use the ipod as a bootable drive

ipod boot

i was playing with the new version of mac os x (tiger) but didn’t want to install it to my local hard drive, so i had a pc formatted ipod i was about to zap any way, so i formatted it and installed tiger on the ipod. while it’s not a good idea to use an ipod a mac hard drive, it’s good for testing and emergencies if needed


  1. j says:

    that’s not a hack. that has been a feature of all firewire drives since osX was released.

  2. brian says:

    I know of several people who have killed their ipod by using it as a bootable drive. The internal drive was not intended for this use and wears out quickly. Please be careful when doing this. I’ve seen a brand new iPod die within a week of continious use. Using the drive in such a way may void your warranty as well if it is considered abuse. Just be careful.

  3. hola says:

    Brian, do you know what version ipods are getting killed? I wonder if the newest ipod generation’s hd is stable enough to handle booting an OS. If it gets too hot, does anyone know of any hacks in cooling the ipod or maybe where to drill holes for ventilation?

  4. hola says:

    i wonder what (or if any) kind of thermal gel is used to prevent heat build up. Anyone know of any projects for cooling the ipod?

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    The offers are legit, my friend has gotten his free ipod shuffle. You can google this offer and find many people confirming that this offer is real. All you have to do is join, complete an online offer, and refer friends to do the same. That’s it!

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