Acer Aspire One – 1.8” IPod HDD Mod

AA1 110 comes with Intel 8 GB flash Disk,  which uses the ZIF IDE interface. It can simply be replaced by any 1.8” ZIF drive, most commonly used in IPOD classic and IPOD Video player. These drive can be expansive due to limited availability and use but can easily be found at IPod repair shops. I found 30 GB Toshiba about 30 US $.

Toshiba HDD installation is straight forward, Just plug the ZIF ribbon cable into both ends of HDD and motherboard,  keep in mind Toshiba  use a different ribbon cable than Hitachi, the HDD end of the cable is slightly thinner then the other end and coated with white tape.

zif cable


I attached the hard disk into motherboard  by double sided duct tape, and two more pieces of white masking tape on tope of the HDD for more safety.

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  5 comments for “Acer Aspire One – 1.8” IPod HDD Mod

  1. vernaides
    2009-10-21 at 17:53

    Did you cut off the mounting posts for the SSD?

  2. khandotazee
    2009-10-22 at 14:26

    yes, i have to, for placeing the hdd properly, i have to cut them.

  3. 2009-11-19 at 09:58

    Acer Aspire One AOD250-1165
    This model is fairly new. So it has the usual features, i.e. built in wi-fi, camera, 160 GB drive, etc, etc. This is the 3 hr battery model. I have no idea where Amazon gets their tech specs. We just bought this and the manual states that it comes with 1 GB of RAM, and is upgradeable to 2 GB. It recognized 4 wireless connections in my area the instant it was powered on. So far it’s great for what it was bought for, the internet, small low demand games, music, simple word processing…

  4. melay
    2009-12-04 at 11:32

    Where did you buy your HD at that price?
    Thx in advance

    • khandotazee
      2010-01-28 at 20:11

      its used hdd, buy from a ipod repair shop

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