Moving My iTunes To An External Hard Drive

topcat84

Contributor
Bronze
Jun 28, 2007
294
28
28
#1
Hi Everyone !

Can someone explain the steps I'd need to take to move my iPhone music and videos to an external hard drive. Please explain it as if I'm a 6 year old. (I'm not very computer savvy !) My hard drive is rapidly running out of space and I need to move those 7GBs or so to the external drive to free up some space. Also, after doing this, would I need to leave the external hard drive hooked up to the computer every time I connected my iPhone to the computer ? Thanks in advance. Cheers !
 

x999x

New Member
Gold
Aug 6, 2007
1,656
0
0
#2
Are you on a Mac or PC?

The files are located on different places depending on what you're running. You should be able to just drag and drop the iTunes folder.
 

guest 5

Member
Bronze
Jul 5, 2007
614
0
16
#3
in iTunes, go to Preferences, and go to the Advanced tab. in the iTunes Music Folder Location area, select the location on your external hard drive where your library will be stored. close the preferences window by selecting OK. on the menu bar at the top of the screen go to the advanced one, pull down and select CONSOLIDATE LIBRARY. it will warn you that all your music will be copied to the iTunes music folder. say OK and it'll copy everything to your new location. then erase your internal music collection after making sure that your music, etc. is safely and correctly moved to the external drive.

hope that helps.
 

topcat84

Contributor
Bronze
Jun 28, 2007
294
28
28
#4
Are you on a Mac or PC?

The files are located on different places depending on what you're running. You should be able to just drag and drop the iTunes folder.
Hi x99x,

I'm on a PC. Thanks !
 

topcat84

Contributor
Bronze
Jun 28, 2007
294
28
28
#5
in iTunes, go to Preferences, and go to the Advanced tab. in the iTunes Music Folder Location area, select the location on your external hard drive where your library will be stored. close the preferences window by selecting OK. on the menu bar at the top of the screen go to the advanced one, pull down and select CONSOLIDATE LIBRARY. it will warn you that all your music will be copied to the iTunes music folder. say OK and it'll copy everything to your new location. then erase your internal music collection after making sure that your music, etc. is safely and correctly moved to the external drive.

hope that helps.
Thanks for taking the time to explain that to me, dimensiondvdrob. I think with those specific instructions, I ought to be able to figure it out. Will I need to put iTunes on the external hard drive or will that be taken care of by following your directions ? Thanks again ! Cheers !
 

scandalex

Member
Silver
Sep 16, 2007
771
0
16
#6
Hi x99x,

I'm on a PC. Thanks !
TC, this was my way of doing it...

iTunes, click on PREFERENCES > ADVANCED > in the GENERAL tab you'll see iTUNES MUSIC LOCATION > on the right, click CHANGE and point it to the drive Letter that is not your external hard drive. Hope the included pic helps.

All I did was copy everything from my computer and paste it to the external hard drive. Took no time at all to do.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

dturner

Zealot
Gold
Dec 15, 2007
5,725
12
38
Louisville, Ky.
#7
TC, this was my way of doing it...

All I did was copy everything from my computer and paste it to the external hard drive. Took no time at all to do.
This is exactly what I did. Works perfectly.
You will have to have the Drive on anytime you do anything like syncing or adding anything to iTunes.
 

scandalex

Member
Silver
Sep 16, 2007
771
0
16
#8
This is exactly what I did. Works perfectly.
You will have to have the Drive on anytime you do anything like syncing or adding anything to iTunes.
Exactly... if you don't have the drive plugged in, iTunes wont be able to find your stuff.

Also, someone suggested to "consolidate library," I didn't do this because it screwed up the way I managed my library.
 

topcat84

Contributor
Bronze
Jun 28, 2007
294
28
28
#9
TC, this was my way of doing it...

iTunes, click on PREFERENCES > ADVANCED > in the GENERAL tab you'll see iTUNES MUSIC LOCATION > on the right, click CHANGE and point it to the drive Letter that is not your external hard drive. Hope the included pic helps.

All I did was copy everything from my computer and paste it to the external hard drive. Took no time at all to do.
Thanks for the help, scandalex ! You all have been a BIG help ! Cheers !
 
Last edited by a moderator:

topcat84

Contributor
Bronze
Jun 28, 2007
294
28
28
#10
TC, this was my way of doing it...

iTunes, click on PREFERENCES > ADVANCED > in the GENERAL tab you'll see iTUNES MUSIC LOCATION > on the right, click CHANGE and point it to the drive Letter that is not your external hard drive. Hope the included pic helps.

All I did was copy everything from my computer and paste it to the external hard drive. Took no time at all to do.
Hey scandalex,

Did you really mean to point it to the drive letter that is NOT your external drive or IS your external drive ? I'm a little confused. Thanks again for the help.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

guest 5

Member
Bronze
Jul 5, 2007
614
0
16
#12
Thanks for taking the time to explain that to me, dimensiondvdrob. I think with those specific instructions, I ought to be able to figure it out. Will I need to put iTunes on the external hard drive or will that be taken care of by following your directions ? Thanks again ! Cheers !
no, leave iTunes installed on the internal drive.
 

scandalex

Member
Silver
Sep 16, 2007
771
0
16
#13
Hey scandalex,

Did you really mean to point it to the drive letter that is NOT your external drive or IS your external drive ? I'm a little confused. Thanks again for the help.
That should have said NOW/IS.... sorry about that. didn't mean to confuse you.