View Full Version : 1st gen 10gb iPod Pc-compatible?

Feb 28, 2005, 08:30 AM
Hey folks...

Having finally upgraded from my original iPod, the 1st 10gb model available, I was thinking of giving it to my friend who has a pc. Can an old mac-based iPod make the reverse switch?


Feb 28, 2005, 08:40 AM
I think PC compatibility only came in with the second generation (at least that's when they started selling them). Whether the first gen would retrospectively work, I'm not sure.

Feb 28, 2005, 09:27 AM
I am here to say you can because I did it with my 1st Gen iPod.

The key I found was that when you plug it into the Windows machine, format the iPod drive like you would format a hard drive in Windows. Then run the iPod updater for Windows and you should be good to go.

Feb 28, 2005, 09:27 AM
I have a 2G 10GB iPod that was originally bought as pc formatted one.

Then when i got my iBook I changed it to be mac formatted without any problems.


Go get the pc version of the latest firmware from here (http://www.apple.com/ipod/download/) and install it on a pc. You should then be able to format the disk to a windows compatible format.

If you have any problems download the apple version of the firmware and restore it back to good ol' mac formated and get your friend to buy a mac to go with the ipod :-)

Mar 4, 2005, 06:36 PM
Actually, there was no 1G 10GB model, the 10GB arrived with the 2G 'touchwheel' ;)

Mar 4, 2005, 07:20 PM
Actually, there was no 1G 10GB model, the 10GB arrived with the 2G 'touchwheel' ;)

Do you mean the version with no buttons around the rim of the wheel? Mine has them, mine is identical to the original 5gb in all but capacity, released 3 months later.

Mar 5, 2005, 11:49 AM
ur pc must have firewire for ur ipod to work... i don't think the first gen ipods supported usb 2.0.. i think that came out later.. i could be wrong... what id do is just dl the ipod software updater and run that... u can get it here..


id also make sure u had the lastest version of iTunes just for the sake of it...


if all ur songs are on that ipod.. make sure u back em up with somethin like ipod rip or some other ripping program... then id hit RESTORE on the updater to make sure everything gets cleaned out on that ipod... once thats done... u 'pod should work with ur pc and itunes just fine