iPod formatted with Windows completely ruined?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by ChrisJNelson, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2008
    Hey everyone, I have a question but I'm afraid I already know the answer. My mom had a fifth generation 80 gig ipod video. She also has Windows Vista.

    For some reason, instead of restoring her ipod via itunes (which is what she was going for) she FORMATTED the thing through My Computer. Now, it is stuck on the black screen with the apple logo. It goes blank maybe every five seconds, makes the same clicking noises then repeats.

    Now I'm assuming in the formatting, ALL the software was removed from the ipod, essentially making it impossible to start-up because it has no OS.

    I guess my questions are, am I right on this, and is there anything that can be done?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    You should be able to restore it. I know somebody who did this once and was able to do a restore.
  3. macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2007

    Put your ipod into disk mode, to do this , as it goes into the black screen hold the centre button and the play/pause button, until it goes into disk mode. Then it will connect to iTunes and you can restore from there.

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