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Recovering from corrupt iPod Classic?

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Apr 2, 2012 4:42 AM



My 160gb iPod classic became corrupted last night, and I'm pretty sure all files still on there (used Stellar Pheonix to scan, and it showed all folders in place) but I wanted to try and recover the data before I try a disk repair (as Disk Utility found errors) in case it should wipe it.


Stellar needs payment to recover, as does DiskDrill which I tried afterwards (although it only found 1/3 or the music tracks to recover). Is there a way I can do this for myself, rather than paying for an app? Just a bit short on money at the moment!


Will running a disk repair wipe it?!


If anyone has a suggestion for me to recover the music I'd be grateful... I have a back up of *most* of it... but not done for a while and have added a lot lately which would be a pain to lose!


Thanks in advance!


iPod classic 160GB (Late 2009)
  • Bilbo_cheshire Calculating status...
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    Apr 2, 2012 6:38 AM (in response to Zerodeluxe)

    To do the disk Diagnostic as posted by tt2.


    if you can do a Hard Reset to get the Apple Logo, can you get to the SRV Diag Boot menu, by pressing the rewind |<< button.

    Then press Menu for Manual Test (Dont go Auto Test)

    Slide the wheel till the cursor go to IO

    Slide till you select Harddrive

    Then select HDSmartdata


    This will give you the report on your Hardisk health.


    Have a nice day!

    iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Bilbo_cheshire Level 4 Level 4 (1,765 points)
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    Apr 2, 2012 7:08 AM (in response to Zerodeluxe)

    The iPod firmware need to be updated, looking at the strange numbers for Start/Stops and Power On numbers. Yes, your Hardisk looks good, but may cause some data transfer problem, can I suggest doing a HardReset.


    1. After charging till full charge, at least 2 hours (preferably 4 hours)
    2. Toggle the Hold switch, make sure you dont see the red mark when you do the  next step
    3. Reset the iPod -> Press Menu and Center button simultaneously for about 10 secs till the Apple Logo comes ON
    4. Then release the buttons
    5. Select your preferred language.


    Here is the Apple support Article on the 5Rs


    Good Luck!

  • Bilbo_cheshire Level 4 Level 4 (1,765 points)
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    Apr 2, 2012 5:51 PM (in response to Zerodeluxe)

    The Reset doesn't erase any data, it will actually, reset the recovery mode.


    But some Apps on your Mac maybe causing the data corruption, or the iPod firmware is corrupted, looking at those strange numbers from the DD report.

    Can I suggest trying to retrieve the iPod data on another Mac or Window machine using 3rd Party apps, like Copytrans or iPod2PC  then Restore your  iPod on that machine.

  • Bilbo_cheshire Level 4 Level 4 (1,765 points)
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    Apr 3, 2012 2:08 AM (in response to Zerodeluxe)

    In the iPod, the file is called iTunesDb,

    in iPod_Control->iTunes folder.

    you can use 3rd party apps to extract these metadata, into iTunes like



    Music Rescue




    The main function of these apps is to retrieve songs from iPod and put them back to PC or Mac.



  • Bilbo_cheshire Level 4 Level 4 (1,765 points)
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    Apr 3, 2012 2:17 AM (in response to Zerodeluxe)

    Yes Senuti is one good freeware.


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