How can I check my iPod’s Hard Drive for Errors like running Scan Disk?

The iPod has a special Disk Scan utility that can be used to check the hard drive.  Follow these steps:

  • Do a Reset – Press the Menu + Pause/Play buttons until the Apple logo comes up. 
  • At the Apple logo, press the REW, FF, Menu and “Action” (the center) buttons. The iPod will begin to go through a disk scan. At the end you will be presented with a Disk icon with a check mark or a sad iPod icon.  If you get a sad iPod icon you need to send your iPod in for repair.

    See this Apple article iPod: Disk Scan Icon Appears When iPod Is Turned On for an explanation of the various icons.

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