Disk Mode on the iPod Mini


Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 — 4:00pm PST
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I’ve had my pink iPod mini for several years now and I have a hunch that many would have given up on theirs a long time ago given all the problems I’ve had with it. After learning how to reboot it (when it thinks the battery is low) I have been putting up with a lot more bizarre activity simply because I can’t afford to upgrade it. At least, I can justify spending several hundred dollars on groceries more than I can to replace an mp3 player (but that’s just a bit of the “wife” in me talking, eh).

The latest strangeness my little mini has produced is “Disk Mode” followed by a check mark and “OK to disconnect”. Unlike the lightning bolt symbol, I couldn’t for the life of me seem to get it OUT of Disk Mode, so I decided to find out how it got like that in the first place. A little “reverse engineering” as John would say.

disk mode

Apparently you can put your iPod into Disk Mode by rebooting (which is done by sliding the hold button back and forth then pressing Play/Pause + Menu) then following these steps:

When the Apple logo appears, release the Menu and Select buttons and immediately press and hold the Select and the Play/Pause buttons until the Disk Mode screen appears. [Apple Support]

To get out of Disk Mode, I simply have to reboot my iPod again and there we go – good as new! Well… for another 2 minutes until it thinks the fully-charged battery is dead, then I reboot it. And so the dance continues.

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6 comments

  1. http://www.rockbox.org/
    An alternative iPod firmware. I’m using it on my cousin’s old iPod. The thing wouldn’t boot, wouldn’t play, but now I’ve got it working and playing music in the format I want. It’s pretty neat. Even comes with a bunch of games.

  2. […] you may have noticed from my “iPod home repair guides” that my mini is pretty much on its last legs. Leave it to the viral marketing […]

  3. Summer says:

    its not working for my ipod mini! =[

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  5. dj.dj. says:

    Dear Miss604
    I to have a metalic pink ipod mini , that i bought at the Sally Ann , down the street . My problem is that our home Mac doesn’t recognize the ipod … plug in and a popup says “not enough power here , unplug and plug into a better power source “you press the OK button and it goes away , the ipod starts to charge , but then nothing …no ikon no talk , no nothing … now this thing is chocked full of a great selection of tunes … but not My tunes . Sooo , can anyone give me some tips or hints … did software come with these things ?? codes sent to the mother compuror @ Mac central ?
    dj.dj.

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