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How to recover from a partitioned iPod
Authored by: cfoster on Mar 11, '05 11:42:26AM

I had a similar problem: my iPod had crashed hard and needed to be restored but restore refused to work (it gave up part way through the process).

It seems that the 'Restore' feature does its best to leave things just as they are, so if you have HFS partitions, it will try to use them, even if they are corrupt some how. I tried to reformat/repartition as HFS but encountered the same problem. SOMETHING was corrupted and sticking around, preventing Restore from working.

I called Apple and was advised that I should take the iPod to a friend's PC and do the restore using the Windows version of the iPod Updater (which will replace HFS with FAT), then bring it back to the Mac and try again.

But instead of doing that I reformatted the iPod as a "UNIX File System" (using Disk Utility) thus completely obliterating any traces of HFS (I figured replacing HFS with UFS would be just as effective as replacing it with FAT -- the point is just to remove HFS).

When the iPod Updater saw it next, it Restored just fine.

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