iPod Capacity Full, Is it Safe to Operate

Discussion in 'iPod' started by jdl8422, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2006
    I have a 30GB ipod video, I am almost to full capacity, I have about 2gb free, is it safe for the ipod to operate at near full?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2006
    they gave it 30GB for a reason. of course you can fill it up!!

    it might run just a tiny bit slower if 100% full, but it would be nothing like if you completely filled up a computer hard drive. i never go below 20 GB on my hard drive as far as free space.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2007
    BC Canada
    I usually sit at 5 gb free at a time. No joke.
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2007
    ive got to delete somethng anytime i want to dl something new mines that full
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2007
    Its safe to fill up your ipod till its maximum. It will not change the performance of your ipod.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    i once had 4KB left on my 30gb iPod. No performance hit at all.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
  8. mzd
    macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2005
    should be fine. my 3g 20GB has about 50MB free and that has been the case for the past few months. runs great!
  9. macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    This is a valid question, let me get that across. But just seeing this topic makes me feel laugh as someone who's had an iPod since December of 2001. I applaud Apple for continuing to reel brand new customers in, but I feel so... old. Which is even more odd, since, well, I'm twenty.
  10. macrumors regular

    Mr. Amiga500

    Jan 19, 2007
    That's pretty extreme, isn't it? How much swap space are programs hogging these days? It looks like it's getting bad enough to justify an entire separate harddrive just for swap. (my OS partition has 1Mb free... ahh, the joys of not having virtual memory ;))

    My iPod has 1.4Mb free and no problems. I assume iPods use RAM (or dedicated partiton) for decoding swap space.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2005
    An iPod does not need swap space like a computer hard drive does, so filling it up is no big deal.

    The only interesting thing that you might experience is if you add and delete music, the drive could get fragmented over time, I suppose - I have no proof of this. I'd say that if you are going to run it that full and you have deleted lots of songs over the years with it, to restore it factory settings (reformat?) and reload it. That might increase the seek time for all songs if you were ever experiencing a slowdown.

    blah blah blah - this is all in an extreme case in theory. Not that I've ever had such a problem...
  12. AEP
    macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2007
    i now leave a little free room on my iPod (about 1GB)

    a while ago if my iPod was full, the next sync would always throw up an error (unknown error number -422 or something) and i would have to do a complete restore, and a complete re sync, never found out what the problem was or if its now fixed, its just better for me to leave a little spare room on the iPod than to have to sync 30GB of music and films just to put on a podcast or a new album.

    granted this was about 6months ago, just got into the habit of leaving some space.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jim Campbell

    Dec 6, 2006
    A World of my Own; UK
    Good God, man! Are you insane!? Your iPod could explode; it would be a catastrophe - MP3s everywhere! How are you going to pick them all up again? Eh? Eh? Tell me that!

    Madness! Madness I tell you!

    You irresponsible kids ...


  14. macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Exactly, come to think of it, your iPod will self destruct within 5 seconds once it hits less than 1 GB free.....
  15. macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2007
    yeah I believe you're right, thats why nobody liked the 1gb 1st gen nanos

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