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.
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.