formatting a 4gen. iPod through the computer - help!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by iClown, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. iClown macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2004
    Alright, here's the deal. Today I received my first iPod, and of course I was extremely happy. I followed the instructions in the box, completed step 1 which was to charge the iPod and then I came to step 2 which was to install the things on the cd that came with the iPod. It went fine until I got to the part where it said that I should connect the iPod to see if it needed formatting. I was pretty sure it didn't since it's new and all of that, but I did what the program asked me and connected the iPod. The program figured that I should format the iPod so I pressed the "format" button and waited. The thing is, how long does it take to format?? It's been an hour now and nothing has happened:( Does it usually take this long or do I have good reason to be concerned? I asked some of my other friends with iPod's and their didn't take this long time. The computer which is connected to the iPod is a hp pavillion zt3000 running windows XP and I am connecting the iPod through firewire 2.0.

    Edit: First of all, thanks for your respond, varmit. I think i figured it out, because I cancelled the first format (I doubt it was smart, but I did it) and restarted the cd. Then everything went fine:)
  2. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    Try using the USB, I'm not sure if it was setup that PC users have to use the USB or not. download the latest software and use them to format your iPod.
  3. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    There isn't a "Firewire 2.0" unless you count FireWire 800 as a 2.0 of sorts.

    USB 2.0, well, that's different than 1.1 and 1.0. (1.0 was ~5Mbps, 1.1 was ~11Mbps, and 2.0 is ~480 Mbps)

    FireWire is either in 400 or 800, and they aren't compatible with each other. 400 is what is commonly found, 800 is only on a scant few PowerMac G4s and the G5 PowerMacs. Also, 15" and 17" PowerBooks have those ports.

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