My iPod is messed up and I want to start over.  How should I format it?


There is definitely a certain way that the iPod likes to be formatted.

If you format your iPod from Windows Explorer, the MacOS Finder, or a third party utility, you may end up with a very sick—and perhaps irreparable—iPod.  The iPod has hidden partitions, which contain the iPod’s “Firmware” (the mini operating system that drives the iPod itself).  Some formatting utilities have been known to obliterate this vital component of the iPod.

Instead of formatting the iPod this way, you should use the “Restore” function of the “iPod Updater” program, available from Apple.  This will format (completely erase) your iPod, and reload its Firmware to the latest version.  You may have used this “iPod Updater” program in the past to update your iPod to the latest version.  If you don’t already have it on your computer, download it free from .

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Jerrod H.

Jerrod was a contributing editor at iLounge. He mostly wrote articles about iTunes and iPod accessories. He was known for his in-depth knowledge of both topics and was often able to provide readers with unique insights into the world of Apple products.