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cheekyage Level 1 (0 points)

Hi all,


I have an Apple TV 2 and was wondering how I can go about streaming movies using a Western Digital MyBook external drive.


I understand the movies need to be iTunes but I am trying to work out a way where I can save space on my iMac's internal hard drive and use up the 1TB on the external Western Digital MyBook drive.


Any thoughts, ideas or recommendations would be much appreciated.

AppleTV 2
  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,981 points)



    Your media will be moved and reside on the drive but still be connected with iTunes, which needs to be running in order for the ATV to read via home-sharing.

  • cheekyage Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much for the super quick reply


    What if I wanted to only move the movies to the external hard drive rather than my entire iTunes library?

  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,981 points)
  • cheekyage Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again vazandrew


    Once I move the movie folder on the external hard drive will I still be able to play them through iTunes on the Apple TV and iMac?

  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,981 points)

    Once moved the movies won't be playable through iTunes on your iMac when the hard-drive is disconnected. You will be playing the movies on your Apple TV via the computers menu. The movies will be recognized in iTunes when the drive is connected and thus show up via home-sharing on the ATV.

  • cheekyage Level 1 (0 points)

    The external hard drive will always be connected, it's actually a 1TB MyBook which requires power being not so portable as the smaller ones.

  • SimonAshmore Level 1 (0 points)

    I use a program called 'TuneSpan' to move itunes media files around you can select movies/tv shows/music and move them seperately, it maintains the links with itunes so they dont get lost


    I used it through the beta for free, its just gone to v1 on the app store at $10ish its a bit steep by comparison to other utils but it saves me so much time I bought it.


    There will no doubt be other similar progs available...

  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,981 points)

    Ok, so they will continue to be playable. Just from a different location.

  • cheekyage Level 1 (0 points)

    Just found this discussion which provides a different alternative by importing the movies into iTunes from your external hard drive.



    Would this be recommended?

  • SimonAshmore Level 1 (0 points)

    There is nothing to stop you manually putting your files on the external drive and importing to itunes.

    turn off the 'feature' where itunes makes a copy of the file as per the discussion you link

    The file will stay on the external drive with itunes linking to it.


    You'll need to delete the existing movies from itunes (careful not to delete the actual files) and re add/import once they have been moved


    itunes wants to handle it all and its gets a little trickier to do it that way, it depends on how involved you want to be with the process.

  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,981 points)

    It's up to you. That would be a little more involved

  • pplanch Level 1 (20 points)

    In my experience, moving a music or video file from one location to another doesn't require re-linking it in iTunes as long as iTunes is open during the move. I find this quite incredibly strong ... but somehow it appears that the Finder keeps track of file locations even for files that are open or in use (try that on a Windows machine ...)

  • Antimatter81 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't know anything about Itunes yet but I have a question before I buy all this stuff.  Can I put an Itunes program on my external hard drive so I do not have to have my mac running to watch apple tv with the videos in my Itunes.  They would be on the hard drive connected to the airplay extreme?  So essentially can I have itunes open all the time on the external drive?  All my movies would be on the external hard drive.   That way I do not have to turn on my mac and open itunes to get movies on apple tv.


    And one more question if my external hard drive goes to sleep is there a way to wake it with Apple tv or will I have to use my macbook?



  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,981 points)

    There is no such thing. The drive needs to be pointed to iTunes, which needs to be running in order for ATV to recognize it. So you will need your computer on.


    Not sure on the other question

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