How to Fix Corrupted iPod – Top 5 Ways – Restore, Driver, Disk Management, Format, Doctor

You own a xx GB iPod and till yesterday it was working fine then all of a sudden iTunes monster tells you “Error ipod is corrupt please restore”. You connected it and the “do not disconnect” was blinking forever and you had to disconnect it manually. IPod doesn’t show up in iTunes and you get a message that it detects a corrupted ipod. Darkness falls on your eyes. OMG! what happened ?

Why iPod Corrupts?

There are several possible causes for iPod crash:
- iTunes database on iPod is corrupt. Could be becuase you tampered it.

- iPod File system/Library corrupted while you migrated from older to newer version of iTunes

- Corruption due to migration of PC to PC or PC to MAC or vice-versa.

- Damage of Hard disk clusters.

Unless the reason is NOT the last one, it can be fixed. In case of the last one, you must rush to apple for support.

It has been restored at least 4 times and still says it’s corrupted. It was also reformatted. Nothing. Since then I’ve updated to the new Itunes version. In My Computer it has just changed from saying “IPOD” to “removable disk” and when I right click on it to check properties it freezes so I can’t get in. The menus all work on the IPOD, it has no music on it. I can play games, just can’t get it recognized or uncorrupted. Any suggestions are appreciated.

I too have the same problem. I just change my computer and when I connected my Ipod to the new computer, it all started. The only new action I did was to install a newly downloaded iTunes. Then when I hooked up my Ipod….it took so long to connect not like before when it only took seconds for my computer to detected my Ipod. Bec of this, my Ipod was corrupted. I already restored my ipod. all are new version already, Ipod and Itunes, but still have the same problem of long detection of the Ipod. BTW, my computer is faster now since it is brand new. Please help. I am hesitant to transfer my files at the moment because it might be corrupted in the end again.

How to Fix the iPod

There are multiple ways to fix the corrupted iPod, though it’s not 100% guaranteed it will work coz chances of HDD corruption do exist.

- Restore method Try putting it in disk mode by holding the Menu + Center buttons until the Apple logo appears, then when it Logo appears, switch to holding Center + Play/Pause buttons until it says “Ok to Disconnect”. Then try formatting or restoring it and see if it fixes it at all. To get out of disk mode, reset your iPod by holding Menu + Center buttons until the Apple logo appears again.  If this fails, proceed with the next.

- Disk management: plug in iPod > Right click My computer > Manage > under “storage”, click on “disk management” right-click on the iPod it shows. “Change drive letter and paths…”  then change the drive letter to something different. Then unplug the iPod and plug it back in again. It should work.

- Driver Re-install -Plug your ipod into your computer, My Computer > manage > Device Manager and click on Universal Serial Bus Controller. Then click the plus sign and find the one with your device (it should say something like “USB Mass Storage Device.”. Right-click on that device and select “Uninstall.” Let the screen refresh. Replug your device from the computer, wait about 5 seconds then plug it back in.

- Formatting and Restoring Another way is to format the iPod HDD (and then restore) to remove minor disk errors that might have come over usage of iPod.

To proceed with this, you need a utility called HP USB. You can either google it or download it here. Format the drive as FAT 32 and then you should be able to restore it with no problem.

- Try CopyTrans Doctor Its a good software for iPod recovery and fixes. Guide available here.
If All of the above methods fail, probability of having bad clusters is high.
How to confirm iPod Hard disk has gone bad?

If you succeed in doing the quick format with the utility tool, and can now right click on Apple ipod in “my computer” and get the menu, proceed with this. Select the iPod in “my computer” right click >Properties > Tools > check disk. MAke sure you have the checkbox ” Attempt for the recovery of bad sectors” selected. Now your disk is checked for consistency. It will be checked in 2 phases. If it fails in any one of those with un-repairable message or freezes infinitely, then there is no solution, you would have to rush to apple to get the support. Else try the above steps again with the latest iTunes, it should work.

Glad to help you. If you have any questions, feel free to post below or ask @taranfx on Twitter. We post friendly Guides in Technology, iPhone, Windows, Mac OS frequently. Follow us on Twitter @Geeknizer, or on Facebook FanpageGoogle+.

