2 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2012 7:52 AM by Limnos
xMissAnderson Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, is there any way to have my 30,000+ iTunes collection on my iTunes without having it stored on my Mac? I'd like to be able to use the songs off my external hard drive on my iTunes and just plug the hard drive in as n when I needed it. Can I do this?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Dillardo Level 1 (10 points)

    You have to point iTunes to the external hard drive directory in the Prefrences window.

  • Limnos Level 8 (47,386 points)

    Um, may I suggest you do not change preference settings as this often leads to creating a mess with broken links.


    iTunes: How to move [or copy] your music to a new computer [or another drive] - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4527


    Quick answer if you let iTunes manage your music:  Copy the entire iTunes folder (and in doing so all its subfolders and files) intact to the other drive.  Start iTunes with the option (shift on Windows) key held down and guide it to the new location of the library.


    Do not confuse moving your whole folder and library with moving just media files as in:


    iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Media folder - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1449


    Note that the external will always have to be turned on before starting iTunes.  If you forget to do that, iTunes will revert to the default library location on the internal drive. no problem. Just start iTunes again with the option key held down and point it to the external again.