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Copy files from a damaged iPod iPod
While there are about four dozen programs for copying songs back off of your iPod, not one of them works correctly when there are starting to be hard drive errors on the iPod. I learned this the hard way this weekend, when my girlfriend reminded me that I still hadn't uploaded her music after a hard drive crash a month ago.

Well, given that OS X has a BSD layer, I knew I could pull something off. It turns out that when trying to copy a file that is bad from an iPod, the kernel puts the process into an uninterruptible state, which means that it'll just hang ... and hang ... and hang. Luckily, OSX ships with dd, so we were back in business.

Here's the script I wrote which got her music back; it worked quite well for me, but no guarantees.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Copy files from a damaged iPod
Authored by: Hal Itosis on Feb 28, '07 10:55:41AM
> Here's a script I wrote...

My, that script looks awfully familiar.

> # We need to loop through the iPod, and tell it to copy each file
> # We're copying every file that is M??, so MP3, MP4, M4a, etc.
> This won't catch audible (.aa) files.
> for file in `find . -name *m?? -print`

One problem I see is that there was nothing in your script where it sets the
current working directory. I.e., it (or the user) needs to "cd" into /Volumes/iPod
before the search loop, so that '.' will refer to the source directory (the iPod).


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