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medel13
Jun 6, 2007, 07:37 AM
I have a 30GB Photo iPod and it is stuck in "Recovery Mode" and restoring the iPod does not fix this problem.

When I plug my iPod into my computer it says "iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode. You must restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes."

I choose to restore the iPod (it erases my songs and settings, etc...); I follow the instructions to plug the iPod into a wall outlet. I choose English as my language...and finally, I plug it back into my computer to add back the songs....HOWEVER...I get the same message: "iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode. You must restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes." and the process repeats....

I've restored my iPod about 5 times now and nothing changes. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks in advance.



MagicUK
Jun 6, 2007, 07:46 AM
http://www.command-tab.com/2006/03/30/hidden-ipod-commands/

medel13
Jun 7, 2007, 09:18 AM
Thanks for the button resets, but how do i go about fixing the restore problem? I've tried the auto reset on the ipod but it still doesn't work!

http://www.command-tab.com/2006/03/30/hidden-ipod-commands/

foxyloon
Jun 17, 2007, 11:30 AM
Help!

My Ipod 30GB 5th Gen is caught in a perpetual restoration. Everytime I turn it on or attach it to iTunes, it goes through the restoration process. I have done the "reset" thing with it, but again it has to go through the restoration process when I link it to the computer.

Help!

Thanks

russell26
Jun 17, 2007, 01:29 PM
Hi,
I have a photo ipod and itunes told me that my ipod had become corrupted and i had to restore it too, i tried this but got the error code 1418.
The apple site tells you to download the latest itunes to fix the problem but having done that mine's still doing the same thing.
never had any problems with ipod before this but dont wanna have to buy a new one!

This is what the site says but doesn't seem to work in my case.

Error 1415, 1417, 1418, or 1428: Cannot restore or update iPod in iTunes 7 or later
Symptom

When restoring or updating an iPod in iTunes 7 or later, you may see a dialog reporting "An unknown error has occurred" followed by the error number 1415, 1417, 1418, or 1428.
Products Affected

iTunes 7 or later
Any iPod model
Solution

Update iTunes to the latest version and attempt to restore your iPod.
Try connecting your iPod to a different USB port and restore.
Remove any third-party USB devices you have connected to your computer (it is not necessary to remove your keyboard or mouse).
If you use Windows, re-register .dll files as described in article #304996.
For Windows users, update or reinstall your Windows USB drivers.
Note: If you have an iPod shuffle you may need to use the iPod Reset Utility to restore the iPod. If you are not sure which iPod you have, see Apple Support document 61688: Identifying different iPod models.

Hipnomac
Aug 13, 2007, 05:46 PM
Help!

My Ipod 30GB 5th Gen is caught in a perpetual restoration. Everytime I turn it on or attach it to iTunes, it goes through the restoration process. I have done the "reset" thing with it, but again it has to go through the restoration process when I link it to the computer.

Help!

Thanks


This is happening to me, does anybody have a solution, I have gone into disk mode, and the same thing happens. Also I did a HDD test and it says it passes, the battery is fine, I just can't get it to restore. error 1429. I was able to wipe it once, but every time i connect it says it is corrupted.

modcomms
Jan 29, 2008, 07:06 AM
Same problem with a 6GB mini, interestingly enough, my iPod still plays music and when this happened before, as in the perpetual recovery loop, and i managed to get music back on it, it still worked. So, the question is how to fix it. Tried the re-assign dll option as reccomened, removed excess USB devices, checked drivers, updated itunes, tried restoring a few times. Ipod is a 6GB mini, computer is a Windows XP machine.

any help appreciated

cheers

rolling
Feb 3, 2008, 12:53 PM
After reading about others troubles with there iPods and being stuck in the restore loop myself, I started looking at repairs from Apple as there is no Apple store within 200 miles of me and was pissed to see repairs would cost $130 and would take a week. (30Gb Video iPod) + shipping.

