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Help with my father's non-functioning iPod Classic?

Asked by Elumas (3150 points ) November 22nd, 2010

My dad has a 160GB iPod Classic that he got about two years ago, new. It stopped functioning about a year ago and he just brushed it off. He told me if I can fix it, I can have it.
I can hear the hard drive humming and the battery works fine, but when I plug it into iTunes it says the iPod is in recovery mode and requests to restore it. It’s the only option so I do. It works for awhile, asks me for my password, but I always get a message that error 1430 has occurred. I looked into that, but I couldn’t quite get a handle on how to get it back to normal.
Has anyone experienced this before and know how to fix the iPod?

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BarnacleBill's avatar

Have you tried this. Read down the chain.

Elumas's avatar

I read through it, but I didn’t understand it. What exactly do I need to do?

buckyboy28's avatar

I would recommend finding someone on craigslist who will repair it for a low price. It would probably be a better bet than messing it up by trying to fix it yourself if you are uncertain of what to do.

jerv's avatar

@Elumas Basically, you need to totally reformat the thing. Not restore it, but go “Scorched Earth” on it. I found a more detailed set of instructions here

Also of note:

“I used Windows 7 (with no iTunes installed) to format it to NTFS (slow format) and then i restored it with iTunes 9 in Mac OS 10.6. It worked and I’m ultrahappy, so I hope this might help some one else too.”

Of course,I have also read many stories of failure so that advice may or may not work in your case.

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