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Don't trash an iPod with bad blocks on the drive
Authored by: kramanat on Feb 26, '11 07:18:47AM

I had a 160 GB Ipod Classic that would not load any more than 150-200 songs. After restoring and trying to run many disk scans, I realized it had a serious issue with bad sectors.

This was one of the more important articles that helped get my Ipod back to working shape:

- I ran HDD Regenerate in small patches to understand the start and end zones of the bad sectors. For me, it was roughly a 1-1.5 GB of the disk after the first 5 GB.
- I tried to regenerate but it was just too time consuming - plus I wasnt sure if it was a permanent solution.
- Saw this article and decided to try it out. I tried for nearly 2 hours to save the dmg of the firmware - process kept hanging.
- Finally, decided to partition as suggested without having the firmware.
- It was right call, the firmware restore is not required at all
- Itunes read it and now, the space left is 148 Gb but works flawlessly.

Couple of small points:
- I use macs and pcs. So, would have ideally wanted the ipod to be windows formatted. But when I restored in my pc, it removed the partition. As such, this will be mac formatted ipod which I cannot change.

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