Model A1238 / 80, 120, or 160 GB hard drive / black or silver metal front

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HDD Replacement. Still Red X, HDD working.

I've replaced the hard drive in my ipod 6th gen. To the best of knowledge and a lot of tutorial advice it went smoothly. I haven't put the casing back together yet.

However I still have the red cross icon appearing after a few seconds. I've tried putting it into disk mode about 25 times, but nothing.

Any other suggestions?

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Tom Brayshaw, could be a tough one. First, why did you replace the drive? What was the problem with it. The drive that you replaced came hopefully from a good source, had a couple of bad ones previously. Did you take a look at the HDD cable? Make sure it is not frayed. Due to a bad cable in my past, I have now gone to the point of replacing them as well. Make sure that the ribbon cable is properly inserted. There is also a difference between the drives and the cable if you changed the manufacturer. I do know that the Hitachi and Toshiba use different cables.It is only a marginal expense. If you have access to a USB-to-Zif adapter. Take your drive out of the iPod and see if your computer finds it as a drive. This way at least you know that your drive is ok. Once you are sure that your drive is okay and your cable as well, check the connector, make sure there is no debris or anything on it. You can clean the whole board with isopropyl alcohol just make sure that the rubber bumpers on the switches under the click-wheel stay on. If all that checks okay, you can and should try again to place the iPod in disk mode and restore from there. Let us know how it is going. Good Luck.

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Cheers for the help. It was actually just that i hadn't pushed down one of the retractable points properly. Once more it lives!!


Yep, happens all the time...;-) good luck and enjoy the tunes.


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