5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 24, 2005 10:22 AM by Prakesh Gajjar
Mark Tugwell Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Recieved my 20gb iPod colour clickwheel yesterday, and after staying up until about 2 in the morning transferring all of my songs onto it, 1200ish in total, i was over the moon with it.

So tonight, i come back to put one more album on, and the first thing i get is that the iPod needs to be reformatted.

Now i don't particularly want to lose all those songs, and start again as you can understand, and £200+ is alot to spend on an item that doesnt work properly the next day.

I've looked through other threads, and couldn't really find a decent way to fix this, not interested in getting a Firewire or anything though, as i think i've paid enough already.

One thing i really don't understand is how it can work perfectly one day, and then not even pick it up the next.

Help would be very much appreciated.
  • marc Kaplan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm actually not writing to give you the answer, but because I seem to have the same problem as you with my 20gb Ipod colour clickwheel. I found it interesting to let you know about it.
    I bought it a week ago, and I could copy songs to it without any problem. But if I try to sync it with Itunes 5, I'm asked to restore it, which is, I agree, very annoying.
    First, I thought I didn't follow the exact disconnect procedure. But after ejecting the Ipod in Itunes and stop it manually in the device manager, I don't know what else to do. The second information I read in the topics was about a supposed problem with usb2. Some could avoid problems by stopping usb2 and force their computer to use a 1.1 usb connection. I didn't explore this way because I found this use of the Ipod was far from optimal. So I'll let you know, if I have any progress, hoping you'll do the same.

  • Mark Tugwell Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Phoned Apple today, and couldn't get a solution as to fixing it without restoring, so i've done it and started afresh.

    Hopefully it won't happen again, but am a bit annoyed about having to put all the songs back on.
  • Richard Franke Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I had the same problem. At first iTunes wouldn't see my iPod, until I did a reformat from the original disc which came with it. Then I would get a few songs onto the disc, unplug it, and when I plugged it back in, it said I needed to reformat. Funnily my PC at work which is brand new works wonderfully with my iPod, through a USB port, though I suspect that it's because it is brand new and probably has a high power supply to those ports. My PC is 2 or 3 years old and not as high spec.

    One thing I did notice is that yesterday I manged to get iTunes to recognise my iPod after I'd added music, but only when I'd rebooted it (hold the menu and select buttons simaltaneously for a few seconds) before I plugged it in. This doesn't seem to be working today, but I've since been to work and added songs from there.
  • Richard Franke Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    One other point to add, is that it takes a good minute or two sometimes for iTunes to respond to my iPod, whether its in a good mood or not.
  • Prakesh Gajjar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm in the same boat my friend, i got my 20GB Colour about a month ago and was up until 3/4 in the morning transferring songs onto it. The next day, i tried to transfer more songs, and what do i get? "Please Reformat Your Ipod". i tried sooo many different things and have come to the conclusion of..... NOTHING, there is nothing you can do, its one of the Ipod's birth defects. i know that sometimes you get so frustrated that you could just chuck your Ipod out the window! well, here are a few tips that i have picked up in order to keep me sane
    1. Upload songs to your ipod less frequently. wait till you have transferred at least 50 new songs onto itunes.
    2. Keep your Ipod Cd at hand, It is your friend!!!
    3. if you connect your ipod to your computer first AND THEN turn your computer on, the computer will recongnise it faster

    I Hope this has in any way helped you!!