How to Erase an iPod

On those rare occasions when you want to erase all the music, audiobooks, games and any other files on your iPod, the solution is to restore the iPod disk to factory settings. Be certain this is what you want to do: once you start this process, all the songs, games, audiobooks and other files will be deleted permanently from your iPod.

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Re-set your iPod to factory settings, if necessary.

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Make sure iTunes is downloaded on your computer. Open iTunes. Connect the iPod to the computer via the USB port or FireWire cable.

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Select your iPod when it appears in the Source section. Choose "Restore."

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Log in as an administrator if you get that prompt (Mac users only). Follow the progress of the restore on the screen. If you have an older version of iPod, you may be asked to connect your iPod to the iPod power adapter. Otherwise, keep the iPod connected to the computer while the music is being erased.

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Confirm that the resoration has successfully wiped all the music from the disk when the iTunes Setup Assistant Window comes up. When this window appears, enter the name of your iPod and answer the other prompts, just as you did when you first set the iPod up.