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How do I move iTunes from my SSD to HDD?

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nickkookguy10 Calculating status...
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I have all of my iTunes media on my SSD, and I need to save space on it, how can i move it to my Hard drive?

iPhone 4S
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,935 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 3:15 AM (in response to nickkookguy10)

    With iTunes closed move the entire iTunes folder from <User's Music>\iTunes to the root of other drive, e.g. as D:\iTunes. As you hit the icon to start iTunes hold down the shift key. Keep holding until asked to create or choose a library. Click choose. Browse to the .itl file in the new location, e.g. D:\iTunes\iTunes Library.itl.

     

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  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,935 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 1:48 AM (in response to nickkookguy10)

    When I try to move...? Drag & drop from one drive to another copies by default. You can use cut & paste to move. Another way of moving is to copy first and then delete the source. It really doesn't matter how you do it as long as you don't delete data that you mean to keep.

     

    If you have a copy of the library on the other drive use the hold-down-shift-as-you-start-iTunes method to open it. Rename the original iTunes folder and test your library still works to make sure it isn't using the files in the old location. Once you're happy you can delete the original to free up space, though ideally you would backup the active version of the library first.

     

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  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,935 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:36 PM (in response to nickkookguy10)

     

    Is the media now on the HDD? What about the library files? If you look under Edit > Preferences > Advanced what is the value for the media folder location. It should be <Something>\iTunes\iTunes Media on your HDD.

     

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  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,935 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 2:55 PM (in response to nickkookguy10)

    Normally iTunes lives at C:\Users\<User>\Music\iTunes with the media folder at C:\Users\<User>\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media. If you had moved it the way I was suggesting the library should have ended up at E:\iTunes and the media folder should have automatically updated itself to E:\iTunes\iTunes Media. If you have just now set the media folder to a different location then you ought to put it back.

     

    Did you scan your entire computer for media? If you had simply moved the iTunes folder from one place to another and held down shift to access the moved library nothing should have changed except where the files are stored. No need to import anything.

     

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  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,935 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 5:02 PM (in response to nickkookguy10)

    Changing the iTunes Media folder location doesn't change what content is in the library. Once things are added they should only be removed if you actively remove them. I'm still slightly confused as to whether or not you have successfully switched to using an iTunes library based at E:\iTunes. If you had then you ought to be able to remove the iTunes folder on the SSD as nothing should be connected to that folder any more.

     

    You might want to run my script iTunesInfo just to confirm that iTunes is indeed using the correct library files.

     

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