ipod160 problem- playback/recognition

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Darsy, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. Darsy macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2014
    I am new to the forum. To date I have avoided using apple products as I find the itunes software limiting, complicated and primitive.
    However, my brother disagrees. He saya I can keep his 2009 ipod160 if I can get it working..... I am using Windows 7/ Itunes 2.0.4/ Ipod 160 classic.

    I can only get the ipod recognised by itunes if I put the ipod it into disk mode, re-format/wipe the memory.
    Each time itunes recognises the ipod it says it is corrupted so through itunes it suggests I restore it which i do...then sync...then all songs are on the ipod successfully.
    That done, playback of tunes on the ipod stays at 0.00 or skips 5 or 6 tracks and stays at 0.00...sporadically it does play. The ipod shows no signs of a fault until it won't play.
    I have several times gone through this process / deleted itunes and downloaded again several times.

    Listening to the ipod I hear a healthy hard drive sound - like a flea's hair-dryer constant, then a slight interruption to it when it is performing a new task. When I press play there is that brief 'laser' sound which I understand is characteristic of the ipod160 in good working order.

    I'll bring it into the local ipod man today but if anyone is in the mood for suggesting some other action I can take (other than throw it in the bin) I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you
  2. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    It certainly sounds like the HDD is bad. It can sound fine and still have major issues, such as tons of bad sectors and pending reallocations that can't be completed because the drive is hosed.

    There is a simple way to check this luckily.

    First switch the hold switch on and off
    then hold Menu and Center for a few seconds till it resets
    then immediately after it reboots switch to holding Previous and Center
    this will get you into diagnostic mode where you can navigate to IO > HardDrive > HDSMARTData

    This will give you the SMART info of the drive.
    What you're looking for are reallocs and pending sectors. A few reallocs is normal, but if it's a lot you may have a bad drive. If the pending sectors has a number, that's defiantly bad news. This means it has sectors to reallocate but it can't because there's nowhere for the data to move at this point since the spare part of the disk is used up.

    Luckily, a replacement is easily available and relatively affordable. I replaced an older 80GB iPod classic with a 120GB drive for about $50 a while back for reference.

    Here's a bit more detailed explanation from an Apple Support forum.

  3. Darsy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2014
    Thanks for the reply and sorry for not getting back sooner.
    Mine reads-

    Reallocs: 1713
    Pending Sectors: 312

    I brought it to a repair man who removed and replaced the software and it was recognised by itunes and synced ok - however the ipod play back did the sporadic skipping and 0.00 playing.

    I took it apart and know how to replace the HD. Available on ebay from USA but is there a seller more local to ireland?
    I might just risk it and replace the HD - is there any way of knowing if its something other than the HD?

    Thank you,
  4. Darsy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2014
    So, I got a new correct HD and installed it correctly myself -
    Retracts: 0
    Reallocs: 0
    Pending Sectors: 0
    It was instantly recognisable and synched perfectly my entire iTunes. Settings and funtions all work correctly on the ipod itself except the same issue exists - it skips without playing tracks, gets caught a 0.00 and plays the odd track when it feels like it.

    I'm in too deep to cut my losses - It could be to do with the type of files from my music on my computer react badly with iTunes but some songs will play on one day but not on the next so they are not unrecognisable....

    What now?

    thanks for listening
  5. noodles5666 macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2010
    How deep money wise have you gone into it? I might be willing to pay a price for it.

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