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Ipod just shows folder with ! icon... but windows detects it fine

My ipod just shows the folder icon with a !. when i plug it into my computer it will detect it just fine and evem allows me to place things on the drive. iTunes says it is corrupt and needs to be updated and it will update it "successfully" but it still wont boot and gives the original screen. I dont want to send it away...

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The problem could be a bad hard drive. Try getting it replaced. It could be that the hard drive is on its last arm.

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Re: ipod just shows folder with ! icon... but windows...

While disconnected from your PC, toggle the hold button on and then off. Then hold down the menu button and the center button at the same time. hold them until the screen flashes. then release. You may have to try this several times. If that doesn't work, try doing a restore. You can do this from the summary page in itunes. Once itunes has found your ipod, click on 'restore'. all your music will be erased, but you can just do a sync and re-load it later. Follow the instructions once restore is complete. If that doesn't work then your hard drive needs to be reformatted.

Posted on Jul 29, 2007

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I am trying to download just a couple of pieces of music from someone's ipod onto my computer without transferring everything from my computer onto her ipod and messing it up for her. How do I do that?

  1. Have the "View Hidden Files and Folders" option enabled. To view them go to my documents and then tools>folder options>view. Then click the "Show hidden files and folders" under the "Hidden files and folders" section. (You will not have to scroll down the list to see it)
  2. Plug the iPod into the computer that you wish to back it up on.
  3. Open up a Windows Explorer Window, from the accessories folder of the programs listing.
  4. Navigate to the "My Computer" icon.
  5. Expand the folder, and find the drive that has the name of your iPod.
  6. Expand your iPod's folder, and find the folder: "iPod Control".
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  8. Look for a series of folders with strange names.
  9. Select all of the files. Do this by going to: Edit>Select All>. Alternatively, you may hold the Control key and click all of the folders.
  10. Copy all of the folders, by going to Edit>Copy or by right clicking one of the selected folders and clicking copy. This will copy all of the folders.
  11. Paste the music in the desired folder by using Edit>Paste.
  12. Open each folder, and copy the MP3 files into the desired folder, or you can leave them where they are. The music will have non understandable names, like "EDCI" and "DLXE", 4 letter names are normal.
  13. Open the music up in the music player of your choice if you wish. Do this when all of the music has been extracted from the original iPod folders.
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  • This works on both PCs and Macs, but these instructions are for PCs. Mac computers work similarly to this.
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  • Do NOT mess around with any other file(s) on the iPod
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Ipod touch wont show up in my computer at all

you need to use itunes to communicate with your ipod can download it from after this,when ipod is detected,since it shows the screen mentioned above,you will have to restore it using itunes.

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i had the exact same problem with my ipod.

whenever i plugged my ipod in to my computer, it just charged and itunes didnt reconize my ipod.

so i saw the comment on here that said to reset your ipod when it was plugged into your computer with itunes open and it worked!!

(to reset your ipod press the menu button and the center button at the same time and hold them down for a couple of seconds till the screen goes black)

i hope this works for anyone else who has the same problem with thier ipod!!

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Ipod wont show up on itunes

Okay, I had a similar problem with a 5th Gen 30GB, and I stumbled upon a solution that I have not seen anywhere else.
Basically, my iPod was mounting as a disk drive, but would not show up in iTunes. I reset it many times and ran the diagnostics (left and center upon Apple logo at startup). Nothing worked, and of course I couldn't restore it, because it wouldn't show up in iTunes. It did the same thing regardless of what PC or Mac it was plugged into -- it always mounted, but never showed up in iTunes.
Another odd observation was that it was mounting on my Mac desktop with the "external hard drive" icon, not with an iPod icon.
Here is what I did that fixed it:
1. Plugged it in to a Mac. 2. Opened a Terminal session 3. Browsed to the /Volumes/iPod/iPod_Control/ folder 4. Renamed the iTunes sub-folder to iTunes.backup 5. Ejected the iPod, then re-connected it
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