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Ipod mini- Bad Hard Drive?

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Apr 16, 2006 5:19 PM
Hi, I just got a 2nd hand ipod mini, which is having some problems. I can load about 35 MB of songs before loading slows to a crawl, then stops. I've reset it, (successfully) and tried to use HD utility (unsuccessfully). In HD utility it starts to erase freespace, then the program stops responding.

I'm doing this through the USB2 port, using two different cords, and have removed all other USB items.

I've tried to do the diagnositc mode, but it won't seem to go into it. I restart & get the logo, but when I press select + back, it ignores it and goes into regular mode.

That's everything I can think to try. If the hard drive IS bad, can I replace it? (Heck, can I replace it with a 6GB (or larger) drive in the same form factor?

Thanks!

ipod mini 4Gb v1   Mac OS X (10.4.5)  
  • Mitch 751 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)
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    Apr 16, 2006 7:27 PM (in response to Captain Marsupial)
    Power G5,Fujis7021, Nano iPod, Mini iPods, iPod Photo and iPod HiFi, Mac OS X (10.4.5), I am just a user like you who enjoy helping others.
  • Mitch 751 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)
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    Apr 16, 2006 7:29 PM (in response to Captain Marsupial)
    Instead of Erase the HD, can you go to Tab "Partition" (under disk Utility), do either "delete" or "Partition". Then go to do Erase again. Once it has been done, open the iPod Updater and click Restore.

    If it does not work, find a PC and do a Restore there.
    Power G5,Fujis7021, Nano iPod, Mini iPods, iPod Photo and iPod HiFi, Mac OS X (10.4.5), I am just a user like you who enjoy helping others.
  • Mitch 751 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)
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    Apr 16, 2006 9:09 PM (in response to Captain Marsupial)
    Yeah, seems that there is a problem on the HD, do you mind to plug your iPod back with your Mac, and do the Erase again but with the security option of zero out data, which will take around 1-2 hours to complete. Once it has been done, do the Restore again.
    Power G5,Fujis7021, Nano iPod, Mini iPods, iPod Photo and iPod HiFi, Mac OS X (10.4.5), I am just a user like you who enjoy helping others.
  • Mitch 751 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)
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    Apr 17, 2006 1:03 AM (in response to Captain Marsupial)
    Uhmm ... seems it does not leave any other option, try iPodResQ if your iPod is no longer under the warranty

    http://www.ipodresq.com/
    Power G5,Fujis7021, Nano iPod, Mini iPods, iPod Photo and iPod HiFi, Mac OS X (10.4.5), I am just a user like you who enjoy helping others.

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