Switched to Mac, iPod still formatted for Windows

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Razorhog, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. Razorhog macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2006
    I recently switched to Mac (24" iMac). Should I reformat my iPod so it is in Macintosh format? What are the advantages? If it makes any difference I'd still like to use it as a portable hard drive occasionally to transfer files to windows machines. Thanks!
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I keep my iPod formatted for Windows so I can use it for large file transfers between the two platforms. A Mac formatted iPod can't do this. The only real disadvantage I find is that updates to the iPod's firmware must be installed from a PC. This isn't really a problem for me since a PC is readily accessible.

    The Mac format is meant to be slightly more reliable for portable hard drives (not relevant for Flash-based iPods such as the nano and shuffle). :)

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