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iTunes Library in an external hard drive

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I am a new user to mac's and i am converting from a dell. I had all my music on a external hard drive and i was able to add all of my music from the external hard drive into iTunes but from here it does not let me edit the information for each individual song. As I tried to figure out the problem i saw that the folder my music was in in the hard drive had a lock on it and said that it was read only. I feel as though if i could figure out how to unlock the folder and i guess make it read and write i would be able to edit the songs in the itunes library...thank you for your help
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
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    Aug 6, 2008 6:24 AM (in response to Greg Metzger)
    Select the folder, do a GET INFO on it (this is all outside of iTunes by the way) and there should be options to alter permissions and read/write access.

    Patrick
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  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
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    Aug 6, 2008 8:38 AM (in response to Greg Metzger)
    Are you logged on as an administrator user?

    Patrick
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    Aug 6, 2008 8:55 AM (in response to Greg Metzger)
    please can someone help me. i have a desktop computer with all my itunes library on it. i have just bought a laptop which i will now use instead however i have bought a large external hard disc that i want to use to store my itunes library for my laptop. however how do i go about getting my itunes library onto the harddisc because when i have tried it has not transferred the whole library??
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
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    Aug 6, 2008 9:51 AM (in response to Greg Metzger)
    Odd. The external drive is formatted for Mac or Fat32 and NOT in NTFS format I assume?

    Patrick
    eMac 1.25GHz/1G/160GB/Superdrive  250/200/80 FW Ext Drives , Mac OS X (10.4.10),  Canon iP4200 printer  iLife v4  30GB and 80GB 5th Gen iPods
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
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    Aug 6, 2008 10:29 AM (in response to Greg Metzger)
    Greg Metzger wrote:
    after hitting get info on the external hard drive it says that the format is windows NT File System (NTFS)


    Ah ha! There is the problem. Mac, being the wonderful machines that they are, can read a lot more formats than Windows boxes can. They can read and write to the various Mac formats of course and they can read and write to FAT formatted volumes (DOS format). However NTFS format is a Windows format that Macs only have READ access. So those drives show up and can be accessed just fine by the Mac to read or copy off ot. However there is NOT any write access to NTFS volumes.

    So your problem is you are trying to write to a read only volume. If you want to continue to use the external drive on the Mac, it will need to be reformatted. Use Mac format if you will only use it on the Mac or use DOS format if you think you might be swapping it between Mac and Windows computers.

    Patrick
    eMac 1.25GHz/1G/160GB/Superdrive  250/200/80 FW Ext Drives , Mac OS X (10.4.10),  Canon iP4200 printer  iLife v4  30GB and 80GB 5th Gen iPods
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
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    Aug 6, 2008 11:15 AM (in response to Greg Metzger)
    First, you need to get anything on it that is not backed up elsewhere. So copy anything on it to your Mac's hard drive that you need to keep.

    Second, Utilities -> Disk Utility, then click on the hard drive when it shows up (click the top level of the drive since it will often show up as a drive and a volume under it. You want to select the whole drive). Pick the erase tab. Now pick the format. Normally you will pick Mac Format (journaled) but if you think you may want to be able to plug the drive into Windows machines as well, pick the "DOS" option. Then do it.

    Patrick
    eMac 1.25GHz/1G/160GB/Superdrive  250/200/80 FW Ext Drives , Mac OS X (10.4.10),  Canon iP4200 printer  iLife v4  30GB and 80GB 5th Gen iPods
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
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    Aug 6, 2008 4:01 PM (in response to Greg Metzger)
    You are welcome. Ya a Sox fan and a Bruins fan (in case you are one of the Devils people.

    Take care,
    Patrick
    eMac 1.25GHz/1G/160GB/Superdrive  250/200/80 FW Ext Drives , Mac OS X (10.4.10),  Canon iP4200 printer  iLife v4  30GB and 80GB 5th Gen iPods

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