Nano swap between Mac & Windows or only 1

Discussion in 'iPod' started by cmx08, May 30, 2006.

  1. cmx08 macrumors regular

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    #1
    Can the nano work as a usb flash drive
    (no need to format everytime it goes for mac to windows?

    or even though it's flash based like the shuffle
    It can not do the usb key trick like the shuffle?

    I'm thinking to get a usb flash drive for school work
    but if the nano can do the job I rather let apple have my money
     
  2. applemacdude macrumors 68040

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    All iPod work as an external drive. So yea, the nano can do that.
     
  3. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    well if its properly formated.
     
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    To elaberate it needs to be formatted on Windows, as Mac's can read a windows iPod but not the other way around...
     
  5. cmx08 thread starter macrumors regular

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    HDD based ipods can not be used

    they have to be reformated everytime u connect to a diff. platform

    so what you folks are saying is that the nano can work with both without reformating, just like the shuffle since they are both flash based and not HDD.

    PLEASE ANSWER FROM EXPERIENCE, not by logic.
     
  6. hikingnclimbing macrumors member

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    I could use my 3G iPod on both my windows laptop and my PB. But it was formated for Windows. In order to update it without using my windows latop, I had to reformat for Mac. That's from experience.
     
  7. cookieme macrumors regular

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    Just got a black 4GB nano after my shuffle gave up after 1.5 years or something. Just wondering if it is possible to maybe partition the nano in two and format one as MS-DOS and the other as HFS+ journaled, so that i could use it for storage on windows and mac without having issues reading and modifying files and still use itunes on my mac for music and everything else.

    Anyone done this or know if it will damage my nano? I have searched for similar topics but can't find anything. Also if this is possible what would happen when an update for the nano comes and i update it? Will it restore the factory partition?

    Thanks
     
  8. neocell macrumors 65816

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    This has to be posted somewhere.
    Format your iPod on a Windows PC. Sync it to your iTunes on your Mac. Enable hard drive usage through iTunes
    Will now work as a flash device on both Macs and PCs without loosing anything, reformatting, disc partitioning or anything.
    Only caveat, you can only sync iTunes to one computer.
    Just do your initial iPod format on a PC everything will be fine after that

    Yes from experience
     
  9. zyuzin4 macrumors 6502

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    #9

    exactly. I use my nano as a flash drive for school projects and such PCs at school Mac at home
     

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