Disk Utility for iPod

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by elskeptico, Aug 9, 2004.

  1. elskeptico macrumors member


    May 21, 2004
    I just completed a 2 week trip through Europe, on which I took over 1300 photos using my Canon S60, Belkin photo transfer and iPod. The Belkin photo transfer worked less than perfectly, and a few times it "locked up" into an infinite transfer process. I could tell it wasn't really doing anything, but it kept lighting up and kept the iPod in "do not disconnect" mode.

    Well, obviously, after a few hours, I would disconnect it anyway. Usually, if I then deleted the photo "rolls" that I had begun to transfer, I could restart the process and it worked fine.

    The iPod still works fine, but I noticed that when I got it home and plugged it in, it 'updated' the iPod by transferring about 1500 songs (half of my library), that were already there. So something is obviously wrong, and I suspect that the Belkin thing caused it. Using Disk Utility doesn't work, although it does recognize there's a problem.

    Now, for my question: can I wipe the iPod clean and start over? All of my music exists on my G4 of course, and the data can be backed up. I've looked for ways to do this, but didn't find what I was looking for. I guess I could do this with the data side easily, but I think there's a problem with the whole disk since it tried to replace all those songs I mentioned. Any suggestions?
  2. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Use the iPod updater (in Applications -> Utilities, or get it here:
    http://www.apple.com/ipod/download/ )

    Choose Restore, and it will completely wipe your iPod clean, erasing everything that's on there, and resetting all the settings to factory default.

    Lee Tom
  3. kanker macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2003
    Also since there is a new (recent) iPod update out, it might be a good idea to do that anyway. I generally have restored my iPod with every new update, just to make sure that all the OS files are "together".

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