I tried:
1. simply using the (Mac) iTunes restore. - loop restart, iPod needs Restored.
2. restarting iPod as Disk and using the Itunes restore. loop
3. running a diagnostic. Nothing wrong.
4. running restore from a windows iTunes, loop
5. running restore from my (mac book pro). loop


Well having the hot temper :mad: I do. I tossed the iPod over my shoulder and well :rolleyes: it works great now. G'Day.

swearbymac07
Mar 1, 2008, 08:16 PM
Thanks to iFuntastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For iPOD TOUCH AND IPHONE

I opened iFuntastic and selected the appropriate firmware (1.1.4 + Upgrade) and clicked Exit Recovery Mode / Reboot Device. It downloaded something (although i think it didnt and my device is NOT jailbroken :D:D:D:D:D:D:D) then said 'Exiting recovery...' and 'Rebooting...' my iPod then showed up with 'Slide to Unlock' and everything was still there.

My symptoms were (before iFuntastic):

iTunes wouldn't recognize it

So i put it in DFU/Recover Mode, it wouldn't exit out of it!!!!!
So i used that.

Everybody....check for Apple Mobile Device Support on your Macs/PCs because if thats gone....reinstall iTunes and the Device Support because thats why it wouldnt work or Restore. Oh and btw........using iFuntastic prevented a restore. :D:D:D:D:D:D

Cheers All + Hope this helps anyone

JustMsc
May 15, 2008, 11:31 PM
Ok, so I finally go my iPod working after this constant restore thing. I have a first generation iPod Nano but I assume it will work for all iPods. This is what I did:

First I reset the iPod and went into Diagnostics Mode. If you don't know how to do this then you must click the link posted above to figure out the commands. I looked at my iPod status and it was fine but when i tried to view the HD_stats it would freeze and wouldn't display anything. I assumed my HD was corrupted or something.

The next thing you need to do is put your iPod into Disc Mode. Again, if you don't know how to do this read above and figure out the command for your iPod. After you do this you should be able to access your iPod as a "Removable Disc" on your computer through My Computer (if your using a PC). You need to REFORMAT your iPod HD. You can do this by right clicking on a PC and selecting "Format Drive" or some option like that. Mine actually prompted me to format the drive after I double clicked on it.

After you reformat the iPod HD go back into Diagnostics mode and check the HD_status again. If this was the problem and it is fixed now you should see a screen with your HD stats. Congrats if you get this far because there is only one more step and it should work.

Now all you need to do is restore your iPod one last time from iTunes. It will look like it did before when it wasn't working but when you get the message "Your iPod has been restored and will reappear in iTunes when it is done," it will actually work. You should see the Apple Logo on the screen and a progress bar at the bottom that wasn't there before. If you see this then the restore was a success!!! Hope this helps everyone!!!

xosugarstars
Jul 14, 2008, 05:35 PM
I have a iPod video classic (8o GB)

When I connected it to iTunes, it said it didn't recognize my iPod
and it needed to be restored to its factory settings.

It brought me to the iPod's summary where I clicked the restore button.
But instead of it restoring it brought up another box which said:

'The iPod could not be restored. An unknown error has occurred.(1436).'

I'd really appreciate if someone could help me figure this out. I want to
fix my iPod.

PLEASE && THANKS! ;)

yotoad
Aug 6, 2008, 09:53 PM
ok -- i'm in the middle of getting all my songs back on my 80gb ipod 5.5 gen

i was stuck in the restore loop -- over and over and over again -- so what did i do?

i don't know!!!

i tried restoring the ipod with mac (10.5.4) and iTunes 7.7.1 to no avail, then i used disk mode, which worked until it asked me to restore the iPod -- then it was the same old same old. so i then proceeded to get out my 9 year old thinkpad running windows xp pro and iTunes 7.7.1, restored the iPod with the thinkpad, then the loop started again. then disk mode / tried to format the ipod / nothing happened.

then when i attached it to the Mac as a windows-formatted iPod, i restored it and voila, it restored.

i was pretty upset about this problem considering i bought the iPod from Apple (refurb) on July 30, 2007 -- exactly one week after the warranty expired. let's hope it works!

looking fervently for a 100 gb + solid state iPod . . .

sroni570
Aug 25, 2008, 08:15 AM
Ok, so I finally go my iPod working after this constant restore thing. I have a first generation iPod Nano but I assume it will work for all iPods. This is what I did:

First I reset the iPod and went into Diagnostics Mode. If you don't know how to do this then you must click the link posted above to figure out the commands. I looked at my iPod status and it was fine but when i tried to view the HD_stats it would freeze and wouldn't display anything. I assumed my HD was corrupted or something.

