2gb ipodnano as flash drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by farqueue, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. farqueue macrumors 6502

    farqueue

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    I want to make my 2gb ipodnano work as a flash drive so that i can store files on it. Ive enabled disk use etc (i have a macbook)

    BUT

    I cant access files when i connect to a windows PC at universities, i cant seem to access those files on my ipod


    So how can i make it work betwwen windows PC and a Mac?
     
  2. vansouza macrumors 68000

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    re format

    Is the device formatted on a Mac for mac use? if so a PC will not be able to see it... you may need to reformat the device for PC... I believe Mac can use it both ways...
     
  3. scott523 macrumors 6502a

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    Err that title was not necessary..

    Edit: Thanks, some people shouldn't be seeing that.
     
  4. farqueue thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, but my itunes is on my macbook? :(
    How do i do it?
     
  5. scott523 macrumors 6502a

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    I never had a Mac but usually on Windows PC, you need to access the "My Computer" panel since that's where the iPod storage volume appears (I don't think it appears on the desktop like Macs do). I assume (I may be wrong) most school admins restrict access to it so if that's the case, you're out of luck.
     
  6. farqueue thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nope, i can see the ipod drive there. No restrictions whatsoever as far as USB drives are concerned
     
  7. scott523 macrumors 6502a

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    Does that mean enabled the iPod for storage, you dragged the file you want to the iPod folder (on your MacBook), you see the iPod drive and the files on the Windows PC at school, but you couldn't open them?
     
  8. farqueue thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I see the ipod drive but when i double click it it says not accessible.


    I have a 1gb flash drive (MS-DOS) formatted and i can access it with no problems (ie can read and write files on it)
     
  9. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    in order to format the ipod to fat32(windows) you need to install the ipod updater on a windows computer, and then plug in you ipod and chose restore. It will format the drive to windows and then reinstall the ipod system files aswell. What ever you do, dont format it in explorer or the ipod wont work as an mp3 player anymore, since it erases the ipod system files aswell.
     
  10. farqueue thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, does this mean that all the music files on my ipod will be lost?
    What if i put it back into my macbook again?
     
  11. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes when it is restored all the music on you ipod will be lost, but as long as you have the music in itunes, it should not be a problem. Also even when formatted to fat32, the ipod will still function normally on you mac, just as if it were windows formatted.
     
  12. farqueue thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, thanks a lot
    I'll give that a try when i get my hands on a windows pc
     

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