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Thursday, March 08, 2007

iPod - How to Repair & Replace the Hard Drive - 4th Gen - Step-by-Step Guide

If you have received the dreaded file folder with an exclamation point, you might need to replace your hard drive. Alternatively, you might just need to reload your Apple iPod’s software. However, if you do need to replace your hard drive or you are looking to upgrade it to a higher capacity, then this guide is will walk you through the replacement of your hard drive on your 4th generation iPod.

There are two requirements that you need to have in order to complete this step-by-step guide quickly for the 4th Generation Apple iPod. First you will need a shim tool in order to take apart your iPod. Secondly, and most obvious is that you will need a replacement iPod hard drive. (Some of the links on this page can provide your with a good replacement)

Note: This procedure will effectively void your Apple iPod warranty.

1. Place your Apple iPod face down on the surface you are working with. Insure that the surface is clean or the LCD screen on your 3rd Generation iPod is protected so it does not become scratched.

2. Insert the shim tool in the middle of your iPod along the left side between the silver metallic back cover and your colored skin face to your Apple iPod.

3. Carefully work (slide) the shim tool back and forth along the side of the iPod to release the tabs which enable the cover to be released.

4. Remove the cover slowly, and place to the side as it will still remain connected to your Apple iPod. You will now be able to access the hard drive.

5. Flip up the tab on the connector that holds the hard drive to the connector on the iPod and slide out the hard drive.

6. Some cases may require you to replace your hard drive connector on your iPod. In this case, with just one additional tab, the connector will come out cleanly and can be easily replaced.

7. Insert the new hard drive and snap the connector to secure the hard drive.

8. Snap the back cover on your Apple iPod and it is ready to go.

9. In some cases, the iPod may turn on, even if you had the hold switch on. If so, flip the hold switch to the off position, and then hold the center of the click-wheel (select) simultaneously with the menu button for 6-10 seconds to reset the iPod. If the iPod boots up, you are in good shape.

10. If it is a new, unformatted hard drive – you may want to completely reload your iPod software using the iPod loader software that came with your iPod.

Guide Compatible with: Apple iPod white, Apple iPod black, Apple iPod Red, Apple iPod Pink, Apple iPod Green, Apple iPod Blue, Apple iPod 30GB, Apple iPod 80GB, Apple iPod 40GB, Apple iPod 20GB, Apple iPod Photo, Apple iPod U2

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