New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

Switching an iTunes library on an external 500GB NTFS drive to Mac OS X

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

Member Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posts: 8
Vassi1995 is on a distinguished road

Vassi1995 is offline
Hello everyone.

I have been reading up on Macs for a while now, and with the help of friends, I have a pretty firm grasp on how things work. I have used PC's my whole life, but I like Apple since I got my iPod 4 years ago. :D I'm going to get a 17' MacBook Pro (Core i7) and partition it with BootCamp for Windows 7 (for BlackBerry development).
My question lies with migrating my beloved iTunes library. On my external drive in Windows, my iTunes library is located at "E:\Vassi's iPod\iTunes\iTunes Library" which is also what it's set to in iTunes. However, the actual information of the iTunes library is located on "C:\Documents and Settings\vmladenov\My Documents\My Music\iTunes". I have tried numerous times to have the information be on the external drive as well, but to no avail. Previously, when migrating from Windows to Windows, I would just move the iTunes folder in My Music (which lacks any music files) to the new computer's My Music folder, and then hook up my external drive (but set the drive letter to E:) and everything works. NOTE: If the drive letter is NOT E: (i.e. I have inserted a flash drive and it has been assigned letter E:, my iTunes library WOULD NOT WORK until I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management and changed the external drive letter back to E:). The external drive is NTFS, and it needs to stay that way because 3 other Windows machines also use it, and the 4GB file size limit of FAT32 is unacceptable. I plan to use Tuxera NTFS to read/write to the drive in Mac OS. All of my songs in my iTunes library reference a location like the following "E:\Vassi's iPod\iTunes\iTunes Music\artistname\albumname\songname.m4a", and I'm afraid that when I plug the drive into the Mac that the songs "cannot be located", the same thing that happens in Windows when the drive letter is different. Can someone help me? I want to move my iTunes library which is stored on an external NTFS drive (except for the information, which is stored on C:), and I want to read/write to that drive in Mac OS (Tuxera NTFS), and I want the songs not to lose their location references because they don't see the drive as E: in Mac OS. Please help! Thanks!
QUOTE Thanks

chscag's Avatar
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 44,760
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, Yosemite

chscag is online now
When you get your Mac, open iTunes and use one of the methods approved by Apple to move your iTunes library to the external drive that is already being used. If that external drive is formatted to NTFS you will need a third party utility which can read and write to NTFS from the Mac. It's not complicated. And remember that you can authorize more than one machine for your music.

The Windows version of iTunes and the Mac version of iTunes use different locations for the main (program) files. However, you can use the same library located on an external drive for both.

QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« Shared Samsung SCX5315F printer | Help with power cord - blinking green »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
external hard drive, music and itunes? Storky1980 Switcher Hangout 2 08-04-2009 05:39 PM
iTunes library on external HD only. Starting from scratch Doug b OS X - Apps and Games 5 09-12-2008 11:51 AM
iTunes Switch to New Mac Leopard From Old Mac Tiger with External Hard Drive killertofu OS X - Apps and Games 2 07-10-2008 02:19 AM
Same iTunes under 2 accounts lardyboy Music, Audio, and Podcasting 6 01-16-2008 08:22 PM
iTunes + external hard drive + iPod movies = headache. Help? dak125 iPod Hardware and Accessories 16 06-28-2007 12:03 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:55 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?