As an update, I've tried diagnostic mode, but the manual test for DDR is asking for a FW connection... so I can;t do that test without it... and that's the only one left to try? It passed all others!
Disk Utility says volume unrepairable though. the iPod itself though is showing that the amount of memory used is correct in the Settings....
To do the disk Diagnostic as posted by tt2.
if you can do a Hard Reset to get the Apple Logo, can you get to the SRV Diag Boot menu, by pressing the rewind |<< button.
Then press Menu for Manual Test (Dont go Auto Test)
Slide the wheel till the cursor go to IO
Slide till you select Harddrive
Then select HDSmartdata
This will give you the report on your Hardisk health.
Have a nice day!
Okay I have:
Pending Sectors: 0
Power On Hours: 2219
Temp Curr: 33c
Temp Min: 0c
Temp Max: 50c
Have read that a low number of Reallocs is good, but still need a way to copy the files back across - hopefully without having to buy expensive software!
Doesn't show up in Finder, so a no-show in Terminal.
The error in Disk Utility is an 'Invalid Sibling Link' if that's any help!
The iPod firmware need to be updated, looking at the strange numbers for Start/Stops and Power On numbers. Yes, your Hardisk looks good, but may cause some data transfer problem, can I suggest doing a HardReset.
- After charging till full charge, at least 2 hours (preferably 4 hours)
- Toggle the Hold switch, make sure you dont see the red mark when you do the next step
- Reset the iPod -> Press Menu and Center button simultaneously for about 10 secs till the Apple Logo comes ON
- Then release the buttons
- Select your preferred language.
Here is the Apple support Article on the 5Rs
The Reset doesn't erase any data, it will actually, reset the recovery mode.
But some Apps on your Mac maybe causing the data corruption, or the iPod firmware is corrupted, looking at those strange numbers from the DD report.
Can I suggest trying to retrieve the iPod data on another Mac or Window machine using 3rd Party apps, like Copytrans or iPod2PC then Restore your iPod on that machine.