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iPod Classic data recovery

On a few occasions over the years I’ve been asked to recover data from one of the “Classic” iPods. With modern iPod Touch and iPhone this is typically a futile job if the customer hasn’t backed up via iTunes or iCloud. However the older iPods use mechanical hard drives and hence there’s a good chance of recovering data.

I’ve recovered data from iPods that have been accidentally erased, are physically damaged so they won’t turn on, or have damaged Dock connectors and don’t work when plugged into your computer.

The hardest part is often physically getting into the case. Suffice to say, there is often blood and swearing. It’s almost impossible to do it without slightly scratching or distorting the case, which is a shame. Once you’re in, the real fun begins. Which one of the 3 HD manufacturers does it have? Once you know that, it’s time to hunt around for a matching ZIF cable. Then you can finally start evaluating what data you might recovery.

After successfully recovering nearly 10,000 rare songs for a client with an iPod with damaged Dock Connector, I was reminded what a satisfying, but somewhat convoluted job it is.

Lost some critical data? In a bit of a panic? There are almost always ways of recovering data, especially when it’s storage on a mechanical drive. So pour a cup of tea, take a deep breath and give us a call on 01380 830224.

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