Death of a 4th Gen

Discussion in 'iPod' started by jockeyrob, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. jockeyrob macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2006
    My 4th generation Black and White 40 Gig iPod died today.

    It served me well for three years.

    I've been trying to get it to start up, connected and unconnected to my mac, for about half an hour. The hard drive spins up but then spins down and it never starts up. Sad.

    Would anyone know what it would cost me to fix it? And if it would be cheaper than buying a new one? Anyone?

    Thank you, your prayers are much appreicated.

    In lieu of flowers please donate to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
  2. gavd macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2006
    No idea how much it would cost but unless it was a lot less than buying a new one, then you might as well put the money it would cost to a new one.
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Get a Flash-based one like a nano. I find they last longer. :)
  4. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
  5. Sol macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2003
    Maybe it is too hot and you have to cool it first. If my 4G iPod does not connect properly I put it in the fridge for five to ten minutes before connecting it to my Mac. When major problems re-occur, restoring the iPod to its factory settings through iTunes usually works. The tricky bit is not to sync a big music library all at once; if my iPod's hard drive writes more than six to ten GB it gets too hot and stops working. I suggest splitting your library into five equal parts using smart playlists and syncing one at a time with breaks to let the hard drive cool down. Also, consider replacing the original battery which would be next to useless by now in a 4G iPod.
  6. jockeyrob thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2006
    Thanks to everyone for your responses. Apparently the 4th generation's hard drives stick sometimes. Making it unable to start up, and seem to individuals unaware of this problem, like myslef, that your iPod has died prematurely. If you just hit the iPod lightly on a table or something hard, the drive will unstick. Thereby bringing your iPod to life.

    Guess I shouldn't have filled in that death certificate already...
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    That kinda does sound like it's on its last legs though. :eek:

    When mine was dying, I had to cool it down for large transfers except I used a sealed ice bucket instead of the fridge. I had to keep it cool as it was syncing.
  8. J.B.Horns macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2006
    I bought a refurbished 20GB 4th gen off eBay a few months back for like $80. It works like a charm. I polished it up with a car polish/scratch remover, and put a Protech skin on it, and it looks brand new. The skin really hid a lot of the scratches that the car polish didn't get out. I'm listening to it right now, in fact. Some punks lifted my 3rd gen from my car. BASTARDS!
  9. triobot macrumors member


    Apr 3, 2007
    Milton Keynes
    My ipod did that (start up, crash, heat up and die once charge was all gone)

    D.I.Y. upgrade. If u wanna keep the 4th gen... Depending on how badly you wanna make it, in u.k....:::
    • ~£15-20 for a new battery
    • ~HDD varies in price... Depending how big you want it, and how badly you want it... there are basically no 8o GB HDDs (unless u pay £150ish) 6o GB and less cost under £100 usually.

    subtotal: ~£60->£170
    (only a guestimate)

    Cheaper than buying a new iPod and a bit more hassle, but if you do upgrade your own ipod, you'll feel so much better than buying a new one... (a sence of accomplishment)

    Or you wait for compact flash to be implimented to the 4th gen iPods...

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