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My ipod is not working

My Ipod had been working fine for the few years I have had it.. (got it used, so im not sure about warranty/service) Then recently, it would freeze up on certain songs and after a while, just skip the songs (it's not the audio files.. they've all been ripped from CDs). After a few days of that kind of malfunction.. it stopped working all together. It powers on, but wont even make it to the menus. I can hear the hard drive spinning.. but after a while of displaying the apple logo, it displays a strange.. file error looking icon. a folder with a triangle over it, with an exclamation point inside (!). then it turns off.. sometimes powering back on by itself and repeating the same strange error.
I have tried to reformat the ipod.. but when I connect it to my PC.. it makes my PC freeze until it is unplugged (strange, i know). The PC does not recognize it, and neither does Itunes. So I cant update the software, or reformat the storage.. It seems to me that maybe the hard drive inside is ruined? Is there any way to fix that? or is it doomed for the trash?
any tips would be much appreciated.

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  • zipz0p Nov 10, 2007

    Aside from freezing my computer, I have the exact same symptoms on my 40GB ipod. Since it doesn't freeze my computer, I've managed, on brief spurts of semi-functionality to reinstall the firmware, but that didn't help - it went back to the same errors. Any tips would be invaluable.

  • whdsipod Nov 14, 2007

    Exact same problems as the original post

  • ostalapasta1 Dec 06, 2007

    i have tried to plug it into my computer and it says it is charging! then it says it is done and when i unplug it, it won't turn on!! i have tried turning it on when it is still pluged in but no such luck! the itunes dousnt recognize it eather!! my songs dont show up anywhere. i have a video ipod.what should i do!! help me i am no computer wizz!!!

  • opjaur May 06, 2008

    My ipod 80GB turns off and on. when it stops you could see the apple logo and if I try to hold the menu and the middle button it starts to turn off and on again.

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The problem is with the hard drive. If you feel comfortable enough opening the iPod, you can buy a replacement hard drive on eBay, open it up (there are special pry tools you can buy on eBay that won't scratch the case, but if you don't mind you can use a small flathead screwdriver) and replace the hard drive.

Posted on Jan 05, 2008

  • Yonatan Horan Jan 05, 2008

    By the way, if you're not comfortable opening it up, people pay more than $40 for these broken iPods on eBay.

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