Using PC external HDD to store music library

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tplaysguitar, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. tplaysguitar macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2011

    I am running a PC right now, thinking of switching - my grandma got a mac and its like night and day comparing pc and mac. Anyway, my 1TB external hard drive runs NTFS, which Mac OS X cannot write to. And the external hard drive holds my itunes library. So how would I format it or read and write to it from a MacBook Pro? I heard of using MacFuse and NTFS-3G, but can that run in the background (ie, as a driver) so that iTunes can access my drive as its music source? Any suggestions are much appreciated.

  2. Username02 macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2010
    I would suggest first backing up the hard drive.
    Next you should be able to just plug the NTFS hard drive into the mac, go to Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities) and format as OS X Extended.

    Then you can restore your files back to the drive.

    Have fun with the new Mac!
  3. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    I think Username02 missed some of your details about considering a Mac and not owning a Mac. So, formatting the drive as Mac OS Extended (journaled) will do you no good with still using the external drive on a PC.

    Yes, those apps are designed to act as a driver, being in the background. I don't use either of those, myself. Instead I run Paragon's NTFS for Mac and it hasn't given me any problems.
  4. Username02 macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2010
    Make it so tplaysguitar! :D
  5. 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 $36).
    • Some have had good results with Paragon (approx $20)
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, 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
    Yes, exactly.

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