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Having a similar problem. I'm on iFlash Quad & iPod 5.5 (Video) which has worked fine until now. Suddenly: Freezing, not finishing syncs, sometimes after syncing absolutely no music shows up on iPod menus even though disk shows as full, then next time I plug it in all the music will suddenly appear out of nowhere...etc etc..
To use the iPod as a hard drive, you will need to "enable disk use" in iTunes and connect the iPod to your computer (please note that the iPod touch models do not support disk mode). When disk use is enabled, the iPod appears as any other disk on the Mac desktop or within My Computer on Windows, and you can drag-and-drop files from the hard drive to the iPod or vice versa.
However, "unsupported feature" links to another document titled "Don't Use iPod as a Startup Disk" that simply states "though your computer might recognize iPod as a possible startup disk, Apple does not support using it as a startup disk. You can store all kinds of files on iPod, even system software, but you shouldn't use iPod as a startup disk."
The official Apple iPod FAQ is referring to now ancient Firewire-based iPods. USB-based iPods, which include all currently shipping models (and many older ones as well), still are not officially intended for use as a Mac OS X startup disk even as an "unsupported feature."
Ultimately, many iPod models will function as a Mac OS X startup disk, which is extremely useful for troubleshooting. Apple most likely formally recommends against it, however, as the iPod could overheat.
I've tried a few methods - from running checkdisk in windows, to creating a new fat file system in linux. for some reason nearly everything seems to fail. To make things worse, the 'old' 160 gb ipod uses a non standard drive which can't be replaced easily.
So my ipod classic was corrupted, and i read somewhere that you could use disk utility to erase everything off it (i read somewhere that this was nessesary). My computer now does not register it as an ipod, but rather as untitled on my home screen. I am afraid that i have deleted everything off my ipod, including the actual ipod software! when i connext the ipod to my laptop itunes opens but the ipod does not appear on the screen. What to do please help !!
Also, you can use your ipod as a flash drive, I did an OS X install from it by restoring the OS X DVD to the ipod without needing anything extra, and it pops up right in when I plug it to any computer.
Such convoluted steps are not necessary if you're trying to use a PC formated iPod on a Mac, as a Mac can read Windows PC formatted disk drives and so will work with either PC or Mac formatted iPods. Therefore, TouchCopy for Mac will work with either Mac or PC based iPods when running on a Mac.
Old iPod devices such as iPod Classic and early iPod nano are prone to data corruption. Data corruption usually occurs when you unplug the iPod without ejecting it first or if you drop the iPod while the hard drive is spinning (hard drive disk errors).
HD Tune is a popular third-party tool that we recommend using for visualizing physical damage on iPods with rotational hard drives. HD Tune does not repair your iPod hard disk. There is no need to use HD Tune on other iPod types such as iPod nano.
The prices aren't bad. If you have an existing iPod around, the FlashQuad adapter is $42, plus the $4.50 cost of the new ribbon cable. Amazon has the Sandisk SDXC 128GB Class 10 card for $19.49. If you have a lower budget, the Compact Flash adapter to iPod was $8.25 off ebay, and the DigiGear CF to SD adapter was $15.98.
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Not every bad block means that the entire disk will deteriorate soon.I've had fixed installed disks where bad blocks were limited to a small area, and I kept using those disks (one for years) by simply allocating the bad blocks with a file, and making sure I never delete that file.In other cases, especially if a drop of the disk led to the damage (which is especially likely with an iPod, though), the head might have gotten damaged, a moving part come loose or bent, and that's more likely to lead to more errors soon.In any case - what this hint does is to try to repartition the disk, creating a unused space around the bad area. The description looks a little clueless, as it doesn't even take into account that the bad area could be anywhere.However, if you have a little bit of a clue about how a hard disk is layed out, you can use my "iBored" to scan the entire disk for bad blocks. Then you can use those bad block numbers to decide how to partition your disk to avoid the bad areas. Or, even mark the area as bad, especially if you use the FAT format instead of HFS (in FAT, it's much easier to mark blocks as bad).I could even add such an option to iBored, if someone would promise all my dreams would come true in return (or, pay me for it) :)Edited on Jan 24, '11 08:18:41AM by tempel
I don't know about the iPod, but most modern hard drives have extra blocks that are not enabled but can be transparently swapped in if a bad block is detected (you can see this in SMART diagnostics under "reallocated sector count). On such drives, you will not see any bad blocks in software (or any associated disk errors) unless the disk has already exhausted ALL of its "spare" sectors. In other words, while having a small number of blocks fail as a disk ages does not necessarily indicate a need for replacement, having such failures actually affect functionality usually indicated that the disk is already pretty far gone.
