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I hear a clicking noise when i plug in my ipod with click wheel

When i turn on my ipod with click wheel, 20 gb ipod the the apple icon comes up, then the support address. if i plug it in to the computer, i get the do not disconnect screen and the hard drive makes a clicking noise. Makes a really annoying ticking sound on turning on, without me having to even touch the wheel and doesnt move past the folder list.

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This is a relitivly common problem with ipods. this is the ipod failing. it is somtimes called 'the click of death'

if you would like to see what is going on inside:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8S5F2Bd7uA

in other words, your hard-drive, the thing that holds all the data, is broken. the hard drive itself can not be fixed, but you can replace the hard-drive.

this is problem a hardware, rather than software issue (e.g. physical damage) so its not something that can be fixed with a iPod 'restore'.

you have some choices at this point:

1) try and fix it yourself. this can be difficult but alot cheaper (if your good with directions, pick this)
go to ifixit.com
they have both the parts for the repair, as well as the instructions on how to do the repair itself.

2) send it off to apple to fix
this will be very expensive and slow, i don't recommend this.

3) sell it, and buy a new iPod.

Posted on Nov 06, 2009

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