How to partition the iPod 160g

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How to partition the iPod 160g
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The 160 GB iPod is a hard drive-based iPod, unlike the smaller flash-based iPod Nano and Shuffle. You can use the iPod as an external hard drive, to carry around and transfer files. Partitioning the iPod’s hard drive into multiple sections is fairly easy using Windows' built-in partitioning tool, though it will interfere with the iPod’s normal function. Before taking this action, be sure you really want to use your iPod only as a portable hard drive and not a music player. Note that you can store documents on your iPod while still using it as a music player; just stop after Step 2.

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  1. 1

    Connect your iPod to your computer via USB cable and open iTunes.

  2. 2

    Select your iPod within iTunes and click the “Summary” tab. Select “Enable Disk Use” and click “Apply.” Close iTunes.

  3. 3

    Open the Windows Start menu. Select “Control Panel" > "Performance and Maintenance" > "Administrative Tools" > "Computer Management.” Select “Disk Management” within the “Computer Management” window.

  4. 4

    Right-click the iPod in the lower portion of the "Computer Management" window. Select “Delete Partition.” Click “Yes” to confirm. This will erase the entire drive of the iPod, resulting in unallocated space which can then be formatted to create multiple partitions.

  5. 5

    Right-click the unallocated space and select “New Partition.” Follow the on-screen instructions in the “New Partition Wizard” window. Select the desired size (in megabytes), name the volume and format the partition (optional). Be sure to set the desired partition size smaller than the total unallocated space to leave room for additional partitions.

  6. 6

    Right-click the remaining unallocated space and repeat Step 5 to create a second partition.

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