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Ipod as a portable Disk ?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by lolex, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. macrumors member


    HI All,

    I 'm a new video ipoder , expecting ipod be my portable Disk like kind of Usb flash stick, would anyone knows if it's possible to write some files into ipod other than via ITune ?

    If yes , How? :)
  2. macrumors G3


    When you get your iPod, you'll find an option in iTunes to enable disk use.

    It's been a while, but I think it appears as a generic disk on a machine without iTunes installed (but it has been a while, I may have had to install iTunes on those machines and forgotten).
  3. macrumors 65816


    Yes. your ipod is a 60-30gb portable disk. just enable disk mode in the prefs. but be warned. Since the move to usb, the spinning hard disk uses more power than what USB can supply, during that time, the ipod will run off the battery. thus draining the battery instead of charging it. Also, is will cause the ipod's battery to go through more charge cycles, thus wearing your battery significantly more. One of my ipods had a really short battery life, despite moderate/low usage, and it was due to heavy disk usage (I picked the 40gb for a reason, and regularly transfered multiple GB of data.) Upon getting my other ipod, I've only used firewire to transfer files, so my battery is no longer affected. But I learned the hard way.

    So if your intention is to use it as a pocket HD, just be aware of what USB can do to your ipod.
  4. macrumors member


    I'll try avoid not to catch up by the dismay, ur words really help ,thanks.

    Good ipoding :)
  5. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    I didn't think video iPods could use Firewire other than to charge the battery. :eek:

    lolex, I wouldn't worry too much about USB damaging your iPod. :)
  6. macrumors 65816



    I have the 40GB B/W 4G iPod. Its capable of both firewire AND USB. But seems like his intentions were the same as mine. Add little music, and the rest was for portable disk use. I didn't claim USB will blow up his ipod. I meant to say that if he constantly uses the drive, it will eventually affect his battery life. I has this personally happen to me. But now I only use firewire for transfers, which gives me enough power to charge while transferring.

    Sorry if I scared you though. Not what I intended. Just wanted to make sure you were aware.
  7. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    blaskillet4, I wasn't trying to undermine you. Sorry if it came across that way. :eek:

    It's really interesting what you were saying though, and it makes sense although I think you'd need to be pretty hard on it to actually notice the difference. I have the same iPod as you (4G 40GB non-colour) and I've just started using USB instead of Firewire. I might change back. :)
  8. macrumors 65816



    Yeah, you might be right. I mean I did transfer many GB at a time [10+ sometimes :eek: ]. And screwed up my battery. But that was because my iPod was for my PC, which only had USB at the time. But now I have a Mac, and when my iPod got replaced (HD issues), I formatted it for my Mac, which has a lovely Firewire port :). Now I can do the same, but without the worries. Actually, power is my biggest gripe against USB, not speed.
  9. macrumors 601


    Yes USB sucks. Why, Apple, WHY strip away FireWire?!? :mad:
  10. macrumors regular

    I'm really puzzled here. Some of you say there's firewire some of you say there isn't. So which is it!?
  11. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    To the best of my knowledge, Firewire was dropped for both the nano and the newest (video) iPods. Before that you could use either/or. :)
  12. macrumors regular

    Way to go Apple. Upgrade by removing features!? Is there a reason for that?
  13. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    They can make the iPod thinner if they don't have to support both USB and Firewire apparently. :)
  14. macrumors 6502a


    I wish they would just give you either/ or. That would be so much better.
  15. macrumors regular

    Now that's a strategy:confused: Thank god they don't integrate the FM or voice rec and strip it off other usefull features.
  16. macrumors 601


    They could have made it 1 mm thicker, but integrated FW! :mad:
  17. macrumors regular

    Maybe they're planing to make a FW add-on device and squeeze more cash out of us:mad:
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  19. macrumors 6502


    Thats the to the horse website to buy that product and others they make.

    I recently purchased that for my iPod Nano to hook it up to my car stereo. I just set it all up in my car and its awesome. No crap to deal with that FM transmitter junk.

    If you have that attached and plug headphones into its provided port the sound is boosted greatly like a lil amp. I havent used the firewire that it came with but the thing is pretty sweet to have FW and a line out.

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