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How to change default location for iTunes Library

1807 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 26, 2010 7:38 PM by goldader RSS
55Kevy Calculating status...
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Jun 6, 2010 3:53 AM
I'd like to have my iTunes library stored on an external HDD rather than the internal HD. How can I configure it to make this drive/folder the default?
Dell Dimension, Windows XP Pro, soon to move to a Dell Slim Win7
  • ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,405 points)
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    Jun 6, 2010 7:34 AM (in response to 55Kevy)
    You can set the folder location at Edit > Preferences > Advanced.

    Note that changing the folder will affect future rips, but does not move any existing files. If you wish to relocate your library to the new location, you can use the Consolidate command.

    Once you set the folder location to an external drive, never start iTunes without the external being turned on and accessible. Doing so will cause iTunes to revert back to the internal location.
    Windows XP, and 16GB Nano
  • goldader Calculating status...
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    Jul 26, 2010 7:38 PM (in response to ed2345)
    I've recently moved my library to my TimeCapsule and plan to move it from there to my DROBO FS once it arrives. This behavior of reverting to the 'local' or internal location is an absolute pain. Has anyone found a way to force iTunes to maintain the persistence of the remote library path even when not connected or at least to automatically restore itself to the remote library path once reconnected? It is the 'preference' that has been set so one would think Apple would figure out a way to maintain this preference over time and disconnections.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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