The next thing you need to do is put your iPod into Disc Mode. Again, if you don't know how to do this read above and figure out the command for your iPod. After you do this you should be able to access your iPod as a "Removable Disc" on your computer through My Computer (if your using a PC). You need to REFORMAT your iPod HD. You can do this by right clicking on a PC and selecting "Format Drive" or some option like that. Mine actually prompted me to format the drive after I double clicked on it.

After you reformat the iPod HD go back into Diagnostics mode and check the HD_status again. If this was the problem and it is fixed now you should see a screen with your HD stats. Congrats if you get this far because there is only one more step and it should work.

Now all you need to do is restore your iPod one last time from iTunes. It will look like it did before when it wasn't working but when you get the message "Your iPod has been restored and will reappear in iTunes when it is done," it will actually work. You should see the Apple Logo on the screen and a progress bar at the bottom that wasn't there before. If you see this then the restore was a success!!! Hope this helps everyone!!!


This really did work. I was able to get my ipod to restore and work properly. Thank you sooo much!!!

jimjamz
Sep 21, 2008, 06:12 PM
ive done all of the ideas, changing the usb drive reformatting,i htink i did that wrong because mine says this...(o yeah my HD is fine...sooo) i go into SDRAM full test and its is like
runs: BL on
Pass:BL blink
Fail:BL off

reset to continue.
and yeah so anyone help i really would like to make my ipod work, without spending 200 bucks.
THNKS PLEASE HELP

sroni570
Sep 23, 2008, 05:43 PM
Are you sure you reformatted the ipod right? Because when I tried to reformat my ipod, the computer said that this removable drive cannot be reformatted. However, i kept trying and finally, right before i gave up, i plugged my ipod up with a different usb cord, to my ipod wall-charger. As soon as I did this, i went back to hd status, and instead of freezing, it gave me the details I needed to see, letting me know my ipod was working again. Maybe this can work for you if you have a wall or car charger. Good Luck!

djessex
Nov 3, 2008, 02:08 AM
Okay I am now getting to the point where i have tried all suggestions. I have a 30gb fourth generation classic. Itunes keeps trying to restore from recovery mode. I hvae tried the diagnostics, it lets me look at the hd, I have run tests on memory and all buttons, no errors in fact a complete diognostics test. It seems all okay. The one thing I can't find is HD_status.. can you tell me which menu to look in..

macman83
Nov 3, 2008, 06:00 PM
hi i have the same problem.. did you manage to fix it.. or any way i can get the info on how to... also have tried deleting ipod though utility disc an still does'nt work.. any help.. would be greatful..
thanks

I have a 30GB Photo iPod and it is stuck in "Recovery Mode" and restoring the iPod does not fix this problem.

When I plug my iPod into my computer it says "iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode. You must restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes."

I choose to restore the iPod (it erases my songs and settings, etc...); I follow the instructions to plug the iPod into a wall outlet. I choose English as my language...and finally, I plug it back into my computer to add back the songs....HOWEVER...I get the same message: "iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode. You must restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes." and the process repeats....

I've restored my iPod about 5 times now and nothing changes. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks in advance.

sroni570
Nov 4, 2008, 02:36 PM
Okay I am now getting to the point where i have tried all suggestions. I have a 30gb fourth generation classic. Itunes keeps trying to restore from recovery mode. I hvae tried the diagnostics, it lets me look at the hd, I have run tests on memory and all buttons, no errors in fact a complete diognostics test. It seems all okay. The one thing I can't find is HD_status.. can you tell me which menu to look in..

