Difference between Hard Reset & iTunes Restore

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  1. nblu

    nblu New Member

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    Hi,
    after reading threads regarding ipods gettin bricked and
    performing hard reset, it put me into questioning,

    "Whats the difference between the hard reset
    and the restore within the itunes software?"

    sorry if this question was stupid
  2. lunarlie

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    hard reset is when you push the home and sleep buttons long enough to see the screen flash which leads to an itunes restore
  3. AlexRADL

    AlexRADL Retired Moderator

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    A hard reset is forcing the iPod touch to turn off and back on.

    An iTunes restore basically deletes everything and restores the firmware making it like you just bought it.

    PS-Welcome to the forums and if you have any other questions feel free to ask them.
  4. nblu

    nblu New Member

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    yes thanks for ur reply
    i do understand and i have tried both methods
    but i just wanted to know whether "pushing both the home and sleep"
    method or, manually clicking "Restore" button from itunes method, has
    any difference or not

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    thanks again!
  5. nblu

    nblu New Member

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    ohhh... i see,
    so hard reset is just to reboot the ipod, which is only required
    for people whose pod got bricked?

    so it doesnt make any difference if i skip the hard reset step
    and restore from the itunes right away?

    (my ipod is clean btw, never tried jb'ing)

    i thought it was like the "normal/quick format" difference in windows lol

    and thank you for ur comment btw

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    AlexRADL Retired Moderator

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    If you were to mess up while trying to jailbreak your touch here is what you would have to do.

    1. Plug iPod into computer
    2. Press and hold the sleep/wake button and home button
    3. Once apple logo appears let go of sleep/wake button
    4. Keep holding home button until you see the Connect to iTunes image
    5. Connect your iPod to your computer and open iTunes
    6. Restore your iPod in iTunes by clicking "Restore"
    7. This will bring your iPod back to it's original state
  7. nblu

    nblu New Member

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    my pod has to be connected to my computer before starting right?
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    AlexRADL Retired Moderator

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    Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention that. (I just edited it)
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    hehe ok thank you
    i really appreciate it

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    I have one question on this subject. With the hard reset is the orginal firmware downloaded off the ipod or via itunes to start the restore? I did it and when you use the hard reset it seems like it takes the firmware off the ipod. While when you do it via itunes it downloads it. Please correct me on this subject. I just want to make sure that if apple updates to 1.1.2 I will still beable to restore to 1.1.1 Thanks

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