iTunes FAT 32 vs NTFS

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Scottfire, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. Scottfire macrumors newbie

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    My PC's additional hard drive is formated NTFS; this is also where my iTunes music folder is. Will there be a problem transfering this folder onto my iPod and then putting it on my new Mac Book Pro if the initial folder is on a NTFS drive. I also am doing a Iomega 500gb USB hard drive (formated Fat 32, which I want) because of a PC in the network.

    Is my iPod now NTFS

    Is the music in NTSF format

    Is this even an issue?

    THanks
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The Mac will only be able to READ the NTFS volume unless you serve it to the Mac via the PC or pull it up in Windows on the Mac.

    But otherwise, it's not a problem. You only really need to read it anyways. The iPod is always FAT32, unless it's an older one, in which case it might be MacHFS+ (mine is). It's NEVER NTFS. And it really isn't an issue what system it uses.
     
  3. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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    iPods should always be kept as FAT32, that they they can be used as an external drive under just about any OS under the sun.
     
  4. Scottfire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok that makes since...................
    So, when my new 500 gb Iomega is connected to the New Airport Extreme it will also be a FAT 32 HD and everyone will play with each other, PC, MBP and Airport Extreme.
    :)
     
  5. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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    You do lose some inefficacy, but you gain in flexibility.

    You can always copy from an NTFS drive, you just can't change anything if your using it on a PC/Linux machine.
     
  6. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    Copying files and folders from an NTFS drive to a FAT32 drive will NOT make the FAT32 drive into an NTFS drive.
     

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