My poor iPod Mini’s hard drive died a couple days ago, which left me without a means to play MP3s while walking around. Since I haven’t yet purchased a headphone adapter for my phone, I started googling and discovered I would be able to replace the dead hard drive with a standard compactflash card. I couldn’t wait for the card to arrive before taking it apart.
My 4 GB compactflash card arrived, I installed it in my iPod mini, crossed my fingers that I plugged it in correctly (top of the cf card faces away from the circuit board), and reassembled the thing. That was it, I plugged it into my computer and it after running the “restore” from iTunes it works! I now have a flash memory iPod mini :D