5865 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2010 5:20 AM by Fortuny
OSX itself can indeed only read from NTFS formated disks, not write to them.
Only through installing NTFS-3G or the commercial Paragons NTFS for Mac OSX gets write access to NTFS.
While there is a way to convert FAT32 to NTFS there is no way for the other direction apart from reformating the disk.
But for 'uploading' the music files you have on that disk you only need read access not write access.
Or do you plan to leave the files on the disk and not put them into the iTunes library ?
Thanks for your quick reply.
I have installed the NTFS-3G and iTunes is busy now to rearrange the iTunes library. I have over 500Gb of music files so it will take iTunes a couple of hours I guess. I leave the files on the disc and add some more in the near future. iTunes will only work when I connect the disc. This is how I did it when I had my laptop with Microsoft. Hopefully it will work fine after is has finished to rearrange my library.
500GB is quite a task for iTunes to 'import'.
I myself have about 190GB and it took iTunes about 4-5 hours to 'import' them into its library.
My advantage is that with my Mac Pro I assigned one internal harddisk solely for the files.
If you don't plan to use the external harddisk for Mac and Windows PC, you should consider reformating it to the OSX file system (Mac OS Extended - Journaled).
You should also consider getting a second external harddisk for backup of your music files.