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Chapter 16. Troubleshooting > The iPod's Self-Help Modes

16.1. The iPod's Self-Help Modes

If you've used a computer for any length of time, you know that hard drives can sometimes crash, lock up, or have days when they're just not feeling well. Unlike most MP3 players, which use memory chips to store 64 or 128 MB of music, the iPod uses a hard drive to store its music and data. Accordingly, sometimes you need to use hard disk diagnostic and repair tools, like ScanDisk or Disk Utility. All you have to do is push the right sets of buttons.


Note:

Starting with the iPod Mini, Apple fundamentally changed the iPod's hardware by placing the control buttons directly on the scroll wheel and turning it into a click wheel. Several iPods—including the Mini, the 2004 model, the Apple iPod from HP, the U2 Special Edition, and iPod Photo—now use the click wheel. If you see button-pushing instructions that refer to a click wheel iPod, they're referring to any and all of the aforementioned models.



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