6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 6, 2009 8:04 PM by Mitch 751
Agrias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My iPod won't mount on iTunes (version 8.2.1) so I cannot restore it. I'm thinking to format the iPod by Disc Utility, but it may erase iPod software information as well. There might be a way(s) to recover the software information to recover the iPod for me to use as an iPod which I do not know or find so far.

Does anyone know how to recover the iPod after formatting with Disc Utility?
Or at least what happens to iPod when it is formatted by Disc Utility?

Thanks in advance.

Message was edited by: Agrias

iPod 4th gen., using with MacBookPro (late 2007, 2.6 GHz Core2 Duo), OS 10.5.6
  • Mitch 751 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)
    Once you formatted the iPod by Disk Utility, it becomes an external hard drive. It will get recognized when it connecting with a computer. And the computer will pop up a screen and ask you to use the iTunes to restore it.
  • Anthony Hom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I would like a second opinion on this. I have a 3rd Gen iPod 30 GB that does not want to work with iTunes 9. It will restore in disk mode, but when I start to get up to 1GB worth of music, it loses everything and I have to restore again (tried it also using iPod Updater). The internal disk scan gives me the disk with the triangle exclamation, it doesn't help to do it over and over.

    Should I go back to iTunes 7, or format the disc with Disk utlity? I suspect it might have disc issues.
    either that or just live with only using 1GB of space.
  • Joshua Westbrook Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm glad to have found this page. I too was contemplating erasing my ipod in disk utility.

    I have an 80 GB ipod Classic, and fully updated itunes and ipod software. I noticed a few glitches when using my ipod recently that I suspected were due to a HD failure (ipod had failed to load a song/podcast stopped in the middle and the ipod went to the next podcast in a playlist), so I decided to restore it in itunes. I walked away for four hours or so knowing that it would take almost that long to restore the 10,000 files. When I returned, the ipod had only synced 258 items, and it was still syncing. I waited and watched it, and it took about ten minutes to sync a single song. So I restored again, and the ipod synced about 2GB worth of data at the normal rate before it slowed down to a crawl again. Every time I restore and sync now, the same thing happens.

    I'm running out of ideas, and I am hoping for a few more.
  • Mitch 751 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)
    Yes, there are some bad sectors on the hard drive of your iPod, see by doing the erase (using the disk utility) with zero out data helps. Otherwise, time for you to replace the hard drive
  • Jochy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I ACCIDENTALY FORMATED MY 120GB IPOD CLASSIC AND ERASED ALL DATA, INCLUDING SONGS, VIDEOS, PHOTOS, AND ALSO THE SOFTWARE IT NEEDS TO WORK...NOW EVERY TIME I CONNECT MY IPOD TO MY COMPUTER IT DOESN'T WORK, IT DOESN'T APPEAR ON ITUNES, AND IT DOESN'T APPEAR AS I HARD DRIVE EITHER...THERE IS A WAY I CAN SOLVE THIS? PLEASE CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME...
  • Mitch 751 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)
    Go to find a friend (or an apple shop) who is using a Mac computer and connect with it, you will able to do a Restore there.