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My friend gave me his 2nd gen iPod Shuffle. I am trying to get it to work on my computer. I have iTunes already, I use an external hard drive to store my music on, because I have so much theres not enough room on my comps hard drive. I need to install the newest iTunes 8.0....I have opened iTunes and NONE of my music will play (ext. hard drive IS plugged in). iTunes "can't find" some songs and others it will just simply not play. so I have unplugged my ext drive, I was in the process of installing iTunes 8 but every time I do a window pops up that says "Invalid Drive: F:/".

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  • guitar_shred Jan 05, 2009

    Then that defeats the purpose of portable MP3 players.

  • guitar_shred Jan 05, 2009

    The weird thing is. that when I restart my computer, without plugging in the iPod start up iTunes. The music files work just fine.

  • Alex Smallwood
    Alex Smallwood May 11, 2010

    I only asked whether you can play it in Windows media player so you can check that the files are ok



    Broken mp3 files are not unheard of you know!

  • Alex Smallwood
    Alex Smallwood May 11, 2010

    Another thought , can you plug the external drive in and play the songs using something else like Windows Media Player or something?

  • Alex Smallwood
    Alex Smallwood May 11, 2010

    Does Itunes Detect The Ipod?



    Has the Ipod got the latest Firmware?



    Have You tried resetting the ipod to factory settings? This gets rid of all the songs on it though!



    See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1481?viewl...

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Go to your document folder, go to your music folder, click on the itunes folder and move it to your external drive.

Go into the itunes preferences, go to advanced, and see where the itunes library is located.

Change the location to point to your external drive.

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Easy solution is to go to my computer, and the external drive letter (probably E) and select all of your music and drag it to itunes window

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