How to Format the iPod Mini Hard Drive

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Format the iPod Mini hard drive by connecting the iPod to a computer via the USB cable, wait for the iPod page to come up on the screen, and hit restore to completely erase everything on the iPod. Set up an iPod after reformatting with help from the manager of a cell phone store in this free video on iPods.

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Hi, I'm Ben from The Cellphone Broker, in San Jose, California. Today, I'm going to show you how to do reformat your iPod hard drive. Let's say your iPod starts having problems. You've got some files on there you don't want to have on there anymore, and you just want to completely start over. You're going to want to reformat your hard drive, and I'm going to show you how to do that right now. What you basically need is you need your iPod, you need a computer such as a laptop or a desktop, and you also need your iPod USB cable, and so the three things that you're going to need. So, I'm just going to plug in the iPod to my USB cable. Now, keep in mind that when you do this you're going to lose all the information that was saved on your iPod. It's almost like getting a brand new iPod. Everything's going to be gone. So, you'll notice right here on the screen that this little iPod pops up. All you need to do is come right here, hit restore, and click the blue button to verify that you want to do it. So, it'll remove everything including the software that is on the iPod. It'll ask you to verify your computer's password. It's now saying that it's connected to the computer, and if you look on the screen right here it'll have all the directions to set up your iPod. It's like like I said just starting over, and then all you have to do is just sync your music, and your photos, your movies, and everything to your iPod and you're ready to go and you're you're back up again. I'm Ben from The Cellphone Broker, in San Jose, California. Check out our website at


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