You can open an iPod hard drive in just a few minutes. This might be necessary if, for instance, you'd like to transfer files from your iPod to your computer. It's also a way to delete files from your iPod without using iTunes. Be careful when opening the iPod hard drive: One wrong click could inadvertently delete a file.
Connect your iPod to your computer using a USB cable.
Click the "Start" button, found in the bottom-left corner of your computer's screen.
Select "My Computer" and locate your iPod in the device list. It'll often be the device with "iPod" in the name, such as "Tim's iPod." Double-click the device name.
Click the "Tools" menu and select "Folder Options." Choose the "View" tab and select the circle next to "Show hidden files and folders." Click "Apply" and then "OK." A folder named "iPod_Control" will now appear.
Double-click the "iPod_Control" folder. You are now looking at your iPod's hard drive. Your music files are located in the "Music" folder, spread out among subfolders with names such as "F00."
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