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MyPodPuter offers iPod install service

“MyPodPuter will install a user’s critical system files, applications, plug-ins, documents and more, directly from their startup drive to the iPod. So, essentially anywhere the iPod goes, the user’s computer goes.

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ingenious idea, however the problem that arises for me is a person couldn’t use the utility at school or any other location unless you have write permissions. Great idea none the less.
also somewhat expensive, this idea will soon be offered free. in my mind it seems like a relatively easy concept.
I haven’t done much with tinkering with the ipod’s hard-drive but i think you could simply partition the ipods harddrive install/copy an image of your current OS status, plug it into a computer and install the image onto a host computer.
I could be wrong and i don’t condone the experimentation of this method.
It would hypothetically be possible on windows to for those MS users.
If someone figures it out let me know, i’d be curious to try it.

Posted by stefan in Irvine, CA on June 7, 2004 at 2:19 PM (CDT)


Yet another reason why the iHP series is and always will be better than the iPod. No drivers so its simply a hard drive, so you can install anything to it just like you normally would. No need to shell out 100 dollars extra.

Posted by BUY IRIVER!!! in Irvine, CA on June 7, 2004 at 4:09 PM (CDT)


This idea was to be offered for free. This is nothing but the “Home on iPod” feature that was in the preview version of MacOS 10.3, but was scrapped before the final release. This is just a glorified backup utility, no need to shell out $100 for it.

No, you actually can use this anywhere. I’ve actually done this manually. I used to keep a copy of 10.3 installed on my 20 gig iPod, and would go to the MacLab here at school to play MOHAA off of it on the dual-2GHz G5s. Just plug the iPod in, reboot holding down the option key, and the screen will display a list of bootable systems, including the system folder installed on the iPod. Works like a charm.

As for Windows users, I think you’ll be disappointed. Windows is rather loath to boot off of an external drive at a moment’s notice. Not to mention that it’s illegal to install Windows on a second drive without a license ;-).

You’re a tad misinformed. An iPod is just a FireWire hard drive. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you don’t need any drivers to do this either, just a Mac with a FireWire port on the motherboard (everything made in the last 5 years). You could actually remove the Mac’s main hard drive, and it would still boot off of the iPod. Not a single driver needed; Open Firmware and the FireWire bridges handle it all.

Posted by Big Jim in Irvine, CA on June 7, 2004 at 6:45 PM (CDT)


i’ve rebooted and run windows off my iPod drive, as a usb external drive.
it worked fine.
there was no reason for it, but it worked fine.

Posted by Harrison in Irvine, CA on June 7, 2004 at 7:19 PM (CDT)


Nothing new here. People have been doing this themselves since the iPod was first released. It’s very simple to do. The only difference is that now a company is charging a fee to do it for you.

Posted by Chimpee in Irvine, CA on June 8, 2004 at 10:35 AM (CDT)


What about the cooling issues? Several have reported drive failure after extended use of the iPod as a boot drive.

Posted by Mortimer in Irvine, CA on June 8, 2004 at 11:05 AM (CDT)


I currently work in the computer industry and the proliferation of “iPod” style devices will make life easier and harder for those in the tech industry.  At some point everyone will simply have a portable drive they carry with them and when they use a computer in their office or home, they can just plug in their drive with their OS and their files.  When upgrades are done, they turn their drive into the techies who give it back to them the next day or later that same day.

The continuous spinning required of a boot device would put alot of strain on the microdrives in iPods.  All hard drives are vulnerable to a phenomenon known as “stiction”.  This is where the components of a drive heat and expand and thus stick together.  The smaller the drive, the closer together the components are, the more of a chance this would happen. 

If your iPod drive won’t spin, and you are out of warranty you might try the following.  Put it in a refrigarator for a while.  The cooling can contract and “destick” the components that are stuck together.  I have also heard of people putting hard drives in freezers, but I would try the refrigarator first as the freezer would have a greater chance of causing condensation.  You should probably let it warm back up to room temp before using it.  Not sure how the “permanent on” state of the pod affects these common techniques for desticking a drive.  The following technique saved me from restoring a server a couple of times. When I powered the server on, I would torque the case back and forth and then the hard drive would spin and boot the server.  The torque helped the hard drive motor overcome the stiction.  This allowed me to transfer the data to a new hard drive.  Not sure how this could apply to iPods since there isn’t a time where you are turning it on and causing the hard drive to spin.

Use the above techniques when you don’t have a warranty and thus nothing to lose.  In other words, use at your own risk.

Posted by jfk99 in Irvine, CA on June 9, 2004 at 11:05 AM (CDT)

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