If you need to recover iPod data because you've lost music or videos, you've come to the right place. With Disk Drill, iPod data recovery for the Mac is a breeze. Whether your iPod won't mount, or you've overwritten files by mistake, we can help.
Get the latest free release of Disk Drill Basic from the CleverFiles website and install it on your Mac OS X computer. Simply drag the application from the downloaded DMG to your Applications folder. Optionally, drag the Disk Drill icon to your Dock as well for easy access. Then ipod data recovery on your Mac will be ready to start.
Connect your iPod to your computer. Be sure that you have "Manually manage music and videos" checked in iTunes. Upon launching Disk Drill, you'll be presented with a list of all detectable storage media. Your iPod should be automatically recognized. Click on the disk name of your iPod.
For iPod data recovery, click the Recover button next to your iPod disk name. A progress bar will show while Disk Drill scavenges your iPod for any salvageable files. Remember that the chances of a full recovery decrease over time and with active use of your iPod, so recover your deleted files as quickly as possible.
After scanning your iPod, Disk Drill will show you a list of files that might still be recovered. The iPod uses a slightly peculiar data structure, but your coveted files are easy to find if you know where to look. For preference files and metadata, you generally have to look in iPod_Control > iTunes > iTunes Library.itlp, although the exact folder path may differ slightly depending on your iPod model.
Your music will be located in iPod_Control > Music. You can try to recover the entire Music folder, or pick out individual MP3s. Note that your music artwork is stored in yet another folder, at iPod_Control > Artwork.
Video files are stored separately, in iPod_Control > DCIM and various subdirectories. Video files may not be previewed if QuickLook is missing a plugin for the correct codec, but you can always guess the codes your iPod was using and download the needed plugin to preview the videos you are going to recover.
Click the "eye" icon next to each file name to preview it. You'll need to preview each song or video in its entirety to be sure that it is recoverable. After you've selected the files and folders on your iPod that you wish to restore, click the Recover button. You will be directed to upgrade to Disk Drill PRO in order to recover the iPod data, if you haven't already. Once the upgrade is complete, you can finish the process of iPod data recovery on your Mac.
So what are you waiting for? Download Disk Drill, the best iPod data recovery software, for free today!