Let's see if we can get this iPod working.. =)

Discussion in 'iPod' started by calebjohnston, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. calebjohnston macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
    So here's the situation.. it's my mom's g4 iPod. It's making constant hard-drive access sounds and it won't get past the point of the apple logo + sad ipod face. I want to reformat it with the disk utility, but it won't recognize the iPod (nor will any part of the computer). What's next?
  2. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    Sounds like the hard drive may be shot. Are the disk noises louder than normal? That's a sure sign of a failed bearing in the drive, and those can't be fixed.
  3. calebjohnston thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
    Yeah, I'm almost positive that the harddrive is gone on it, yet I got my iBook to recognize it for a bit the other day.
  4. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    1) Put the iPod into disk mode:
    Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Set it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
    Press and hold the Menu and Select buttons for at least 6 seconds until the Apple logo appears.
    When the Apple logo appears, release the Menu and Select buttons and immediately press and hold the Select and the Play/Pause buttons until the Disk Mode screen appears.
    Disconnect iPod from the power adapter and connect it to your computer; the screen on the iPod will change and say "Do not disconnect"

    2) If it mounts use iPod update and restore the iPod.

    If it doesn't mount send it to Apple.
  5. calebjohnston thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
    Eh, I can't even get it into disk mode anymore. The hard drive is totally shot. Oh well, thanks anyway guys. I've got a dead mini too.

    Won the mini in a contest and gave it to my mom. It went straight into the ocean about two days later and hasn't worked since. Maybe I'll take it apart and see what makes these suckers tick.
  6. bluebomberman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    Queens, NYC
  7. calebjohnston thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
    No, they really don't. She breaks one... I win one. I give it to her.. she breaks it. She's on her third now. We'll see what happens.
  8. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004

    You can always replace the hd. Its pretty easy to do actually.
  9. mustard macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2005

    If the bearing is gone and there is data on the drive that you need - you can stick the HDD in the freezer for a couple hours and then connect it to a 1.8" HDD adapter and transfer the data ASAP (make sure to put the drive in a static bag inside a Ziplock or tupperware.

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