How to Unlock / Recover a Password Locked iPod for FREE:
|Windows PC's: - Actual iPod
Password Unlock Procedure Below
This procedure is for traditional iPod models.
This will not work with the iPhone or iPod touch. For iPhone or iPod Touch, You Can Try This.
Lost or Forgotten Password?
Forget paying for third-party iPod recovery applications or wiping your iPod and starting over.
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To access the files on the iPod directly, the iPod must be connected as a Disk Drive on your computer.
This is done by either preventing iTunes from opening, or preventing an automatic sync from completing.
iPod actually connects to your computer as a removable hard disk.
It is actually iTunes that prevents you from accessing it as a Disk by automatically ejecting the iPod following an automatic
If iTunes is running and you find the iPod is not staying connected, simply choose the “Enable Disk Use” option in iTunes to
ensure that iTunes does not try to automatically eject the iPod for you.
This option can be found by selecting the iPod in the iTunes source list, and looking on the Summary tab:
I was able to prevent iTunes from starting at all using the following method.
Here's the procedure to unlock / recover a password locked iPod:
Open Windows Explorer and Hold down both the SHIFT and CTRL keys while you are connecting your iPod to your computer.
Keep holding these keys down until you actually see your iPod show up as a Drive in Windows Explorer or in the iTunes source list if iTunes opens or is open. This will be a short time after Windows detects the iPod hardware.
The iPod should show up in Windows Explorer as a removable hard disk.
Holding down the SHIFT and CTRL keys will prevent iTunes from running any kind of automatic sync or starting up when it detects the iPod, but the iPod will remain connected as a removable disk and ready to work with.
The content on the iPod is actually just copied to your iPod as an external hard disk, and stored in hidden directories on the iPod itself.
This means that you can actually change the data manually on your iPod, simply by accessing it as an external hard disk / Removable Disk.
If you browse to the iPod, you will see a number of folders on it
for some of the additional features like contacts, calendars,
If your iPod is locked, there will be a file _locked
Safely remove your iPod from your computer using the same
procedure you would use to safely remove any removable drive from
your computer, and the password will be cleared. Typically there
will be an icon near your clock to safely remove hardware. One would
click on it, and select the drive you wish to remove (in this case
your iPod). The drive letter will match the drive letter you used to
access the iPod in Windows Explorer, when you renamed the file.
Hopefully this is helpful to those of you with the technical prowess to attempt it. You assume all risk as to any loss, while attempting this How To. BestYouCanGet.com assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss you experience as a result of attempting this How To. Read and understand fully the procedure in this How To before attempting it. I have done this successfully my self, following the above procedure, before creating this page for those of you in desperate need of recovering the media from your iPod back to iTunes, with out ending up with an erased iPod and an empty iTunes. There are programs on the market that can be purchased for this purpose. This method is effective and FREE for those of you with the skills to follow this procedure at your own risk!
|iPhone / iPod Touch Procedure|
Read all of this before beginning!
Hopefully this is helpful to those of you with the technical
prowess to attempt it. You assume all risk as to any loss,
while attempting this How To. BestYouCanGet.com assumes no
responsibility or liability for any loss you
experience as a result of attempting this How To. Read and
understand fully the procedure in this How To before attempting it.
There are Free programs shown here which can be utilized for this purpose.
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