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Kardashian
Dec 25, 2006, 05:51 AM
Hey Guys, Just got an 8GB Nano but I don't have the internet in my house as BT are upgrading the lines.

I'm using a Windows computer of a relative down the road to access MR -- is there any way to burn the update to a CD and install it on my MacBook?



Eraserhead
Dec 25, 2006, 06:34 AM
You can just update it on the PC. You will still be able to use it with your Mac.

Kardashian
Dec 25, 2006, 06:45 AM
Oopsy, I didn't bring the cable.

Another weird thing, its an 8GB, however in the 'About' screen on the 'pod and in iTunes it says my capacity is 7.45GB with 7.6GB AVAILABLE?

Eraserhead
Dec 25, 2006, 08:27 AM
Oopsy, I didn't bring the cable.

Another weird thing, its an 8GB, however in the 'About' screen on the 'pod and in iTunes it says my capacity is 7.45GB with 7.6GB AVAILABLE?

That's normal 8 hard drive GB=8 billion bytes, but 8 OS GB= 2^30 bytes=1 073 741 824 bytes. So it should have 7.45 OS GB capacity.

panoz7
Dec 25, 2006, 08:30 AM
That's normal 8 hard drive GB=8 billion bytes, but 8 OS GB= 2^30 bytes=1 073 741 824 bytes. So it should have 7.45 OS GB capacity.

Not sure if that's the problem the OP is alluding to. Note that he has more free space then capacity... which seems a little strange to me. Is that not normal?

Kardashian
Dec 26, 2006, 07:49 AM
I'm on the Windows computer now, however it says in order to be updated I must restore the iPod and reset it, so its formatted for Windows.

Won't I have to restore it on my Mac then, losing my music and the update?

panoz7
Dec 26, 2006, 08:11 AM
Won't I have to restore it on my Mac then, losing my music and the update?

Nope... a windows formated iPod can be read by both windows and os x. A mac formated iPod can only be read by os x.

You won't be able to tell a difference on the mac, except when it comes time to do another update. You'll only be able to update the iPod on a PC if it is windows formatted.

sven945
Dec 27, 2006, 04:04 AM
Nope... a windows formated iPod can be read by both windows and os x. A mac formated iPod can only be read by os x.

You won't be able to tell a difference on the mac, except when it comes time to do another update. You'll only be able to update the iPod on a PC if it is windows formatted.

I mostly use a mac and can't really see myself syncing it with a PC (but it may happen). Are there any advantages to leaving it as mac formatted other than that it would take time to convert it from Mac to Windows formatting?

jack

Eraserhead
Dec 27, 2006, 05:26 AM
no, unless you want to update to new software on your Mac, in which can you'll have to re-restore the iPod and return it to Mac formatting.

balamw
Dec 27, 2006, 09:16 AM
I mostly use a mac and can't really see myself syncing it with a PC (but it may happen). Are there any advantages to leaving it as mac formatted other than that it would take time to convert it from Mac to Windows formatting?

The differences are most apparent in disk access mode.

FAT32/Windows: Can be used as a disk on any Windows PC or Mac
HFS+/Mac: You can install OS X to it and boot from it in a pinch

Each has its own limitations in terms of characters that are valid for the file system and file size etc...

B

Kardashian
Dec 29, 2006, 07:45 AM
Thanks guys, worked a treat.

May be my Windows-hating side but.. it seemed a LOT slower transferring my music back onto my iPod after it was formatted with Windows and Synced via OSX... :confused: