iPod Classic 160 GB makes a noise

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  1. JSENNY25 macrumors member

    JSENNY25

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    Hi folks!

    So, I have pulled out some of my old iPod classics to enjoy my music in a more simple and classic design.

    I’ll tell you what, the nostalgia is real! I have really enjoyed polishing, cleaning up, and syncing my music to these amazing devices.

    So far I have cleaned and synced my 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 5.5 generation iPod Classics. All still work!

    The 2nd gen battery is almost fully shot, the 5 and 5.5 generations batteries are spotty at best, but the 4th generation is still an absolute beast....i can get almost 6 hours of playback easily.

    My big concern in the iPod classic I purchased right before they were discontinued. It’s a 160 GB latest generation and I purchased it just to “have”. Well I opened it up and set it up for the first time!

    Battery is great, it was super satisfying to set it up, and its a great piece of classic apple history.

    BUT my big concern is that while it is in use I can hear the HD making a “peeeew” noise.

    It is a slight noise, but it is audible. There is occasionally a click from the HD as well, so I am hoping that it is not the HD failing. My 4th gen is still insanely quiet. My 5 and 5.5 gen click every once in a while, but the ‘PEEEEW’ noise on the 160 GB is odd to me.

    Does anyone have a similar experience? Thanks

    *obligatory photo op - the 2G is at home..
     

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  2. togruber macrumors member

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    Hi,
    I recommend to have a look in the diagnostic mode. Restart the iPod (Menü+Center), then immediately push left and Center Button to enter diagnostic mode. Then select IO, harddrive and Smart Data. The most important menu entry is pending sectors. 0 is fine, over 5 ist a problem.

    Regards
    Torsten
     
  3. JSENNY25 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks a lot! Really appreciate it. Looks like smart data is all 0s, so that is good.

    Shows how low the batteries really are on the 5/5.5 iPods too.... I better look into that
     
  4. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    I actually have the same noise on my 160GB Classic. Manufactured in 2012. HDD seems fine though. Perhaps this is a common sound these models make. I would use mine, but the battery is not as good as it used to be, and there are a ton of black specks on the display. Maybe I'll start a thread about it.
     
  5. JSENNY25 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey thanks it’s nice to know I’m not going crazy... as for the display, I have never had any issues but good luck!
     
  6. bluecoast macrumors 6502a

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    My 2003 iPod made a whirring noise. That’s what life was like with hard disks I guess!
     
  7. JSENNY25 thread starter macrumors member

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    Very true.... I am kicking around the idea of swapping the HD for an SSD in my 5th gen white. It needs a new battery so if I’m already in their I might give it a go
     
  8. tranceking26 macrumors regular

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    I have a 120GB Classic and ever since day one it's had a small clicking noise. I would say that's normal.

    As for the other noises, I'd never heard any on mine, so I can't be sure.
     
  9. JSENNY25 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the heads up...at least I feel a little better
     

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