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ipod 2nd gen from MAC to Windows7 reformating possible?

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Aug 2, 2012 12:49 PM

Does anyone know how to connect my old iPod to Windows7?

I have no Mac and I don't care if the music on the iPod is deleted.


I used to have an iMac (in '02) but now I have iTunes (latest version) on Windows.

I have connected the iPod using a 4-pin to 6-pin FireWire from my HP laptop.

iPod 2nd Generation 20GB A1019
  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)

    Simply connect it your PC and it should appear in iTunes and ask to be restored.  The restore process will reformat the iPod's Hard Drive as FAT32, which allow you to use and sync the iPod with iTunes on Windows.


  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (29,975 points)

    I have connected the iPod using a 4-pin to 6-pin FireWire from my HP laptop.

    It won't work if your laptop has a 4-pin FireWire port.  That is because the 4-pin FireWire port does not provide power (which is what the other two pins on a 6-pin FireWire port are for).  Without power, the iPod cannot charge.


    If you have the FireWire power adapter that came with those iPods, you might try charging the iPod fully using the power adapter, THEN connecting it to the laptop using the 4-to-6 pin cable.  That might (?) work, since the iPod can draw power from its battery while connected.

  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (29,975 points)

    As I said, I think it needs to have a 6-pin FireWire port (that supplies power), when it is doing things like syncing and restoring.  The battery is fine when it is operating the iPod as a music player, but not when it is connected to the computer like a hard drive.


    If your laptop has a Cardbus (PCMCIA) slot, or other type of slot, for adding "cards," you could get one for FireWire. Just make sure it provides a connection that provides power to the FireWire port.


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