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, Disk Drill works for iOS-based iPod Touch and classic iPods as well. It provides a simple and effective way to recover music from an iPod. macOS Sonoma Ready!
It's easy to forget that every man-made device – even one as nifty as the Apple iPod – has its faults. One day it's working fine. The next, it won't boot up without a full system restore. Or perhaps a friend mistakenly synchronizes your iPod with his computer. A mere two clicks of the mouse is all it takes to lose your precious music and settings.
Making regular back-ups is essential (so you are told) but you didn't make them, and now you're here. Luckily it's not as hopeless as it might seem. Using Disk Drill, iPod data recovery software for Mac OS X, it's remarkably easy to recover songs and videos that have been recently deleted. Read on for a quick overview. For detailed tutorials, see How to Install Disk Drill and How to Recover Lost Files with Disk Drill Basic in the CleverFiles Knowledgebase.
Recover Deleted Data From Any Type of iPod
No matter what kind of iPod you have, Disk Drill can recover its lost music. Whether its the newest iPod touch or a well-used iPod classic, this reliable recovery software can scan its storage and recover lost and deleted files quickly and easily.
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Note: Disk Drill supports any device with iOS 5-16
File Types Supported for iPod Recovery
Disk Drill enables you to recover any types of files or data stored on your iPod or iPod Touch. As the tool scans your iPod you will be able to restore your Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, Contacts, Messages, Mail, and all mail and message attachments, You can also recover Voice Memos, Reminders, Calendar information, Bookmarks for Safari, and Text Notes. If it was stored on your iPod, Disk Drill can get it back for you after an accidental deletion.
Performing an iPod Music Recovery with Disk Drill
If you have an iPod or Nano and lose your music, here is the procedure to get your tunes back with Disk Drill. Your chances of a successful recovery diminish over time, so you should attempt the recovery as soon as you discover you have lost data. Stop downloading anything else to the iPod until recovery is complete to avoid overwriting the files you want to restore.
1. Download and Install Disk Drill
Download and install Disk Drill free iPod recovery software for Mac. The free trial version allows you to preview the files that can be recovered before investing in the tool.
2. Connect your iPod to your computer
Connect your iPod to your Macintosh and launch Disk Drill. You will be presented with a list of disks available for recovery. Select your iPod from the list so you can begin to retrieve your songs.
Click the Search for lost data button. This starts the scanning process through which Disk Drill searches the iPod’s storage to identify deleted files that it can restore.
You can also direct Disk Drill to recover lost files from an iOS iPod from an iTunes backup. The software can extract specific files from the backup without requiring a full iTunes restore. This saves a lot of time when you need to recover just a few files.
Preview the files that have been found in the scanning process. Depending on the type of data you are attempting to recover, the items may be found in different folders identified by Disk Drill. For example, older devices are treated like any other disk while newer models like an iPod touch use iOS data recovery techniques.
5. Recover your music and data from the iPod
Click the Recover button to complete the recovery. We suggest saving the data to your computer and reloading it to your iPod when the recovery is finished. This recommendation is designed to minimize the probability of file corruption while recovering your lost data. When recovery is complete, you can move the data back to your iPod and be on your way.
So what are you waiting for? Download Disk Drill, the best iPod data recovery software, for free today!
IMPORTANT: Starting with Disk Drill 4, iOS-enabled iPod Touch devices are also supported for data recovery. Though the recovery process is different for touch and classic non-iOS iPods, Disk Drill attempts to ensure the highest recovery rate possible. So, at this time you can recover iPod data from the iPod Touch, Classic, Nano, Shuffle and Mini.
Reasons You Might Lose iPod Data
It’s very easy for you or a friend to accidentally delete some of your favorite tunes from your iPod.
Attempting to jailbreak your iPod so you can install alternate software can result in data loss.
Downloading apps to your device poses the risk of a virus infection that can lead to lost or corrupted files.
A problem with an iOS upgrade can cause multiple problems with your device including lost data.
iOS System Crash
A sudden operating system crash can result in all kinds of issues with your iPod including data loss.
Restore to Factory Settings
Mistakenly restoring your device to its factory setting will result in the loss of all its user data.
Recovering Data From a Corrupt iPod
If your iPod is not recognized by your Mac or you get a “Drive Not Formatted” message, your iPod may have been corrupted. This may limit the ability to perform an iOS recovery, but Disk Drill can still recover deleted photos from your iPod. Disk Drill will treat the device as a raw disk. Your data is still physically present on the device and can be restored with the following steps.
Connect the iPod to your computer.
Launch Disk Drill and select the iPod from the disk list.
Click Search for lost data to start scanning the device for lost data.
Preview the recoverable data and make your selections.
Click Recover to perform the restore.
It's easy to protect your data
While you are recovering data from your iPod, it's a good time to give the data safety on your desktop Mac a second thought. We all know it's just a question of when you will have to deal with data recovery, why not protect your most important files and folders today? Disk Drill provides all the required data protection tools you will need: Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery.
Technical Specifications for Disk Drill for Mac
Versions of Disk Drill are available for all versions of macOS from 10.5 through the newest version 13 named Ventura.
File Systems Supported:
FAT16/FAT32/exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, HFS, HFS+, APFS, EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 and any RAW disk
Disk Space: 50 MB minimum free space CPU: at least with x86 RAM: at least 128MB
Alternative Methods of Recovering Lost iPod Data
Here are some other ways you can restore deleted music on your iPod. For them to be successful, you need to have backed up your iPod after obtaining the lost songs.
Recover deleted iPod data from an iTunes backup file
Open Finder on a Mac with macOS Ventura 13. For older operating systems, open iTunes.
Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable. Follow the onscreen prompts to provide your passcode or to Trust This Computer.
Select the iPod when it appears in the Finder window or iTunes.
Select Restore Backup.
Choose the backup you want to use for recovery.
Click Restore and wait for the process to complete.
Keep your device connected after it restarts and wait for it to sync with your computer.
Recover iPod music and videos from an iCloud backup file
Turn on your device. You should see a Hello screen. You will need to erase all content from the iPod before using this procedure.
Follow the onscreen setup steps until you reach the Apps & Data screen, then tap Restore from iCloud Backup.
Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
Choose a backup. File transfer begins after you select the backup.
Sign in with your Apple ID to restore your apps and purchases.
Stay connected and wait for a progress bar to appear and complete. Based on the size of the backup and the network speed, the progress bar might need a few minutes to an hour to complete.
Now you can finish setting up your device. Content such as photos, music, and apps will restore in the background until everything has been recovered. Staying connected to your WiFi will speed up this process.
It’s not a miracle worker, but if the file(s) or folders you need to recover are not backed up, or were deleted from a back up drive, then DiskDrill offers an excellent choice for potential recovery. The initial version of DiskDrill is a free version that will scan both internal drives and external drives of any type to see if it can recover files that have been removed. Paul Horowitz