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  • Brian 500

    DriveRestore Professional will repair a corrupted iPod with NO loss of data and no loss of the personalised settings! It is free to download and try at: http://www.pcrecovery.com/DriveRestore/iPod-Repair

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  • Brian 500

    My apologies, the correct link for DriveRestore Professional is: http://www.pcrecovery.com/driverestore/ipod-repair

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  • Ingrid K

    Re: Ipod disconnected from Vista x64 = Invisible iPod???
    How do I make my computer SEE the corrupted iPod???
    Great article on corrupted iPod fixes – makes a lot of sense.
    BUT … how can I go about restoring my 80GB iPod Classic when neither computer recognizes it when I plug it into the USB port?(WinXP Pro x86 & Vista x64)
    I’m not using a hub, & I am using the original Apple USB cord.
    I’ve had this iPod for over a year with absolutely no problems – until – it was disconnected from Vista x64 this morning.
    Message said iPod was corrupted.
    It now just displays the big red X and turns itself off whenever I turn it on.
    I want to follow your advice for fixing this … if I could only get either computer to actually “SEEe” this iPod!!!
    I’ve tried Computer management> Storage > Disk Management = but there’s absolutely no indication that this ipod is attached.
    I’ve tried Computer management >Device Mngr >Human Interface / USB Controllers / Disk Drives = again it’s as though the USB-attached iPod is invisible!
    I’ve tried different USB ports, and 2 different computers.
    Always the same.
    How can I repair/restore/reset this iPod if I can’t get the computer to acknowledge that it’s attached?
    Can you offer any suggestions? I’d be grateful for anything!!! I’m completely out of ideas …..
    Thanks for your help with my invisible iPod

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    • Kazzo

      Ingrid K mine is exactly the same – I still cant fix it did you succeed ??

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      • Norman

        Try putting it in disk mode first. The same thing happened to me but I put it in disk mode and it worked out fine.

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  • Tatiana

    Hi there, I found your post through Google. I have a major dilemma. By mistake I downloaded this program called Xilisoft iPod Rip (thinking it was an AMR to MP3 ripper), and one day when I connected my iPod to my laptop to charge it, it automatically synched with Xilisoft iPod Rip, and then when I disconnected the iPod and started listening to music in it I realized that something was terribly wrong because the songs featured pictures of albums by other artists, not the artist who was playing.

    Today when I connected my iPod it froze up and iTunes wouldn’t open it, finally iTunes told me my iPod was corrupt and that I had to reset it. I unfroze it and disconnected it from my laptop because I do NOT want to lose all my files, so is there any way to restore a corrupted iPod WITHOUT losing any files, and if it’s free I would be even more grateful to you! Thanks!

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    • Memohopkins

      thank you so much christmas moening and couldnt get my i pod working thanks soooooooooooooo much for all the help

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  • Tatiana

    Also, is there any way to rip my iPod while it’s corrupted into my computer? Because I would like to at least save my data files.

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  • Veronica

    Thank you so much for this info. My Ipod is working again! I got so scared that it would not open. Thank you! Thank You! I am SO Happy right now! thanks

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  • Andrew

    Hmm… so how would you go about doing this on a Mac?

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  • http://www.r4cards.co.nz/ r4i card

    have a 2G i phone i had downloaded the latest update 3.1 i think from i tunes not knowing the problem of not to download it but then once i did it locked my i phone only displaying the emergency pad is there a way for me to unlock it and i do not have a Sim card i just want tose it as an i pod right now not as a phone

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  • torisatori

    I have a 80gig Classic that I was given with the instructions “if you can fix it, you can have it!” I've been trying for days to fix it but nothing has worked.

    It was used with a MAC but I have a PC. I have done all of these 5 steps with it but none of them have been able to take it out of recovery mode. Each time I plug in the Ipod after successfully completing one of these steps, I plug it into the computer and Itunes tells me that “an Ipod has been detected that is in recovery mode. You must restore this ipod before it can be used with Itunes. I run the restore and the ipod is restored, restarts and then Itunes gives me the exact same message again.

    I have put this Ipod is disk mode, reformatted it using Windows, I have switched computers, switched USB ports, and followed to the letter the 5 directions above. I have checked the hard drive with windows and with CopyTransDoctor. Nothing shows up.

    I am out of ideas. If you have any suggestions any help at all would be greatly appreciated!

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    • unholyrevolution

      You could try connecting it to iTunes, if at all possible. If it does successfully connect to iTunes i.e. you can see in the device area. If the steps are successful then go to the restore button. It then should hopefully work!
      However if it does not then i suggest taking it to your nearest apple store for a service (although services are quite expensive!)

