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    "Recovered iPod files when nothing else would"

    November 25, 2005  |   By internettools

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Worked like a charm, and didn't even need to read the 35 page User
    Manual.

    A friend of mine had his iPod reset itself, and in doing so, lost all
    the music on the iPod. And this was not just any music, but a
    collection of 400 folk music songs lovingly collected from various
    cassette tapes, albums and even 78's. In addition, each song had ten
    seconds of silence at the end, to allow his folk music group time to
    get ready for the next dance. The person who had created this
    masterpiece had left town, and nobody had any backups.

    When I plugged his iPod into my Tiger laptop with Itunes 6, it took
    about 10 minutes for iTunes to recognize the iPod and report that
    there was no music on it. I could feel the vibrations of the hard
    disk as it kept trying to re-read sectors.

    When I ran Disk Utility against his iPod, it gave me an drastic error
    message and stopped. Diskwarrior would not recognize the iPod, as it
    was created and formatted on a Windows machine.

    So I used Version Tracker to see what was available. PodWorks is more
    for copying songs, and it could not find the iPod. iPodrip saw the
    drive one time, but then crashed. Subsequent attempts at starting up
    iPodRip failed, with iPodRip crashing right away.

    Then I tried PodSalvage from SubRosaSoft, and it found the iPod,
    started scanning and came back with 400+ found songs. It was not able
    to tell me any of the file names, but did show the size of each file.
    When I tried the recovery step, it said I needed to ante up some
    money. Fair enough.

    So I called my friend and he did not hestitate on coughing up $40 ($50
    if you want them to send you a CD). After using their on-line store,
    SubRosaSoft emailed me a serial number, which allowed me to recover
    all the songs onto my Powerbook hard drive. The files all came with
    their proper name attached, except for about 18 WAV files.

    I then used iTunes to add them to a library, and everybody is happy.
    I also made a couple of backup DVD's so we shouldn't need to go thru
    this process anymore.

    Thanks SubRosaSoft !!

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