Is my iPod Fried?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by lindmar, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

    #1
    So the problems started yesterday, itunes told me I had to restore my ipod... The problems actually started a few days ago, every song just randomly skipping to the next tune 30 seconds, 40 seconds, half way through songs.

    I can hear some clicking going on, but I've heard this for years, its a 4th gen ipod.

    So I restored, but still problems. So I tried zero'ing out the drive in Disc Utility, get an input/output error.

    The drive comes up in disk utility, but I can't do anything. Can't partition, can't erase.. keeping getting i/o errors.

    Is my ipod toast?!

    EDIT
    Just got the thing to intialize in itunes again? So I dont know. I will try copying some songs and see..
     
  2. macrumors Core

    Dagless

    #2
    A clicking HDD isn't sign of a total death, it could be the sound of a slow one. I bought a laptop in 2003, within 6 months the HDD was clicking and couldn't perform a defrag again. It's still working now despite there being an obvious flaw with the drive.

    Maybe time to fix or just buy a new iPod.

    Have you tried running the iPod Diagnostics mode? I don't know about the 4G but theres an option on my 3G and IIRC my 5G that checks for HDD faults.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    #3
    My ipod did the same thing

    back in May I had a similar issue, even got the sad iPod icon, but then miraculously it came back to life. Fast forward 5 months and it died again, right after a sync of a bunch of pictures, and now whenever I plug it into a mac, I get a ton of "data underrun" errors on the console..... I pretty much have declared it DoA(though it still starts up fine, I wonder if I could replace the hd)

    Hope yours gets better and stays that way.
     

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