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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 19:37:17 +0100

* Greg Ward <> [01.01.2011 17:34]:
> On Sat, Jan 1, 2011 at 3:54 AM, Uli Armbruster
> <> wrote:
> > * Greg Ward <> [31.12.2010 23:03]:
> >> 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.)
> >>
> >
> > 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.
> Yes, I know it's easy to create a new filesystem. But iPod firmware
> is rather picky about the partition table layout: on my 1 GB first-gen
> iPod nano, I have to have an empty space of 82 MB followed by a VFAT
> partition. The only software that seems to know the precise
> requirements is iTunes for Windows. I would like to find a way to
> format my 2 GB second-gen iPod nano the same way as iTunes does, but I
> don't have a Windows machine.
> Failing that, if there is a way to install Rockbox on a "blank slate"
> iPod (no partition table, no filesystems), that would work too.
> Greg

Ok, I didn't know that. But yes, I'm pretty sure Rockbox doesn't give a damn about the partition layout.
Received on 2011-01-01

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