iPod Classic 160GB Reboot loop BUT Disk Mode Works!

Discussion in 'iPod' started by djsven, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. djsven macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2009
    I have an iPod Classic 160GB which is stuck in a reboot loop (apple logo appears for 10 seconds, then restarts again).

    The reboot loop continues and neither windows nor a mac will recognize the iPod until I put it into disk mode. When I do this, it functions perfectly. I can move files to/from the disk, add songs in iTunes and then play them from the iPod. I am able to restore the iPod but when it tries to complete the process it goes back into the reboot loop.

    So, in brief, I have tried:

    1) Resetting the iPod (duh).
    2) Restoring it using iTunes while in disk mode on a Mac and a PC.
    3) same as above but manually choosing an older firmware version.
    4) Manually formatting the drive using a Mac and a PC. Both didn't seem to actually format it, however.

    I can get into diagnostic mode by pressing select and REV, but trying to force a disk scan by pressing MENU, SELECT, REV, and FFW does nothing.

    Is there a program I can use to see the 3 partitions or scan the disk for errors? Gparted doesn't work because of sector size or something, and neither PartitionMagic nor PartitionWizard see the ipod, even though windows / linux see it perfectly.

    My guess is that something is wrong with the firmware partition, but I can't access it.

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