View Full Version : Can you change a 1st gen 5gb ipod to Windows format?

Nov 27, 2004, 10:58 AM

I'm not sure if this is in the right forum, so please let me know if it's not. I just bought a 1st gen 5 gig ipod for a good price, and was planning on reselling it on Ebay. I was browsing around, though, and found that someone was selling a 1st gen 5 gb ipod that had been formatted to windows. Can anyone tell me how I would go about doing that?

Thanks for your help.

Nov 27, 2004, 11:23 AM
The original G1 iPods are not Windows compatible.

So, either that person is full of it, or they might've literally formatted the iPod's hard drive to work with Windows as a hard drive (it wouldn't work as an iPod).

Nov 27, 2004, 01:09 PM
There is software that lets you use a mac ipod on windows, even the first gen. But as for formating it for windows, I don't think so. I believe the chip that is responsible for doing all the ospart of the ipod only works in mac formating, hence why you need the extra software.

Nov 27, 2004, 01:16 PM
From reading Apple's iPod Software site (Linkety (http://www.apple.com/ipod/download/)) it would seem that it is...

Nov 27, 2004, 01:25 PM
You can use xplay, by mediafour (i think) it worked for my 3g ipod and windows 98. It a

Nov 28, 2004, 07:26 AM
try to make your iPod a drive (iTunes does that for you) then use fdisk to remove the mac partition than reformat it as Fat32... I think that will work (except when indeed your iPod is Mac-Only but i doubt that...) if it's not working, well hook it onto a mac and do a restore with the iPod firmwareutil...