ipod 20GB formatted w/bad sectors- next step?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by divadiow, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. divadiow macrumors newbie

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    hello

    I bought an adaptor to put my 20gb toshiba ipod harddrive in a PC to see if I could fdisk and format it. The ipod and any mac I plugged it into saw the ipod as having an 82.6gb storage area, so something was up.

    formatted in the pc and ended up with 1mb of bad sectors. Ive yet to zero the drive to see if this is still the case after doing that.

    how can I repartition the drive into the 3 apple partitions to get it back to a usable state?

    and is there a way to mark these bad sectors as bad after getting the HD back to an ipod usable state?

    thanks
     
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    You could always just leave it formatted for FAT32, and use it like that. iTunes will be fine with it that way, and it sounds simplest.
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Don't zero the hard drive. I'd run the iPod Software Updater on it for a Restore (assuming it's recognised). :)
     
  4. divadiow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    a normal ipod HD has 3 paritions, my ipod now only has 1.

    Ipod updater doesn't repartition the HD. At the moment the ipod just keeps restarting, probably because it can't find the 32mb firmware partition every ipod comes with.
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Okay, well I did a similar thing but on a Mac. I didn't take the drive out, I just erased it (and wrote zeros to it) and formatted it as FAT32 such that I only had a single partition. iPod Software Updater on a Mac managed to either discover or create the second partition it needed to get the thing working for a little while, once I'd repaired the disk with Disk Utility. It ended up having a failing hard drive so it didn't last very long but that's another story.

    Is the hard drive back in the iPod? If you're going to zero the drive, make sure it's very well ventilated because it's a pretty intensive process for a 1.8 inch drive.
     
  6. divadiow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the thing is the mac doesn't see the other two partitions anyway, so you formatting that bit the mac saw was probably just it formatting the visible data partition.
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I think you're right, but interestingly my PC only found the single partition too. :confused:
     

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