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How to restore ipod mini?

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Mar 8, 2013 4:53 PM

I have a ipod mini 1st gen with a bad drive, I read on how to upgrade drive to a flash drive.  I have replaced battery and installed a 32 gb flash deive

from Transcend, ipod is reconized by my Mac, I am running 10.4 with itunes 9 on a G5 (was using 10.5, but software went bad).  I did format the new drive

with hfs extended, the reopened itunes, but I can't connect to Apples main server to restore or check for updates for my ipod, yes, I can log into itunes store and of course, here, but when I try to restore the ipod, no go.  does anyone know how to fix this problem?  all I could find was how to's from apple for windows users.  


My ipod mini is now at 32 gb

  software version is 1.4.1

  format: Macintosh

ipod mini, Mac OS X (10.4.11), itunes 9.1.1
  • bwhite62 Calculating status...
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    Mar 21, 2013 9:23 PM (in response to Marc6899)

    After installing the new flash card, you should have connected the mini to your computer and gone directly to itunes.  Itunes should have seen the mini and that it had an empty drive.  At that point, you could have used itunes to restore the mini and itunes would have properly formatted the card.


    While Ipods can use HFS+ or FAT32, formatting it before going to itunes may have been the problem.  You might try reformatting to FAT32 and then seeing if itunes recognizes it.


    You cold also try connecting it to a Windows computer and itunes.  That version of itunes may see the mac format enough to let you restore from there.  If you're able to do that and restore it on the Windows computer, the mac should be able to work with it too.


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