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Using an iPod nano as an external drive

I've been trying to configure my iPod Nano to work as an external disk drive but it can't be read on Windows machines - it says it's unformatted.  Works fine on the Powerbook.

Reading the iPod FAQs,  it mentions formatting it as either HPFS or FAT32.  

Please tell me I've missed something really obvious,  but all I want to do is use it to share files between platforms and listen to some music as I go.  Someone else mentioned using some special software to let it work between platforms.


Confused!

Glenn
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strungCommented:
I know nothing about it, but this looks promising:  http://www.mediafour.com/products/xplay/
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ParadiseITSCommented:
The actual issue here looks to be that you have it configured as a MAC iPod, you need to configure it as a Windows iPod and then you will be able to transfer files back and forth between Mac and PC.  You can try the third party app if you wish, it may solve the issue as well. If you are looking into 3rd party apps, you might want to investigate Pod Plus at http://www.podplus.com -- it's a great set of iPod tools.

Go to http://www.apple.com/ipod and you should be able to download the Windows tool.  

*WARNING*  This WILL require you to completely reformat your iPod.  During the reformat and configuration process it will ask if you want to use your iPod as a hard drive and will warn you that doing this will then require you to Eject your iPod before unplugging it.


Hope this helps!
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GlennGilbertAuthor Commented:
Many thanks.  

It strikes me that this is a bit of a PITA and Apple could have done better!


Thanks,
Glenn
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ParadiseITSCommented:
Glenn -- that is for certain.  I think you will find that is always the case w/Apple.  They engineered everything (including their computers) to read Windows formatted devices but haven't changed any of their devices to be Windows compatible.
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GlennGilbertAuthor Commented:
Except for Intel :-)
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