iPod with two computers

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by hkriffraff, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. hkriffraff macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2003
    My iPod's "home" computer is my powerbook. Is there any way to get it also working with a PC without having to reformat it?
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I'd reformat the iPod on a WinXP machine, plug it back into the Mac, reload all the songs onto the iPod, and as long as you also have your songs on your PC, you can use your iPod on both the Mac and PC.

    Your iPod won't work on a PC if you format it with a Mac because WinXP can't recognize the way it stores info on a Mac formatted harddrive (because Windows is stupid).

    I don't think I answered your question exactly, but no, your PC won't be able to read your iPod if the HD is Mac formatted. Macs can read FAT32. Just reformat it once using your PC, and from then on both your Mac and PC won't have trouble reading it.
  3. JLS macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2004
    Kent, England

    Well yes - remember to select FAT32 when formatting.. the default filing system for XP is NTFS.
  4. mj_1903 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    Nope there is no way. Abstract's advice is solid.
  5. hkriffraff thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2003
    If I reformat with my PC, will it then become my "Home" computer by default?

    Basically, my situation is that I use a Mac at home and a PC at work. All my music is stored on my home computer, but I would like to be able to use my iPod
    for file storage & transfer between work & home.

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