Tricking the OS into thinking its connected via firewire??

Discussion in 'iPod' started by hishat, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular


    Hi i have a ipod 3rd generation, i would like to restore....However the only way to restore according to itunes is via firewire? is there a way around this??

    Any response will be appreciated

  2. macrumors 68020


  3. macrumors regular


    its the 3rd GEN. with the 4 buttons at the top, i tried the steps and it didnt work unfortunately.

    any other suggestions??
  4. killerrobot, Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2011

    macrumors 68020


    I couldn't find the page from apple for the 3rd gen.
    Usually just holding the menu and play button together for 5-10 seconds does a factory restore.
    From what I've read online, the 3rd gen should only sync to iTunes using a USB cable. Is there a way to try that?

    EDIT: Found the original user manual. It says to toggle the hold switch before holding the menu and play button.
  5. macrumors newbie

    i experienced the same problem and solved it that way:

    1. connect the ipod to your itunes by usb.
    2. deselect "enable use as harddrive"
    3. restore using usb without getting told otherwise.

  6. macrumors 68030


    Umm... no. That in no way does a factory restore. What you're describing basically does a forced reboot, or a Reset.

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