Free iPod repair?
Yep… as long as you’re the one willing to do the repairing.
I recently had an iPod go south on me after it fell flat on to the solid concrete floor of the garage. It gave me the opportunity to replace it with a cool new iPod (black – ‘cuz once you go black you never go back). Before I threw my old 5th Gen. iPod Video away I thought to meself, “Self… let’s open up this baby to see how it works.”
When I opened up the case, I was surprised to find that replacing to hard drive would be relatively easy. I found a dealer for the drive (PDASmart) and picked up a replacement for about $100, plus shipping. When it arrived, they even sent the tools to open my iPod correctly (seems a dime is not the optimum tool).
I also found a great site for all do-it-yourself Mac repairs called iFixIt. They have instructions for fixing Mac desktops, laptops, iPod, even iPhones – in every conceivable way! They walk you through step by step with great pictures and instructions. After about 10 easy minutes, I plugged my iPod in and voila… it worked.
I will probably give this iPod to the youngest blonde boy (my artist/musician/athlete – a true Renaissance child). But don’t tell him… it’s a surprise.
By the way, it’s not just hard drives that you can repair on your iPod. It turns out that you can buy the screen, the front case, the back case… heck, you can even by the main circuit board.
So what are you waiting for? Buy a new iPod… then repair your old one.