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Old 10-01-2009, 03:58 PM
nandoze nandoze is offline
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Default Seeking definitive word on S9 + os x = ?

Hi everyone,

Today I bought an 32gb S9 (the straight-out-of-box firmware is version 2.41). I do own a laptop running vista, but it is my “work computer” and I don't keep any mp3's, etc. on it. The computer I use as my “entertainment/media computer” is an older powerbook g4 running osx 10.5.8. Now, during the few hours that my shiny new S9 has been plugged into the wall and completing its initial battery charge, I've been reading the nightmare stories posted here re: “bricking” the device during file transfers with linux/unix machines.

Two items of note:

First, in a panic, I went to the cowon website and just had a brief online chat with a support representative who assured me that the device IS compatible with my system (although they also did acknowledge that some people have had “problems” during data transfer previously)...

Second, the troubleshooting chapter in the user's guide has this as the very last entry:

+ For users with MAC OS(version 10.5 or above,
Leopard OS), note that it requires formatting the device
using MAC OS if the device malfunctions. “

It seems like the risk is large (a $260+ brick). Also, should significant problems develop, I'm not the most technically savvy person (I could probably follow instructions, but that's about it). What is the overall consensus- Is it safe to transfer mp3's off my mac in msc mode and just follow the instructions to reformat if it balks? Do I try formatting the device before ever beginning data transfer? Do I transfer the 30gbs of mp3's that I'd like to put on the S9 all over to my vista laptop first, then sync vista->s9 in order to eliminate this risk?

Thanks in advance

Last edited by nandoze; 10-01-2009 at 04:00 PM. Reason: not sure why the font was so small.....
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