Dead 40GB clickwheel iPod - erase with disk utility?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by zen, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. zen macrumors 65816

    zen

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    A friend of mine in the UK has posted an unhappy tale on another forum:

    I've suggested he hit erase in disk utility, reformat it and see if the iPod updater software will install.

    Any other ideas?

    Zen
     
  2. croshtique macrumors 6502

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  3. Johnny Rico macrumors 6502

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    Yeah either some files got seriously zonked and a reformat/reinstall of the system will fix you, at a loss of data which is likely unrecoverable anyway, OR the hard drive is fooked in which case you'll need to pay for a repair or get a replacement.
     
  4. wickedsteve macrumors member

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    Actually the iPod Updater from Apple is what you are suppossed to use to reformat your iPod (restore to factory settings). But I bet the Disk Utility will work just as good.
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    I've done it once. It's a last resort and usually only gives you a few weeks of use at most before the thing dies again. If your friend chooses the zeroing out option, don't do too many passes. :)
     

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