To get to hd-status, restart you ipod (switch the hold switch a couple times, then press and hold both the enter button(the center), and the menu button. As soon as the apple logo pops up, begin pressing and holding both the center button and the rewind button (for like maybe 10 seconds). Then a new screen comes up, it has a white background and says (i think)diagonostics at the top. Anyways, slide down over the different words by pressing the forward button. Then you will come across hd-status, if you see the information pop up under status, then that is good, your ipod should be working. For me, then trick was plugging my ipod up to my wall charger, not my computer (i dont know why), but after i did that, information come up under my hd-status, and then it was able to work with my computer again. The only thing is, i had to reenter almost all my songs. If you have anymore questions, you can email me at sharonnie@bellsouth.net

bashocker2000
Nov 19, 2008, 04:41 PM
I too was in the endless recovery loop. When all else fails, format (I have a windows pc, i know boo hiss) the ipod and you it might work for you too.

uraydo
Feb 13, 2009, 12:26 AM
after having this problem with my 1st gen ipod nano, I looked all over the Internet for a solution. most searches resulted in dead ends. however I did hear of a two tails that sparked my interest. One was of a man who threw his ipod at the wall, fixing the problem. the second was of a man who replaced his metal backing.

after thinking on this a while, I carefully placed my iPod face down in my left hand, and with my right hand, punched the crud out of it. I used disc utility to reformat, then iTunes to restore. Works like it did out of the box (but now it has a few dents in the back.)

Me and my friend think it may have had a ground problem. I don't know how long this fix will last, but hopefully my new five year battery will fail first.

robertplattbell
Feb 14, 2009, 10:24 AM
I had this same problem with a new iPOd 120 classic.

Pulled my hair out for a day.

It would not recognize the iPod as a disc drive.

Huh?

I ran device manager and it said the iPod should appear as j:IPOD

But I had already mapped a network drive to J:

Once I re-mapped that network drive to another letter, the iPod shows up on my "my computer" screen and now it will sync.

I just love technology. Time vampires!

BTW, when running the diagnostics, the headphone test reads

HP DECTECT

Nice. Maybe the programmer worked for Digial Equipment?

Dardarian
Mar 11, 2009, 06:31 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm sorry to bump this thread but I found a solution that might also work for you guys! My ipod (120g classic) had the same problem described above. It gave an error that I had to recover it using itunes, I recoverd my ipod and synced it again and after syncing I got another error that I had to restore it. Over and over again.

I googeld the problem and found this page and I tried every suggestion mentioned without any results. After recovering the ipod once more I tried only syncing a few mp3's. And after syncing the ipod worked! I tried it again with a couple of albums, ipod was still good. I tried it again with about 50% of my music, ipod was still working great. I tried it once more with all of my music and got the error again.

It made me think. I realized that the error might have been caused by certain mp3s that were corrupted or bugged in some way. I synced all of my music, without the music that I had downloaded in the last couple of weeks (all the music that I had before the recovery loop thing). The ipod worked fine. After putting my newer music on it little by little I managed to find that the error was caused by only one mp3. If I put that mp3 on my ipod I get the error, if I don't everything works great.

So, here are my suggestions:
1) Try the suggestions mentioned above in this thread.
2) If that still doesn't work, recover your ipod, put your ipod in disk mode and only sync a couple of songs.
3) If that works try syncing only your old songs, and slowly add new ones till you find the file that's causing the error.

It could also be that you don't remember which of your music is new and which is old, or that an old file has for some reason because corrupted. Well, I guess you're just gonna have experiment with syncing parts of your library before you can narrow it down. It'll take time, but if it'll fix your ipod it's worth it!

I really hope this helps some of you. I wasn't a member of this forum but since this thread is easily found by google I decided to add some information here so it can benefit a lot of people.

gutterface
Mar 13, 2009, 08:59 PM
AUGH!!

I've done everything in this thread and my ipod is still not working.

I'm at my wits end.

I just want to put my music back on my ipod and get on with my life.

