How to turn an old iPod into an external hard drive

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The first thing you should know is that using your iPod as an external hard drive is 100% efficient, but it has conditions. For example, to read or view the files you save you will need to use a PC; that is, you will not be able to see them on the iPod itself. How come? Here is the answer.

How to turn an iPod into an external hard drive

If you first encountered iOS technology when you bought an iPod, there have likely been accidents. For example, you've probably tried copying music and movies via your regular file manager. By doing so, it probably didn't take long for us to realize that we couldn't hear the music we had transferred to our iPod.



If we continue to investigate after that first disappointment, we find that in order to copy music to our iPod, we need iTunes. This is the application developed by Apple which is used to manage files externally on any device.

Although today it is possible to transfer music to iPod without iTunes and without programs, the same is not true for other types of files.

For this reason, the songs or movies that we copy with the operating system's file manager will continue to appear if we open the iPod with it. This means that while the songs not copied with iTunes they cannot be heard, they can be move to the player. Thus turning your iPod into a perfect method for transferring files of any type.

If your device is locked, you obviously need to unlock it to use it. If you don't know how, here we show you how to activate an iPod that will deactivate if you have forgotten your password.


Converting your iPod to an external hard drive is therefore a very simple process. It would be enough to simply use the file manager or the default explorer of our operating system for copy the songs to it. By doing so, it will begin to perform a function similar to that of USB drives. We recommend that you reset the iPod to factory settings in order to have more storage capacity.


By connecting your iPod with a cable to any computerRegardless of its model, you will be able to see the files you have copied from your computer. This includes songs, images, movies, documents, .zip or.rar files, and finally any file whose weight is supported.

You can take your iPod anywhere knowing you have it an external hard drive which reliably stores your files.

What you should know before using your iPod in this way

When using the iPod as a hard drive external memory, it should be understood that its normal performance for listening to music may be affected.

Also, something you should keep in mind is that you shouldn't delete any folders that are by default in the player. This could affect him to the point of cause serious errors which will reduce its effectiveness and make it very complicated.

It should also be noted that you should always keep in mind that you will not be able to interact with the files you copy by opening them from the iPod, only from computers. Plus, it's a lot better to use older models, as they usually have more memory and have fewer updates.


Is it worth using an old iPod as an external storage hard drive?

The answer is yes, iPods have enough memory for hold music while carrying any type of file. Plus, they're very easy to take anywhere, so it's like carrying a USB in your hand. You can store a reasonable amount of information which you can extract later to use them for any purpose.


The advantage of this “external hard drive” is that it has the advantages of the Apple ecosystem. For example, if you find yourself in this situation, you will be able to locate your iPod if it is lost or stolen.

If you want to format your computer and don't have a real external storage hard drive, you are free to use an old iPod to store your data, which works perfectly.


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