Apple's iPods ship from the factory formatted with a FAT32 file system, which is compatible with a PC's operating system. When the iPod is plugged into a Mac computer, it is reformatted to comply with the needs of the Mac operating system. To transfer and enable the Mac-formatted iPod to work with a PC, the iPod must be restored to its original factory settings.
Open iTunes by double-clicking the icon on the desktop.
Click "Help" from the navigation bar located at the top of the window. From the drop-down menu, click "Check for Updates." If available, the newer version of iTunes is downloaded and installed automatically. If a newer version is not available, proceed to "Restore iPod to Factory Settings."
Once the installation is complete, reboot the computer and reopen iTunes.
Restore iPod to Factory Settings
Connect the iPod to the computer.
Click the iPod icon located in the left-side bar.
Click the "Summary" tab. Click "Restore." The iPod is now formatted for use with a PC.
- Restoring the iPod to its original settings deletes all data from the device.
- Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images