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There's a page on how to convert your iPod to FAT32 here.
Why would you delete the FAT32 partition? It should show up as a Windows formatted iPod. Why is that problematic?
No. A windows formatted iPod will mount on a Mac. Unfortunately, OSX has rather poor support for FAT32. But it should work okay.
The instructions do not tell you to use Disk Utility. Disk Utility will write an Apple Partition Map and this is the reason you have to follow the instructions on the linked page in order to get a GUID partition table.
Apply the correct partition tableOpen a terminal and navigate to the directory where you saved the partition table in step b). Then run the below command to write the partition table to your iPod:dd if=mbr-xxxx.bin of=/dev/diskNReplace mbr-xxxx.bin with the name of the MBR file you downloaded in step b).To find out the disk device name for your iPod, mount it in Disk Utility, click on it to select it, and open the Details screen. Alternatively, you can mount the iPod and then on the command line type "mount" to see a list of mounted disks with their device names, including the iPod. For this step you want the disk device name of the whole disk, which should be in the form of "diskN", where N is a simple number. If you see something like "disk1s2", leave off the "s2" part, which specifically identifies the iPod's main data partition. Remember to unmount the iPod again in Disk Utility after you have its disk device name.CAUTION You must replace "diskN" with the correct name of the disk device assigned to your iPod. Using an incorrect device name in this command may result in the partition table for another hard disk in your system being changed. Which is very bad news.Writing over the MBR is risky; if it fails, it may cause your iPod to continually attempt reboots, which makes it difficult to access again from your computer. Should this happen, you need to put your iPod into "disk mode", as described here....e) Format the main partition with FAT32 file systemNote - there is a problem with mkfs.vfat on disks over 30GB in size. We recommend mtools format utility instead. See below.For 5G and below iPodsThe easiest method is to use 'Disk Utility'. Select the iPod partition disk on the left side, click the Erase tab, select 'MS-DOS File System' and at last click the 'Erase' button...."Once this process finishes running, you can confirm that your iPod is now formatted as FAT32 by mounting it in Disk Utility (if it doesn't remount automatically), clicking it to select it, and looking at the formatting information at the bottom of the Disk Utility window. It should now say FAT32 instead of Macintosh Extended (Journaled)."
---Edit:The two things you need to do to prepare your iPod for a Rockbox installation are:1) Replace the HFS+ partition with a FAT32 partition.2) Replace the Apple Partition Map with a GUID Partition Table.
I guess I "misspoke." The important point is that you do not do the partitioning in Disk Utility as it will write changes to the Apple Partition Map. You apply a new partition table with the dd command.Now, I'm still having a hard time understanding why you have a problem with the iPod being recognized by iTunes as a Windows formatted iPod. It is. Why is that problematic?
All that screen tells me is that you can't update the firmware for a Windows iPod from a Mac. Have you actually tried transferring music and it denied you?
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