Trouble with my good old ipod Classic

Discussion in 'iPod' started by JCCL, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. JCCL macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Hi There,

    I have a 160 GB iPod classic, purchased back in 2007. Every time I sync, it starts syncing fine, but whenever it syncs somewhere past 33.5 GB iTunes gives me an error "attempting to copy to the Disk "IPOD"failed. An unknown error occurred (-69) and Windows prompts "Please insert a disk into IPOD (F:)" After a week of troubleshooting, I know it is not my library or songs on it (tried syncing with different computers and diferrent songs, plus my iPhone 4 syncs fine), not USB cable, not the computer. Has the iPod's time finally come? I made a playlist under 33 GB and can use it fine this way, however, that's like 20% of its capacity, which I used to have almost full, any ideas? Is the HDD finally dead? Probably bad controller on the iPod or something? Any way to fix it?

    Only way to bring the iPod back after this is to restore it, but everytime it gets to the same mark it happens again.

    Many thanks for your help!
  2. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    I'm pretty certain that would be the hard drive. You should be able to replace it with any 5mm 1.8" ZIF drive with an ATA interface.
  3. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
  4. JCCL thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Damn I was hoping it was a formatting mistake or something like that, altough I knew hard drive damage would be more likely. Since my iPod classic is the thicker version, are there any larger capacity hard drives that might fit? Probably 240 or 320 GB?
  5. DJHonda84 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    I know first-hand that the 5th gen iPod two-platter (60GB and 80GB) models can accept a 240GB hard drive upgrade.

    I don't know first-hand, but have read somewhere that the 2007 160GB iPod classic, although a two-platter formfactor, cannot receive upgraded hard drives. Something about the firmware.
  6. JCCL thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Yeah I've heard that too. Sucks!
  7. blackburn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    Where Judas lost it's boots.
    Not really, it just needs a different ribbon cable (the same as 5g ipods or slim ipod classics)

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