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  • Jose

    Hi, when I try to reformat using the HP USB utility, it gives an error message saying “Device media is Write-protected” how can I change this in order to reformat?

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  • grab24

    OMG thank you!!! i hate technology when it fails but this was the easiest fix i've ever done! deer sweet got thank you!!!

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  • Fish Glitter Gal

    You are AMAZING! This article was more helpfull than the people at the Apple Store. Thank you so much! <3 from California

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  • liamlockwood

    hey its christmas next week and my ipod broke too late to get a new one and the whole of christmas and most of jan wivout ipod until i found your page. then i followed the easy simple steps and god bless you man you need a knighthood. thank you sooo much

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  • http://www.taranfx.com Taranfx

    You are welcome :) You can subscribe to us for more tips and Happy Christmas :)

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  • liamlockwood

    hey its christmas next week and my ipod broke too late to get a new one and the whole of christmas and most of jan wivout ipod until i found your page. then i followed the easy simple steps and god bless you man you need a knighthood. thank you sooo much

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    • http://www.taranfx.com Taranfx

      You are welcome :) You can subscribe to us for more tips and Happy Christmas :)

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  • Jon

    I too am getting the “Device media is write-protected” message. Is there any way around this?

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  • romik

    BRILIANT my friend, advices are GREAT. Thank you for posting several methods, i allmost got to the end of the list and i thought my iPod was broken. At the end the formatting did the job.
    I tryed to restore it, because it was not syncing, but it was taking too long, so i unplugged it (after about 2h). After that not even iTunes won't recognize my iPod.

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  • Mel

    Omg i love you!!
    this totally fixed my ipod! i was like in ahuge panic but thank you thank you thankyou!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Kinoguti14

      wich one did you use?

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    • Guest

      This would have been helpful… if I had a windows computer.

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  • joseyl21

    heyy, thankyou so much this has really helped me, it was easy to follow.
    thanks again.

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  • an anonymous fan

    THANK YOU!!!

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  • Grateful

    Holy potato, thank you so much!!!! I just used the holding menu and center button method until the apple logo appears and wala! I really thought I had lost all of my music. I have never wanted to kiss a help article before…until now. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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  • sasha

    thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooo much !
    my ipods working again !!!
    i love you!
    <3 from Ireland!

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  • Selkaine

    Thank you so much. I literally bought my new iPod like not even an hour ago and it got corrupted. I googled how to fix it and found this site. Your first suggestion worked! Thanks

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  • brittney111

    uggh i almost died when itunes said my ipod was corrupted!! Then i tried this and it worked!! Im so so so happy!! thaaaank you :D

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  • Marua

    Thank you very much! I was about to throw my second ipod away ))

    Now, I have found the old one (which somehow was still there) and can use both of them!

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  • hiiii

    Wow!!! Thank you SO much. I got so scared when I say my iPod was corrupted- I practically live on that thing. Great advice, and the directions are very easy to follow.

    Thanks again!

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  • simmy12345

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  • charlesmulupi

    Thanks!. I i was in panic mode. i only bought it last week and it wanted to spoil my day.

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  • Tom

    Hi ive tryed all of your methods and unfortunately none of them worked. my ipod is only 1 month old. It is not itunes that tells me its corrupt but a program that i use to back it up. I have tryed transdoctor repair and that said my database was corrupt, but there was nothing there that would allow me to repair. I also tryed a different program that recognised no errors with my Ipod.. im truley confused and the matter is really annoying any help will be greatly appreciated.

    ~Tom

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  • Sheetal

    You are a life saver, i tried holding menu and center button till the apple logo appears as you said and it came back on… Awesome post!!… Thanks!!!!

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  • Blue

    Thanks son much, this is the only thing that i've tried that worked :-D

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  • abijith

    i don't know whom u are boss but nu r a real genius man bcoz i tried several methods to correct my mp3 player but at last your advice only came to my rescue

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  • Aks

    Thank you guys……..ur the best…Geniuses at work….I panicked when my Ipod hung and nothing seemed to work…It works now and thanks to u fellas…All credit to u :)))))))

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  • LadyLautner

    thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. omg thank you x10. like seriously i love you. the last time this happened it took forever for me to fix it. but the first method given, took less than a minute. THANK YOU. i'm favoriting this site XD

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  • LadyLautner

    thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. omg thank you x10. like seriously i love you. the last time this happened it took forever for me to fix it. but the first method given, took less than a minute. THANK YOU. i'm favoriting this site XD

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  • fjdishgogsjhl

    thank you!! i thought i was doomed

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  • Nikki

    omg…i almost freaked out too. it totally restored it! thank you so much. i wouldnt know what to do if i didnt have my ipod!!!

