itunes for listening to music off external hard drive on MBP?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by iSteven, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. iSteven macrumors newbie


    Sep 6, 2008
    So I checked the threads on here and tried multiple ways and cant figure this out.

    I have a MBP, itunes 10.1.1, and a western digital passport essential.

    I loaded pictures and my old itunes library off a HP pavilion desktop.
    On my Mac, when I try and open my external hard drive off the desktop and click my itunes library file I stored from my old HP it simply wont open. I right click it and click open with itunes and the file icon fades off my screen very quickly like its trying to import it but wont. I have tried dragging it and holding option when opening itunes, which actually does display the playlist but only with explanation points because the files cannot be found.

    I just want to be able to plug my external in and listen to my playlist I have stored on the western digital, on my mac book without erasing my current itunes playlist on my MBP.
    How should I go about this? What am I missing?
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    If I understand correctly, the external probably is formatted for NTFS out of the box. That is probably causing you issues, as OS X has read-only support for NTFS volumes.

    You'll want to backup the external's content, reformat it to HFS+, then replace the content from your backup. Also, remember before adding the internal tracks to your iTunes library, to uncheck "Copy files to iTunes Media folder" in the advanced preferences.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, 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

    Also, make sure the music files are in a file format your iTunes for Mac can read.

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