restoring ipod

excalibur313

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Original poster
Jun 7, 2003
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Cambridge, MA
I have an ipod that I formatted to use as an external hard drive in windows and now I want to format it all and use it as an ipod. When I plug it into a mac it asks if I want to install software and I say yes. It still acts as though it is in target disk mode. How can I switch it to ipod mode?
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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Adelaide, Australia
Are you saying the iPod is in Disk Mode and you want to return it regular ol' music playing mode? You'll need to reset it if this is the case.

FWIW, this isn't the same as Target Disk Mode, which is the technique to transform a Mac into an external drive. :)
 

mad jew

Moderator emeritus
Apr 3, 2004
32,199
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Adelaide, Australia
excalibur313, does it get past the folder icon? You may need to restore the firmware with iPod Software Updater if it can't find the iPod data folder. Alternatively, check out the 5 Rs of iPod troubleshooting. :)

dukebound85, the iPod (and its hard disk) was not designed to have constant reading and writing so it's not a great external drive. They wear out quite quickly. Plus, they're easily stolen. :(