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  • lou137

    This was amazingly helpful!
    Thank you :D

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  • Kevin

    Thanx it worked, haha i got so mad i thought it broke

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  • hottibs

    Thank you

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  • HappyHanged

    While I was working on one of the ways to fix your iPod here, I searched it again and found this site that shows you a corrupted iPod and a hanged iPod. I thought nothing would work since iTiunes wasn’t even recognizing it but it turns out it was only hanged. All I had to do was press the menu and center button at the same time for 10 seconds and it was fixed. So if this isn’t working go to http://dt.yogtec.com/2007/12/how-to-repair-a-hanged-or-corrupted-ipod/ to see if it hanged or not

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  • Albert

    This info was very helpful.. I was able to fix my iPod. Thanks a lot.

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  • Samantha

    My ipod had been frozen for hours, and i could not fix it!! But the first step you said to do worked in seconds, thank you!

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  • Mal

    You guys ROCK. Love you guys. Fixed my ipod. all my songs still intact…

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  • Mike

    Thank you so much! I just replaced my battery and was having problems with my ipod saying its corrupted. My computer recognized that the ipod was corrupted and told me to restore it. I tried and tried, but it would always be “corrupted” after the restore mode. Putting it in “disk mode” and then trying to restore was all it took.

    Thank you so much!

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  • Dayton Jones

    Mine came up as “corrupted” a few times, but all I did was hold the center button and menu together for about 5 seconds and it restarted my iPod then it was recognized in iTunes like normal. There was no way I was restoring it, because that means all of my music and podcasts will be erased. So, just hold the center button and the menu button together and everything should be fine.

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  • Isolated

    Hey I've Got A Few Questions. In – Restore method, my itunes cannot read my ipod. In – Disk management, My disk management Is Taking More Than Hours To Read. In – Driver Re-install, Nothing Happen After I've Tried It. In – Formatting and Restoring, All Of The Sudden The Program Cannot Respond. In – Try CopyTrans Doctor, The Program Also Cannot Respond.

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  • Jennifer

    Thank you!!!!! You have save me from a very upset daughter!!!!!!

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  • REGGAMUFFEN

    dude i f……..king love you man
    you jast saved me shot peace out

    els the MONSTER madnes

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  • anfernee

    okay i reset my ipod but it wont go pass the searching for preconfigured driver folders what should

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  • Guicho

    The problem I'm experiencing with my Ipod is that corrupted to the fact, according to a girl at the apple store, that I used several different pc to upload my cd collection. It corrupted and it won't sync with itunes anymore. Also, the artwork I downloaded to the ipod is all wrong, such as wrong cd covers with artists and such. However, it plays all the songs I downloaded to it. But also since its corrupted I'm unable to download more music to it. It's a 8G ipod and I barely got to 900 songs!!! HELP! I spent almost an entire week putting my cd collection on it. PS I didn't save the song to itunes! That's why Im really desperate to fix it without losing or deleting my songs that I already have on the ipod

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  • jeymoh.kip

    WTF, procedure no 1(restore method) works like charm, you awesome man, was so terrified my shuffle 5 generation 16gb had just showed me its darkest side,was so so numb the whole day till i came across these staff, dudes believe u me it works!!! thanx lots.

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  • Christy

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I love you so much. I was so worried it was broken forever and I'd have to buy a new one. You are awesome!

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  • Nick

    Hi.
    Do you have any fixes for Mac? Already restored, but nothing happened. Thanks!

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  • Jennifer

    thanx i think by re-installing my driver it is now working, well so far no error 4,000 more songs to go, crossing my fingers. i would have never known to do that, and apple doesnt tell you that, so thanks a bunch!!!

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  • Jose

    thanks guys!!!! i thought my ipod had took a shit. you guys saved me some money.
    thank you so much

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  • http://www.ipartscity.com david

    We are the biggest ipod and iphone parts distributor in shenzhen,china,welcome to visit http://www.ipartscity.com ,you can also contact me directly,my email is ipodparts(at)yahoo(dot)cn ,my AIM is ipartscity.

