14 Replies Latest reply: Jul 11, 2013 3:38 AM by Axeman1020
murimac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have 500G music on an external harddisk which I have also copied to iTunes on my iMac. When copying new music to iTunes, how can I copy it to the harddisk without copying all 500G at the same time?


iMac, iOS 5.0.1
  • 1. Re: Music backup?
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,870 points)

    Just add to iTunes what you want.

  • 2. Re: Music backup?
    murimac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Maybe I did not explain myself good enough. In would like to add music to iTunes, yes, but I would also like to "update" my external harddisk as to keep it as a backup for the whole collection. If I copy new music to iTunes and then ask iTunes to copy everything to the external harddisk, I'll get the new music on the harddisk alright, but also a double of all my 500G...! See my point?

  • 3. Re: Music backup?
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    Don't use iTunes to do the "backup." You've got backup software built into OS X called Time Machine that will backup all your personal data to an external HDD. Use it. Or use some other backup software. But iTunes is not backup software.

  • 4. Re: Music backup?
    murimac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, it is not really back-up. I just want a copy of my music to take along when I visit friends. And I want to copy eventual new music in iTunes to the external harddisk also. I do backup of everything (also the music) on another external harddisk.

  • 5. Re: Music backup?
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    So, it sounds like you just need to modify your scheme a little. Am I correct in understanding you keep your music on the internal HDD of your Mac?

     

    In addition to using Time Machine to backup your personal data, I'd suggest you use something like SuperDuper to periodically copy your iTunes folder to the external HDD. That way you can have your backups and keep the music on your internal HDD and the external in sync. 

  • 6. Re: Music backup?
    murimac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That sounds like a good idea, but I don't like the idea of buying software to do what should be simple by iTunes or Time Machine itself. Of course, I can copy my new music (another 100G) first to the external harddisk, then to iTunes. But I just wonder if there is a smarter way to do this - without buying supplementary software.

  • 7. Re: Music backup?
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    Well, there is also Carbon Copy Cloner, which is less expensive than SuperDuper. Good software should be supported.

     

    While typing this I also thought that perhaps you might be able to make use of Automator, which is built into OS X. Although I admit I don't quite know how it might work out.

  • 8. Re: Music backup?
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,870 points)

    murimac wrote:

     

    That sounds like a good idea, but I don't like the idea of buying software to do what should be simple by iTunes or Time Machine itself.

    But you are not asking to do what TM or iTunes does or can do.

    You want to make a copy (not a backup) of your iTunes folder and update it whenever you update iTunes.

     

    But I just wonder if there is a smarter way to do this - without buying supplementary software.

    You could use AppleSript or Automator but it would be far easier (and work much better) by geting a 3rd party app to do it.

    SuperSync will do it. (google it)

  • 9. Re: Music backup?
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    Chris CA wrote:


    SuperSync will do it. (google it)

    That's the other one I was trying to think of a could not.

  • 10. Re: Music backup?
    murimac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What would happen if I told iTunes to copy everything (including any new music) to my external harddisk? Would it, like iPhoto, say Hi this is already on the disc, do you really want to copy it again? And you can say "no" and it will never copy pictures already on the destination disc. So maybe iTunes work that same way, and would only copy the new songs? That would me smart!

     

    I think you have come up with some good ideas, but I am not very clever on installing and using external software. So I try to find simple ways.

  • 11. Re: Music backup?
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    No, iTunes won't work like that. It simply is not suited to do what you want to do.

  • 12. Re: Music backup?
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,870 points)

    murimac wrote:

     

    What would happen if I told iTunes to copy everything

    You can't.

  • 13. Re: Music backup?
    murimac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I would like to quote a quote I found on the SuperSync home page:

     

    SuperSync does have lots of options, and you'll need to spend some time in the app to understand how to tap its full potential. But once you do, you'll be impressed with how much you can accomplish.

     

    This explains why I don't like to download foreign software. I have too many other things to do in life that understanding complicated but certainly very good software, and I am probably too old to understand half of it.

     

    I would absolutely like to push "This helped me" for both of you, as you helped me understand the problem, even if I don't follow your advice. You were both very good and patient, but the system don't allow me to push this buttom for both, so I do it for nobody. But thank you very much!

     

    I'll probably do it my own way, copy new music to the harddisk and then to iTunes...

  • 14. Re: Music backup?
    Axeman1020 Level 6 Level 6 (13,235 points)

    If you leave the external drive plugged in you can just transfer iTunes to the external drive.