iTunes on External Hard Drive Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SDMF, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. SDMF macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2010
    I want to transfer my iTunes files from a PC to an external hard drive, and then I want to run iTunes on a Mac PowerBook from the external hard drive.

    Getting the files on the external hard drive doesn't seem too hard. I'm just not sure about what I need to do for the second part. Also, will any external HD work for this?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can create a new iTunes library and use the folder on the external drive as the iTunes media folder location:
    iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > iTunes Media folder location
    Yes, as long as it's formatted properly:

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    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.
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
  3. SDMF thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2010
    How do you create a new iTunes Library? Is that different from creating a playlist?
  4. Deomitrus macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2008
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You might want to spend a little time with the iTunes Help feature. It will show you the basics of using iTunes:
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  6. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England

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