I've restored it at least 20 times now after trying the reformat thing and everything else.

when I go to the little 'format' button on my computer, nothing happens. I also cant find the hd_status thing either..

what on earth is going on with my ipod!? can anyone please help me???

oh, its a 30g video ipod

ipoder72
Mar 31, 2009, 07:35 AM
i hv more or less problem with my ipod video 30G, restoring again and again but finally by luck to solve it:
first - pls see this link -http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1813?viewlocale=en_US ....
it won't solve the problem entirely but once i did it and turn on the ipod, i hold the center button together with the play/pause button, it appeared "ok to disconnect" even though i haven't connected it to computer... so i connect it to the computer and turn on the itune(it didn't open the itune automatically so i opened it manually) .. then, miracle came and the open page ask me to syn the itune ... and it is under syn'g now ... hope it help you too...

ipoder72
Mar 31, 2009, 08:13 AM
bingo.... i success now but need some more steps ...
cos it is still in disk mode, i toggle the hold button on and off several times ... then press the centre and menu button together and hold until the apple sign appears ... once the apple sign goes...it returns to normal!!!!!!:D

t1357
Apr 10, 2009, 01:00 PM
Ok so I had the same problem as you have (I have a fairly old 30GB ipod video). I managed to fix mine by doing the following (not sure if this was a fluke but try it and see)
1. Plug the ipod into the computer, and click restore
2. Follow all the steps of the restore, until the ipod resets (this is when the apple appears on the screen with a bar at the bottom)
3. Whilst the ipod is trying to reset, hold down Menu + Center button until it resets.
4. Afterwards, put the ipod into disk mode (holding down menu + center and then holding play + center when the apple appears) and restore it again (you may need to reset the ipod before doing this)

My iTunes had also told me that my ipod was corrupted a couple of times. Hope this helps everyone.

TWMMAH
Apr 12, 2009, 08:55 AM
"the ipod xxxx cannot be synced. The required folder cannot be found"
I cant restore since itunes does not recognize it.

Prekesh
Apr 16, 2009, 01:13 PM
I get this error on my 80gb iPod classic 6th Gen.

basically, i put it in my mac and itunes says that it needs to be restored before it can be read and used, so i click restore, it downloads the correct iPod firmware from apple, but when it tries to install the software it says that an unknown error has occurred it then doesn't do anything but "eject" my iPod, leaving it in disk mode.

In disk utility, it shows as a 8kb HDD in a FAT format, and sometimes it shows as a 16TB HDD :confused: in the "16TB" mode it shows the options to repair/erase etc the disk in disk utility but it says that a read/write error occurs when i try and do so.

I also have windows XP and windows Vista accessible to me on different machines if they could be of any help.

A fix for this issue would be highly appreciated, even if it requires using third-party software or otherwise.

I also have a 30gb white ipod classic 5.5g, which has had no problems since i've had it, and i use it more than my 80gb. I've had the white one for almost 2 years now, but the 80gb black one for only like 9 months. Maybe it could just be a faulty model, i've had trouble with it before, where i've had to restore it because it was 'corrupt'.

Dardarian
Apr 22, 2009, 03:59 PM
Another thing I'd like to add: If the problem is being caused by a corrupted mp3 you might be able to use an mp3 validator to find out which of your mp3's are bugged. I use MP3val, it's freeware.

nimbus263
Apr 30, 2009, 04:21 AM
I've experienced the same problem with my ipod nano 2nd gen.Everytime I plug it into my com,itunes recommends me to restore it, all the songs disappear and ipod goes into recovery mode.I've tried to restore it many times but it didn't work.I've also tried to put it into hard disk mode... and format it but like you guys,this didn't solve the prob.But yesterday,I decided to start it over by toggling the hold switch on,leaving ipod for a couple of hours and then trying to restore it again.Thankfully,it worked!!!:D I don't know if this could help but just try it once.hope your ipods will revive.

swilson80
May 2, 2009, 03:39 PM
Hi
Hope someone can help. ipod is displaying SDRAM Full Test never seen this message before hope my ipod isnt dead

dom1990nz
Jul 3, 2009, 04:15 PM
I have a 30GB Photo iPod and it is stuck in "Recovery Mode" and restoring the iPod does not fix this problem.

When I plug my iPod into my computer it says "iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode. You must restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes."

I choose to restore the iPod (it erases my songs and settings, etc...); I follow the instructions to plug the iPod into a wall outlet. I choose English as my language...and finally, I plug it back into my computer to add back the songs....HOWEVER...I get the same message: "iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode. You must restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes." and the process repeats....

