Is this ok to do? Cheers

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MatLane, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. MatLane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    England, United Kingdom
    Well i am soon to be purchasing a mac

    What i want to do is move my image and itunes library over to it

    External HD
    Somebody was saying to me today like they have to be mac formatted? do all work on both platforms?

    So if i drag the files from the PC to the external, then put it in the mac

    can i then drag the files over will it be ok?

    I have a lot of purchased music so i want to do this right

    Might be a stupid question but never had to do this before
    Cheers ML
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    Without additional software:

    - Mac's will read, but will not write to disks formatted with NTFS
    - Windows will neither read nor write to Mac HFS+ disks
    - Mac's and Windows will both read and write to disks formatted with FAT32, but the maximum file size allowed with FAT32 is 4GB

    Sounds like FAT32 will work for you for this transfer. I'm pretty sure there's an Apple document that covers migrating an iTunes Library, if I find it I'll post a link

    Edit: looks like there are several methods if you Google for it, here's one
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you want to read/write to an external drive from both a Mac and a PC, the drive should be formatted as FAT32, which it probably is, if you've already been using it with the PC.
  4. Harmush macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    i did it with my external maxtor basics HDD

    works a treat but you can only delete files from windows.
    copy and paste on the mac works fine.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, you can delete from the Mac. Just be sure to empty the Trash.

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