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Friday, March 09, 2007

iPod Video - How to Repair & Replace the Hard Drive - 5th Gen - Step-by-Step Guide (Video)

If you have received the dreaded file folder with an exclamation point, you might need to replace your hard drive on your iPod Video. 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 iPod Video.

There are two requirements that you need to have in order to complete this step-by-step guide quickly for the Apple iPod Video. 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. (Links on this page can provide you with one) For extra visualization, an embedded video from YouTube is included below.

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 first need to disconnect the battery cable connector in order to separate the backplate.

5. Place the backplate to the side, but be cautious that it is still connected to the iPod.

6. Lift up the hard drive and flip up the tab to release the connector that holds the hard drive to the iPod Video and slide out the hard drive.

7. Insert your new hard drive for the iPod video to set the hard drive connector (rivet), manuver it into place, when you fold the tab switch back down, only see one white line on the rivet or the cable is not seeded deep enough. Snap the tab closed on the rivet connector.

8. 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. It can be difficult to get the battery cable back into the connector. You must work the backplate carefully and methodically until you get the batter connector aligned properly and then take a flat head screwdriver and snap it into place by popping the connector back down. Then reassemble your ipod.

10. 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.

11. 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.

iPod Video Replacement YouTube Video:

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


Anonymous said...

thank you thank you thank you for posting this! ipod geek that i am, i'm gonna try to put mine back together w/a new hard drive even after the genius bar told me just to buy a new one. oh wells. the hard drive is cheaper. but y take down the video?