I've restored my iPod about 5 times now and nothing changes. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks in advance.


that is happening to me! ive tried everything and getting soo angry that it keeps asking me to restore

plllleeease if anyone knows how to fix this i would love you forever! haha

mannix87
Jul 4, 2009, 12:31 AM
my 5G iPod w/ Video (60GB) just froze after plugging it in to my Mac. wont reset or anything. cant be seen by my Mac either. what's wrong w/ Apple? my iPod w/ Photo got corrupted just a few months back as I was loading music into it. didnt bother to have it repaired anymore.

Is this Apple's way of forcing you to buy new stuff? I already have an iPod Touch & a new iPod classic 120GB, but this just sucks. this iPod video is still my favorite & has been a workhorse for me. it was working fine until I plugged it in... :mad::(:mad:

d12210
Oct 3, 2009, 05:03 PM
I got a message on my ipod that said "Connect to computer, use itunes to restore" I finally just put my ipod into disk mode after many failed attempts at restoring and it let me restore it, but then when I took it out of disk mode the same thing on the screen came up saying "Connect to your computer. Use itunes to restore." So I don't know what else to do?

ifinallyfixedit
Jan 4, 2010, 05:00 PM
i have a second generation ipod touch that was stuck in recovery mode for about three months, when it first broke down i spent several hours trying to fix it, then gave up. today my father gave me the new snow leopard update (which is definitely worth the thirty or so dollars it cost him), so i downloaded it. about five minutes later i saw my broken ipod lying around and feeling hopeful i plugged it into my computer and tried to restore it. that didn't work, but the number it says at the end of the message was different, so i thought that maybe downloading the new itunes would make a difference. that time it went further again, in fact this time, on the ipod, a loading bar appeared. it got about a eight of the way before it stopped. i decided to do it again and this time it worked like a charm. it deleted all of the data, but i had already backed up the ipod on this computer and it gave me the option to restore all of the data. now my ipod is syncing and hopefully soon, i will have everything back on it.
good luck

Drimshift
Jan 10, 2010, 02:44 AM
Hey hey,

For those of you who are having this problem and running Windows XP and above, I found a solution that finally worked (after trying everything listed on this thread and more). Here's what I did (running Windows 7):

1. Reregistered the USB driver .dll files according to Apple's recommendations: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1539
2. Restored the ipod with the latest version of itunes. After this step it became stuck in the boot process, and not in recovery mode
3. Put the ipod in disk mode and manually formatted it (right click + format, from My Computer, default allocation size and file system)
4. Restored the formatted ipod in disk mode (from itunes), finally bringing it back to life. Voila.

So, I hope that helps some of all yall fighting the recovery loop to no avail.

whackandhack
Jan 29, 2010, 06:39 PM
1. Reregistered the USB driver .dll files according to Apple's recommendations: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1539
2. Restored the ipod with the latest version of itunes. After this step it became stuck in the boot process, and not in recovery mode
3. Put the ipod in disk mode and manually formatted it (right click + format, from My Computer, default allocation size and file system)
4. Restored the formatted ipod in disk mode (from itunes), finally bringing it back to life. Voila.



Ipod 30 gig

Well, i did everything above and on this thread to no avail. But it wasn't just a paper wait, I could use it as external hard drive! So I figured it wasn't a hard drive problem, but an OS problem (well it makes since in my head).

So I tried Rockbox. It worked and I like it so far.

bebranham09
Feb 4, 2010, 11:54 PM
Hello! I was having the same problem with my 8GB iPod touch, I tried every suggestion but it wasnt until I disabled my firewall and anti virus software that I was able to fix it:D. I also wasnt able to run any other program, i.e. the internet which would cancel my update, or use my external harddrive. I had to make sure the only thing running was iTunes and the iPod. If you currently are using other USB ports you may try unplugging everything and if you are currently running anti virus you may want to disable it just long enough to update, maybe 3-5 mins!! Hope this helps and good luck!!:)

vinnie767
Feb 17, 2010, 06:53 AM
my iphone 3gs was jailbrock on 3.1.2 and i got water on it and the home button would not work and the screen went all wight so i put it in dfu mode (because its the 3gs you cant turn it back on without running black ra1n)then i restored and updated it and then just keeped saying restore failed i use windows xp

so i took it to a 02 shop and they restored it on there mac and it worked the home button did not but that's my fault for putting water on it