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  • Jaammees

    thanks buddy hope you get a day of good luck you saved my shit

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  • Sevoy80

    thank you sooo much i needed it

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  • Laurie

    If you have a corrupted database file it's actually very easy to fix. Just look inside your itunes_control/itunes folder for a file itunesdb.old.mpml (or something like that can't remember now). Rename the existing itunesdb (which should now be 0kb) file to something else. Then rename the itunesdb.old file to just itunesdb. Eject and enjoy having your songs again.

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  • courtney

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  • Haidar Ali

    my ipod isnt working none of the tips above is helping PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HELP MEEEEEEEEEE OMGGGGGGGG IM FKNNNNN LOSINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG MY MINDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD INBOX ME HW TO DO IT AT

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  • Sam_redz6

    thanks person
    you really helped me
    in my time of need

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  • Pizarro_marisol

    omg thanks soooo much ily yu person!! <3 i thought i was gonna die for a minute there :)

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  • Sophia

    OH MY GOODNESS
    when i first saw this on itunes i totally FREAKED
    i thought id have to go through all the hassle of going to some shop but u basically saved my LIFE
    Thank You So Much!!

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  • Marcela

    Oh GOOOOD THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I thought I was dead!!!! Im going on vacations and I couldn't have possibly survived without my iPod. The first step fixed everything! God bless google and people like you!!!!

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  • Rachael

    it worked wonderfully I got my ipod back!!!!!

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  • 2fuzzers

    Thank you sooooooo much! I had no idea why my brand new ipod nano stopped doing anything. Your simple instructions made everything work again!

    I do have another question…I just got a new computer (thus my ipod corrupting) itunes now recognizes my ipod, but I get all of my downloaded songs to show up in itunes on my new computer. Any advice?

    Thank you again!!!

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  • Ed

    Omg thank you!!!

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  • Dougbrown11

    Thank you very much!
    I thought my ipod was completely broken until i read your advice on here.
    Thank you !!!!

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  • Seebigtrees

    Amazing, worked like a charm!

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  • Jeremy

    omg thank you so much!!! i was getting ready to flip out haha

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  • Tionneb

    This Worked Thank You So Much WHOOOOO!!!

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  • Kristen

    OH MY GOD! You're a freaking genius! I've been sitting here trying to fix my ipod for the last two and a half hours then I googled the problem, clicked this link and you helped me fix it instantly! Thanks so much :-D

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  • Rim

    thanks so so much it started working when i pressedMenu + Center buttons until the Apple logo appeared, then when it appeared, switched to holding Center + Play/Pause button. who ever said this u r a freaking GENIUS i cant thank u enough thanks so much i cant tell how thankful i am i love you who ever said this GOD BLESS YOU….

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  • Klc-4444

    i took my ipod off after syncing it and accidently did not press eject…now it wont even turn on. This has never happened before. Can anyone help?

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  • Sheila

    Hey, My Ipod screen is lit up but staying permanently blank. I've tried restoring it three time and it's done nothing. I'm not very good with computers. :S What should I do please help?

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  • Johnnyc1118

    Thanks man! I could never get my iPod out of recovery mode. All I had 2 do wuz keep resetting the iPod.

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  • Black

    OMFG I LOVE U, i was sooking all afternoon until i found ur page, U ROCK

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  • karen

    Thanks for this information my Ipod classic is now working.

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  • Elizabeth Evans

    This helped my situation instantly! Thank you so much

    Elizabeth Evans

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  • Olivia

    Thank you so much for this article! :)
    I almost died when it was corrupted.

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  • http://www.harddiskdriverepair.com/hddrecovery/five-best-registry-cleaner-software-reviews.html best registry cleaner

    •If your iPod is connected to Windows or iTunes, properly eject/disconnect it.

    •2

    First try to simply reboot your iPod and reset it. This often fixes the problem. If you have a click wheel, turn the off the Hold button which is on top of your iPod. Then hold the Select and Menu buttons at the same time for a few seconds until it restarts. If you have an iPod Touch, you reset it by holding down the power button on top and the Home button on the bottom/front of your iPod Touch at the same time for a few seconds until the Apple icon pops up. This will reset your iPod.

