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A possible fix for an iPod sync crash System
My third-generation iPod broke on Monday. It would not sync to my iMac. 300 megs worth of songs would transfer, then iTunes would give me the spinning beach ball. As soon as I unplugged the iPod, iTunes came back from the hang.

I tried an iPod restore. It did not work. I put the iPod into diagnostic mode, and ran the hard drive diagnostic plus some of the other tests. All the tests passed.

The solution? I hooked the iPod up to a Windows PC and did a Restore. This formatted the drive with the Windows file system. Reconnected the iPod to my iMac. Presto, I was able to sync my entire library again. Saved my self $500 Canadian, as I was going to buy a new iPod if I could not get it to work.
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A possible fix for an iPod sync crash
Authored by: Deer on Apr 24, '05 03:45:59AM

Same thing happened here for me but I fixed it by hooking it up to another mac not a PC



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A possible fix for an iPod sync crash
Authored by: kcm3 on Apr 25, '05 08:08:41PM

I'm not sure why the Windows restore function was able to breathe life into my ipod, but it certainly did, where the Mac software was unable to (hangs forever, actually).

Thanks!



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A possible fix for an iPod sync crash
Authored by: gxw on Apr 25, '05 10:43:29PM

Your welcome.
One thing I did not think to try was to restore on Mac again after getting the unit to work. Was, at that point, just glad to get it working again. Spent a few hours trying to fix it. Including reformatting with disk util. Even had overwrite with zeros turned on. Nothing I tried on the Mac side would work.

Interesting 'bout the first comment. I don't have a second Mac I could try that on. I'm the lone Mac fan at work.



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A possible fix for an iPod sync crash
Authored by: kcm3 on Apr 26, '05 11:26:53AM

I'm guessing that the first guy's problem had a different cause. Mine definitely was not fixed by trying the restore from a second Mac.

In my case, formatting the drive with Disk Utility made the ipod think it was OK, but as soon as you try to copy a song to it, it hangs again. I took it to the apple store, where they tried several other things (from a different Mac) to no avail. They eventually declared that my drive was broken, the same conclusion I had come to.

I tried this fix on a whim and hooked it up to my Thinkpad. I really do think the fix is related to something done by the windows restore function that the Mac's doesn't. Another option might be a 3rd party disk formatting tool on the Mac side, but I don't have any such tools.



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