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How do I make my 5th Generation iPod Mac format after being Windows format for it's whole life?

Asked by dingus108 (228points) November 15th, 2008

I reformatted it in windows and it works. (Within VMware fusion by the way) But in Mac, it recognizes it for a split second, and shows up on the desktop. iTunes opens and says “an ipod has been detected but could not be identified properly. Please disconnect and reconnect the ipod, then try again.” I’ve tried so many things and it only shows up on itunes in windows through vmware fusion!!!!

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thetmle's avatar

Connect it to your computer in OS X then try hitting the restore button in iTunes. If that doesn’t work, you may have to use Disk Utility to reformat it and then do a restore through iTunes.

dingus108's avatar

it doesn’t show up in itunes in os x. format to what in disk utility? i tried journaled extended and that didn’t show up in itunes either.

queenzboulevard's avatar

When I bought my Mac my iPod was formatted for Windows and it showed up on my Mac when I plugged it in. I just clicked restore and it reformatted it. Soo I’m not sure what to do if it isn’t showing up.

Vincentt's avatar

According to Wikipedia it needs to be formatted to a HFS+ filesystem, so you’ll have to find a filesystem formatter that supports it. I just checked the one I always use, GParted, but it only has partial support, partial unfortunately meaning it can’t create it, so you’ll have to find something else. But at least you’ll know what to look for ;-).

wilhel1812's avatar

itunes supports all major formats, so that’s probably not the problem. if it finds an ipod not formatted in hfs+ it will just ask you to reformat it, press ok and it’s done. i have no idea why it won’t show up in itunes for you. I guess it might be a hardware error or a critical software error. either way it’s probably covered by warranty.

serenityNOW's avatar

Just an idea. Make sure Fusion is closed and Windows isn’t running. That may be overriding it.

chromaBYTE's avatar

Also make sure you have the latest version of iTunes. Just covering all the bases.

Also try resetting the iPod:
1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
2. Press and hold the Menu and Center (Select) buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 8 seconds. You may need to repeat this step.

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