2gb ipodnano as flash drive

farqueue

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I want to make my 2gb ipodnano work as a flash drive so that i can store files on it. Ive enabled disk use etc (i have a macbook)

BUT

I cant access files when i connect to a windows PC at universities, i cant seem to access those files on my ipod


So how can i make it work betwwen windows PC and a Mac?
 

vansouza

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Is the device formatted on a Mac for mac use? if so a PC will not be able to see it... you may need to reformat the device for PC... I believe Mac can use it both ways...
 

farqueue

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vansouza said:
Is the device formatted on a Mac for mac use? if so a PC will not be able to see it... you may need to reformat the device for PC... I believe Mac can use it both ways...

Ok, but my itunes is on my macbook? :(
How do i do it?
 

scott523

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farqueue said:
Ok, but my itunes is on my macbook? :(
How do i do it?
I never had a Mac but usually on Windows PC, you need to access the "My Computer" panel since that's where the iPod storage volume appears (I don't think it appears on the desktop like Macs do). I assume (I may be wrong) most school admins restrict access to it so if that's the case, you're out of luck.
 

farqueue

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scott523 said:
That's hard to explain because usually on Windows PC, you need to access the "My Computer" panel since that's where the iPod storage volume appears (I don't think it appears on the desktop like Macs do). I assume (I may be wrong) most school admins restrict access to it so if that's the case, you're out of luck.

Nope, i can see the ipod drive there. No restrictions whatsoever as far as USB drives are concerned
 

scott523

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farqueue said:
I cant access files when i connect to a windows PC at universities, i cant seem to access those files on my ipod
Does that mean enabled the iPod for storage, you dragged the file you want to the iPod folder (on your MacBook), you see the iPod drive and the files on the Windows PC at school, but you couldn't open them?
 

farqueue

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scott523 said:
Does that mean enabled the iPod for storage, you dragged the file you want to the iPod folder (on your MacBook), you see the iPod drive and the files on the Windows PC at school, but you couldn't open them?

I see the ipod drive but when i double click it it says not accessible.


I have a 1gb flash drive (MS-DOS) formatted and i can access it with no problems (ie can read and write files on it)
 

Laser47

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in order to format the ipod to fat32(windows) you need to install the ipod updater on a windows computer, and then plug in you ipod and chose restore. It will format the drive to windows and then reinstall the ipod system files aswell. What ever you do, dont format it in explorer or the ipod wont work as an mp3 player anymore, since it erases the ipod system files aswell.
 

farqueue

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Laser47 said:
in order to format the ipod to fat32(windows) you need to install the ipod updater on a windows computer, and then plug in you ipod and chose restore. It will format the drive to windows and then reinstall the ipod system files aswell. What ever you do, dont format it in explorer or the ipod wont work as an mp3 player anymore, since it erases the ipod system files aswell.

Ok, does this mean that all the music files on my ipod will be lost?
What if i put it back into my macbook again?
 

Laser47

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farqueue said:
Ok, does this mean that all the music files on my ipod will be lost?
What if i put it back into my macbook again?
Yes when it is restored all the music on you ipod will be lost, but as long as you have the music in itunes, it should not be a problem. Also even when formatted to fat32, the ipod will still function normally on you mac, just as if it were windows formatted.
 

farqueue

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Laser47 said:
Yes when it is restored all the music on you ipod will be lost, but as long as you have the music in itunes, it should not be a problem. Also even when formatted to fat32, the ipod will still function normally on you mac, just as if it were windows formatted.
Ok, thanks a lot
I'll give that a try when i get my hands on a windows pc