Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2012 2:34 PM (in response to 12346NiNjA)
It could be an indication or a damaged or dying hard drive. I would recommend doing a disk diagnostic on the iPod's HD using the instructions given by turingtest2 in this older thread. He also covers what the resulting numbers indicate.
If necessary, post the resultings numbers and we can verify what the next steps to take.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 28, 2012 10:24 PM (in response to planb77)
Hi, I'm not the OP but I have the same problem (iPod 5th gen in a restore loop). I ran the test suggested in the previous thread and got the following results:
What should I do next/are there any options?
EDIT: I've also tried formatting the disk with Windows Explorer several times. Most times it has said "unable to format", but a couple of times it has claimed to have formatted successfully, but even then it's stuck in recovery mode.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2012 5:58 AM (in response to ansatz)
Your iPod's hard drive seems to be in a healthy condition overall, so the restore loop could be the result of a driver or drive letter conflict with your PC.
Have you tried changing the iPod's drive letter yet to see if that makes a difference?
If any other devices are plugged into your PC (minus the keyboard and mouse if applicable), remove them and reboot your PC. Then reconnect your iPod to iTunes and see if that made any difference.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2012 8:48 AM (in response to planb77)
I've tried changing the drive letter, unplugging everything else, different USB ports, and restarting - nothing seems to have made a difference. Any other ideas? I'm glad to hear that the hard drive is in decent condition though.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2012 9:27 AM (in response to planb77)
I've tried restoring it on two different computers, but I couldn't change the drive letter, etc. on one of them because Disk Management wouldn't open (explorer also froze on this computer, but it freezes sometimes anyway without the iPod). Both were PC's though, so maybe I'll ask around and see if any friends have a Mac I could try.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 29, 2012 10:36 AM (in response to ansatz)
I just looked at those numbers again above and noticed the crazy high number of Start/Stops. Can you try and reformat it on another PC or Mac and then reconnect it to your main iTunes library?
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