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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.

Read all of this before beginning!

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
sync.
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,
and notes.
What may not be seen, since it has a hidden attribute, is the “iPod_Control” folder.
iPod sets this as a "hidden" folder, so it is not normally visible.
You can easily configure Windows Explorer to show hidden files and folders by either selecting "Tools", "Folder Options", selecting the "View" tab and checking the "Show hidden files and folders" item under the view tab, or if you cant find your Folder Options there, click "Start", "Control Panel", "Folder Options", and on the "View" tab check the "Show hidden files and folders" item under the view tab.

Once in the iPod_Control folder, you will see a number of sub-folders, including a Device folder.
The Device folder is the folder that your password file is in.

If your iPod is locked, there will be a file _locked
Rename the _locked file to _unlocked

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

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Recommended Procedure - Only eliminates Password, leaves media & data in tact:
Watch a Video Example of this Procedure (Should work for iPhone and iPod Touch).
Watch a Second Video of the Same Procedure
Download and install iPhone Browser on your computer for Free.
iPhone Browser WebSite
Plug the device in to the computer.
Run iPhone Browser on your computer.
Click to expand the Var folder.
In the Var folder Click on the Keychains folder to Open it.
In the Keychains folder Delete the keychain-2.db file by right clicking on it and selecting delete.
Close iPhone Browser.
Disconnect the device from computer.
Restart the device.
Recommended Procedure - Only eliminates Password, leaves media & data in tact:

Alternate (Reset / Restore) Procedure:
Alternate Procedure (Erases the Device & Removes media, data, & the Password)
Watch a Video Example of this Procedure (Should work for iPhone and iPod Touch).
Get past the Password Lock by forcing the unit into Restore Mode!
Plug the iPhone or iPod touch in to your computer.
Hold the sleep/wake button, and the menu button down at the same time.
Keep them both pressed until you see the 'restore' screen (an iPod cable and an iTunes disc symbol) displayed on the device.
Release the buttons.
iTunes should now display the device, along with a message that the device is in recovery mode.
Click "OK"
Click the "Restore" button in iTunes to restore the device.

Extra Information:

Video of another method using SSH Software
WinSCP Free
DiskAid WebSite $9.99
Root folder-var-keychains-keychain-2.db

SSH SFTP Connection type
Enter IP Address of your iPhone (I have seen 192.168.1.88 & 192.168.1.77 used - Yours may vary)
User Name: root
Password: alpine
Go to  Private/Var/Keychains
Delete the keychain-2.db file.
Restart the device.

Another procedure video :
Supplemental Video

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.
It appears that these methods are effective and they certainly are FREE for those of you with the skills to follow this procedure at your own risk!

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