Using an iPod HD as a external PC HD

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  1. Zak8022

    Zak8022 New Member

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    Has anyone done this? I have a busted 4G 20gig ipod that i cant seem to fix the clickwheel on. I've been wanting an external drive for a little while, so i figure this might be a good opportunity.

    Does anyone have any info, on how to do this? I dont know jack about what kinda drive the little iPod is.

    I found this, but have no idea if it is correct.

    http://insidecomputer.stores.yahoo.net/1usb20alhadr.html

    Any other info, tips, etc is appreciated.
     
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    so you know the hdd is fine? if its just the click wheel you can probably replace the click wheel or remove the hdd and build/buy an enclosure
     
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    Well, i am fairly sure the drive is ok. The clickwheel is not functional, but if i flip the Hold switch on, then off, the ipod will turn on, and display the main menu. This would lead me to beleive the drive is ok.

    I already tried switching out the clickwheel... ebay special so it was a crapshoot from the beginning. It didnt seem to work out, but i do want to find an enclosure to turn it into a external PC drive.
     
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    i wonder if its a regular laptop hdd or if its smaller.. if its just a laptop hdd then just throw it in a laptop enclosure and format it
     
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    Zak8022 New Member

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    Laptop HDs are 2.5", the ipod is 1.8". From the bit i've researched in the past few minutes, its a Toshiba drive, but its got a female pinout, instead of a male pinout like normal IDE drives.
     
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    For the time being, you should be able to keep the hard drive in the Ipod and enable disk mode. You'll see the Ipod's drive letter in My Computer.
     
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    I hadnt thought of that.

    Would i be able to get rid of the songs that are on there using disk mode? Or would i be limited to the unused portion of the 20gigs?
     
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    I would download the Ipod updater and wipe the Ipod clean (factory settings). Then make sure disk mode is enabled and you should be good to go.
     
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    Disk mode is a no go. I tried it last night. Since the clickwheel is non-funtional, i cant put it into disk mode.
     
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    I thought disk mode was enabled through some setting in Itunes?
     

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