How do i make my ipod act as a flash drive with MAC and Windows

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by farqueue, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. farqueue macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006
    How can i use it as a flash drive to make it work with WINDOWS and MAC computers?

    I can transfer files when its connected to my macbook, but cant see files when its connected to a windows PC
    :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
  2. Jasonbot macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2006
    The Rainbow Nation RSA
    Is it formatted for win (FAt32) or for mac(HFS).
    PC's can't read HFS but mac's have no prob. on Fat32.

    But in a final note the iPod could be NTFS, in this case OS X can read but not write to the iPod. My advice would be to use Fat32 if you are using win and mac but you need to use a PC to upadte if usinf Fat32
  3. Silentwave macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL
    Different file systems.

    You can buy a program for windows that lets you read the Mac OS X file system (HFS+).

    I personally don't know if formatting it for windows makes it NTFS or FAT32. FAT32 you can read and write in both systems but you cannot have a single file over 4GB in size. NTFS is read only on macs.
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Unless you really want to use your iPod, you might consider a dedicated Thumb Drive for this purpose.

    With an iPod, you can get into library issues when connecting to different computers. In some cases, if you mess up, you could automatically sync to the wrong library and loose what you have on the iPod.

    With Thumb Drives getting so cheap, it is a much easier solution.

    Anyhow, just some food for thought.
  5. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2004
    ct, us
    I'm pretty sure the old style iPod Shuffles had this ability, and I think they were all formated in FAT32.
  6. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005

    They were MSDOS formatted, not FAT32.

    Maybe they were FAT32? I don't know, I'm massively drunk.

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