Old 7th August 2008, 19:28   #1
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HFS+ and MacDrive with ml_ipod

I wrote up my experience converting a FAT32 formatted iPod to HFS+, getting it read on Windows, working with MacDrive, synced with ml_ipod, and ultimately playable on its own.

The article is at http://aharon.varady.net/omphalos/2008/08/the-forbidden-ipod-hfs-on-windows

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Old 8th August 2008, 23:29   #2
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Awesome, but what's the point? The whole HFS+/FAT32 split is useless to begin with.
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I did it because there is a difference between FAT32 and HFS+ (as I describe in the post linked above). But in short, HFS+ supports a file system feature called "Extents" that definitely helps lessen the fragmentation of files common with the older FAT32 file system. Less fragmentation means a happier hard drive. But I describe this in greater detail in the post.
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The two benefits you mention are transfer speeds and less fragmentation. I see the point in higher transfer speeds, but was fragmentation on an iPod really a big deal? Looking at my own, my iPod is pretty fragmented, but I see no performance drops when using it, which is the important part. And the storage is designed to last a long, long time anyway.
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I saw a performance drop on my ipod from the fragmentation. Tracks and videos wouldn't play or just stop. The solution to the fragmentation wasn't to run a defragger; it's much faster to simply reload the ipod from scratch. But I noticed some fragmentation even after a clean reload. I also expected inevitable fragmentation from the regular maintenance of album cover art and other id3 tag edits which necessitate resyncing those files. I was hoping to solve these issues with a conversion back to HFS+ and I haven't been disappointed. There were some caveats though...
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Oh wait, is your iPod hard drive or solid state? That might be why I've never had a performance drop, I'm using a 3rd gen nano, which has SSD.
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Yeah, my ipod is 160gb Classic, so none of the benefits of the SSD.
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Old 12th August 2008, 04:40   #8
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Yeah, I think HFS+ would benefit an HDD.
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