iPod problems

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Marienlyst, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Marienlyst macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009

    All of a sudden, my iPod can't display any of the files on it. Not by looking at the ipod itself or in itunes. I've tried several programs for copying the files to my computer, but none of them seem to work. Instead I've searched the net for information on how to do, and found the following thread: iPod can't display/play my songs anymore (Songs:0, Capacity: 37.1 gb, Available: 3.4) - iLounge Forums

    I've followed the instructions (set my ipod to disc mode and made invisible files visible (though on my mac instead) and have now started transferring the files. Here's a new problem, though. It stalls often. I've tried copying different folders, but with a lot of them, the same problem arises. It says it can't read the files.

    If I succeed in copying the files, what files would I have on my comp then? Can they be transferred directly back to my iPod after having deleted it?

    What do I do: I have a lot of music and podcasts etc. and no backup.
  2. Marienlyst thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009
    ...And during the process new problems have arised.

    After having restarted my mac as the transfer stalled, the ipod now does not figure on my mac. It can't be seen in either the finder, or in itunes. The computer does not register that it is plugged in. What do I do now? I can't try restarting my iPod as it is in disc mode.

    The Ipod seems to figure on my windows comp. Although with problems it does figure. It asks (in danish, so my translation may not be correct) "whether I want to reset my ipod to windows". After that a new message pops up: "Itunes have found an iPod, which seems to be damaged. You might have to reset this Ipod before being able to use it with iTunes. You can also try plugging it in again".

    Is this now my last solution to make the iPod work at all?

    I'm very frustrated now. It's only been a few months since I had a long discussion with apple after they had to replace my hd on my computer.
  3. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    How old's your iPod? I'm guessing it's out of your one year warranty? And what type is it? Basically it sounds like a hard drive problem. The fighting to get it to show you files and then not being able to copy certain files is exactly what happened to me when my hard drive died.

    This still sounds like a hard drive problem. I'm guessing you know that resetting the iPod to Windows wipes everything on it. It could be worth a go although I'll bet the computer will freeze sometime during the reformat.

    There's not much advice I can give you I'm afraid. Someone else might have a better solution though.
  4. Marienlyst thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009
    That does not sound great at all.

    I've checked earlier today, and my iPod is out of warranty. JUST out of warranty, as I bought it around a year ago after the last one stopped working :-(. It is and iPod classic 80 gb.

    I've been advised that I should let it run out of power, since that have somehoe solved problems before. But I'm afraid that doing that would make it impossible to find my ipod on windows as well?
  5. Marienlyst thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009
    So... I let it run out of power, and now it has erased all the music, podcasts etc. on it, but seems to work. This time everything is really gone, since it now says that there are 74 gb free space.

    Now I have just reset it, to make sure that any malfunctions are gone.

    I guess my only option is to start all over again buying and downloading all music and podcasts that I had before?
  6. txr0ckabilly macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2008
    Southwest Louisiana
    if you've got the ipod set up to be used as a hard drive you can use aprogram that finds lost/deleted files. most files aren't completely deleted until they are overwritten by new files. i've used this on hard drives before to recover lost or deleted files. it will recover lost/deleted files on flash memory too. i've used on sd/xd cards from my cameras.
  7. macsarethebest macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2009
    It was definitely a hard drive problem, that really sucks. Happened to me on the 3rd gen classic, but that was a year or two ago. Yes, you will have to repurchase your music. That is why I like cds and backups. Sorry about your luck. :eek:

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