I recently turned on my mp3 player, it worked and than it reset and the trouble menu popped. I hear the hard drive ticking (softly) and it goes into the rescue mode.
While I tried tapping above the menu buttom, nothing happened. Can It be true? Did my Nomad break?
I appreciate your input.
I just had the same problem (Nomad Zen 20GB), the hard drive was stuck. Tapping while it boots didn't help so I took off the back cover and removed the cover of my hard drive (5 screws), then helped the drive to start spinning when the player was booting. Now it works again just fine. Make sure you take it apart in a clean environment (no dust) and don't touch the disk itself, only the center hub. Just be careful, if you damage something then the drive is gone.
My Hard drive ticked just the same as yours...but try tapping it on the right side upon boot up...like in the problem posted within these pages 'My MP3 player has a hard disk problem and won't...' the Menu option did'nt work for me but tapping it did.... thanks a bunch
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Your Hard Drive for this iPod has gone bad. The popping is the sound of your Hard Drive trying to read. The inside of a hard drive is like a record player, what would be an arm and needle on a record player is similar inside the Hard Drive, Most likely the Arm is broken.
Listen to the iPod when it is connected to the computer. Do you hear repetitive clicking sounds from the hard drive? If so, your hard drive is broken. It's not too hard to replace the hard drive yourself. Here is an iPod Repair Guide that shows how to open an iPod. Parts are easily available on Ebay. If you want somebody else to do it for you go to iPad Repair
Distinct clicking, right? Your hard drive is about to crash completely. Other than the ticking, your problems are probably because the hard drive is not giving out the information it needs to because it can't. You need either a new Hard drive or a new player. once you get it all of you problems should go away.
It sounds like a problem with your hard drive. I know it sounds strange when everything else is working but in my experience and I've fixed thousands of iPod videos. 95% of the time, if the logic board is actually functioning, if you have a fault it's the hard drive.
Detach your player from the PC if it is connected, and turn off the player.
If the player stops responding, you can reset the player. To reset the player, gently
insert a thin object into the Reset hole located below the power switch.
Booting straight to the Recovery menu
I decided to open it up to check out the hard drive to see what kind I would need so I could try replacing it. The data plug that attaches to the hard drive itself was partially unplugged. So, I pushed it back in all the way, put it all back together again, and turned it on just to see if something different might happen. (I had it set in my mind that the hard drive failed and I would need a new one, so I didn't expect anything different to happen) And to my surprise, it worked just like new again.
Before you go off and invest in a new hard drive, I suggest opening it up and make sure that plug is in all the way. Since you'll be opening it up in any case, it wouldn't hurt.
I had the same problem, took it to Apple store, they suggested I trade it in for a new one. With no other options, I opened up the ipod and found that the hard drive off center. I popped it back into place and it worked like normal after that. Opening your ipod will void the warranty. Hope this helps.
The ticking noise is the arm inside the hard drive swinging back and forth in an effort to find the first sector of the drive. Best guess is a stuck spindle on which the platters ride. Another common name for this condition is called "stiction." If you feel comfortable, you can take the hard drive out and remove the cover off of it. Then, gently take your index finger and touch the edge of the platter and attempt to turn it. DO NOT touch the surface of the platter or play with the servo arm. You must do this in a dust free environment and as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you can take it to someone who is familiar with hard drive repair. Once it is working, you will need to a backup of the drive. Also, you will need to replace the drive because it will stick again. Good luck.