PC wont read my Ipod Nano

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Star Destroyer, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. Star Destroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2006
    Okay, so i have a first Gen iPod Nano, i got it (1GB) when i bought my macbook over the summer. It works great on my macbook, but when i install iTunes and plug it my PC tells me that my iPod cannot be read that i should reformat it to work..

    It works great on my Macbook whats up with this problem?
    any help?
  2. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    In short, your iPod is formatted for Mac OS in HFS+ . Windows cannot see HFS+ volumes, hence you will need to setup this iPod in Windows in order for Windows to see it.

    The nice thing is, Windows formatted iPods can still be seen and used in OS X.
  3. Star Destroyer thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2006
    sooo i SHOULD reformat it with my PC, and that way i would be able to update it from my PC and my Macbook?
  4. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    You are looking to format it as FAT32. This can be read/written to in Windows and Mac OSX.
  5. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Yes, but you'll need to do firmware updates from the PC if it's Windows formatted.

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