Currently Being ModeratedDec 30, 2012 4:41 PM (in response to bra10j)
Our iTunes guru Terence Devlin advises the following:
1. Quit iTunes
2. Drag the iTunes folder from your internal hd - located in ~/Music folder - to your external hd. DO NOT delete the original one from your internal hd... yet!
3. When the transfer is complete, press and hold the Option(alt) key and fire up iTunes.
4. A "Choose iTunes Library" window will come up. Click on the "Choose Library" button.
5. Navigate to where the iTunes folder is located in the external hd.
6. Within the iTunes folder, select the iTunes Library file and click Choose...
That's it. iTunes will now display all your playlists, songs, movies, podcasts etc. At this point, should you wish, you can delete the iTunes folder from the internal hd to free up space.
Or if you prefer a more complicated explanation:
Currently Being ModeratedDec 30, 2012 4:52 PM (in response to Klaus1)
Thanks for the reply.
I did also try the drag and drop method but the folder showed the grey 'no entry' sign and wouldn't transfer. I assume this is due to the NTFS formatting. In think that method may well work once I get the drive formatted but I'm struggling with that. The FAT32 file size issue would hinder the method you refer to from working. I will give that one a try once the drive can be written to the correct format.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 30, 2012 4:58 PM (in response to bra10j)
The external HD has to be formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
A Mac cannot read NTFS formatted volumes.
Message was edited by: Klaus1
Currently Being ModeratedDec 30, 2012 5:05 PM (in response to Klaus1)
Thanks, but that's the issue I'm having. The Mac sees the drive but it won't show up in the Disk Doctor programme so I can't reformat the drive. The drive itself has a formatting programme but only allows to go to FAT32 which is unsuitable for the reasons mentioned previously.
If someone can help me reformat the drive to the Mac OS Extended format then I suspect my issues will be resolved.
I'm thinking of trying to connect it locally and see if that changes anything for Disk Doctor and if so then I can reconnect to the router and try the transfer again.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 30, 2012 6:52 PM (in response to bra10j)
You need to connect your disk directly to your Mac. You will then be able to used disk utilities to format the drive in Mac OS extended journaled.
This will however prevent the disk from being recognized if you plug it into your router. The routers mini Linux OS can't handle that.