    •3

    If simply re-booting your iPod doesn't fix the problem and it still says that your iPod is corrupted, do a hard reset. Note that this will remove your music, videos etc. from your iPod. To do a hard reset, hold Select and Menu at same time for about 10 seconds or until it resets and the screen goes blank. Then press Select and Play/Pause which will switch it over to disk mode and say OK to disconnect.

    •4

    Plug your iPod into the computer and go to iTunes. iTunes will ask you to restore it. Do so and then re-sync all your files to get your music, videos, etc. back onto your iPod.

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  • Sympatica

    OMG! Thanks! Got my pod back!

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  • Felinefreak

    Thank you soooo much!!!

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  • http://www.freecomputerrepairservices.com/software/ten-free-registry-repair-software-reviews.html free registry repair

    Don't know on that one. I have a picture renaming batch program I
    wrote that I could modify for you for a small fee. You'd need to be
    on a windows OS and not care too much about the new file names though.

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  • Andesmichaelryan

    thank you so much! this helped me a lot! even i have to restore my ipod,, but anyway, thank you again.. :)

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  • Katerinamccann

    thank you! thank you! thank you!

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  • Ephantus

    My pc cannot recognize my ipod anymore. Every time i connect i only see my ipod flashing blue light continuously. What could be its problem? please help

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  • Trevor

    worked awesome thanx man

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  • Lucy harris

    who thanx i would of dieed with out u !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Lauryn

    This would have been helpful… if I had a windows computer. Now my iPod is still broken :(

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  • Stevedford

    thanks = good advice !!

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  • Rocker317

    Thank you so much!!!!!! =D

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  • Hutan Hitam

    Is there a way to fix the corrupted ipod without erasing the files?

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  • tayla

    i was on itunes and i accidently clicked restore it got rid off everything from my ipod and now is saying to plug it into the wall so it can do updates. i done that and nothings happening please help me

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  • Alex

    Omg my ipod was corrupted and I was like nooooo but if it haden't have been for this website I don't know what I would have done. THAN YOU/THANK YOU/THANK/YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Fadachezz

    A big big big thank you for your tips, i didn't even finished reading the restore method and the ''mf%%%kn'' Ipod answered, now i feel relieved …

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  • Gabe1239

    i love yuh mann yur the besst,…..12/15/10

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  • kayleigh brown :)

    i was on itunes and i accidently clicked restore it got rid off everything from my ipod and now is saying to plug it into the wall so it can do updates. i done that and nothings happening please help me

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  • Jimjamfraser

    Its Not Workin

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  • Ryan

    Quick Question, i plugged my ipod classic 120gb in my ps3, it then was corroupt, i tried to restore it but yet to no victory, any suggestions???

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  • Kianna

    thanks so much! it actually worked for me! thank you!

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  • Elljay

    The restore advice worked for me….THANKS!!!! Have a fantastic New Year!!!

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  • Aranel120

    It worked! I tried the first step and it worked! Thank you thank you thank you!!

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  • JaiRezin8

    Ok for everyone that has an iPod that says it’s corrupt.. Mine too has done this. I have 30gb 5th gen. it kept telling me that my ipod needed to be restored and was corrupt and to format it.. i did this a bout a million times.. to no avail. I also tried a variety of 3rd party software to format, recover, all the above.. still no luck.. tried changing the drive letter, device manager and uninstalling the usb mass storage device.. until i came across this on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pVbIeSfvfI&feature=related I found out my file library was corrupted on my iPod. one i did what the tutorial on youtube said to do, it updated the files on my ipod and i was able to restore it.. I lost everything all my music and stuff but it’s better than having to shell out more $$$ for a new ipod.. Hope it helps, :)

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  • guest

    thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • anonymous

    you are a major lifesaver! thank you so much!

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  • Wassupevry2

    thanks for the ipod CPR tips!

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  • MonkeyJayne

    You’re amazing. Fixed in 2 mins!

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  • Kshea

    Thank you for being so wise in the ways of the iPod. Really.

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  • Naaz

    icecream melted all over my ipod and now it dnt work at all! wat do i do??
    HEEEEELLLLP!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Rayice

    My Ipod classic’s screen turned off when I was listening music and never turned back on. My itunes says that it’s corrupted. I wasn’t able to check it’s hdd what should I do.

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  • P Silvey

    nice one dude…didnt fancy driving back down to Gwitian(Cornwall) from maidenhead (Berkshire)without my tunes….

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  • Asfksdklafhsdla

    You are a god!!!!!
    It took me 1 hour to find this site and now It goes so easily. Thank you so much!!!!!

