This is a little techie, but not that much so.
I’m sure from reading this blog, you know how much I love my iPod. No single electronic device I have owned has ever so captured my attention. Between the total music customization and podcasts – I now never listen to the radio. Ever.
Imagine my utter dismay when my iPod’s hard drive started failing. It was failing probably for a few months before it got really bad and I investigated the symptoms. For those with Ipods – if your iPod ever pauses more than a second before playing a song, or skips songs altogether, and/or makes a rather loud clicking noise (loud for the iPod that is) – you have a potentially dying hard drive. It wasn’t horrible for quite a while – usually I would do a restore to the iPod and let it re-sync all the music.
About 3 weeks ago it started to get really bad. It would drop in the middle of songs, and wouldn’t sync at all at times. The PC wouldn’t see it as an iPod, just a removeable drive, and then two weeks ago it got the Folder with the Exclamation point icon – meaning it could not find a good file system on its hard drive.
Well needless to say I was pretty dang upset. I mean the thing is only 20 months old. There is a lot of speculation with folks on a lot of iPod forums over what causes the failure, but the bottom line is it was just about dead. I hobbled along for about a week with another restore, and then a trip to the freezer for about an hour every day (which seems to help the problem temporarily). But the drive needed to be replaced.
Being unemployed, finances are pretty darn tight. But I did find an alternative to getting a new iPod – you can replace the hard drive in it. You have to be a bit brave to crack the iPod yourself, but I found a great guide on how to do it. Apple charges $250 to repair the iPod – aka put a new drive in. That’s almost as much as a brand new iPod!
I looked at the DVD and CD collection. I had some stuff I didn’t need and a variety of movies I never watch. I took them to the Princeton Record Exchange and traded ’em for cash. Then I went and ordered a new hard drive for the iPod.
Now the drive that came with the thing was 20 GB, and for $89 I could have gotten that same drive. But for $99 I could get a 30 GB drive. 10 more gig for a mere 10% more? I’m in.
Today I got the replacement drive, and none too soon because even though the iPod was still kind of working yesterday for about an hour, today I fired it up and got the sad Ipod icon. Talk about good timing. Opening the iPod was not as hard as I thought, but you do have to swallow your pride of having a pristine iPod. I chewed up the edge of the plastic on one side just a little. Once I got it open, replacing the drive was a piece of cake.
So now I’m back up and running with a nice 30 GB iPod. IT’s amazing the attachment we get to certain electronic items, but the iPod is probably the single thing I use the most every day.
It is so good to have my precious back. So good…. My precious…..