FWIW, it may be more than luck:Writes that fail, result in the target block being spared out and another block being used in its place.Reads don't do this - you may very well want to try *really* hard to get the data.Repartitioning and restoring (both) results in writing to (and thus confirming the usability - for the moment) of *every* block used by the partitions and the data written back to them.This applies to most actual spinning-disk drives and it may also apply to the flash storage on an iPod.Of course the warning to back up early and often still applies - a device with bad blocks may continue to degrade.
I had a 160 GB Ipod Classic that would not load any more than 150-200 songs. After restoring and trying to run many disk scans, I realized it had a serious issue with bad sectors. This was one of the more important articles that helped get my Ipod back to working shape: - I ran HDD Regenerate in small patches to understand the start and end zones of the bad sectors. For me, it was roughly a 1-1.5 GB of the disk after the first 5 GB. - I tried to regenerate but it was just too time consuming - plus I wasnt sure if it was a permanent solution. - Saw this article and decided to try it out. I tried for nearly 2 hours to save the dmg of the firmware - process kept hanging. - Finally, decided to partition as suggested without having the firmware. - It was right call, the firmware restore is not required at all - Itunes read it and now, the space left is 148 Gb but works flawlessly.Couple of small points: - I use macs and pcs. So, would have ideally wanted the ipod to be windows formatted. But when I restored in my pc, it removed the partition. As such, this will be mac formatted ipod which I cannot change.
I had been mucking around trying to get my classic 160Gb to work - it would load about 3Gb of stuff and then fall over. I'd tried multiple restores and everything people had suggested and nothing worked. I could'nt get a low level format to work as it fell over when it got to the bad sectors rather than marking them bad (I think it is something to do with the SMART firmware).Anyway I restored the IPOD on an XP machine, put it in disk mode and then attached it to my Mac and ran disk utility. I couldn't back the image up as it fell over so I just repartioned the disk with the firs 10Gb at free space. I formated the remaining space as exFat and bootable which worked.I then plugged it back into my windows machine which told me it wasn't formated ... I then formatted it with a command line utility I had found somewhere on the net called fat32format. Now windows showed it as a 137Gb disk. itunes said the ipod needed restoring. I ignored this closed itunes and ejected the ipod. When I plugged it back it it showed up under itunes as a new ipod with only 137Gb of space! It now works perfectly with the exception that I've lost a little bit of space which doesn't worry me as I only use about 30Gb.So thanks this post pointed me in the right direction.The only issue I can see i if I have to restore in the future I suspect the iTunes restore will take it back to a 160GB disk and I'll have the same bad sector problem....
The good news is that there are plenty of detailed tutorials online that explain how to upgrade iPod storage with a new hard disk step by step, and the entire process of restoring a corrupted iPod should take you a few hours at most.
If when you say "iPod" you mean non-iOS iPods and not the iPod touch, then they are mounted as normal hard drives. They will show up on your desktop if you use disk mode or turn on the option in iTunes, and can be accessed through the command line otherwise.
You saw this above when we mentioned the sad iPod image. If you see that, it could mean you have a bad iPod Hard Drive. You should diagnose the problem to see if there is disk failure. If there is, you need to replace the hard drive. 2b1af7f3a8