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Asked Dec 2 2009
I bought a hard drive for my iPod 3rd gen, but I think it needs to be formatted first. How do I go about it?
Ben Sweedler ( Dec 2 2009 )
Answered Dec 2 2009
As I recall, when I replaced the hard drive on my 4th generation iPod, I just plugged the ipod with the new hard drive into my computer (a Mac) and used iTunes to restore the iPod.
Answered Dec 4 2009
When you put a new hard drive in an iPod, there's no iPod software on it, so the iPod, if the mainboard is intact, will ask you to connect it to iTunes. From that point you can just restore it and it should work fine!
yeah, that makes sense - have you tried it?
I have indeed, I repair iPods quite a bit, actually. as long as it's the same kind of hard drive, it should work fine
Dec 11 2009
Answered Jan 22 2011
iPod hard drive need to be formatted? If so, how?
iPod 3rd gen 40gb A10440 hard drive need to be formatted? If so, how?
khalil ( Jan 22 2011 )
khalil, the iPod hard drive is being formatted by iPod. Once you replace the hard drive and your iPod is working, you plug it in iTunes and the restore process will format your hard drive and install the firmware. No other steps should be necessary.
Jan 22 2011