iPhone 5 or earlier Transferring treasured photos from 1st generation iPod

Rmonster

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Sorry if it's bad form to post in two forums, but I thought that this might die a death in the ipod touch forum. Mods, please combine or close if this is out of order and accept my apologies....



Thank you in advance to anyone who might be able to help.

I have a 1st gen ipod that I barely used and which has charged up successfully this afternoon after being in a cupboard in a box for goodness knows how long.

It's currently on ios 3.1 (3.1.3 7E18).

I am able to look at some lovely photos of my children that have somehow managed to make their way onto this device that even pre-date in from before 2007.

The ipod touch will not seem to interact with my laptop (windows 10), itunes won't start up when it's attached, on the device Safari won't let me log into virgin media webmail as it can't make a secure connection :)

I'd love to transfer the photos to a more modern device for security and so that I can share them.

I'm probably being really thick, but I'm too old to be worried by appearances. Can anyone help?

Cheers
Rich
 

mritech

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There was computer programs back In the day that can read the file system so you can back up the photos on to a computer.

If you can get a version of cloud storage like Dropbox or google drive you can upload to a cloud.

Otherwise emailing them should surely work....yes it will be a pain depending on how many you have.

Good luck
 

smoking monkey

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Assuming you can connect it to wifi and it's got the apple mail app on it...

You create a new web based email on your computer (any is okay, hotmail, gmail, apple, yahoo, mailfence etc...) and then enter that info into the mail app on the ipod touch. Then send the photos to that email. It may take a fair bit of time depending on how many photos, but it will work if the ipod can get a wifi connection.

It's easier if you enter the web based email info into your mac's mail app as well as downloading the photos will be quicker that way. But you don't need to. Web based is fine.
 
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lelisa13p

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You don't need to use iTunes.

Have you tried using a cable to hook up iPod to PC and read the device as a drive? Pix are visible in DCIM folder and can be copied to PC into folder that you create. I have an early (2nd Gen) iPod Touch that I just tested this on using Win 10 Pro.

There may be a behavior difference between early iPod Touch and old iPod. Can't hurt to try.
 
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lelisa13p

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Many thanks. I will update as soon as I've had the opportunity to try these methods after work.
I recommend trying my suggestion first because it’s the simplest. If it works, great! If it doesn’t, then you can move on to more complicated methods and haven’t wasted much time/effort. Good luck!
 
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Rmonster

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I recommend trying my suggestion first because it’s the simplest. If it works, great! If it doesn’t, then you can move on to more complicated methods and haven’t wasted much time/effort. Good luck!
Thank you! The device bleeps when I attach it to the laptop, but still refuses to see it as a "drive".

So then I tried updating itunes on the laptop and itunes now recognises it and will sync music etc, but I can't seem see if to find any option on itunes to transfer photos.

I have an older laptop lying around with an older os and an all-in-one running Windows so I will try those now to see if either of them will recognise the ipod touch as a device and drive as, clearly, that would be the simplest way of transferring a lot of data before I explore other more cumbersome methods.

Cheers again
 
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Rmonster

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This has been a frustrating experience but I'm still smiling.... just.

Windows 7 desktop recognises that an ipod is attached but won't treat it as a drive.

Windows Vista (I know, I know) laptop recognised that an ipod is attached, will recognise it as a drive and will allow me to open it's DCIM folder but reports it as empty. It reports the device as having 8gb in total but 8gb is actually the amount of free space left on the device.

I have a collection of about every iMac there has been so I guess that I will fire those up one at a time over the coming days until this ipod touch will play nicely with one of them :)

Emailing the photos to myself would be a nightmare as there are about 3,000 of them!
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Thanks Funsize93, but no icloud capability in ios 3 so it appears to be a non-starter.
 
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fxbeta

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I have a collection of about every iMac there has been so I guess that I will fire those up one at a time over the coming days until this ipod touch will play nicely with one of them :)
If you do hook it up to a Mac, try the "Image Capture" application which I think has been included in every version of MacOS for many years now.
 
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ericwn

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In the past iTunes was able to transfer photos to an iPod from the computer. If these were transferred from the computer to the iPod they are most likely a size-reduced version for on the go viewing.

Do you still have access to the original images on the computer you used to sync with?

Or did you snap these photos with the iPod itself?
 
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zakarhino

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If all else fails, you could try using this application:

https://macroplant.com/iexplorer

I have *not* tried it myself but I'm fairly certain I've seen people use it on this forum before. It also requires a $40 purchase so I guess this is a last resort if all the other methods above don't work.
 
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