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Recover from an iPod stuck in 'eternal Apple' mode
Authored by: zedwards on Nov 22, '05 07:08:34AM

Similarily, I have had it where my ipod would not start up and just make clicking noises. I ended up slightly whaking it on my desk and it started to work.

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Bad Sectors on iPod Drives
Authored by: jguice on Nov 22, '05 08:33:19AM

I often feel better too after a slight whack.


BTW. Zeroing all data in Disk Utility will flag bad sectors on a hard drive whereas the usual (quick) format method just zaps the relevant file table entries.

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ominous clicking noises
Authored by: untitled90 on Nov 22, '05 09:28:28AM

clicking is often an early sign of hard disk failure. though disks may continue to work, your data could easily become more corrupted. you might want to run tests on the drive in your clicking ipod to make sure it is as healthy as it seems.

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ominous clicking noises
Authored by: gidds on Nov 22, '05 02:38:49PM

Indeed. My 3G iPod died about six months ago. Initial symptoms were it taking longer to sync, and iTunes beachballing for even longer than usual.

Eventually I got around to checking the system log (/var/log/system.log) and discovered a few reports of disk errors on the iPod's drive. Complete failure followed within a week or so.

So firstly, make sure you have nothing irreplaceable on there! (Backups are ALWAYS a good idea, whether we're talking about inbuild HDs, removable ones, cameras, phones, or wherever you have important data!) Secondly, keep an eye on the system log. And thirdly, when you start seeing errors, prepare for the worst :-(


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