iPod is among the most trendy and classy device, which is loved by millions of people worldwide. You can customize your music collection, create playlist and enjoy listening to them anywhere and at any time, these media player’s often helps you relax in tense situations. However many times you may also experience several issues with your iPod players and encounter error message like, “iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode - Use iTunes to restore” when you connect your iPod to your system.
The above error states that the iPod is stuck in recovery mode and you need to restore the iPod before use. Follow the below steps to restore your iPod device:
Restoring iPod to factory settings
- Make sure that you have the latest iTunes and iPod software, if not download and install the applications
- Launch iTunes and attach your iPod to your computer via USB or any other cable that came with your iPod
- Let your system detect the iPod player and displays it on iTunes source panel
- The iTunes main window shows all the information regarding your iPod in the Summary tab
- Click “Restore”, (if you are on Mac. You’ll be prompted to enter your administrator username and password)
- Monitor your stage one of your restore process by looking at the progress bar, once this stage is complete. iTunes displays two messages with instruction specified to your iPod model
- After that the stage two of the restore process starts, during this stage the iPod displays an Apple logo as well as a progress bar at the bottom of the display screen (It is recommended not to disconnect your iPod player from computer in this stage)
- After stage two is done, iTunes Setup Assistant window will appear and it asks you to name your iPod and select your syncing preferences
Warning: Before performing any restore operation on your iPod, it is suggested to backup all important files like songs, videos, games, documents and podcast that you've saved on your iPod disk. On the other hand in case you lose your iPod files after restore operation, which you have not backed up. Then use Remo Recover Mac Media edition software to perform iPod recovery and get back all the lost data from it.
Even after restoring your iPod, if the same message appears again. Then you need to assign a new drive letter to your iPod. To assign a new drive letter follow these steps.
Assigning Drive Letter
- Open “Control Panel”
- Double click on “Administrative Tools” and then “Computer Management”
- In the left column, click on “Disk Management”
- Navigate to your iPod device and right click on it, then select “Change Drive Letter and Paths”
- Click on “Change” button
- Use the drop down menu to assign a new drive letter for your iPod player (Note: Choose a letter which is not assigned to any other physical drive, it is also suggested to not use letters like a, b, c, d because these letters are usually reserved for other system drives) and click “Ok”
- Click “Yes” button on the confirmation dialog box
- Close “Computer Management” application and restart your computer
Changing the drive letter will help your iPod out of your Recovery Mode problem, but you need to be very careful while choosing the drive letter. Cause selecting a drive letter that is already assigned will make some programs to not run properly.