My 3G iPod Broke

My iPod stopped working while I was riding my bike. The hard disk froze. I tried restoring it. I tried reformatting it (on my PC, Mac and Linux box).

3G iPod
3G iPod

I bought a replacement hard disk from That didn’t work either. I sent it back. They sent me another one. That didn’t work. They sent me another one.

That didn’t work. I’m a little off on right now. I tried repartioning it on my Macintrash with pdisk. It looked like this:

Partition map (with 512 byte blocks) on ‘/dev/disk1’

1: Apple_partition_map partition map 62 @ 1
2: Apple_MDFW firmware 65536 @ 63 ( 32.0M)
3: Apple_HFS disk 29231920 @ 65599 ( 13.9G)

Device block size=512, Number of Blocks=29297520 (14.0G)
DeviceType=0x0, DeviceId=0x0

I kept getting the message no valid block 1, so I gave up.

I didn’t want to spend $150 for a disk (Toshiba doesn’t make the MK1503GAL disk anymore, so most of the available replacement disks seem to be “refurbished” or pulls from “working” iPods).

What pisses me off is I have this good 3G iPod (except for the hard disk) and it costs half the price of a new one to fix it. Or I could send it to Apple; they’ll fix it for $255.55. I guess I’ll make it into an iPod Super, and break down and get a 5G for carrying around.

The 3G iPod was first released in May 2003, so I’m way behind Steve Jobs new ipod every year theory.