iPod.. give me help so i can buy one!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by i_wolf, Sep 25, 2002.

  1. i_wolf macrumors regular

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    Hi all,
    I already have a 10gig iPod for my mac at home that i use (besides mp3 player) as a portable harddisk with my Mac at work. First off i love the thing. Absolutely great.
    Now this is my problem. I also have a windows (dual boot) Linux machine at home, with a firewire card, usb 2 and usb 1.1 ports. So far so good. Now i have to work with another company ona contract basis and i wanted to buy another iPod windows version for the PC. Now even though i have firewire onmy machine... none of the machines in the company i have to work for have firewire and there is no question of them getting firewire. So what i need to know is whether there is a firewire to usb adapter available... because besides lisening to music i need the portable hard drive. Now i know that if i (theoretically) hooked one up to a usb port i would immediately drop from 400Mb/s to 10mb/s . Unless i got a usb 2 connection!... but these machines that i need to connect to are two years old an only have usb 1.1
    Is there anything any of you could suggest... any adapter... i really love the ipod and want/ NEED to use it to transport my files and folders etc.
    Thanks for the help
    Regards,
    Wolf
     
  2. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    As of now, I don't believe they make a Firewire-to-USB adaptor. The reasons, like you said, are the differences in transfer rates. The iPod is specifically programmed to transfer data within a certain range, and USB 1 could never get anywhere close to that rate, therefore making it impossible to use an adaptor with the iPod. The only thing I could recommend is an external USB hard drive. It would probably be your best bet anyway. Does anyone else have any ideas?
     
  3. arn macrumors god

    arn

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    Yeah - I did a brief search.. and didn't come up with anything that can bridge Firewire to USB. You may be out of luck on this....

    I hate to steer you away... but there are some USB mp3 playeres for the PC. I don't know if they offer Hard Drive functionality, but if they do, that might be a comprimise

    arn
     
  4. DaedalusDE macrumors regular

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    if u have the money to buy 2 ipods id say just spend the 50- 70 dollars on a usb2/firewire combo upgrade card... unless of course u cant install new hardware into the computers
     
  5. thornycroft macrumors newbie

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    ive also tried to find one for similar reasons but havent had any luck make sureyou tell us if you find one. youll probably have to go with a usb pocket drive which will probably be cheeper.
     

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