all that efficient gumshoe work, i can't seem to find a place to purchase the drive. hmmmmmmmmm

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9/16/2003 08:14:00 PM 0 comments


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