Can I partition iPod 5G?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by DrNoellyG, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2011
    I have an 80 GB iPod video. I use it but not as much as I did before, so I'm wondering if I can partition it to say a few gigs and use that partition as an external drive and maybe have a linux distro or other form of goodies there to take with me, while still maintaining a large part of the iPod (say 40 gigs) to music and be recognized in iTunes. Is this possible? Are you running such scenario or have different ideas? Thank you guys.
  2. macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2010
    wont work. as soon as you partition it, and try to connect to itunes, itunes will want to restore it before you can use it and will remove your partition.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2011
    I was fearing that. Well I guess I will keep using it as an iPod for the time being. I checked out some sites where they basically replace the operating system but I don't feel as excited to do something with it as I did before confirming the above. In any case, if/when I try something with it, I will post it here. Thanks.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    not exactly true.

    I installed on my (ancient) iPod photo.

    It sort of works like a dual boot mac.

    and when you but it into iPod OS it would work fine

  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Could you elaborate more on that please?
  6. macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The iPod 5 and 5.5 have a different firmware setup than the iPod 4 (Photo). They cannot have multiple partitions on them and be used as an iPod at the same time.
  7. macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2010
    you can enable disc use on the 5 and 5.5 gens, but its not exactly the same as having multiple partitions.

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