Dead 40GB clickwheel iPod - erase with disk utility?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by zen, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    A friend of mine in the UK has posted an unhappy tale on another forum:

    I've suggested he hit erase in disk utility, reformat it and see if the iPod updater software will install.

    Any other ideas?

  2. croshtique macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2005
    Cambridge, UK
  3. Johnny Rico macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2005
    Yeah either some files got seriously zonked and a reformat/reinstall of the system will fix you, at a loss of data which is likely unrecoverable anyway, OR the hard drive is fooked in which case you'll need to pay for a repair or get a replacement.
  4. wickedsteve macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2006
    Actually the iPod Updater from Apple is what you are suppossed to use to reformat your iPod (restore to factory settings). But I bet the Disk Utility will work just as good.
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I've done it once. It's a last resort and usually only gives you a few weeks of use at most before the thing dies again. If your friend chooses the zeroing out option, don't do too many passes. :)

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