I want to make some partitions on my ipod,but i have been unable to. This is what i tried:

  • Using windows 7 disk managment didnt allow
  • Diskpart command line said :"File system doesnt support shrinking"
  • Tried several partitioning programs but the ipod didnt show up on the harddrive list.


I saw that there were actually 2 partitions on the ipod, one for the firmware and another for the music. But I only see 1 on windows.

Of course i want to still use the ipod as a music player... so i dont want to reformat the whole drive to NTFS and then repartition... or is there a way to backup the data and then restore it to a fat32 partition like nothing happened?


It doesn't look like you can: http://forums.mactalk.com.au/12/49632-partitioning-ipod-classic.html

The communications in and out of the classic are encrypted which explains all the problems the Rockbox people have been having since the Nano2.

Obviously I might be wrong, but a few Google searches indicate that other people haven't been able to do it either.

  • Here is a (very old) post for mac users on how to partition your ipod. I dont know if its valid anymore macgeekery.com/node/6 unfortunatly i dont own a mac and cant try it out...
    – Jeivier
    Jan 9 '10 at 19:11
  • This only works on iPods that are the generation of the Nanov1 or earlier. AKA anything prior to the iPod Classic. So it does not work.
    – Katerberg
    Jan 12 '10 at 6:13

since you can use Norton Ghost Enterprise (v8 or v11) to backup and restore the iPod classic, you might be able try to restore to a different partition size (as long as the amount of data used doesn't exceed the availabe space on that partition) and then use the rest to your likings.

  • gonna try it and telly ou how did it go, thanx
    – Jeivier
    Jan 9 '10 at 22:14
  • Well it seems that none of the 3rd party programs recognizes the ipod as a disk... is this normal??
    – Jeivier
    Jan 9 '10 at 22:32
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    sadly, yes. one of apple's major innovations with the iPod was taking a USB harddrive and making it unusable as a hard drive... Jan 9 '10 at 23:13
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    Wow... good thing i dont own anything else from apple
    – Jeivier
    Jan 10 '10 at 1:37

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