Mac ipod on windows

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Tom Foolery, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

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    i formatted my ipod for mac, but i want to get a file from it on my windows computer, but each time i connect it all it says is reformat ipod, how do i open my ipod on windows without reformatting
     
  2. SXR
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    SXR

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    Have you tried opening it as a normal drive in "My Computer" ?
     
  3. macrumors 68020

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    If the drive is formatted HFS+ (which is the default format for an iPod on OS X), you aren't going to be able to read it without a 3rd party app like MacDrive. I was able to take my iPod from my Gateway to my iBook without problems, and copy files back and forth (onto/off the iPod), but that was because the drive was FAT32 formatted. It was pretty cool; I'd expected iTunes to try to format my drive upon connection, but instead, everything showed up. So yeah--if you want to use an iPod on both computer types, it needs to be FAT32 formatted.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    mac drive works pretty smoothly but the only thing is i may wish to plug into the odd windows computer that doesn't have mac drive on it from time to time
     
  5. macrumors 601

    eXan

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    Then you need to format it to FAT32.

    Bear in mind though, that FAT32 has a limitation of 4 GB per file size... iirc
     

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