iPod® not being recognized by Windows®-based operating system
What are the reasons due to which iPod maynot be recognized by Windows-based operating system? How can the issue be fixed?
Problems with iPod can typically lead the user to believe that the device has failed or has become defective. Although iPod can become damaged under some conditions, chances of failure are nevertheless fewer. More common issues involve hardware conflicts or corrupt data located on the device. When attempting to troubleshoot not recognizing problems with an iPod device, consideration should be given not only to the iPod device but also to the port that it is being plugged into. Attempting to use the iPod on another computer or attempting to plug another device into the USB port on your computer system can help to troubleshoot other potential problems.
Below discussed details explain the cause of the problem when Windows does not recognize the iPod and different ways to fix the issue:
- Ways to fix issue
One of the most common problems faced with iPod is that they may suddenly appear to stop working when you plug them into a USB jack on a computer. Normally the iPod drive is automatically detected by your Windows operating system with required applications, when you plug it into an available USB slot. However, if your computer doesn't automatically recognize the device when it is plugged in, then some general troubleshooting methods can correct the problem.
Sometimes when you connect an iPod, the computer system may not recognize it. Incorrect cable installations, jumper settings and BIOS settings may cause the computer to be unable to detect your iPod. Failure to recognize the iPod by your computer system can also be caused by a Drive Letter Discrepancy. When the iPod is plugged into the computer, the computer will automatically assign a drive letter to identify the device. If this drive letter is in conflict with another drive then the iPod may appear as if it is not connected to your computer.
Most iPod owners have come across the problem like computer does not recognize the iPod once or twice. To solve this problem reset the iPod, empty your recycle bin and restart your computer. If iTunes sees the iPod but it does not work as a hard drive even though disk use is enabled, try forcing it to mount. Reset the iPod and at the iPod logo screen hold 'Select' and then press 'Play' or 'Pause' button.
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