View Full Version : Mac ipod on windows

Tom Foolery
Dec 15, 2007, 02:54 PM
i formatted my ipod for mac, but i want to get a file from it on my windows computer, but each time i connect it all it says is reformat ipod, how do i open my ipod on windows without reformatting

Dec 15, 2007, 04:32 PM
Have you tried opening it as a normal drive in "My Computer" ?

Dec 15, 2007, 04:55 PM
If the drive is formatted HFS+ (which is the default format for an iPod on OS X), you aren't going to be able to read it without a 3rd party app like MacDrive. I was able to take my iPod from my Gateway to my iBook without problems, and copy files back and forth (onto/off the iPod), but that was because the drive was FAT32 formatted. It was pretty cool; I'd expected iTunes to try to format my drive upon connection, but instead, everything showed up. So yeah--if you want to use an iPod on both computer types, it needs to be FAT32 formatted.

Tom Foolery
Dec 15, 2007, 07:48 PM
mac drive works pretty smoothly but the only thing is i may wish to plug into the odd windows computer that doesn't have mac drive on it from time to time

Dec 15, 2007, 09:41 PM
Then you need to format it to FAT32.

Bear in mind though, that FAT32 has a limitation of 4 GB per file size... iirc