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  • Melusy

    Thanx Dudu it work :)

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  • Nanito_1981

    thank you for the help it works again lol

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  • Striker7

    Ok, here’s the problem. My entire computer freezes whenever I plug it into the computer. Now what?

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  • Antlil

    Despite the fact that I was also in panic mode, the first method worked. Thank you!

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  • Bradlewis23

    I tried everything and I’m on the last step. Changing it to FAT 32. However, it keeps on saying: “Device Media is Write Protected.” Any idea on how to get around that?

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  • Emma

    THANK YOU!!
    I LOVEEEE YOU

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  • owltop420

    With the HP USB restore method it says that it is write protected, any help?

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  • Gwright94

    Thank you so so so much! :D So happy my iPod is back with me! You saved me a lot of money, thank you!!! xxxx

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  • Khudz98

    oh gosh thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Komalt297

    Thank you so much…the Menu + Center buttons bit helped….thank u so much :o)

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  • effapple

    the fucking add is inhttp://www.taranfx.com/how-to-fix-corrupted-ipod#dsq-login-twitter the way for the last 2 ways to fix it!!!!

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    the fucking add is inhttp://www.taranfx.com/how-to-fix-corrupted-ipod#dsq-login-twitter the way for the last 2 ways to fix it!!!!

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  • Aldrin_david_

    my ipod 2gb … i save a 85 song is ok….but i save to 86 song is unsupport format…what us the problem

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  • timy

    i put ipod down flat and kept holding menu and centre button and eventually it returned to menu and is working fine

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    • calla

      thanks so much for the tip! worked like a charm!

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    • Mbakimazwi

      did what you did and its back working, the keys were frozen but now its back. Thanks.

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    • Holographicbanana

      worked for me too! thanks so much!!

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    • Grateful

      Didnt expect that to work!!!! lol Thanks man

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    • jinny

      Wow, that did the trick for me, thanks!

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  • Someone

    Thanks for the help Tarandeep

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  • Beth

    Yay! I’m so glad I found this. Thanks so much for your help. I tried the first method, the “restore method” and it worked like a charm. :) 

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  • Jason

    thanks a lot for the help. the first step fixed mine right away 

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  • Jason

    thanks a lot for the help. the first step fixed mine right away 

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  • Nwarren

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been fighting with my Ipod for 2 months, and step #1 did the trick! Again, thanks!

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    • http://geeknizer.com Geeknizer

      :)

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    • http://geeknizer.com Geeknizer

      :)

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  • Nwarren

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been fighting with my Ipod for 2 months, and step #1 did the trick! Again, thanks!

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  • governmenthooker

    The restore method did it for me

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  • governmenthooker

    The restore method did it for me

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  • Seachelleshore

    Thank you so much! The first step worked for me and all is well with my iPod.

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  • Senoritapeel

    Thanks for the info. The restore method did the trick.

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  • Phantomlove007

    thanks bro …it works….thanks a lot….

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  • http://therepairstop.com iPhone Repair

    Hi
    I am not able to add more songs to my iPhone HDD. 2gb of its space is still not in use. What should i do and how to utilize the 2gb space.

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  • Jpw820

    Tried the format and restore technique while using the software suggested and the iPod that I’m babysitting tells me its write protected. Is there a way to go around this?

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  • Margaret

    Your advise worked!

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CDBUBWTKOH5UIGDBRZKJCFYZU Paul

    Hi, thanks for your tips now me able to fix my corrupted iPod. Your advice works yr.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CDBUBWTKOH5UIGDBRZKJCFYZU Paul

    The first step worked for me and all is well with my iPod. Thanks for your tips.

     

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  • http://twitter.com/twixie09 Lauren Gizzi

    *sigh* None of these worked for me. This was very informative, though. I think it’s about time to call it quits on my four year-old iPod classic…it’s been more trouble than it’s worth, lately. I really wish Apple wasn’t so pompous as to charge for tech support…I already paid $250 for the damn thing. The least they could do is tell me why it’s having such problems out of the blue.

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  • Tpsteppenwolf

    I am also receiving the write protected notice.  What do I do now?

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  • anon.

    Thank You, Mo Chara!

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  • http://twitter.com/ZeeVsZombies zahara

    works!! thanks alot!

