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I was wondering essentially the same thing about my 160G ipod classic with 70% empty space. However, I DO NOT want to boot and run off the ipod, but use it as install media if need be. (no DVD or DVD drive)
I am interested in using it as backup for my document etc. but also I would like to back up my OS's for future recovery.
I have read that to make install media on a flash drive the whole drive will be reformatted (corrupting any data previously on the volume).
So I am seeking guidance.
To create install media without mucking everything else up requires partitioning. BUT it seems that you cannot achieve this without losing the music playing capabilities. Is this true? It does not make sense to me because if you do not delete the "firmware" there should be a way to ensure it still sees the shrunk volume containing music.
Also, assuming partitioning is a no go what alternatives do I have?
If I enable disk use on the ipod, could I just save a system image on it? or does that process also reformat the target volume?
Would it make any sense to just save the OS's iso to the ipod? In this event i would obviously need a second computer to extract the files and create install media (starting to breach the point of diminishing returns).
Maybe this is all a little crazy, but my ipod feels empty inside and I cant sleep at night knowing she is so sad.