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Using a HD from a PC on a Mac

by 1travlr / November 10, 2010 9:26 PM PST

I posted this question in the itunes forum a while back and received no replies so i am seeing if someone here can help. I have a drive from a defunct pc that has a family member's itunes library on it that I wish to de-authorize. Since I no longer have a pc in my household can this be done using a Mac?

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That might be difficult
by Jimmy Greystone / November 10, 2010 10:22 PM PST

That might be difficult if the drive is NTFS. Without third party software, Macs can only read from NTFS, not write to it.

I know very little about iTunes, except that it killed off all meaningful competition for music playing software on the Mac platform and left us with the steaming pile of excrement that is iTunes. How this ever made it past Steve Jobs' infamous uncompromising standards is a real head scratcher.

So, if I had to guess, I'd say your best option would be to make a new user account on your computer, then set up iTunes with the person's iTunes username/password, import the data from the old drive, then you can deauthorize it. I'm not sure if there's some central database over in Cupertino that stores authorization info or if it's kept locally on the machine, but if it's local, then you'll at least have time to work out some method for writing to an NTFS partition. If it's some mystery server in an Apple server farm, then you should be able to delete the content after deauthorizing. Then delete the account too, though sometimes it's useful to have a second account around in case something ever happens to yours. More likely on Windows than OS X, but what does it hurt to have it and never need it? It takes up maybe a couple MB of space.

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Another option
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 11, 2010 12:00 PM PST

would be to log onto the iTunes account of that family member and de-authorize ALL the computers connected with that account.
Then go back and reauthorize the ones you actually want.


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Like I said
by Jimmy Greystone / November 11, 2010 9:01 PM PST
In reply to: Another option

Like I said, I know next to nothing about iTunes, except that it killed off any meaningful competition in this software category and left us with a steaming pile. So, I will gladly defer to others on this one.

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Thank you
by 1travlr / November 12, 2010 12:49 AM PST
In reply to: Like I said

Thanks to both of you for the input. Your help is much appreciated.

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