()()
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( )-( )

rustyboyruss
Mar 22, 2010, 05:43 PM
I had followed EVERY step in this thread, all to no avail. I was still permanently stuck in the perpetual recovery cycle NO MATTER WHAT I DID... I growled, I swore, and I shouted... That didn't work either. Then I noticed that an awful lot of you on this forum are talking about your 'other/secondary/first' iPod, then a lightbulb dimly started to fizz in my brain.

Despite the usb lead for my original iPod looking IDENTICAL to the usb lead for my wife's iPod, our iPods could not be more different. (Me, iPod Classic 160g; her, iPod nano 16g)... I wondered if perhaps we had accidentally exchanged leads...

Hey Presto!

Apologies to those of you who are deeply frustrated and have discovered no help from my suggestion (due to you only having the one lead) but I have a feeling the vast majority of you may find that this could be the root of your problems. (And also why it seems to mysteriously 'cure' itself)... The rest of you who are still stuck... It's possible you may have damaged your usb lead in some way, so try to borrow one that you know works for your model and see if that helps...

Sometimes the simplest solution is the last one we think of trying.

Albanbrooke
Sep 30, 2010, 11:57 PM
After a couple of hours I found out that my issue was that I was trying to downgrade which "iTunes doesn't support."

I didn't jailbreak my iPad, just wanted to move back because I tested 4.2, but I used these steps to get out of the restore loop.

I downgraded and when I got the 1015 error message I ran the program RecBoot (google it) I was able to "kick my ipad out of the loop." Hope this is helpful to somebody.

fierybrd7
Oct 17, 2010, 11:31 AM
Okay, I happen to have a 5th Generation fairly old Classic. I've tried most of what you guys have posted on here (and then some)-
1. Reformatting the Ipod.
2. Changing the disk drive letter.
3. Restoring in disk mode.
4. Checked to see if HDspecs is fine (It is)
5. Diagnostics testing went fine.
6. Just plain tried restoring over and over.
7. Closing Itunes during the restore to end the loop (didn't work)
8. Resetting it with center and menu button. (multiple times)
9. Reinstalling Itunes.

It just doesn't seem to work. It doesn't exactly sync either, since it won't let me add songs on it. The memory is completely wiped by now, although my music is backed up. It just connects, tells me to restore it, I allow it to, then it says the Ipod will appear after the message. It goes right back to the beginning, "Your Ipod needs to be restored" and whatnot. I'd just like to get it to restart again so I can listen to my music on the go.
Once I get the chance, I will try it on a different computer to see if it will work on there. Until then, you may try all the above suggestions to see if they work for you. Maybe mine is just getting old and all corrupted, it's about a... 2006 model? I feel I'll need to buy a new one soon. If you guys have any other suggestions, I'm all ears.

ycartf
Dec 19, 2010, 06:32 PM
I have a restore problem that I have not found an answer for -

I have an iPod 1st generation 16GB that I bought on eBay. It shows as being in recovery on iTunes and I have tried numerous times to restore it. I have done the whole thing with holding down power and home, releasing power when the apple appears and then releasing home when the connect to iTunes appears. I have restored it on iTunes several times now. Sometimes it would give me an error message as to why it couldn't restore it, but other times it would show an apple and a status bar beneath it on the iPod. The status bar would gradually fill in from left to right and eventually fill completely up, but iTunes never gets through with the restore, just keep saying "iTunes is restoring the software on this iPod." I have left it for like 5 hours even, and it still does not get "done."

Does anyone know anything else I need to do or try? Thanks for any help anyone can offer.

Tracy

PS - It does not show any info in iTunes for Capacity, Software Version, or Serial Number either.

