Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Quick Vista Tip: "Fixing" Your iPod


Just a quick note. When attaching a storage device (iPod, camera memory card, etc) to a Vista computer that was formatted with FAT32 under XP, you will be greeted with a disturbing dialog box saying that Vista would like to "fix" whatever device you've just connected.

Uh, don't click the "fix" button.

What is going on is that there is an archival bit on the hard drive or device you've just connected that Vista needs to have reset. You can do this quickly (and harmlessly) with the following command line:

chkdsk (iPod or other device drive letter): /f

Done. You'll never see the "Scan & Fix" dialog for that device again.

11 comments:

Patrick said...

Great tip thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

I've tried doing this but I get "Cannot open colume for direct access."

Any ideas?

Anonymous said...

Enable your iPod's disk access in iTunes' settings, run the above command, and then disable the iPod disk access when you're done, if you want. (You probably already figured that out, but I figured it'd be good to post it for posterity's sake...)

RocketMan said...

Posterity is thankful. ;) Good tip.

stuartrozier said...

Hey guys, ive seen this tip of a number of websites, and searched many, becuase i thought ive been entering the command wrongly. everytime i enter the command and change the drive letter, it either says "The drive, the path of the file name is not valid" or "invalid drive letter".

I have a feeling this is to do wth how my hard drive connects to the computer. Basically i have little cheapy server, which allows me to add 4usb connections through my router. Its an external device which ive brought seperate to the router. So i have 2usb hard drives and a printer connected to it. Do you think this maybe the problem or the reason why it cant find the device ?
Many thanks
Stuart

RocketMan said...

Hi Stuart -

This sounds like a different question unrelated to the quick fix tip above... however...

If you are attaching a drive through a USB port and it shows up on Vista's drive management utility, it definitely sees the drive. It may not be getting enough power, tho, to do anything. The server you are connecting it to: is it properly powering your USB drives?

stuartrozier said...

It is yes.. The server has its own power supply, and so does the 2 hard drives. But still when i start the server utility, and select the hard drives, they connect fine, and can read from them both fine, ... but still the scan and fix message everytime i connect to them , hmmm

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Worked like a charm.

drjasonmd said...

Thanks for the tip. This bug has been annoying me for months.

Josh said...

Great tip... This was bugging me with my iPod on Windows 7.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My Ipod doesn't show up in my Itunes. Therefore, when I get Vista asks me to Scan and Fix, I run the cmd prompt to check the disk but get stuck as it cannot access a folder. I can't enable disk access as the device doesn't appear in Itunes. Any ideas?