Dumb iTunes music question.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zipur, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. zipur
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    macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2011
    The great state of Texas
    So I was thinking I want to backup my music to a 150 Gig USB drive which I also use for my windows machine. I plug the the USB Drive into my MBpro. The MBpro sees the jump drive in Finder. I open USB Drive and I can see folders, I can copy from the USB Drive to my MBpro.

    Then I navigate to my Itunes music folder.
    I select copy but when I move to the USB Drive it will not allow me to Paste my music folder to the USB Drive.

    What am I doing wrong, why can't I backup my music?
  2. simsaladimbamba
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    Nov 28, 2010
    Have you checked Finder > select USB flash memory thumb drive >> GET INFO >>> Format and Sharing & Permissions yet?
  3. GGJstudios
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    macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Your USB drive is probably formatted as NTFS. OS X can only read NTFS drives natively, but writing is possible via several methods.

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
      • For Mac OS X 10.5 and later, including Lion, FUSE for OS X
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36), which is an enhanced version of NTFS-3G with faster performance.
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and later versions, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.
  4. zipur
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    thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2011
    The great state of Texas
    I forgot to thank you for such a complete answer.

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