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Recover songs from a sick iPod via Disk Utility Apps
This week, my iPod Mini decided it wouldn't mount on the Desktop. No amount of disk repairing (via Disk Utility) would get it to mount; it just failed on some mysterious file structure error. It still played fine, but wouldn't connect to the computer. Now I know I could have just ran the iPod Updater and Restored it back to health -- but that would lose all my songs in the process, forcing me to recopy them from the machine. I wanted to find a non-destructive solution.

To cut a long story short, I eventually figured out that Disk Utility would allow me to make a complete disk image of the drive, even though it wouldn't mount. Then, after trying different methods of getting this data back to the iPod, I hit upon one that worked:

The key is to then Restore the iPod, and subsequently use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the Disk Image back to the iPod. That seemingly repaired the file structure -- and voila, my iPod is back! Songs, playlists and most importantly, it now mounts.
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Recover songs from a sick iPod via Disk Utility
Authored by: Sonnenberg on Oct 10, '05 08:10:57AM
Hi. Thanks for this. I have a similar problem with a Gen 1 iPod, but can't figure out how to create the disk image of a drive that's not connecting. Can you be more specific as to how you accomplished this? Thanks! Paul Austin

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Recover songs from a sick iPod via Disk Utility
Authored by: tokenfirstyear on Oct 10, '05 08:35:24AM

absolutely - if you can see the Drive in Disk Utility, but the actual volume named "Foo's iPod" or something similar is greyed out, then create an image of the drive by selecting it and clicking the New.. button to make an image of the device. If this is successful, follow the above steps.



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Recover songs from a sick iPod via Disk Utility
Authored by: dj_feare on Oct 10, '05 11:59:01AM

Since this method means you have to copy everything off to a disk image, Restore, then copy everything back from the disk image, wouldn't it be faster just to restore and reload from iTunes?



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Depends on Manual vs. Automatic updating
Authored by: mamoru on Oct 11, '05 03:45:32AM

Based on the original post, I assume that he was using manual updating for his iPod.

Therefore, doing like this means he can keep his playlists, playcounts, and ratings. That is very convenient.



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Recover songs from a sick iPod via Disk Utility
Authored by: BrentT on Oct 10, '05 12:19:31PM

Would DiskWarrior be able to save such a sick iPod? I have run it on my 60GB iPod with OS X installed. It found several directory problems and fixed them. I have had no troubles with the iPod since doing this.



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Recover songs from a sick iPod via Disk Utility
Authored by: untitled90 on Oct 10, '05 02:28:23PM

In the case of a sick, irreperable iPod directory, one can go a step further to get songs. Using the program FileJuicer, you can extract files that exist in a dmg without having to mount it. Also, if the disk is too messed up to image with Disk Utility, you can use the dd command (explained in another hint). This strategy works with a variety of drives and formats and whatever files it is the FileJuicer is kind enough to retrieve for you.



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Recover songs from a sick iPod via Disk Utility
Authored by: wojoman on Oct 22, '05 07:10:05AM

Yes. I would really like to know how you made a disk image of a disc that would not mount.



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