Transfer my Mac Itunes library to use on PC

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  1. jtwrace macrumors newbie

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    I use a Mac Mini with itunes and have all my music uploaded in the AIFF Encoder format. I have over 1TB of music.

    I want to purchase another HD and copy my music onto that drive for use with my PC.

    I think I would have to format that drive using "FAT32". Right?

    What's the best way to copy my music over to that drive?

    PC is Windows 7.
     
  2. GGJstudios, Nov 24, 2010
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    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    NTFS would be better than FAT32.

    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
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    Drag and drop.
     
  3. jtwrace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Drag & drop 1TB of music is OK to do? Can I drag and drop the whole itunes folder?

    Gotcha on the format...NTFS

    I use SuperDuper! now to backup but it can't be used with any Windows format. :(
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, just drag and drop the folder. It doesn't matter what the size is, as long as there's sufficient space on the drive to receive it.
     
  5. ftaok, Nov 24, 2010
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    Just a quick point. Drag-n-Drop won't work on a NTFS drive connected to the Mac since Macs can't write to NTFS volumes.

    If you ever intend on using the new HDD with the Mac, you're better off with FAT32.

    If you have reasons to use NTFS, then you'd need to put the Windows PC on a Network and copy the files from the Mac to the PC/HDD over the network. This can be very time consuming, depending on your network speeds.

    ft

    Whoops - I miss the part on GGJ's post about adding plug-ins on the Mac to write to NTFS drives.
     
  6. jtwrace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good point. Thanks!

    The only time this drive will be used with a Mac is to move the music files as the Mac drive grows.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's not true. Read my earlier post regarding formats.
     
  8. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I was editing my post when you posted this. I missed that part of your post. My bad.

    ft
     
  9. jtwrace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK guys you've got me more confused now.

    BTW-it's Windows 7 enterprise edition
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, you can format your external drive NTFS. FAT32 would restrict your maximum file size to 4GB.
    Yes, you can read and write to NTFS from your Mac, using NTFS-3G for Mac OS X, as described in my first post.
    Yes, you can drag and drop your music folder from either your Windows 7 PC or your Mac to the NTFS-formatted external drive.
     
  11. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Music files, even uncompressed, do not approach 4GB FAT limit.

    FAT is fine for this purpose, unless you want to install NTFS drivers.
     
  12. jtwrace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    One more quick question.

    Can I transfer files from an NTFS drive to a FAT32 drive?
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Same way... drag and drop.
    True, but there's no reason to use a format with that restriction, in case that in the future the OP wants to add movies or other files to the drive that may exceed the 4GB.
     
  14. jtwrace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool. I just didn't know if those two formats would play nice. I've ordrered my OWC drive (OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro 'Quad Interface' 7200RPM 32MB Cache) so this will be next weekends project.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I have that exact drive. Love it!
     
  16. jtwrace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great! That makes me feel good.

    Another quick question. Is FAT32 the same as MS-DOS FAT?

    I can format the PC drive from my Mac Mini? right?
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes.
    Yes. If you want to format it NTFS, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (link in my first post), then reboot and NTFS will be one of your formatting options in Disk Utility.
     
  18. jtwrace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    I think I'm going to use FAT32...this is all for a dedicated 2 ch audio system. The 4GB file size is not an issue for me. The only limitation could be the 2TB drive size but I'll deal with that when the time comes. I'm sure I'll have to replace the drive before then anyway. I figure 3-5 yrs on a drive...

    I'll post and let you iknow how it goes. :)
     
  19. jtwrace, Nov 29, 2010
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    jtwrace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The good news is that I formatted the drive and transferred all the music.

    The bad news is when I reset the directory in itunes to test the drive on my Mac (FAT32) it doesn't work.

    What am I doing wrong?

    TIA

    Oops. I bet it's the File > add to library.

    Yes?

    Why do some albums show two of the same songs? Some are double of the whole album?

    I'm really confused now. Errrr.
     

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