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How to Turn an Old iPod Into a Recovery Drive for Your Mac

If you have an old iPod sitting around collecting dust, you might as well get some use out of it. One way to do that is to turn it into a bootable drive where you can troubleshoot, test out other operating systems, or just run a few quick programs in another OS without wasting space on your hard drive. Here's how to do it.An old iPod is essentially a hard drive, and you can treat it like one. It's not properly vented, so it will get hot. That means you shouldn't treat it like a full-blown operating system all the time, but it still works great a temporary place to boot into. For our purposes, we'll install a version of OS X onto the iPod, but once you do that you can install other operating systems as well.Having a tiny portable hard drive is great, and in this case it's all about making it so you can troubleshoot a computer from pretty much anywhere. Here's what you'll need:That's it! We're essentially treating the iPod like a hard drive, so let's get a copy of OS X installed on it. If you eventually want to dual-boot from your iPod, you need to start by partitioning your iPod's hard drive. This is done with Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities):

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07 Aug
Patrick Dempsey @midschoolsci
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