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240 gb HD upgrade - device must be booted every time?


I just recently upgraded my Ipod video(5.5) to a 240gb toshiba hard drive. After much much time troubleshooting this issues (motherboard compatibility, f-disk/diagnostic on the hard drive, and format/reboots) I have discovered the my ipod will not regularly turn on??? I always have to hold the center and menu button for for the ipod to boot. My music an language setting will still be available but I can't regularly turn on/off. The Hold switch does function but the ipod still has to be booted every time. Or after say 30+minutes of OFF/in-active use.

Any ideas?

Also I did discover how to unlock the old 80gb mac hard drive. But sadly it will only work with unix/linux red hat. Mac can recognize it but will not be able to mount the full drive. (just the tiny partition it can see :-)

Please please please this is a great community and I know you guys have the answer!

V/r Andrew

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Andrew, I am sure that you already know that the iPod Video doesn’t exactly have an on/off button. you know that you let it "go to sleep" As for turning it through a reset only, I have had the issue with one of mine. A new battery solved that problem. You can also try to use a different version firmware and see if that makes a difference. I get mine from here. not sure what you are asking about the 80GB Mac hard drive.....Hope this helps, good luck.

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Hey thanks! Yes the Ipod won't sleep or sleep for too long before you always have to boot. I'll try your idea of switching to an older firmware. The battery in the Ipod is brand new. True it could be bad/defunct but I think this is unlikely? I might try a different battery to just to see if that is the issue. The old 80gb Ipod hard drive does function as a regular hard drive(via external usb enclosure) but you have to re-partition the entire disk. I used F-disk and was able to "unlock" the hard drive but unfortunately MAC OS-X won't recognize the disk (just the boot sector) I've only found that it works in Linux boots(red hat). I don't believe anyone has been able to successfully remove the proprietary Toshiba-Apple partition protection.


I just checked one of mine and funny enough, it does the same thing. Once it "falls asleep, I have to reset it to start it. It's a mere inconvenience so I never really paid any attention to it:-) There was some discussion somewhere about the CE hard drives and there use in other equipment, and I think Apple got Toshiba et al covered with not having those "relatively inexpensive" drives work in other equipment.


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