iPod Nano 4g - No Way Back?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by arrow!head, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. arrow!head macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2007
    Sorry if this is a repeat but I've searched high and low and can't find any specific answer to my problem.

    Here's what happened:

    I reformatted an iPod nano 4g to windows because I needed the use of data transfer between my mb pro and a windows pc. Worked fine and I used it as a hard disk to transfer files between the two platforms.

    But now I cannot get it back to mac ipod mode. When I plug it in to the mp pro, it appears on the desktop as a hard disk. Also iTunes opens, but the device is NOT recognized and I can't do anything with it through iTunes.

    I have already tried iPod restore, and the buttons for restore etc. all remain faded, i.e. iPod restore does not recognize the device either.

    I have tried plugging the ipod into the mb pro while in disk mode and also tried running the diagnostic tests on the ipod.

    Any ideas how I can bright this thing back into line and use it as a mac ipod? I don't care about losing data etc. on the iPod. I just want a complete wipe and restore, but I can't find any way to reach it.

    Cheers and many thanks..
  2. rpang macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2009
    So Cal...
    Try reformatting via OS X disk utility. Then launch again in iTunes.
  3. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    If you haven't reformatted yet, and you have access to a Windows PC, you may want to try disabling disk mode using iTunes on the Windows PC; if it works, and the iPod is recognized as such by Windows, then you should then be able to use it on the Mac, and format for Mac inside iTunes.

    However, if that ends up with iTunes for Windows not recognizing your iPod either, then you might have to go with rpang's recommendation.

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