i just purchased a 20gb ipod photo

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by shoxproject, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. shoxproject macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2005
    i recently picked one up for $200 including dock/case from a friend who wants the new video ipods. i was wondering if i could use my ipod as a transfer tool, a la Flash drive? can i put different file types in my ipod and use it in that way? if i can, what are the pros/cons? i'm new to ipods so any help would be great. also, if there's a website to answer these questions, point me in that direction. thanks.
  2. GreeneGirl7 macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2005
    Oxford, England
    Yes. I haven't personally done it, but I'm sure someone will share the best way to do it. You could also try googling something like "transferring files with iPod".

    The one con I've heard of it is that the hard drive in an iPod wasn't created to be used in this manner frequently and some think that it can cause harm to it over time.

    Also, you will get more help if you remove this from here and post in the more relevant thread - iPod/iTunes Discussion. :)
  3. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    The hard drive in the ipod was created to be used just like any other hard drive. You can copy files to and from your iPod as if it were a regular external hard drive. No worries.
  4. PCMacUser macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    Like Flowbee said, you can use it as an external drive without problems. However, if it is formatted for Macintosh you won't be able to use it to transfer data onto a PC. If it is formatted for PC then you can use it on both PC and Mac. If it came with the firewire cable, try to use that rather than USB2, because when transferring large quantities of data (eg, gigabytes) firewire is much faster (USB2 is faster for small amounts).

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