Will an iPod retain its memory w/o a battery?

I realize i will not be able to use the iPod without the battery, but will the hard drive (or flash drive in the nanos case, right?) still retain its memory while NOT plugged into a power source?

Will it connect to the computer at all with out a battery?

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**UPDATE**

I Finished fully dismantling my iPod and Have made it functional as a Portable Hard Drive. (The missing battery actually solved my first problem, w/o it, the hardware doesn't have the life to create those files...)

The downside of the missing battery seems to be that it takes 30-60 seconds to connect to a device, a short wait for the convenience of not carrying around a 1TB External to my Wii and back whenever i want to watch a movie or play a ROM etc etc...

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Yes, you can use it as a flash drive as the memory is a non-volatile NAND flash (basically means, when its off, it'll still retain data)

I had a 1st gen iPod shuffle with a dead battery, which I took out, and it still works as a flash drive! (It was shaped like one too...)

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Thanks Again. Your My iPod hero. haha

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