SooooOo I have an Apple iPod that is stuck in a weird mode ...

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  1. Dr. Tweedbucket

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    It used to work but I put it in storage for a year or so and now its broken. Recently I thought I'd get it out to test if I liked fumbling around with a little screen ... much like I would if I buy a smart phone.

    So, the only thing that comes up is a usb cable pointing to iTunes. It will do nothing else, it's stuck on that screen. I know there is a factory reset, but it will erase everything I had loaded up on there :waiting

    Is there a non destructive way to restore this thing? :confused:
     
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    There is a reset function...I think you have to hold the center of the cursor and top portion for like 10 secs...or until it unfreezes.
     
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    Try the reset McStrats suggested or you can connected it to and sync it with your iTunes on your computer.
     
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    hmm the reset doesn't do anything. I'm afraid if I connect it to my computer (iTunes) again, it's going to double a bunch of songs that I don't want two copies of. Oh well, I guess I can always get it going again and then reformat the thing and start over. :dunno It's not a big deal, but I would like to keep the songs intact if possible.
     
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    Here is the weird thing, it's a 16GB iPod and when I plugged it into a computer and opened up the apple folder, it says 4.4GB free of 4.4GB and then it has 3 pictures of the usb pointing to iTunes ... and that's it! Even properties says 4.4GB .... and nothing else.

    I had a ton of songs on there .... I wonder where they went? :waiting
     
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    You say you plugged it in to your PC and "opened up the Apple folder".
    What "Apple folder" is that?
    You're supposed to open iTunes. I know you hate it but it does serve a purpose for managing Apple devices.
    If you aren't willing to use iTunes for file management then you are asking for trouble and are probably not going to be able to fix your problem.
     
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    I refrain from updating iTunes for as long as I can because of these compatibility issues. That, and I cannot find anything after the updates.

    iTunes refuses to even acknowledge my oldest iProduct (a third gen iPod) exists.
     
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    My wife uses a 3rd gen iPod and a couple of iPod Nanos regularly. No issues with the current gen of iTunes.
    We do reformat them once a year to keep them fresh.

    Honestly though, why should we expect them to still be compatible?
    The first one was released in 2001.
    That's ancient in computer years, especially for a such a primitive unit with a physical hard drive.
    You're lucky that your 3rd gen IPod even boots up. It wasn't made to last this long.
    I bought a couple of Nanos because they are flash memory w/no moving parts to wear out and will last forever.
     
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    I'm convinced Apple intentionally jams your i-Pod to make sure there's no bogus music on it.
    My I-Pod is never updated anymore. I know it will be locked up.

    Do a search of I-Pod resets. There are several. It can be put in "Drive mode" where it's a hard drive, or "Reset mode", or "Reboot". All are done from the touch pad.

    The number one thing to do as soon as the I-pod connects is to check "Sync Music Manually." Unfortunately, that box doesn't show until you're connected.
    Without that box checked, Apple will only sync music that's on I-Tunes, and erase any other.

    Thanks, Steve Jobs.
     
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    I have had this issue and successfully fixed it. You have to put your ipod in DFU mode.

     
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    Pull the battery. Oh, wait.
     
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    Actually tap it on a table, Mine did something like that. It was because the hard drive got stuck. It does work, just don't do it hard.
     
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    I'll be happy to loan you my Walkman until you get it fixed, Tweedy.

    :phones
     
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    All flash memory has a limited number of write cycles. SSD drives are no different. YMMV.
     
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    There is no iTunes folder. There used to be of course. It's messed up, I was just going to use it a bit to see if I liked surfing on some micro thing .... it's ok, I'll just reformat the thing if I can figure out how to do it.
     
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    Same issue with an iPhone 5. Simply doesn't want to sync and head to the normal iTunes window.

    On offer is start a new phone or Back-up from months ago.

    Might just have to send all my photos to email or PhotoBucket. Take a screen shot of all my pages and order of apps. Plus a whole lot of things manually, including Notes and Phone Numbers.

    Ill check out the above suggestions, but if Tweeds has tried, I'm likely in the same boat. i don't even have any music on there. I have my iPod for that.
     
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    Going to try updating the iOS to 8.1.3. both on the phone and in i.Tunes.

    Bit worried about the DFU modes...without real assurance.:dunno
     
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    NO LUCK WITH THE 8.1.3. update . Still in the same situation.

    Photos can be transferred with iPhotos. so that is alright. but no backup for the Phone at the moment.
     

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