How to set up iTunes with an external hard drive so that there is not a double location for the iTunes Media folder
Currently Being ModeratedRe: How to set up iTunes with an external hard drive so that there is not a double location for the iTunes Media folderApr 23, 2013 9:40 AM (in response to Ho_agapetos)
You might have better luck posing this in the iTunes for Windows forum:
Currently Being ModeratedRe: How to set up iTunes with an external hard drive so that there is not a double location for the iTunes Media folderApr 23, 2013 10:24 AM (in response to Ho_agapetos)
Now I know that iTunes installs itself to two locations: 1. Programs Files 2. Music. And its the Music location that bothers me.
This is incorrect.
The iTunes application is in Program files.
The iTunes library is in the /Music/iTunes/ folder. This is the library and all the media.
I asked about using an external hard disk to store the actual AAC files. I was advised that in order to change the loaction of the iTunes media folder I was should employ preferences/advanced/ and this is what i saw (as you would expect):
It's much simpler to move the entire /Music/iTunes/ folder to the external. It's also more mnageable since everything you need is in the iTunes folder. Once you start changing the iTunes media folder location, things can more easily get mesed up.
- Quit iTunes.
- Copy /Music/iTunes/ to teh external.
- Hold Shift - Windows or Option - Mac, launch iTunes and select Choose library... then select the iTunes folder on the external.
That is all you need to do. You do not need to change iTunes prefs > Advanced.
Currently Being ModeratedRe: How to set up iTunes with an external hard drive so that there is not a double location for the iTunes Media folderApr 23, 2013 10:37 AM (in response to Chris CA)
That's really helpful.
Do you mean I am to put my entire laptop's Music folder onto the external, or just the itunes folder in Music? And should I do that before or after a reinstall of itunes?
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I tried this but it doesn't work, or I did somethign wrong. The itunes library as a catalogue is now on my external, but when open it up and I add music to it, it turns out the music itself is being stored guess where... back on my laptop Music/iTunes/Brahms etc. This defeats the object. I am quite happy to have the catalogue and player on my laptop, it takes up no space. Its the actual music i want on the external.
I am going to delete the experiement, uninstall itunes, system restore, and reinstall. Then with a clean install, how do I get the 'library' and player on my laptop, and the actual music files on the external?
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As I've replied to your other threads...
Easy method 1:
Move or Copy entire working library from current location to the root of your external drive. Press & hold down shift (option on a Mac) as you click the icon to start iTunes. Click Choose when prompted, then browse to ..\iTunes\iTunes Library.itl on the external. If you copied the library across then test your new library works properly after renaming the original folder, before deleting the original folder to recover space.
Easy method 2:
If you haven't really started to build your library. Press & hold down shift as you click the icon to start iTunes. Click Create. Browse to the root of the external drive. Create the library as ITunes. Drag your media into ..\iTunes\iTunes Media\Automatically Add to iTunes.
Required if you've already tried other things and now have media & library scattered around. See the post make a split library portable.
In all cases the idea is to get a library folder called iTunes containing a media folder called iTunes Media with all media inside this media folder. Once you have the library in this shape it is easy to reconnect to the library with the shift-start-iTunes method if the drive letter changes, move the library to another computer, and backup the library by cloning the folder to another drive.