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  • 45. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,560 points)

    navgtr99 wrote:

     

    Do I have to move the 2 folders into "add to iTunes " folder still?

     

    No, they've already been added, and reclassified. When you correct for Movie/TV Show they will go back where they belong.

     

    Also, do you know where the back ups get stored? I just backed up my iPhone and the available space on my main drive lowered.

     

    Moving the iOS device backup location

     

    Open a command prompt by hitting the start button and typing CMD<Enter> in the search box that opens up, or with Start > Run on older Windows.

     

    To move the current backup folder from C: to D: (for example) type in this command and press <Enter>

     

    Move "C:\Users\<User>\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\Backup"

     

    Where <User> is your Windows user name.

     

    To make iTunes look for the data in the new location type in this command and press <Enter>

     

    MkLink /J "C:\Users\<User>\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\Backup"

     

    If your preferred drive has a different letter or you already have a folder called "Backup" then edit "D:\Backup" accordingly in both commands.

     

    If you have Windows XP then you'll need a third-party tool such as Junction to link the two locations together instead of the MkLink command. The source folder is C:\Documents and Settings\<User>\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

     

     

     

    Note if/when you move the library to a new computer it is not so easy to get iTunes to "see" these backup sets. Simply backup the device once, delete the backup folder on the external drive, then repeat the steps above, to give you one active backup on the new system.

     

    tt2

  • 46. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    navgtr99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can't do that because none of my movies or TV shows transferred into iTunes. I can't even drag the folder into iTunes.

  • 47. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,560 points)

    Don't really know why that isn't working, but you could try this...

     

    Right-click on your main iTunes folder and click Properties, then go to the Security tab and click Advanced. If necessary grant your account and SYSTEM full control of this folder, subfolders and files, then tick the option to replace permissions on child objects which will repair permissions throughout the library. This is the XP dialog but Windows 7 shouldn't be too different.

     

    If it won't let you change the permissions use the Owner tab to take ownership from an account with administrator privileges.

     

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    tt2

  • 48. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    navgtr99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I logged into iTunes using my apple ID and the movies and TV shows were showing that they can be downloaded from the cloud. In the process of doing that now.

  • 49. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    navgtr99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Looks like the problem has been solved. Thank you very much for all the time you spent walking me through this whole process. Thanks again.

  • 50. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    navgtr99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Still have to figure out what was added to my C: drive and caused the memory to shrink .

  • 51. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    navgtr99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is there a way to install itunes on my external harddrive, so that the whole library and backups are on the external HD and itunes will operate from that? Can I uninstall the reinstall itunes and just re-install on F: instead of C: drive?

  • 52. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,560 points)

    The application can only be installed on the system drive.

     

    the application will create the device backups folder where it wants to. Once created you can redirect that data to a new path as I have shown. Because of the way iTunes connects to the backup data it isn't easy to connect to the old data sets on a new computer. It can be done but I don't have the references to hand. If the device is working, take your library to a new machine, connect and sync to back it up. No real need to hook up past device backup sets.

     

    Your library should by now be in a portable state. You can connect the drive to any computer running the same build of iTunes and connect to the library with the shift-start iTunes method.

     

    tt2

  • 53. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    navgtr99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Since I would like as much free space on my C: drive as possible, can I just copy the back up file, create a folder on my external HD and put the file in there and then delete the one that is on my C:. So if I need the back up file, I'll just put it back into the C: from my external HD>

  • 54. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,560 points)

    Better to use the relocate tip I gave earlier. Otherwise every time you update your device iTunes will start using space on C again.

     

    tt2

  • 55. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    navgtr99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    will it work if I dont mind copying & moving the file to external HD each time I do a back up? Im running Windows XP and I feel the instructions you gave are a way out of my league. Again, thanks for all your help.

  • 56. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,560 points)

    If you set up the iOS devices to backup to iCloud then they won't eat space on the C drive. Otherwise any time you attempt to sync iTunes will attempt to create a backup, and unless you've redirected the folder as shown, that space will come out of C:\. Technically what you're proposing would work, but an iOS backup consistes of many files and the time taken to copy off, and then back again would be prohibitive.

     

    Use the redirection tip, or use the cloud.

     

    tt2

  • 57. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    southernboy18 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey - I'm trying to do option 2, whereby I'm sharing the library .... I have my old computer up and running w/my hard drive attached. I have my new computer up and running and am able to play songs that are shared from my old comptuer. You next say that I should "copy" the folder over .... how do I do that? Sorry - sometimes you smart tech guys skip steps and people like me look around bewildered! Thanks for the help!

  • 58. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    Henshed1977 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    At the risk of being trussed up and roasted I'm having a similar problem and don't know if you can help:

     

    My itunes music is stored on my windows 7 PC.  I'm running itunes 11.0.4.4.  I have 400gb in apple lossless.  I don't have the advanced preference "copy files to itunes media folder when adding to library" checked, but do have "keep itunes media folder organised" checked.  I've just bought a macbook (OS X 10.8.4  itunes 11.0.4.(4) 64 bit) and an external LaCie hard drive.  I want to copy all my music to the external hard drive then access it through itunes on my macbook so that I see and play from my complete library on the macbook but don't have the music files on the macbook as they will take up all my free memory.

     

    Is this possible if so any chance of a fools step by step.......

  • 59. Re: how do use itunes on external hard drive to a new computer
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,560 points)

    See make a split library portable. If you have the media & database properly organized on the external drive you can move the library between the Mac & PC at will, provided both run the same version of iTunes.

     

    tt2

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