Why can't my PC see my old iPod?

Episode 1334 (1:56:13)

Char from Minneapolis, MN
Apple iPod (5th gen)

Char wants to take his old 60GB iPod and use it to copy files from his computer as a kind of hard drive backup. Leo says that when the ipod first came out, you could do that. But with newer models, Apple made it difficult to do this to prevent piracy. Char can do it, but he'll have file names that look different. Leo advises using Senuti.

Char can't even see the iPod from his PC, though. He could see if it's in Device Manager. If he can't, then it may have died. Or it may be a "hidden" device, which can happen in Windows. But chances are, it's broken. It may also be a bad 30 pin connector or even something called "stickshun." Those old iPods were spinning drives, and over time the head could actually stick to it. If he gives it a gentle wack, it could free it up.

Mike B in the chatroom says to try this: in DOS - "SET DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1" This may cause it to show up.

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