1st gen 10gb iPod Pc-compatible?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by MacKenzie999, Feb 28, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hey folks...

    Having finally upgraded from my original iPod, the 1st 10gb model available, I was thinking of giving it to my friend who has a pc. Can an old mac-based iPod make the reverse switch?

    thanks
    -Mike
     
  2. macrumors G4

    Applespider

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    I think PC compatibility only came in with the second generation (at least that's when they started selling them). Whether the first gen would retrospectively work, I'm not sure.
     
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    SilentPanda

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    I am here to say you can because I did it with my 1st Gen iPod.

    The key I found was that when you plug it into the Windows machine, format the iPod drive like you would format a hard drive in Windows. Then run the iPod updater for Windows and you should be good to go.
     
  4. macrumors member

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    #4
    I have a 2G 10GB iPod that was originally bought as pc formatted one.

    Then when i got my iBook I changed it to be mac formatted without any problems.

    BACKUP ANY DATA FROM YOUR IPOD BEFORE GOING FURTHER

    Go get the pc version of the latest firmware from here and install it on a pc. You should then be able to format the disk to a windows compatible format.

    If you have any problems download the apple version of the firmware and restore it back to good ol' mac formated and get your friend to buy a mac to go with the ipod :)
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Actually, there was no 1G 10GB model, the 10GB arrived with the 2G 'touchwheel' ;)
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do you mean the version with no buttons around the rim of the wheel? Mine has them, mine is identical to the original 5gb in all but capacity, released 3 months later.
     
  7. macrumors 68020

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    ur pc must have firewire for ur ipod to work... i don't think the first gen ipods supported usb 2.0.. i think that came out later.. i could be wrong... what id do is just dl the ipod software updater and run that... u can get it here..

    http://www.apple.com/ipod/download/

    id also make sure u had the lastest version of iTunes just for the sake of it...

    http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/


    if all ur songs are on that ipod.. make sure u back em up with somethin like ipod rip or some other ripping program... then id hit RESTORE on the updater to make sure everything gets cleaned out on that ipod... once thats done... u 'pod should work with ur pc and itunes just fine
     

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