"the disk cannot be read from or written to" itunes importing

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  1. Stang macrumors member

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    I'm trying to import my songs into iTunes and I'm getting an error message "the disk cannot be read from or written to." iTunes then freezes my computer and I'm forced to restart. I have a Western Digital My Book external hard drive. I'm trying to copy a folder with music, to itunes, which stores the music on the same drive (Plenty of space - 500gb). What is the problem?
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Have you tried repairing the disk using Disk Utility?
     
  3. Stang thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes and to no avail. This is a brand new External HD too

    EDIT:
    I just found out that it's MS DOS formatted. Should i reformat to journaled OSX?
     
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I would try that and see if that fixes it. Although I have not had good luck with Western Digital hard drives, so it might be a bad drive.
     
  5. tooshaggy macrumors regular

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    I have the exact same drive. I formatted it to extended journaled.
    I just got done copying all the data from my slowly crashing LaCie 500GB.
    Reformat it and you should have NO TROUBLE!
    This is my second WD drive, and my 250 GB drive is still working great after 5 years.:D
     
  6. Stang thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks tooshaggy and iBookG4User. I hope it works. I'm slowly but surely dragging 50,000 songs, and about 600 movies over lol. My family and I have had a 80GB WD hard drive for about the same amount of time. Never failed. Hopefully this new investment won't either anymore.
     
  7. Rikifish macrumors newbie

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    did this actually work because im just having the same problem with the same WD 500gb HD
     

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