8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 24, 2008 1:49 PM by VE7 JTE
jkjjpc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
When I first got my Fifth Generation iPod I enabled disk usage and backed up some data from my hard drive. Now my music and other files are getting so large that I need to delete those other files, but I cannot find a way to do that. When I look at my iPod in the Finder I do not see the data files even though on iTunes the summary shows about 10 GB of "other" data in addition to the music, videos, and photos. How do I find the data files so I can delete them? I've considered simply erasing the iPod and allowing it to resynch, but there must be a better solution than that.

Thanks

John

MacBook Pro 15', Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • -Taps- Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
    If you have all your music in your iTunes library, then use the restore function to erase everything on your iPod, and resync all the music back to your ipod through iTunes

    -Taps-
  • Steve A. Level 3 Level 3 (590 points)
    jkjjpc wrote:
    When I first got my Fifth Generation iPod I enabled disk usage and backed up some data from my hard drive. Now my music and other files are getting so large that I need to delete those other files, but I cannot find a way to do that. When I look at my iPod in the Finder I do not see the data files even though on iTunes the summary shows about 10 GB of "other" data in addition to the music, videos, and photos. How do I find the data files so I can delete them? I've considered simply erasing the iPod and allowing it to resynch, but there must be a better solution than that.


    There could be, depending on how comfortable you feel with using UNIX commands in the Terminal...

    Make sure that your iPod is first set to manually manage music and files through iTunes, as well as enabling disk mode. This will keep your iPod mounted on the Desktop as a hard drive.

    Use Disk Utility to verify and repair the permissions on the iPod. Check again and see whether the "missing" files now appear through the Finder; it is possible that permissions may have been changed (not by your doings) causing your data files to become unreadable through the Finder.

    If the above doesn't work, try the following:

    Open Terminal and migrate to the iPod to scan its contents - you'll have to back up a few times until you get to your root directory (i.e. top directory - it has nothing to do with logging in as "root").

    The iPod, provided that it is still plugged into your Mac, will be found in your /Volumes directory.

    Scan the contents of the iPod using the "ls -la" command (without the quotes - to list the directory's contents) and see if you can identify some of your transferred files.

    If you see your files that you absolutely know are files which you transferred through Disk Mode and are absolutely certain that you no longer want on the iPod, type the command "rm <filename>".

    Be warned though - this is a PERMANENT deletion of the file; it will not appear in the Trash.

    Hope this helps,
    Steve
  • paradie94 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Go to your itunes and sync up your ipod, then go to your music and highlight all the songs you want deleted and go to file/edit or right click. Then just click delete.
  • Steve A. Level 3 Level 3 (590 points)
    paradie94 wrote:
    Go to your itunes and sync up your ipod, then go to your music and highlight all the songs you want deleted and go to file/edit or right click. Then just click delete.


    The OP wasn't having a problem with deleting music files from his iPod - he had other files stored on the iPod through Disk Mode.

    Steve
  • Isux Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having the same issue. I am not on a mac platform. Everytime I try to sync one issuse is that my avaible to used is not enough. The main reason for that is there's 11 plus GB of other memory on my IPOD. I tunes will not remove it because it is attached to some other file.. How can I just wipe my ipod clean and reformat it to orgianl settings? Someone please help me because I am ready to sanp over this. Thank you.
  • Jon Thornburg Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
    Try the procedure here.

    http://www.apple.com/support/ipod/five_rs/ipod5gen/#

    Go to the Restore Tab
  • A bird in the hand Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    bump

    Surely, there must be a way to delete data files from an ipod permanently?!?
  • VE7 JTE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Plug in Ipod to computer. Your computer will see the Ipod as a drive. Open drive. You will see files and if you don't Go to Tools >Folder options > View click on > show hidden files and folders .. Go back to Ipod drive and see items and delete unwonted items James