iPod - Files between Mac and XP

Discussion in 'iPod' started by VanMac, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    VanMac

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    Hello.

    I've searched and read some threads similar to what I want to do, but nothing exact, so here goes.

    I have an iPod, iBook, and Windows XP. We also use XP at work.

    I currently synch my iPod with iTunes in my iBook. It is mac formatted.

    I want to be able to take files back and forth to work using my iPod. Disk is enabled, but alas, the XP machines want to format it.

    I can reformat the iPod on my XP machine, and be able to use it for file transfers, but will it sync up to my mac as it does now?

    I am unable to install third party tools on work machine, so have to work within that context.

    Any advice on best way to go about this would be appreciated. Basically I still want to sync tunes via iBook, but need to transfer files back and forth between XP machines and iBook. I dont really care what the iPod is formatted as, as long as it works.

    Thanks.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    khisayruou

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    #2
    Have the winxp format it, it will format it into fat32.
    The mac will sync to it just fine.
     
  3. macrumors G4

    Eraserhead

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    #3
    If only OS X could format it like that too...

    Mac's can certainly read window's iPods just fine.
     
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    mac4drew

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    Another way to do it if you want to leave it formatted as a Mac OS drive is to use a program called MacDrive. It reads and writes to Mac OS Formatted drives in Windows, and it can specifically configure iTunes to work with Mac iPods. It's a pretty nice utility to have in a pinch. I think it comes with a few days free trial.

    Edit: saw that you can't use third party tools... so this probably wouldn't be a solution for you

    But aside from formatting iPods in FAT 32, I suspect that Apple might come up with a few solutions of its own in the near future to ensure a better experience for mac-formatted iPod users, like possibly releasing a driver for Windows, considering they now "unofficially" support its installation on their computers.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    VanMac

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    Thanks for the confirmation all.

    Reformatted on XP machine, and can share files on both systems, and sync iTunes to mac. :)
     

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