Model A1136 / 30, 60, or 80 GB hard drive / black or white plastic front

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Sometimes my iPod starts with sad iPod support screen?

My 5th Gen 30gb iPod works great; except now after it's been off with the hold switch on for a long time it starts with the sad iPod support screen. If I do a reset it will start-up fine and work great. I can turn it off set the hold switch throughout the day and it starts just fine, but when I do the same thing at night the next morning its starts with the sad iPod screen again. I have noticed that when this happens I do not hear the HD spinning like I do after a reset or a normal start-up. I had the battery replaced by a pro a year ago and it still holds a good charge, and I have had no problems with my PC or iTunes either. Help, any ideas?

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shaddock4, it does sound like your HDD is getting sticky. It does happen with the older drives and will eventually lead to failure. I would start thinking about replacing the drive as well as the cable.

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Thanks oldturkey0, I guess I'll start shopping for a new HD and connector cable!


Thanks for accepting my answer. the drives are relatively easy to find on places like or Good Luck


i recommend installing a CF card(32GB) ona a ZIF to CF conveerter board, and wrap in tape so it dosen't short out, this is cheaper and more reliable


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