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  • Carter Lee

    the restore method works amazingly

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  • Ss-Hair-aH

    I love you, I love you, I love you. The first example worked the first time.  Thanks again

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  • Akash Purandare

    Holding the centre with(menu and play) buttons work!!! Its the best method

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  • colinck93

    OMG… I love you!

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  • Chris_walton2o4

    Im showing a red x and then its back to the apple like its restarting but then its the x again what do you suggest i pod 80gb

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  • Alejandra

    Love you! I kissed the screen out of excitement after following the instructions and seeing my songs back on the ipod. I have resuscitated this puppy for years now, but it’s the first time I experienced the corrupted files message. I refuse to give up on my 2005 ipod. 

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  • Anesh_2107

    i cant restore my ipod i have a file corrupt on this wat can i do…i when i put song or pik it ask me no file

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  • B Pijs

    Thanks Tarandeep, this explanation saved me a lot of misery.

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  • Dave

    Brialliant article. Changing the drive letter allowed me to reformat and then restore a sick ipod. Thanks!!

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  • Fprouser

    you guys saved me $60 form some apple 3rd party repair service on phone, i pod wouldnt work, i followed youdirectiions
    How to fix the iPodThere are multiple ways to fix the corrupted iPod, though it’s not 100% gauranteed it will work coz chances of HDD corruption do exist.- Restore method Try putting it in disk mode by holding the Menu + Center buttons until the Apple logo appears, then when it Logo appears, switch to holding Center + Play/Pause buttons until it says “Ok to Disconnect”. Then try formatting or restoring it and see if it fixes it at all. To get out of disk mode, reset your iPod by holding Menu + Center buttons until the Apple logo appears again.  If this fails, proceed with the next.
    and it worked, many thanks

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    • Sswotwa

       Thanks living legend it worked for me and was just about to throw it in the bin.

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  • Patakatak

    Tried it all bro but my ipod classic wont format itunes restore has 4 digit error thanks anywayze got more tips?

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  • Manju Mathews

    Hey there full time geek love of my life!  oh my goodness!!!!!! it worked! just like Alejandra I have been trying to fix my classic for almost 5 years… to no luck. Apple told me (over and over again) that my hard drive crashed and I was better off just buying a new one. I refused to believe that and I just have been staring longingly at this piece of equipment willing it to work again.
    Again… thank you thank you thank you!

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  • Algon00

    Pretty good instructions…Thanks

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  • katykins

    Thank you so much I was just about to cry when I found this article. LOVE YOU!!!

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  • Cosmosism101

    same here, have you solved it?

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  • http://twitter.com/BeyonceStan4Eva Chiquita Roberts

    Thank you so much!!! I fixed my friends Ipod!!!

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  • Oneilllou

    LOV E YOU!!!!!! Thankls so much!!

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  • Danielbaltazar541

    my Ipod is dead, but when i put it to charge it turns one but does not charge. but there the apple sign flashing on and off. what could this be? when i connect it to my computer it does not detected that i pluged in the ipod. what can i do?

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  • Danny

    My problem is that i cannot use HP Format tool the usual windows format tool works but when i use the HP Tool is keeps saying Device is write protected i have created a registry key i cannot format it on my xbox it detects it but it keeps giving me an error

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  • fed_91

    the center/menu to the menu/play-pause methoh worked!!! siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick!!!!

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  • alex

    thank you u so much u r the best it worked :): ): ): ): ): ): )

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  • Herobrine

    Thanks OMG I tgought it wouldnt work but i restored once didnot woork then i found this then did what they said now my ipod works again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Herobrine

    the ipod wants to sync now hold turn off button and and center for 10 sec then just hold center for 15 sec then update

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  • Alex

    Thank you very much, I had almost lost hope.

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  • Alex

    Thank you very much, I had almost lost hope.

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  • Steph

    Hi there! Step One didn’t work for me and when I went to step two I got a little bit confused. Where would I find the disk management on Mac OSX? Thank you!

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  • jon

    thanks that worked a treat saved me buying new ipod thanks alot

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  • Red Rose

    all my stuff is still gone -____-” i already know the menu trick still dosnt help my odd corropution issue

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  • Mort

    “You Da Man” Held down the MENU button and the center button for about 5 seconds and “wha la” the iPod came back to life. Thanks for a great suggestion.

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  • Mort

    “You Da Man” Held down the MENU button and the center button for about 5 seconds and “wha la” the iPod came back to life. Thanks for a great suggestion.

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