Extract Files when Windows Cannot Recognise iPod

“My iPod was working fine till yesterday, today morning when I was accessing data from iPod on Windows system. All of a sudden my computer turned off due to unknown reason. Again I restarted the system and tried to open my iPod drive to continue with my work. But, unfortunately Windows did not recognize iPod. Is there any way to recover media files from unrecognized iPod on Windows system? I do not possess backup of any files from iPod, please help me!!!”

iPod is unique gadget for music lover with amazing and popular feature. It is portable with attractive design and compact size. This device can save large number of songs, podcast, movies and also capture pictures with high quality. However, user may face unexpected situations as portrayed above. Some other scenarios in which Windows cannot recognize iPod are listed below:

  • When user removes iPod abruptly from Windows system during read or write process, it may lead to iPod corruption
  • Using same iPod to share data on multiple computers will cause damage to iPod device due to which it becomes unreadable
  • While transferring data from iPod to Windows hard drive, if any interruption occurs then it results in corruption of iPod and becoming undetected
  • Malware attack can corrupt iPod file system due to which entire files present in it becomes inaccessible as iPod becomes unrecognized

How to make Windows computer to recognize iPod?

  • First Plug iPod to computer using iPod USB connector and open iTunes or Songbird. Then go to Windows desktop and hit on 'My Computer' icon, Just double click on 'Removable drive' to open iPod
  • Click on Drive button which user can view on top of new Window. In that select drive letter from drop down menu, which is not in use. Now press on 'Browse' button and locate iPod drive that your system did not recognize. Click on drive and then give 'OK'

These above mentioned steps will definitely help user to recognise iPod, but under some situations user may not be in the position to recognize iPod drive. In that circumstance, user can use reliable iPod recovery application to get back data from unrecognized iPod on Windows system.

Software to regain files when Windows cannot recognize iPod:

Yodot Photo Recovery is reliable software to recover data when Windows cannot recognize iPod. This tool has ability to recover files from NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, NTFS5 and ExFAT files system formatted from external memory storage drives. It can restore OGG files, picture files, music files, video files, RAW images, Office files and other documents from unrecognized iPod on Windows platform. It supports media file recovery from various storage devices like memory card, pen drives, SSD drives, FireWire drives, external and internal hard drives and many more. It is compatible to work on various versions of Windows operating system like Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. Even an unskilled user can get back their lost files without facing any problem with the help of this product.

Steps to retrieve files when Windows cannot recognize iPod:

  • Connect unrecognized iPod to healthy Windows computer
  • Download and install Yodot Photo Recovery software on Windows computer
  • Launch the software to initiate recovery process and follow guidelines on screen
  • In main screen you will get two options like 'Deleted Photo Recovery' and 'Lost Photo Recovery'
  • Select required option to restore files from iPod on Windows computer
  • This tool will scan entire drive and shows all available drives that are present
  • Select particular iPod drive from which you need to recover files and click on 'Next' button
  • Now, the program scans selected drive and shows all recovered files in two views such as 'Data View' and 'File Type View'
  • View your retrieved files using 'Preview' option
  • Finally save them using 'Save' option to your desired destination location on Windows system


  • Never eject your iPod abruptly while transfer process is going on
  • Prior to deleting important files from iPod make sure that selected files are not important