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Authored by: jdc on Jan 22, '07 10:16:17AM

I have a 3G iPod that used to give me pretty much the same symptoms (I would try to copy a large file off the iPod, and it would stop copying and start with the clicking, then saying it was corrupt).

The way I fixed it was to open Disk Utility and reformat the iPod drive, making sure to use the "zero all data" option in the security options menu. It seems that when the system does the zeroing out, it finds out which blocks are going bad and routes around them (please don't hold me to this explanation of HD formatting voodoo). Then you run the iPod restore software and your iPod is back to factory specs.

I thought my iPod was a goner before I did this, and I haven't had a problem since. Useful if you're not in the mood to open up your iPod and tool around in it.

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Authored by: jingerfinger on Jan 24, '07 03:24:39PM

I have a 30GB 3G which would simply not work for more than half a song without beeping like crazy and getting stuck. Forget about copying music to it. I eventually retired it eight months ago.

After reading this I tried the folded card and it did not help. I then left the battery unplugged overnight. Not sure what this did because I then proceeded to format the iPod. I then started "zero free space" (tiger Disk Utility) which took about 8 hours (!!!) of beeping continuously. It eventually finished, thankfully there was a progress bar showing me slow progress. At the end about 54MB of space was gone. I then used iTunes to restore and YES!!.. it worked!! I copied 28GB of my music and it beeped only a couple dozen times. It has been playing fine in shuffle for the past 3 and a half hours.

BTW, I also left a folded business card in there for voodoo.

Thanks guys!

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