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Seems a time-consuming method to me
Authored by: makeinu on Mar 10, '06 05:12:16AM

A friend of mine had a bad sector problem with his 3G iPod, caused from dropping it off the back of a treadmill too many times, that was causing it to periodically stop playing. He could still fill the thing all the way to capacity, but certain songs would just cut out in the middle, and the iPod would just go silent.

I used TechTool Pro to troubleshoot it, and it reported that there were multiple bad sectors on the drive. So, after i zeroed out the drive, I ran the iPod updater, and all was good. And the whole process took negligible effort from me, and not but an half an hour of computer time, unattended.

Every Mac user should have a copy of a utility like TechTool Pro or Disk Warrior, for just such an occasion like this, because sometimes the built-in utilities like the Unix scripts and Disk Utility, and the drives own SMART monitors, are not enough. Sure, they aren't free, but they are powerful, reliable, and a hell of a lot cheaper than trying to replace lost data and a new hard drive.

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Seems a time-consuming method to me
Authored by: djrenekk on Mar 18, '06 12:55:22PM

As I said, this method "might work". It worked for me and it is true that the file type does not matter. It is just easier to use text because you can control more on how big the file is.

Hope someone found this useful though.

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