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Using Your iPod as a Removable Hard Disk

That title is kind of misleading, because your iPod actually is a hard disk, so it’s not like you’re fooling it into believing it’s a hard disk—it already knows it. However, for it to act like a regular hard disk (where you can store regular data, text files, Photoshop files, videos, etc.), you have to tell it that it’s okay to do this. Start by connecting your iPod to your computer, and the Preferences Summary tab automatically appears. On the Summary tab, in the Options section, turn on the checkbox for Enable Disk Use. (Note: You only need to turn this option on when you have the “auto-update” feature active in the iTunes Preferences. Otherwise, if you’ve chosen to update your iPod manually, the Enable Disk Use feature is on by default. See the next page for clarification.) Your iPod will now appear on your desktop, and you can add files by dragging-and-dropping them onto the iPod icon, just like any other removable hard disk. This is great for moving non-music files between machines. There’s one thing to remember though: when it’s in this “disk” mode, you have to eject your iPod manually by Control-clicking (PC: Right-clicking) on the iPod icon (either on your desktop or in the iTunes Source list) and choosing Eject in the contextual menu that appears.

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