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Is there a way to read data directly from the iPod HDD w/o the iPod?

A few years back, my father was handed this iPod Classic 7th Gen that had one major problem: the original owner had thrown it. Breaking the screen, bending the shell and displacing a ton of parts. To add insult to injury, the original owner took it apart and did further damage. My father was commissioned with retrieving songs from it. Fast forward 5 or so years and I dug it up from a junk pile on a shelf. It was looking sad and the chance of it ever working again was slim. It was in a red antistatic bag. The motherboard isn't working as it won't show up in iTunes. Is there a way to get the hard drive's files from it without the motherboard of the iPod?

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@windows95se yes there is. You need a USB to Zif adapter ( and others). With that, you can plug the drive in and in most cases it is read as an external drive. The directory structure of the iPod is a bit different so if you needed to download the files, get an iPod utility software ( I use CopyTrans) and it should let access the drive and copy your files.

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