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How come you can disconnect the iPhone without ejecting, but not the iPod?

Asked by Spargett (5377points) March 2nd, 2008

You know how you can just yank the iPhone off of the computer at any time? But if you do that with any iPod or external hard drive, you’re yelled at by the system. Does it have something to do with the fact that its a flash drive?

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xcourtneyxcupcakesx's avatar

because they are awesome

jrpowell's avatar

My iPod nano needs to be unmounted and it is flash based. My guess would be the the iPhone is not mounted like a normal volume. That is why you can’t use it as portable hard drive like you can with normal iPods. I don’t know why the iPhone can’t be used as a hard drive. My guess would be that they wanted to make it harder to get at the operating system files on it.

Spargett's avatar


Technically, there’s nothing stopping you from using it as a hard drive. I have SSH installed on my phone. All I have to do is make a folder and transfer stuff over SFTP. Interesting though.

jrpowell's avatar


What happens if you run:
ls -a /Volumes
from the Terminal with you iPhone plugged in? I assume that it is Jailbroken.

Spargett's avatar


I don’t know, I’m not much a terminal guy : ) Maybe this is a good time for someone who knows alot more than I do to chime in.

marumaki's avatar

I might be wrong but I think if you uncheck “enable disk use” in Itunes the Ipod will disconnect automatically.

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