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    Mac Mini, WD Ext Drive, Windows, iTunes

    Not sure how to write this in the subject line. I'm new Mac, purchased a used Mac Mini. I have my complete iTunes library on an external drive. I assume the drive was formatted for Windows. Anyway I can get iTunes in the Mac Mini to recognize the content of the external drive? I"d prefer to have iTunes read from the external drive--more content than the Mac Mini can contain.

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    Re: Mac Mini, WD Ext Drive, Windows, iTunes

    Bill,
    In iTunes Preferences, select "Advanced" then change the location of the media folder to your external drive.
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    Can the Mac see the drive ? If not, it is likely formated ntfs and I don't know that there is a solution. If it is formatted fat32 then the mac should see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke_28 View Post
    Can the Mac see the drive ? If not, it is likely formated ntfs and I don't know that there is a solution. If it is formatted fat32 then the mac should see it.
    Mac OS X can read NTFS volumes but cannot write to them. So iTunes can see music files on an external NTFS volume but cannot add to the library or otherwise write any necessary metadata on that volume.

    The solution is to copy the files onto another hard drive (formatted either "Mac OS Extended (journaled)" or "ExFAT"), then reformat the original volume (again one of the two file system types). Format the externals for ExFAT if you want Windows to continue to be able to read/write from it as well as Mac OS X, otherwise stick with "Mac OS Extended (journaled)".

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke_28 View Post
    Can the Mac see the drive ? If not, it is likely formated ntfs and I don't know that there is a solution. If it is formatted fat32 then the mac should see it.
    The external drive is formatted NTFS.

    My complete CD collection and alot of movies and tv shows are on that drive--200gb worth.

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    A 1T external drive with enclosure is barely $150 these days. You want a backup of that data anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    Mac OS X can read NTFS volumes but cannot write to them. So iTunes can see music files on an external NTFS volume but cannot add to the library or otherwise write any necessary metadata on that volume.

    The solution is to copy the files onto another hard drive (formatted either "Mac OS Extended (journaled)" or "ExFAT"), then reformat the original volume (again one of the two file system types). Format the externals for ExFAT if you want Windows to continue to be able to read/write from it as well as Mac OS X, otherwise stick with "Mac OS Extended (journaled)".
    Thanks for the info Godfrey !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    A 1T external drive with enclosure is barely $150 these days. You want a backup of that data anyway!
    Thank you for the info on different formats. I formatted exFAT and got all my tunes and video on my mac mini via an external HD. Took a while but all is working fine.

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    Since I got this thing working pretty good, I read about the Time Capsule. Can anyone tell me if I could easily copy my itunes stuff ( from the Passport HD ) over to the time capsule and then direct itunes to it? There is a 1TB version used I might be interested in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjlapier View Post
    Since I got this thing working pretty good, I read about the Time Capsule. Can anyone tell me if I could easily copy my itunes stuff ( from the Passport HD ) over to the time capsule and then direct itunes to it? There is a 1TB version used I might be interested in.
    I'd recommend against it. Time Capsule is designed to be primarily a wireless backup storage device, not a networked file system for regular use. it can probably work as one, but in addition to this not being its primary function you are also embedding a storage device with your wireless base station ... failure of either will make access to your data difficult. It's a nice idea for simplicity and convenience, but not the sort of solution that makes me very comfortable.

    A better solution, if you want a wireless storage repository, is an Apple Airport Extreme with an attached hard drive for storage. That way, at least if your drive or the base station goes down, you have the other half of the system still operating properly.

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    Re: Mac Mini, WD Ext Drive, Windows, iTunes

    OK, I have another question or problem. When viewing images in a folder I can't seem to use the back forward button to go to the next photo. I have to close the viewing window and click on the next photo to view it, and do the same to view the next photo--if you understand what I mean.

    Liking the Apple computers so much I bought a Macbook! My kids love the wireless peripherals for the Mac Mini.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjlapier View Post
    OK, I have another question or problem. When viewing images in a folder I can't seem to use the back forward button to go to the next photo. I have to close the viewing window and click on the next photo to view it, and do the same to view the next photo--if you understand what I mean.
    Depends how you have elected to view them. The quick way I recommend:

    - select all the images in the folder
    - hit the space bar

    now the arrows and arrow keys allow you to traverse the images.

    ESC or clicking the close button gets you out.

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    Godfrey, Thank you. It's still odd that you can't use the buttons when you open a folder. They exist, but can't be used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjlapier View Post
    Godfrey, Thank you. It's still odd that you can't use the buttons when you open a folder. They exist, but can't be used.
    The buttons on folder window toolbars are for traversing the folder history, not selecting items in the folder.

    You can, however, if you have a Finder window open on a folder, choose View > Cover Flow... display mode (Command-4 shortcut) and then the Left-Up and Right-Down keys let you walk through the images. The images are presented carousel fashion so clicking on the next or last will also change the file selection.

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