How to Recover iPod Files after Accidental Restore

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

iPod Recovery Software


Have you accidentally restored iPod to its factory settings and lost all your favorite music files, memorable photos and video clips? Now you might be thinking, is it possible to retrieve files from iPod device lost due to accidental restore? Yes, with the major advances in the field of software, restoring lost iPod data is no more a difficult task. You might be wondering how anyone can recover deleted or lost files from iPod. Reason is like computer’s hard drive iPod devices uses file system to manage and organize the media files like photos, videos and music files to optimize the utilization. So files are not permanently erased from your iPod’s memory once it has been deleted or lost, only the allocation information of such files are removed from drive and marks the space as available and reusable to store new files. Therefore to avoid permanent loss of data it is very essential to stop using iPod for saving any new data as it result in overwriting of the deleted files with new data. Now you need to lookout for reliable Data Recovery Tool that can fetch back your favorite songs, video clips and photos in minutes. You can use this efficient iPod recovery tool to restore lost files from frozen iPod, corrupted iPod, formatted iPod, etc. This advanced application enables user to restore deleted data from HD in couple of mouse clicks.

What could be the possible reasons for restoring iPod to its factory settings?

  • Frozen iPod: If the iPod is contineously used for long time, it will automatically activate its protection controls resulting in freezing of your iPod and data stored on iPod becomes inaccessible. Corrupt iPod files, low battery on iPod or less memory on iPod are other reason that can freeze your iPod device.
  • Corruption of iPod File System: iPod file system which is also known as iPod library can get corrupted due to improper plug and play process of iPod, abrupt system shutdown, virus attacks, etc when it is connected to the computer. Corruption of iPod file system denies access to the iPod files by showing some error messages when you try to use your iPod.
  • Displaying Sad Smiley: At some point, your iPod may display folder with an exclamation point or sad smiley face because of low battery on iPod or due to some software conflicts. You need to recharge the battery of iPod when is showing low battery on iPod otherwise it is due to installing wrong version of software on iPod.
  • IPod’s Hard Drive Corruption: You might have reformatted your iPod with new file system and installed some software that is not compatible with Apple’s iPod software Updater that fails to recognize iTunes. Error message saying “iTunes has detected that an iPod that appears to be corrupt” may pop up when you connect your iPod to computer and it indicates that your iPod device is corrupted.
  • Accidental Restore: There is also possibility where you can accidental restore your iPod due to lack of knowledge about usage of iPod and also because of careless handling of iPod.

In order to overcome problems of iPod due to all the above mentioned scenarios and to make your iPod work normally like before, you need to restore or reset your iPod back to factory settings. However, reset option removes entire files stored on your iPod. It will put you in trouble when you run lack of back up data.  Losing your favorite collection of files is miserable and quite difficult to digest. Stop worrying about lost files and use this powerful iPod file recovery utility to get back the lost media files. It is successfully restores lost files from various models of iPod including iPod Nano, iPod Classic, iPod Shuffle and iPod Mini. You will be able to preview the recovered photos, songs and videos through the “preview” option available on its user interface.

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)


This software is made up of powerful algorithms that uses file signature search to identify and restore all popular file formats lost from your iPod. In addition, you can recover lost data from hard disk drive, external USB drives, flash memory cards and other storage devices, if you employ this iPod recovery software. This software also has the ability to recover data from digital camera deleted or lost due to interruption caused while transferring files from digital camera to computer.This expert data recovery tool works compatibly on all recent versions of Windows operating systems namely Windows 7, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008. Free demo version of this software available will help you to analyze its performance through the recovery results that you get at the end. This iPod data recovery software is not restricted to recover data only on Windows operating systems, but it even makes it possible to retrieve files on Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion with ease. To know more about recovery of files from Mac hard drive, follow the link: http://www.datarecovery-software.net/mac.html

Steps to recover lost files from iPod after accidental restoring:

Step 1: Download and launch the iPod Recovery Software. The main window displays 3 options, select “Recover Photos” option to choose media edition. Now from the next screen, select “Recover Lost Photos” to recover files after accidentally restoring iPod as shown in Figure 1

How to Recover iPod Files after Accidental Restore - Select Lost Photos

Figure 1 : Welcome Screen

Step 2: Select iPod from list of physical devices recognized on computer as shown in Figure 2 to start the recovery process. As you select the iPod, the software starts scanning the iPod to recover the data

How to Recover iPod Files after Accidental Restore -Select iPod

Figure 2 : Select iPod Device


Step 3: Select the type of music files that you want to restore from your iPod device as shwon in Figure 3

How to Recover iPod Files after Accidental Restore - Select File Types

Figure 3 : Select File Types

Step 4: Immediately after this, the scanning process happens and after that window containing the list recovered files will be displayed in "File Type View" as shown in Figure 4

How to Recover iPod Files after Accidental Restore - File Type View

Figure 4 : List of Recovered Files

Step 5: After the scanning is over you can view the recovered files and evaluate the performance of the utility as shown in Figure 5

How to Recover iPod Files after Accidental Restore - Preview Recovered Files

Figure 5 : Preview Recovered Files

Simple and useful tips to avoid data loss

  • Take a backup before restoring the iPod to its factory settings and handle your iPod with care
  • Properly remove the iPod from the computer using Eject option in iTunes

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

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