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  • phairphair Level 1 (0 points)

    So what's the over under on how long I can keep my 160GB running?


    Retracts: 4

    Reallocs: 3320

    Pending Sectors: 0

    PowerOn Hours: 802

    Start/Stops: 14357

    Temp: Current 22C

    Temp: Min 64C

    Temp: Max 255C (not a typo)


    My actual question is: When I connect the iPod to my machine and windows wants to "Scan and Fix", is this at all helpfull? Or are the damaged sectors permanently gone?

  • turingtest2 Level 9 (69,288 points)

    Damaged sectors are permanently gone. Scan & fix will attempt to fix problems with the logical file structure. Not sure whether it ever causes pending sectors to be released, or if that really takes a format or some other process that deletes the data that is supposed to be stored there. The invalid temperatures probably indicate that the device has got hot enough to issue random instructions. None pending in principle means that you ought to be able to successfully add data to the drive, though if it falls over when you try and then the numbers go up then it is probably time to call it.



  • Chuchoizaguirre Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello!! i just try to do the HDSMARTData Test and my ipod message is "Error" what this mean?

  • turingtest2 Level 9 (69,288 points)

    It means the firmware isn't talking to the harddrive properly. Not good news.



  • erikfromvernon Level 1 (0 points)

    retracts: 4

    reallocs: 16

    pending sectors: 0

    power on hours: 36

    star/stops: 21669

    temp min: 78c

    temp max 249c


    Gets stuck on 2nd or 3rd song syncing onto the iPod... really hope there is something I can do to fix this.




    EDIT. I tried using a different chord instead of one I had purchased, and it seemed to work. So people, try a different USB chord and maybe it is a simple fix.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 (69,288 points)

    Ideally you want to try a DFU restore at some point to clear up those pending sectors. Otherwise the device may hang when it tries to read data back from them.



  • dbarrow Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same issue with an iPod Classi 160GB. On my new Windows 8.1 notebook computer with the latest updates, updated iTunes, etc. copying music to the iPod seems to hang, but if I leave it sitting for an hour, it eventually copies. With the same iPod, same cable, etc. on another Windows 7 computer everything copies very quickly. Another iPod Classic 80GB works just fine on both computers. Why would this be? Is there a problem with the 160GB model and iTunes with Windows 8.1? It certainly seems so. I have no other issues with any other iPods, drives, etc. on the Windows 8.1 computer and all these devices work flawlessly on both computers, eexcept for the 160GB iPod. Any ideas?

  • turingtest2 Level 9 (69,288 points)

    Can't say I do...



  • dbarrow Level 1 (0 points)

    It looks like a driver issue. It seems that LOTS of people have various problems with iPod 160GB Classic models on Windows 8.1, but they work fine on other computers with non-Windows 8.1 OSes. It is a huge pain to have to manage my iPod on another, older computer, because my brand new Windows 8.1 computer isn't covered by Apple drivers yet.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 (69,288 points)

    Still seems an odd result though. Not working at all or working properly are typical outcomes. An unwarranted hour long delay seems an unlikely artifact of a device driver.



  • cude86 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just a quick message to say thanks a lot turingtest2. your tips here have possibly just resurrected an iPod I had assumed was a paperweight for the last 2 years. It is currently synchronizing for the first time in that period thanks to a DFU reset thingy. It has hopefully cleared up the pending sectors. now i just have to wait for itunes to convert the bit rate (in order to make it fit) and sync 43000 music tracks to it. Thanks once again, because i feel my newer replacement is currently dying, and you might have just saved me a packet of money.




  • turingtest2 Level 9 (69,288 points)

    You're welcome. Hope it all works out nicely.



  • Hestvika Level 1 (0 points)



    After synching my 160Gb iPod, it lost all content (no music or podcasts)/

    When trying to re-synch iTunes said that the iPod was corrupted and needed restoring.

    However when attempting a restore iTunes errored "With unable to complete restore" message.


    Follwing tt2's advice, the diagnostics showed 7432 Reallocs so its fair to say the disk in the iPod wasn't in good shape.

    I had been aware there were bad sectors due to a windows message everytime I connected the iPod to the PC offering the option to fix the errors on the drive iPod) or just to continue. Also, recently the iPod had been skipping some tracks when playing on shuffle.


    Anyway, I finally managed to restore it by persevering with formatting the iPod through Windows(7).


    Here's roughly what I did:

    - Tried allowing Windows to fix the bad sectors but that failed.

    - Tried Quick Formatting it several times (after putting ipod into disk mode) and those failed too.

    - Tried a Full Format twice - both times failed but the second time got much further through the formatting process

    - Tried another Full Format. This time the formatting completed successfully

    - I was then able to use the Restore procedure in iTunes, and, touch wood, all seems to be up and running again. Not only that,  I no longer get the windows "Fix drive" message when connecting the iPod to my PC.


    Hope this helps someone.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 (69,288 points)




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