For the second time in as many weeks my nano has become invisible to itunes. The nano itself displays the DO NOT DISCONNECT message and sits there doing nothing while itunes fails to see it. Windows reports a "healthy" volume within Disk Management but it doesn't see a FAT32 volume, just a basic partition which it sees as empty - but it isn't, cos I can still see and listen to all the tunes that I have downloaded to the pod. I cured it last time by reformatting the ipod as FAT32 but this, of course, resulted in the loss of all of my music. Having spend a few days reinstating the music I now find, when trying to add some new material, that it has done it again! This is getting really boring. Does anyone know what causes this, or if there is a work-around or fix. The nano may be pretty but if it remains as unstable as it seems to be at present then it's pretty useless.
..but just tried it again, to be sure. Updater (the latest version) just sits there with a message saying it's initialising and both the rest and restore buttons are greyed out, so I still can't access the pod via the PC to do anything.
Woops! just checked the window again and now it's offering a restore - which will delete all my songs! It's not offering reset. Now, I don't want to do this right now cos I'm off on my hols in a couple of days and I haven't got time to reload all my tunes again, but I'm pretty sure that even if I do push the restore button it will then come back to me with some sort of "can't connect to iPod" message anyway.
.....starting/restarting the PC with the pod plugged in might be the cause? I've noticed that PC startup hangs when the pod's connected. I'm wondering if that also causes a corruption in the pod that results in the problem described.
By the way I DO manage the pod manually - the library is far too big so I have to be selective. I need to try auto sync and find out what happens when I've got more stuff in the library than I can fit on the pod. Maybe it's the lesser of two evils?