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Old Apr 21, 2013, 01:34 AM   #1
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iPod Classic as USB drive?

Hi there. I just got a new tv which has a USB port allowing me to play media from a USB flash drive. Is there a way to use my iPod Classic for this? Not a problem if not but it was just a thought that came to me, since I can use it as a drive when plugged into my iMac. The tv's a Samsung UE32EH5000.
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I think the harddrive is way too slow for this.
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Old Apr 21, 2013, 01:40 AM   #3
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Ah, okay. Like I say, just a thought. Got a 64GB flash drive ordered anyway. Cheers.
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Hi there. I just got a new tv which has a USB port allowing me to play media from a USB flash drive. Is there a way to use my iPod Classic for this? Not a problem if not but it was just a thought that came to me, since I can use it as a drive when plugged into my iMac. The tv's a Samsung UE32EH5000.
You could do it, but it'd put a lot of wear and tear on it. The video options on the iPod were meant to deal with movies that are custom tailored to fit the screen, and are very small in size - We're talking 120MB per 2 hours. It's designed to run smoothly when it's within that range. The current iPod Nano is the same specification too.

The disk use has always been there mainly for notes, calendar syncing, and the small chance that you needed to use it as a flash drive for documents. People used to use it in desperate times when they needed to re-install OS X from a copy of their installer or other means (FireWire versions only though).

I would suggest an external drive vs a flash drive. The sticks are not very good for running off of constantly either. You're going to wear it down very quickly.
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Thanks for the info Jessica, much appreciated. Might end up using my external drive then.
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Old Apr 21, 2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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I would even wonder if the tv would read the drive or if it can only read flash memory just a thought.
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I think the harddrive is way too slow for this.
The read/write speeds off the iPod Classic disk drive are significantly faster than most USB flash drives, so it certainly would be fast enough. As a matter of fact, Apple used the same 1.8" disks in the 2008-2010 model MacBook Airs, where they were used to boot the OS and perform video playback, among other tasks.

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You could do it, but it'd put a lot of wear and tear on it. The video options on the iPod were meant to deal with movies that are custom tailored to fit the screen, and are very small in size - We're talking 120MB per 2 hours. It's designed to run smoothly when it's within that range. The current iPod Nano is the same specification too.
I think the Classic drive would be able to withstand the use. While it may place some additional wear and tear on the drive, it would probably be no more than a regular hard drive would experience in the same scenario.

Nifty tip as well, but the USB based iPods also do a fine job of acting as an external boot drive or installer drive for a Mac, provided the machine is capable of booting from USB. All Intel based systems are.

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I would even wonder if the tv would read the drive or if it can only read flash memory just a thought.
If it's anything like every TV I've ever dealt with, as long as the drive is in a compatible format (usually FAT32), it doesn't matter whether it's a hard drive or flash storage.
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