How to Retrieve Data from iPod Classic hard drive?

“Hi!! I need some clarification from you guys!!I am using iPod Classic A1238 model for last few years. But suddenly, yesterday night while playing a song it started to give clicking sound and later it didn’t play any music and completely stopped working. What does it mean? Is it corrupted? If it is then how can I recover my music files from iPod classic hard drive? Please reply soon……”

iPod Classic simply referred as iPod is a portable media player introduced by Apple Inc. Due to its advanced features it in use by most of the users. It provides huge storage capacity of 160GB to save pictures, music, movies, Podcasts, etc. However, sometimes user may face some problem and lose valuable lose data from iPod Classic hard drive in various circumstances. For example:

  • Accidental format of iPod classic hard drive while performing different operations or else loss of files due to improper ejection of iPod Classic from Mac system
  • Malfunctioning of software on iPod Classic
  • Incorrect synchronization of iPod Classic with Mac
  • iTunes crashing in iPod Classic due to wrong updates

iPod may show different kinds of symptoms such as continuously freezing, synchronization issues or continuously getting off and so on when above scenarios occur. In such condition, it’s better to stop using it and take backup of files.

In case, you failed to take backup and iPod has tuned inaccessible then no files can be read from its hard drive. To recover data from iPod classic hard drive you need to use reliable media recovery software.

Data recovery from iPod Classic hard drive:

Yodot Mac Photo Recovery is efficient software to recover iPod Classic hard drive. This application can support restoration of music files of different format such as mp3, AIFF, WAV, RD, MP4, AMR, ALAC, WMA, GSM from iPod Classic on Mac system. Apart from iPod Classic, it assists you to regain music files from other removable storage devices like external hard drive, USB drive, SSD and so on. Also, this application allows you to perform iTunes playlist recovery, files recovery after iPod update, frozen iPod data recovery, data recovery after iTunes sync error and so on. It is compatible with all versions of Mac operating system such as Mavericks, Lion, Mountain Lion, Leopard, Snow Leopard and Yosemite.

Procedure to get back data from iPod Classic hard drive:

  • First of all connect iPod Classic to a Mac computer from where you need to retrieve data without synchronizing
  • Download and install Yodot Mac Photo Recovery program on that system
  • Foremost screen of this tool will display two options ‘Deleted Photo Recovery’ and ‘Lost Photo Recovery’, click on any option and move further
  • In next screen, this tool will display list of volumes present in that Mac system
  • Select the volume which represents iPod Classic hard drive
  • As soon as you select iPod Classic drive, it will start scanning process which take couple of minutes
  • Once the scanning process is finished, you can select required file list from ‘Data View’ or ‘File Type View’
  • Later, save recovered files to desired location other than source location (same iPod Classic device)


  • Avoid using same iPod Classic device when files are either removed or lost
  • Follow proper method while synchronizing iPod Classic drive with Mac system

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