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479 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 12, 2006 11:38 PM by William Gray1
Back up everything first (but you knew that, right?)
1. Copy all of your music files to the external.
2. Disconnect the external.
3. Open iTunes, select the Library. Select all. Take a deep breath. Delete key. Answer yes to deleting all files and moving to the trash. Your Library should be empty and blank.
4. Empty trash.
5. Connect and start the external.
6. Go to the "advanced" tab of iTunes preferences. There is a click box for "Copy files to iTunes folder when adding to library," unclick this. Click OK.
7. Go to the "file" menu >> Add to Library...
8. Click on the external drive in the resulting dialog box, find the music you copied earlier and choose it.
9. iTunes sets new pointers to the external, but doesn't copy your files back to your boot drive.G5, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2006 8:44 PM (in response to Troy Frizzell)I would suggest that rather than deleting the library first off, why not just move it somewhere else on the hard drive where iMovie won't see it or rename it to something iMovie does know. Then if things don't work out, you can always move back or re-rename the files/folder.
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Currently Being ModeratedJul 12, 2006 2:58 PM (in response to William Gray1)Sounds ok, but if I already have a copy of my music on the hard drive, won't I get a duplicate set and use up space? Isn't there some way to just play the music off of the hard drive without all of this shifting of stuff around?
OK, if you already have your music on the external, all you should have to do is change your Music Folder location in iTunes Preferences, as explained in the document I referenced above. Be sure to leave the iTunes Library & iTunes Music Library.xml in your iTunes folder on your internal drive.iMac 2 Ghz G5 ALS/160GB internal HD/DVD/RW, Mac OS X (10.4.7), Two (2) LaCie 80/160 GB HDs/LaCie DVD burner/Klipsch ProMedia 2.1