View Full Version : Windows formatted iPod on Mac (5g)

Jan 8, 2006, 06:03 PM
Hey guys,

When I used my 3G iPod with firewire on my mac, it was formatted for PC. It connected without a hinch and didnt take more then a few seconds to appear on my desktop.

Now I have purchased a 5g 60gb iPod and formatted it for Windows as well. If I simply connect the iPod to my Mac, it will now dock and mount, but the screen will flash Do not disconnect.

In order for it to mount, I must go into Disk Utility and click the USB chart a few times.

Any one have any reason or explination, or even a solution for this?

mad jew
Jan 8, 2006, 06:50 PM
Are you sure it's not just taking a long time to mount? Since formatting my 4G iPod in FAT32 (Windows), it takes quite a substantial amount of time to mount but it doesn't need any prompting through Disk Utility. It shows Do Not Disconnect immediately though. :)

Jan 8, 2006, 07:38 PM
I posted my comment on another thread.

I don't know if it's just me, but I have a 5G iPod and an iBook. I formatted my iPod as Windows, but when I hooked it up to my iBook, it took a while to read it. Also, the songs can be transferred easily but with Photos, my iPod had trouble with importing pictures from iPhoto and iTunes gave me a message that said something like "This iPod cannot be written on" each time I would transfer a new album from iPhoto to my iPod. Lastly, my iPod also took a while to get the next song when I'm shuffling.

I got tired of the slowness so I reformatted my iPod as Mac and it's quick and there's no problems with transferring pictures anymore.

But if you are going to format your iPod and use it on a PC from now on, then nevermind what I said above.

My iBook took a while to read the iPod when it was Windows formatted. I didn't mind it at all, but I switched back to Mac format when I kept recieving "This iPod cannot be written to" when I transferred pictures from iPhoto.