How can I reformat my 2nd Gen iPod from Apple to Windows?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by hellodon, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. hellodon macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2006
    I'm sure this has been asked before....can't find any info, though.

    mine is mac formatted. i'm going to sell it, but the buyer is a windows user. anyone know of a page that has instructions?

    thanks in advance.
  2. Nickygoat macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2004
    You need to format it on a PC. Doing it through the Mac will not change the file structure (HFS+ for Mac iPods, FAT32 for Win iPods) - Windows cannot natively read HFS+ file structures.
    To restore the iPod to it's factory settings follow these instructions.
    This will delete all the music on the iPod but you were going to sell it empty anyway, right? :p
  3. hellodon thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2006
    okay so as long as we set it back to original factory settings ON the windows computer, then hook it up reset like should recognize it and work with windows itunes?

    just want to make sure this guy can use it....are there any other steps than resetting it to factory settings?

    really appreciate the info..

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