iPod as external hd for Win2000 and 10.4

Discussion in 'iPod' started by noel4r, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Hello all, I have a 3G iPod that I want to use as an external hd for Windows but when I plug it in I get a message that reads "The drive is not formatted, would you like to format it?" Of course, I choose No. So how would I get this to work? I have Tiger at home and Windows2000 Professional at work.
  2. macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2004
    Communard de Londres
    If you format it as ntfs (windows) the Mac will read it but not write to it.I believe there is windows software (acute systems) that will rw to a Mac formatted drive so that could be an answer.
    If I got that wrong,sorry, I'm assuming you want to transfer data between your windoze and Mac computers.On rereading maybe not.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2002
    this is how I got it to work

    formatted as FAT32

    firstly make sure you ITUNES libary is safe and backed up on the MAC and that extra files are backed up on the mac from the IPOD

    Basically then run the windows updater from windows, choose to wipe and restore the sofware , this wipes the whole IPOD and puts back the software on a FAT32 partition

    Then sync back on the MAC at let it copy back you ITUNES library
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2002
    just to mention the synronisation of the ITUNES is slower with the FAT32 system , and the MAC puts the annoying .ds store files on the IPOD so when you are using in Windows searching for files is a bit annoying
  5. macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    Will point out, the hard drive in an iPod is not cooled, and if it's used heavily for sustained activity (like booting and running an OS) the drive and other components can overheat. It's only meant to dissipate the heat of a few minutes of sustained writing, at most.
  6. macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Have you ever had an iPod melt as a result? I've had my iPod for 2 years and never had any trouble using it for that function.
  7. macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2004
    San Bruno, CA

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