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579 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 13, 2006 12:06 PM by jenbeast
If you want to make another drive (direct or portable) on your PC the main music location for iTunes, move all song files there, as well as any future imported music from CDs, here is one method (see the links below):
You will maintain your playlists, ratings, comments, etc. This will only move your music folders location, NOT your iTunes program files or the Library database files. It is my opinion that programs (i.e. – iTunes) work better when installed on your main hard drive. At the very least, it makes it easier to manage all your programs if they are centrally located on one hard drive (the Windows default standard).
See these links for some step-by-step info:
iLounge: Moving your iTunes Library to a New Hard Drive
MacMuse: iTfW: Move iTunes music/Library to new drive
iTunes: Moving your iTunes Music folder
If you are moving the music to an external hard drive or network drive, after the transfer (and to work correctly), the drive must be running prior to your opening iTunes. If not, iTunes will reset the location of your music folder location to the default location (usually: ‘C:\...My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music’). If this happens, you need to manually change the path back to your external location, or future CD ‘Imports’ will be deposited on your internal HD.
Also make sure that the new drive always loads as the same Drive Letter, otherwise you will lose the references within iTunes.Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop -- 1.25GB RAM - 100GB HD -- 3 ExHDs, Windows XP Pro, SP2 -- 2nd Gen 4GB Blue iPod mini -- Backed Up Thrice
How do you stop iTunes from changing your library location back to C:?
All my music is on a home network share drive and every time I open itunes it moves my library to C:, I then have to redirect it and wait for it to update. My laptop is always connected to the network and the drive is always accessible so it's not an issue that it can't find the music. This is very frustrating. Most people who have lots of music or households with 2 ipods need a separate place to keep their music so it is not an unusual situation.Dell Inspiron 8200, Windows XP