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How To Format Your Ipod When Not Being Recognized By Itunes Hot

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It's been a while since I have written an article for this site, but this is one that just had to be done. Anybody that owns an Ipod has likely had problems with it at some point. As I discovered this week, getting answers is often difficult and the recommendation is often that your Ipod needs repair. In this article, I am going to show you a great way to fix a corrupted Ipod.

Our Ipod crashed recently and Itunes would no longer recognize it, and neither would Winamp. After searching around, it seemed that the best advice was to try to reformat it. To do this, go to My Computer, right click on your Ipod (it may be called "removable disk") and select "Format".

You will get the window below.

Make all of the settings look like they do in the image. If you do not have the option for FAT32, you can find a computer that does, or you can do it from the command line with the following command:

format [drive letter]: /FS:FAT32

Be very sure you get the right drive letter because this process erases all data!

In our case, we were unable to select the file system at all using the My Computer method above. I read site after site that claimed that this meant that your Ipod is dead and needs a new hard drive. I decided to give it a shot using the command line approach, but received an error message, "The volume is too big for fat32". This is because our Ipod is 128GB and windows imposes a 32GB limit for FAT32 partitions. If your Ipod is smaller than 32GB, I would imagine that the format would work.

The final solution was to find some software that was capable of formatting a large drive with FAT32 and I found that here.

Download this file and run it. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. If the format is successful, you should now be able to see it in Itunes. The final step is to click the restore button in Itunes and you should be back in musicland.

For the record, none of these solutions were found on Apple's web site. It is very disappointing that they aren't offering this level of information to their customers. It appears that they would be happier if you just bought a new one.

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Review By: Computer Repair Sacramento [11/07/2012]
Review Text: how to fix an iPod Touch that's stuck on its load screen so if you can't get past that load screen and you need to just wipe your iPod, get resynced with iTunes, there is a way to do that with a hard restore. So what you're going to go ahead and do is actually press your home button and your power button simultaneously but before you start you want to make sure that you connect to iTunes or the computer that you have your iTunes installed on. So, you're going to go from your lock screen.

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