Adrian56
Jan 11, 2011, 03:09 PM
hey guys... i think i fixed my ipod by just simply formatting my ipod from my computer (windows user:() lets hope it sticks

sbatemypants
Jan 28, 2011, 11:06 AM
My iPod classic (i got it around 2007-2008) is in that face where the screen only shows its grey background and the apple sign. I've tried restoring it iTunes tells me there's an error (1430). I've tried the HD stat thingies and the disk mode, but I can't seem to get it working. Please help me!! :(((( I'm dying without my sweet music.

ps. i use a macbook so windows based instructions are not welcome (unless somehow its the only answer) :(((( PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

Prometheus42
Apr 1, 2011, 05:41 PM
I to have this problem where my ipod is put into a perpetual recovery thingamajig.... However, there are two complications. My Ipod is an Ipod touch, and I'm using a Mac computer.

Every single solution has had to do with either a PC computer, or with other types of Ipods. The major differences here are I have no idea how to mess around with drivers and what not on a Mac. changes them and what not... (that may have been something I read on a different forum concerning this...). The second thing is the ipod touch can not go into Disk Mode.

If a solution is know for this with these two factors included... I would be deeply grateful if anyone could share it with me!

vintagegeek
Oct 14, 2011, 12:32 PM
I finally got it to work! I tried with the new version of iTunes that was released yesterday (10.5) to see if it made a difference. I followed all the advice that I had read previously on this thread (reassigning the drive letter, formatting the iPod from windows), but this time I noticed that when I had previously formatted the iPod, the check mark that said 'quick format' for checked. This time, I took that out. The format process took about 30 minutes, and when it was done, iTunes tried to restore once again.

SUCCESS!!

So, to recap, this is what I did (80GB iPod Classic):

Updated iTunes to latest version (I don't really know if this helped or not).
Change drive letter of the iPod to something different (I chose Q).
Format the iPod in windows NOT USING QUICK FORMAT.
Restored the iPod.

I hope this helps someone.

ctaneyhill
Dec 12, 2011, 08:51 PM
My iPod got corrupted because it was originally formatted to a Mac and I switched to PC. Find an Fat32 formatter, delete iTunes, delete the iTunes library in your music folder, re-install it, restore it, it should work.

misobrilliant
Jan 5, 2012, 03:31 PM
I have had the same problem with my 6th gen IPod Shuffle and found a solution. I hope this works for all of you guys.

First my problem:

Connecting iPod would give me a message to restore my iPod
I would push restore on iTunes
File would download and try to update iPod
Restore would fail


Here's what I did to get my iPod syncing again with iTunes:

Opened up disk utility on iMac (on a PC I think you would right click to reformat)
I clicked on the iPod icon
Clicked the "erase" tab
Erased the iPod disk reformatting with Mac Extended (Journaled)
Then erased again using FAT
Disconnected iPod
Reconnected iPod
Clicked on restore on iTunes


This got my iPod syncing again to iTunes. I am not sure why I needed to reformat in Mac and then reformat again for PC, but when I reformated it in PC first, it still didn't work.

I hope this helps!

Alastair
misobrilliant@gmail.com

jumbledeemumble
Apr 8, 2012, 07:55 PM
After reading about others troubles with there iPods and being stuck in the restore loop myself, I started looking at repairs from Apple as there is no Apple store within 200 miles of me and was pissed to see repairs would cost $130 and would take a week. (30Gb Video iPod) + shipping.

I tried:
1. simply using the (Mac) iTunes restore. - loop restart, iPod needs Restored.
2. restarting iPod as Disk and using the Itunes restore. loop
3. running a diagnostic. Nothing wrong.
4. running restore from a windows iTunes, loop
5. running restore from my (mac book pro). loop


Well having the hot temper :mad: I do. I tossed the iPod over my shoulder and well :rolleyes: it works great now. G'Day.

I will say, that I have been having this same problem with an iPod of mine for over a year now, and had all but given up on it. I had heard some people say that hitting it really hard will make it work again, and after this time, I figured I didn't have anything to lose, so I dropped the iPod on the ground from shoulder height. It now works like new. I am not joking, even a little bit. If you haven't tried hitting it, try it now.

Oh, and by the way, I'm working with an 80GB iPod Classic.