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I was recently wondering why there are so many "other" files on my iPod: you know, when you connect the iPod, you see a graphic at the bottom of the iPod Summary window in iTunes showing what kinds of files you have: music, video, photos, other. For some reason, it seemed to be much more than it should have been. "Other" contains your album artwork, any files you have on the iPod if you use it in hard disk mode, and games, but it seemed that the space used was excessive.

So, with Terminal, I started rooting around. (The iPod should be in hard disk mode to do this.) I found the following folder:
/Volumes/Dark Star/.TemporaryItems/folders.501/TemporaryItems
which contained a whopping 300 MB of files, named "Temp file 1", etc. I deleted these files, and recovered a fair amount of space.

To find the appropriate folder, replace the part of the path following Volumes with the name of your iPod, then, if you are not the first user on your Mac, look inside the .TemporaryItems folder to see which folders it contains. User 501 is the first user created on your Mac; 502 is the second; etc. You may need to check several folders, if you have used the iPod as different users. After you have cded to the appropriate folder, you can type open . to display its contents in the Finder and delete the files by moving them to the Trash and emptying the Trash.

It seems that these files are created during syncs, perhaps when something goes wrong or when you disconnect the iPod too early, but even after I deleted them once, I looked soon after and found more files, though I had not aborted any syncs. So, you might want to check this whenever your "Other" files become larger than you think they should.

Note: after writing up this hint, I checked on my son's iPod, and found he had no .Temporary Items folder. I then asked my buddy Doug Adams, and he didn't have one either. But in both cases, the iPods hadn't been used in hard disk mode. Checking an older iPod mini, I found a handful of temp files, much smaller than on my 80 GB iPod. So it seems these files have something to do with using the iPod in disk mode. Check your iPod and post info in the comments.
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Recover space on an iPod
Authored by: lbundle on May 31, '07 08:07:29AM

I have a 60GB 5G iPod. It does not have the temporary folder, and I've always used it in disk mode.

I also have a 30G 3G iPod and it also does not have the temporary items folder.

My guess is that there is some nonstandard app which writes those.



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Recover space on an iPod
Authored by: kirkmc on May 31, '07 08:11:18AM

Hmm... What's interesting is that I have an old iPod mini which I only use for backups, which was restored recently, which has some temp files. My 80 GB iPod is never used for backups, so there's no overlap between the two.

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Recover space on an iPod
Authored by: mm2270 on May 31, '07 08:16:13AM

I just checked and I have a Temporary Items folder on my 30GB 5G iPod. I use it in Disk Mode from time to time. Though the folder is empty, so there was nothing to delete for me.

I have a feeling those temp files are created when there is a sync or connectivity problem, although you mentioned they showed up for you again even though you had no sync or disconnect issues.
If they keep showing up, you might want to do a restore on your iPod. Perhaps something is amiss with the disk format.



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Recover space on an iPod
Authored by: aptmunich on May 31, '07 08:41:58AM

I had a folder, but it was only a few bytes in size...



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Authored by: network23 on May 31, '07 08:50:17AM

Maybe it has something to do with how your iPod is formatted (Mac or PC)?

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Recover space on an iPod
Authored by: DotDotComma on May 31, '07 08:51:43AM

Interesting .....

My 40Gb 3G iPod - often used in disk mode for backups - has the temporary items folder, but it's empty ... and the 9.9Gb of Other files reported by iTunes are genuine files.



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Recover space on an iPod
Authored by: kirkmc on May 31, '07 08:52:34AM

My iPods are all formatted for Mac, so I don't see that as being an issue.

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Recover space on an iPod
Authored by: jjatie345 on May 31, '07 09:27:45AM

As we all know OS X doesn't always sync everything until a disconnect. However, on my MacBook this isn't true. My iPod is usually synced to the MacBook and there is no temp folder/files. I tried syncing it to my iMac and before I ejected it, I checked for the folder. Lone behold it was there with about 400mb of data (about the size of my podcasts which were the only things that weren't previously synced to my iPod). I ejected and plugged it back in with nothing else to sync to it and the temp folder was empty.

After plugging it back into my MacBook, the temp folder went away, so this probably has to do with the fact that not everything thing is moved to the proper place until the device is ejected in OS X.



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Recover space on an iPod
Authored by: zkarj on Jun 02, '07 01:25:27AM

Interesting. I don't have such a folder on my Windows-formatted, Mac-synced 80Gb.

However I have previously noted that when syncing, sometimes the "other" bar increases while large (i.e. video) files are transferring and then when they finish, the video bar expands in a jump (and the other bar shrinks by the same amount). It would seem the temp files exist during the sync only based on this behaviour.



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Authored by: jonahlee on Jun 02, '07 05:22:20AM

I don't have such a folder, though I realized when I looked in my terminal, that it shows up about 50 copies of my iPod, and it even shows my ex girlfriend's iPod which has not been attached to my computer in 2 years. How do I clear all those out? I mean it is annoying to see all those drives, when they aren't all attached.

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Recover space on an iPod
Authored by: talleyman on Jun 02, '07 06:59:54AM

My 30gig iPod had the folder, but it was empty.



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