How to Turn an iPod Touch Into an External Hard Drive

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How to Turn an iPod Touch Into an External Hard Drive
Turn your iPod Touch into a portable drive. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Your iPod Touch can play music, show pictures and video, store a wide variety of games and applications, and even access and browse the Internet if it can find a wireless hot spot. But, by default, the storage space on your iPod is reserved for media and applications. By changing the iPod settings in iTunes, you can enable disk usage on your iPod Touch, allowing you to copy files to the drive and use your iPod Touch like an external hard drive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • iPod USB connection cable

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  1. 1

    Connect your iPod Touch to your computer with the USB connection cable.

  2. 2

    Open iTunes if iTunes does not start automatically.

  3. 3

    Select your iPod Touch from the "Devices" list in the Navigation Menu on the left side of iTunes.

  4. 4

    Click the "Summary" tab to access your iPod settings. Check the box marked "Enable Disk Use" at the bottom of the summary screen.

  5. 5

    Close iTunes. Your iPod will appear in your "Computer" or "My Computer" window in Windows. If you use a Mac, your iPod will appear as a portable drive on your desktop. Drag and drop files from your computer to your iPod to save them on the device.

Tips and warnings

  • You can turn any Apple iPod product into a portable storage device.

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