Currently Being ModeratedNov 1, 2012 6:08 AM (in response to David Kostyk)
Whew. Time to catch your breath after that long post.
I don't have too many suggestions for you, but I thought I would just mention anyways.
The first is, have you tried syncing or using this iPod with another PC running the latest version of iTunes to see if the problem persists there?
As for older version of iTunes, see here: http://www.oldapps.com/itunes.php
- iTunes 10.X is somehow incompatible with Win7 x64 installations
Not true, but newer versions of iTunes have been known to cause many issues for other iPod Classic users over the past year or two.
Lastly, it might be worth checking to see to see if all the firmware, BIOS, and drivers for the machine are up to date. This will require a trip to the PC manufacturer's support site.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 2, 2012 2:34 AM (in response to David Kostyk)
It seems you've tried syncing in bursts which would have been one of my suggestions. I wonder if you need to take the same approach to the remainder of the library, or just how you are going about it. This is the process I normally suggest.
Break up large transfers
In iTunes select the menu item File... New Smart Playlist. Change the first drop-down box to Playlist, the next to is and the next to Music or whatever playlist holds the bulk of the content you want on your device. Tick against Limit to, type in say 10, then change the drop-down to GB, and set the last drop-down to artist. When you click OK you can enter a name for the playlist, e.g. Transfer.
Now sync this playlist to your iPod rather than your entire library. When the sync is complete modify the rule (File... Edit playlist) to increase the size by your chosen amount, then sync and repeat. You can experiment with different size increments, if it doesn't work just choose something a bit smaller until it works each time. Before long you should have all your music on your iPod. Once that's done you can move on to other media such as podcasts, videos, photos, playlists
Other things to eliminate from the mix would be anti-virus software. I would suggest excluding both the iPod's drive and the iTunes folder from real-time scanning.
Windows will often enable a feature called write-behind caching which is supposed to speed up file operations but means that data isn't always commited to disk even when the file system says that an operation has completed. I don't have access to a Windows 7 system just now so I'm not certain the control is in the same place but right-click the drive in Explorer and look at Properties > Hardware > Policies. Optimize for quick removal should be selected if possible.
The tool Unlocker may also be useful for confirming that all files are commited before you disconnect the drive.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 3, 2012 11:40 AM (in response to planb77)
Thanks for the response,
I have synced using most recent version of iTunes on another computer: syncs fine. The collection was about 1/10 the size of mine, but it worked. BIOS and all other related firmware are up-to-date per manufacturer's drive page.
And if iTunes has been known to case issues for people with iPod classics over the past few year, why have the problems not been addressed?
Thanks for trying though!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 3, 2012 11:52 AM (in response to turingtest2)
As I stated in my original post, I literally formatted the hard drive to system settings, removed bloatware, installed iTunes 10.7, restored old library (or made new one), and finally synced my iPod. If there were ever a scenario in which it should sync properly, it would be on a system that's about 30 minutes old.
I also tried syncing in bursts, and as I stated, the final sync against every item in iTunes is what bricks it, regardless of playlist scenereos. Even when I just give it enough room to let everything on with a smart playlist, it seems to sync against the ".itl" file, not against it's own metric. Notwithstanding that an item as expensive and highly-touted as iPod should seemlessly work with it's own syncing software, regardless of platform. It's not like I'm trying to sync it in Winamp or something.
I did not, however, try changing the write caching settings. It was set by default to "Quick removal," but I will still try "Better performance" setting just to see if it affects anything.
Again, thanks for any and all replies.iPod classic, Windows 7, 160GB
Currently Being ModeratedNov 5, 2012 7:21 AM (in response to David Kostyk)
Just to be sure that is an issue just with your own PC, have you tried syncing one of these problematic iPods to another PC or Mac running iTunes?