Backstory: My 80 GB Gen 5 iPod Classic which lived happily in the console of my Edge met with a very strong magnet and trashed the hard drive. I have been carefully researching this project because there are quite a few quirks when doing it.
I have found a few ZIF 1.8" SSDs. The debate comes down to capacity. Do I want 128 GB or 256 GB? Either way, i will need a new rear cover (more on that in a minute). I also looked at different mSATA boards but ultimately decided on this route because it will be less work. While doing this, I am also going to replace the battery and (maybe) the screen.
Tools are already on order for this project including a decent spudgel (Yes, it is a thing). You will need a plastic tool to get the back off of the iPod because the cover is held with clips and those clips may get damaged.