Do 5G Ipods come formatted in FAT32?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by adk, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. adk
    macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    I just plugged in my new 5G, and it said "optimizing for Mac OS X" and then it restarted the Ipod. Does this mean it actually had to reformat from FAT32 into HFS+ (or whatever mac ipods use)?
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I think it does the same thing when they are plugged into a Windows box. My guess would be that they come unformatted.
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2005
    San Diego
    I believe Apple formats the iPod G5 as Windows so both Windows and Macs can read it. However, once you have connected it into a Mac for the first time, the iPod will be formatted as HFS+ and FAT32 if you have connected it into a Windows PC.
  4. macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2005
    I'm a Windows user, and when I bought a 4G iPod a year ago the iPod updater reformatted the iPod from HFS to FAT32. I just recently purchased a 5G iPod and when I plugged it in I didn't have to reformat it.
  5. macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2005
    Before I connected my 5G 60GB to my Mac, it was in windows format......not any more muhhahhha

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