5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 31, 2012 4:29 PM by AnaMusic
beilenguitars Level 1 (0 points)

Is it possible to move the program and its contents to an external hard drive? The external can hold much more and it would be easier to bog down my external hard drive every so often than try to keep iTunes and its contents on my Mac.

  • AnaMusic Level 9 (57,110 points)

    Copy your ENTIRE iTunes FOLDER to The External Drive...

     

    Full Details Here  >  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1751

     

     

    It is important that the External Hard Drive is formatted as Mac OS Extended (journaled).

     

     

    And also make sure that all is working to your Satisfaction before Deleting anything off your Mac


  • oli4@iname.com Level 1 (0 points)

    also, when opening your iTunes you can hold down the option key to "choose" which iTunes you want to run. Might be important since iTunes will create a local copy of a new library if you start iTunes without your external HD. But with that Option key you can get there easily back.

  • beilenguitars Level 1 (0 points)

    Is this going to copy just the media files or the entire program? Is it possible to just "move" everything instead of copying it?

  • beilenguitars Level 1 (0 points)

    For instance would it all work if I simply dragged the "iTunes" application to my external?

  • AnaMusic Level 9 (57,110 points)

    beilenguitars wrote:

     

    For instance would it all work if I simply dragged the "iTunes" application to my external?

     

    Yes providing you use

    Consolidating Your iTunes library

     

    and allow iTunes to Manage your music.

     

    Once you are positive that the External is working to your Satisfaction you can Delete your iTunes Library off your computer.

     

     

    Leaving the iTunes Application / Program installed on your computer...

     

    To Operate iTunes from the External Drive...

     

    Start iTunes with the Option key held down and Choose library... and select the iTunes folder you copied to the external drive.

     

     

    On Windows, hold Shift, launch iTunes and select Choose library... and select the iTunes folder you copied to the external drive.