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My IPod reboots continuously, what's wrong?

My IPod reboots continuously, what's wrong and how do I fix it? It gets to the Apple logo, then reboots. I tried iPod built-in diagnostics, disk mode works, and draining the battery has no effect after recharge. I am not about to bang my iPod because I know about sensitive hard drive parts.

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  • Phatmista Oct 04, 2009

    *WARNING******
    Attempt this ONLY if you have a backup of your iPod or you don't mind losing all your files on your iPod.
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    I found a solution to this problem myself. Turns out my specific problem is there was a file the iPod was having trouble recognizing and when booting would confuse itself, causing the iPod to crash and reboot. Put the iPod in disk mode, connect to computer, and use iTunes or another iPod browser to either restore the iPod OR delete all files from the iPod. This will erase the bad file (in my case some album artwork) and you can start over again. Please, do not try this if you have not made a backup of your music on your iPod (hopefully you own all your music and it's all on your computer anyways).

    If anyone has a rebooting problem and cannot use iTunes to restore iPod, try using the latest version of SharePod and delete all the files through that program.

  • Phatmista Dec 28, 2009

    As stated in the comments under my problem, the solution was to use a third party iPod browser since iTunes would crash every time I opened iTunes or had it open with the iPod connected even in disk mode. After deleting all files, I was eventually able to restore the iPod using iTunes ONLY AFTER everything was erased. I was able to determine the problem in the first place: Winamp had previously tried to "sync" with my iPod, but by doing so must have mixed up some files in the iPod resulting in a rebooting issue. I do not use winamp with my iPod connected anymore and do not receive the problem. Third party music libraries/players that try to use the iPod may mess up your iPod's boot cycle!

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I solved this problem on my IPod 30G unit. When I would hook it into my computer (Win XP), ITunes would crash and my IPod would just keep rebooting. Even on it's own, it would play for a few seconds and completely reboot over and over. I suspect that part of the problem is that my battery isn't holding a good charge anymore so make sure the unit is fully charged when trying to use it. This may solve the problem.

If charging it isn't the problem, hook your IPod to your data cable and plug it into your computer. Press and hold the Menu and center button for 6 seconds until the Apple logo appears. Then immediately let go and press and hold the center button and the play button for as long as it takes. You'll see a checkmark appear and your unit will go into disk mode. The 'do not disconnect' message will appear. This is good. Shut down ITunes (if it is running) and go to 'My Computer' and open that. Your IPod should show up as a drive in your listings. Right click on your IPod icon and choose to format the drive. Make sure you use a regular format and that it is being done with the FAT32 file system. It takes a while but it will eventually finish. When it is complete, unplug the IPod from your system, wait a few seconds and your IPod should default to asking you what language you want. Choose your language and hook it back up to your PC.

If things work as they should, ITunes should pop up, ask you a few questions as though it was the first time you are using it and proceed to reinstall everything as it was before.

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My ipod keep restart itself every 4-5 secs... i plug it into the comp and it doesnt show anything not in my comp not in itunes and not in sharepod nothing i did the hold thing and the upper butten 50 times already in every way possible and i did the menu and center and after the logo center and below butten but still nothing can fix it dono what to do help

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If disk mode works, then I would suggest placing the Ipod back into disk mode and connecting it to your computer.
There is a chance that the hard drive is shot and that it will not show up in iTunes.
However the simple fact that disk mode works still gives me hope.
If you are able to get the Ipod to show up in iTunes, then you will need to restore the Ipod.
The restore feature is available in the summary tab that appears in iTunes when the Ipod is connected. All you will need to do is click restore and follow any on screen instructions.
Please do let me know if this does not resolve your issue though. :-)

Posted on Dec 27, 2009

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It sounds like it is the Hard Drive itself. It could have taken a tumble and been damaged. Try syncing the IPod to the computer and resetting it back to factory settings. If it does not work I would recommend either getting the hard drive replaced or buying a new one. Whatever is more cost effective. I hope this helps.

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