I'm having several problems with my 80GB iPod (80GB iPod Video formatted FAT32 for PC synchronization.) My thought was that before I turn it in for repairs/return I would wipe, reformat, and restore. When I say "wipe" I mean to truly, forensically WIPE the drive (i.e. overwrite every sector with zeros.) Then I got to thinking... although this thing is just a hard drive there may be some proprietary Apple boot sector on it that if wiped will make the iPod useless. Anyone have advanced knowledge on the iPod physical drive layout?
iMac 233MhZ Biondi blue 96MB of RAM Mac OS X (10.3.9)
Well, I get to answer my inquiry myself... The answer is YES, you can truly wipe the iPod. I performed a wipe of the entire drive and then hooked it up to iTunes. iTunes then partitioned, formatted, and installed all necessary software onto the iPod. Good as new.