Can you use Ipod Touch as a disk drive?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by SitePlan, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. SitePlan macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2007
    I'm pretty sure this has been asked before but I couldn't find the post about it.

    Anyways, I'm just wondering if I can use my iPod touch as a flash drive? and if so, how?
  2. SitePlan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2007
  3. Football1maniac macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2007
    Simple answer: NO

    This has been one of those "flaws" that the iPod touch has. But hey, can the iPhone be used as a Disk Drive? I think not!:D:apple:
  4. cwolves macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2007
    erm...yes, you can. As long as you have WiFi. Just use FTP.
  5. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2007
    i dont get it ... you canNOT download files by using iTouch's safari..can you?
  6. cwolves macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2007
    jailbreak the touch and go to: ftp://<<TOUCH'S IP ADDRESS>>/ in windows explorer.
  7. iTouch macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2007
    Yes you can with the iPhone and it's called iPhoneDrive that will allow for disk mode. So it's only a matter of time for something similar with the Touch.
  8. Reimer macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2006
    ftp access is not disk mode.. it's just a weak workaround and barely better than nothing.

    iPhoneDrive works with the Touch as well. it's only OS X compatible though
  9. cwolves macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2007
    in windows it is. Explorer can browse an FTP site almost exactly as it can browse a disk drive. And there are programs like webdrive that allow you to actually mount an FTP server AS a disk drive (there's a free one from IBM or Novell that doesn't has as many options but may work just as well in this case).

    And on a Mac you can (I'm assuming) use Fuse or CurlFTPFS to mount an FTP as a drive (they're both linux apps, one probably works for a mac)

    And barely better than nothing? What, are you planning on formatting your iPod from windows? The desire for disk access on an iPod = the desire to use it as a flash drive. FTP gives you this just as well as anything else, the ONLY restriction (given it's a somewhat annoying one) is that you need wireless to use it. If that's not a problem (it's not for me), then FTP is the same as "real" disk access.
  10. bgd78 macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2006
    What about accessing it in Linux without root privileges?
  11. cwolves macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2007
    set up another user account on your ipod?
  12. floxir macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    yes, but you need to hack it.
    Do not do it if you don't know how to do it.
  13. Reimer macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2006
    Wireless is indeed the biggest obstacle since it means you can't access it from any computer you want which pretty much defeats the purpose.
  14. KJD macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    Hi everyone, i have a question regarding my ipod touch. I bought my touch about two months ago ( i upgraded from a 1st generation nano) and besides the 16 gig space, my biggest gripe is the removal of the "drag and drop" method that prior iterations of iPod and iTunes used.

    I believe (my tech jargon is lacking) that the reason why you can't drag and drop anymore is due to the inability to access the iPod's disk drive, correct?

    Well anyway, I personally like to free up as much space possible on my PC so I either back up my music to CD's or use my iPod as separate storage, and now due to syncing, I have to have every song (or movie) that I want on my ipod on my PC as well, which is using up too much space.

    So long story short, would downloading a program that allows me to access my iPod's disk drive be the solution to my problem? Is there another solution that may be in iTunes? Or am I just screwed either way?

    I really hope for some feedback, because this has been my main complaint with the ipod touch and it's really annoying!!

    Thanks in Advance

  15. sinthu macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2008
    Air Sharing App

    use the Air Sharing App provided in the APP STORE.

    great, highly recommend it =D =D
  16. Bitcrusher macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I tried it on Mac OS X, but I think I didnt get the first steps:confused:
  17. Ipodize macrumors member


    OS X doesn't recognize it as a drive, it recognizes it as an iPod. And Apple doesn't want people using iPods as a disk drive.
  18. Ipodize macrumors member


  19. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    This doesn't make sense, the touch (and maybe the shuffle, I don't know as I've never owned one) is the only iPod that doesn't support this function. For the nano and classic there is a checkbox on the device's summary page in iTunes that allows you to use it as an external drive - it still functions perfectly as an iPod, syncs with iTunes, etc, but just allows it to appear on your desktop/in your computers list of connected devices and lets you drag and drop files to it as if it were any old portable drive. Surely Apple wouldn't include that if they didn't want people using iPods as a disk drive?

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