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Subject: Re: Installing on Mac-formatted iPod

Re: Installing on Mac-formatted iPod

From: Uli Armbruster <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2011 09:54:37 +0100

* Greg Ward <> [31.12.2010 23:03]:
> Hi all --
> I'm trying to install Rockbox 3.7.1 on a Mac-formatted iPod Nano
> (second gen). Doesn't work because Linux cannot write to this
> particular filesystem (HFS+, case insensitive, journaled -- i.e. the
> Mac default filesystem). I previously worked around this on a first
> gen nano by borrowing a friend's windows machine, installing iTunes,
> and reformatting the older iPod. What a PITA! I'd like to avoid all
> that fuss on the newer iPod.
> Suggestions? I.e. is there a way to reformat an iPod Nano to
> "Windows" format without needing iTunes on Windows? (I have easy
> access to multiple Linux boxes and Macs, but not Windows.)
> Thanks --
> Greg

Well with Linux it's very easy to format a hd with fat32. All you need to run is mkfs.vfat. Look at the manpage or do some research to find out how exactly this has to be used. I don't know if that is also available for OSX.
Received on 2011-01-01

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