How can I update 2G Nano without the Internet?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Kardashian, Dec 25, 2006.

  1. macrumors 68020

    Kardashian

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    Hey Guys, Just got an 8GB Nano but I don't have the internet in my house as BT are upgrading the lines.

    I'm using a Windows computer of a relative down the road to access MR -- is there any way to burn the update to a CD and install it on my MacBook?
     
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    Eraserhead

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    You can just update it on the PC. You will still be able to use it with your Mac.
     
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    Kardashian

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    Oopsy, I didn't bring the cable.

    Another weird thing, its an 8GB, however in the 'About' screen on the 'pod and in iTunes it says my capacity is 7.45GB with 7.6GB AVAILABLE?
     
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    Eraserhead

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    That's normal 8 hard drive GB=8 billion bytes, but 8 OS GB= 2^30 bytes=1 073 741 824 bytes. So it should have 7.45 OS GB capacity.
     
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    panoz7

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    Not sure if that's the problem the OP is alluding to. Note that he has more free space then capacity... which seems a little strange to me. Is that not normal?
     
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    Kardashian

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    I'm on the Windows computer now, however it says in order to be updated I must restore the iPod and reset it, so its formatted for Windows.

    Won't I have to restore it on my Mac then, losing my music and the update?
     
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    panoz7

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    Nope... a windows formated iPod can be read by both windows and os x. A mac formated iPod can only be read by os x.

    You won't be able to tell a difference on the mac, except when it comes time to do another update. You'll only be able to update the iPod on a PC if it is windows formatted.
     
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    I mostly use a mac and can't really see myself syncing it with a PC (but it may happen). Are there any advantages to leaving it as mac formatted other than that it would take time to convert it from Mac to Windows formatting?

    jack
     
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    Eraserhead

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    no, unless you want to update to new software on your Mac, in which can you'll have to re-restore the iPod and return it to Mac formatting.
     
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    balamw

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    The differences are most apparent in disk access mode.

    FAT32/Windows: Can be used as a disk on any Windows PC or Mac
    HFS+/Mac: You can install OS X to it and boot from it in a pinch

    Each has its own limitations in terms of characters that are valid for the file system and file size etc...

    B
     
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    Kardashian

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    Thanks guys, worked a treat.

    May be my Windows-hating side but.. it seemed a LOT slower transferring my music back onto my iPod after it was formatted with Windows and Synced via OSX... :confused:
     

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