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Replaced the hard drive now it won't power on

The HDD died in my iPod Classic 80 GB a couple years ago. After successfully iFixit-ing an iMac using instructions from this site (and a most excellent new set of tools, also from here!), I decided to go back to this old brick and see if I could get it working again.

I found an 80GB HDD on line for about $80, and followed the instructions from this site to replace the drive. The whole process seemed to go very well, but the iPod will not turn on.

If I do the lock/unlock/menu/select reset thing, iTunes will wake up and say "Waiting for iPod". But it never gets beyond that.

I've tried charging the device for several days now.

I'm loath to open it up again, given how tricky that is. But I will if it seems like checking connections might help.

Any suggestions?

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what drive did the iPod have and did you keep the same manufacturer? Did you replace the HDD cable? Double checked the connection of the HDD cable?


The old and new HDDs looked the same, but I'm not positive they were the same manufacturer (I didn't keep the dead one). I did not replace any cables. I double-checked the connections before I closed the iPod up, but I haven't re-opened it to check.


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Because you replaced the HDD, it's not formatted and needs to be formatted in iTunes in Disk Mode

Turn the iPod on and press the center button and menu button to reset it

Then press and hold the center and menu button to reset it, then press the center button and play/pause button and plug in your cable, it will be in recovery mode, and press restore

Start there and tell us what happens

Now it's time to try and replace the battery and see what happens

iPod Classic Battery Replacement

iPod Classic (Thin) Replacement Battery

iPod Classic (Thick) Replacement Battery

If that fails to work for your iPod, then go in and replace the HDD cable

If that fails, the HDD is no good you bought and it needs to be exchanged

iPod Classic (Thin) Replacement Battery Image


iPod Classic (Thin) Replacement Battery


iPod Classic (Thick) Replacement Battery Image


iPod Classic (Thick) Replacement Battery


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That did not seem to have any effect. The iPod screen is not turning on when I do the reset. The HDD is not spinning up, as far as I can tell by listening to it. My gut says that this is independent of the HDD replacement, and was caused by the thing sitting there discharged for years.


OK, thanks, Nick. Hopefully $15 will be low enough that my wife won't give me that withering "you spent $80 *not* fixing this, and now you're going to spend *more*?" look :)


hopefully your wife gets this is what troubleshooting is about


battery is on its way. I'll update the thread after I've installed it.


Meantime, you can read this thread which I found describing EXACTLY my problem:


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joshuaesmith, here is what Apple says "If the iPod for Windows Installer gets stuck at the "Waiting for iPod" message, you will have to close that window and use the iPod Updater to restore your iPod.

Click the X button in the upper right corner of the window to close it.

Proceed with the rest of the installation.

You will see an error message with the number 1628, which indicates that the installation did not complete. Click OK.

Unless you have an iPod shuffle, you will need to restore your iPod using the iPod Updater before you can use it with Windows. The iPod shuffle does not need to be restored to work with Windows." and here is how to restore your iPod "How to restore iPod

Verify that you have an active Internet connection, because you may need to download new versions of the iTunes and iPod Software.

Download and install the latest version of iTunes if necessary.

Open iTunes. Connect your iPod to your computer using the USB or FireWire cable that came with your iPod.

After a few moments, your iPod will appear in the Source panel in iTunes.

Select your iPod in the Source panel. You will see information about your iPod appear in the Summary tab of the main iTunes window.

Click Restore.

If you are using a Mac, you will be asked to enter an administrator’s name and password.

A progress bar will appear on the computer screen, indicating that stage one of the restore process has begun. When this stage is done, iTunes will present one of two messages with instructions specific to the iPod model you are restoring.

Disconnect iPod and connect it to iPod Power Adapter (typically applies to older iPod models).

Leave iPod connected to computer to complete restore (typically applies newer iPod models).

During stage two of the restore process, the iPod displays an Apple logo as well as a progress bar at the bottom of the display. It is critical that the iPod remain connected to the computer or iPod power adapter during this stage.

Note: The progress bar may be difficult to see, because the backlight on the iPod display may be off.

After stage two of the restore process is complete, the iTunes Setup Assistant window will appear. It will ask you to name your iPod and choose your syncing preferences, as it did when you connected your iPod for the first time." Once you have the firmware on your HDD you should have access to all the function like disk and diagnostic mode. Hope this helps, good luck.

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I'm using a Mac, but yes, I went through all of apple's instructions. There is no special restore utility for this generation of iPods: you need to use iTunes. But iTunes just says "Waiting for iPod" and then eventually gives a random error message. The iPod never shows up as a device, in the Source panel.

Note that the system profile utility does show the device on the USB bus, but it's apparently not saying the things iTunes expects it to say.


Have your tied to format the HDD as a Fat32 from your system?


How could I do that, if it doesn't appear as a device? Here are the kernel messages when I plug it in and do a reset... 5/4/12 1:14:01.000 PM kernel: USBF: 98602.407 [0xffffff8014479e00] The IOUSBFamily is having trouble enumerating a USB device that has been plugged in. It will keep retrying. (Port 4 of Hub at 0xfa100000)

5/4/12 1:14:01.000 PM kernel: USBF: 98603.143 The USB Family found a device at port 4 of hub @ 0xfa100000 with a bad USB device descriptor (0x4112000002000112, 0x7ad0001124105ac )

5/4/12 1:14:01.000 PM kernel: USBF: 98603.143 [0xffffff8014479e00] The IOUSBFamily gave up enumerating a USB device after 10 retries. (Port 4 of Hub at 0xfa100000)

5/4/12 1:14:01.000 PM kernel: USBF: 98603.143 [0xffffff8014479e00] The IOUSBFamily was not able to enumerate a device.


Check out this thread: it is exactly a description of the problem I'm having.


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