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How to use your IPOD as an External Drive (Mac)

If you're running out of external Hard drives or don't have a Flash drive on hand, and you need to transfer file or simply trying to copy anything externally, don't worry! Ipod can be a useful tools beside from its original purpose, as being a wonderful portable media device, this digital wonder can practically be used a portable external drive, on which you can store files, JUST like an external HDD (Hard Disk Drive) connected to your Mac.

An example of Ipod classic packs a lot of data storage in just a small package, from 5GB up to 160 GB, and in the future, some Ipod will have more capacity (A Gigabytes is a unit of computer memory of data storage capacity, that is equal to 1,024 megabyte, so One Gigabytes is equal to one billion bytes).
To configure an Ipod to be used an an external Hard Drive please follow this steps:

  1. Of course connect your Ipod to your Mac ( Once this is connected iTunes will automatically launch and connects to the Ipod
  2. Select the Ipod on the source list
  3. Click the summary tab, if its isn't selected already
  4. Select the Enable disk use disk box, (at this time you will see a warning prompt that will explain this procedure, because the Ipod will be acting as Hard Drive (Hard Drive is an optical or magnetic disk that is used to read and write information on it)
  5. Click Ok at the prompt
  6. Click Apply, then it is ready to use.
  7. Note: You must manually eject this before disconnecting the device from your computer after you finished!

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1. Make sure external drive power is on
2. If it came with software it may need to be installed first.
3. Plug in drive with computer off first. (usually not needed but may help)
4. Try the drive on another computer is possible to rule out faulty drive/usb adapter.

Some external drives require power from the computer, if this drive has no power adapter, you will want to ensure that you do not have a lot of other USB devices plugged in. You should hear a sound or get a message with the drive is detected.

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Hi,
plug in your external drive, and note it,s letter ( assigned device name ) i.e F/G/H et,c.
open your c:/ drive. highlight which items you want to copy over.
left click to highlight. then right click/Options/scroll Down Send to DriveF/G/H
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