ITunes :: External Disk Storage Of Library?

Jun 8, 2012

I got a new mac and want to store my iTunes files on an external disk.  How do I do that?

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.7)

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MacBook Air :: Transfer ITunes Music Library To External Storage?

Oct 28, 2010

I'm a first time user for Mac and I've never ever had a laptop with a 256GB storage. So here are some of my concerns:

Do I have to sacrifice my music library?
What if I transfer my musics to the external storage and download it into Itunes?
Does it mean I have to connect the external storage everytime I connect my Ipod?
Or I can only choose a certain amount of songs to put in?.

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ITunes :: Used All Memory On Old Mac, Move Extensive Music Library To An External Storage Medium?

May 29, 2012

utilizing memory on iMac. 320gb almost used (7gb left). Think this is due to extensive iTunes music library. How can I move this to an external drive to free up memory on iMac?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.1), Snow leopard

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ITunes Mac :: Moving ITunes Library / Using External Hard Disk As Source Of Music?

Feb 15, 2011

move iTunes folders/library and all my music from the internal hard drive to an external one? I want to start using an external hard disk as my source of music for iTunes. I'm running tiger 10.4.11 still.

mac pro 2.16 ghz 1gb memory
Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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ITunes For Mac :: Fails To Play Music From Library On External Disk?

Jun 5, 2014

I just updated to iTunes 11.2.2 on my macMini following an update to OS X 10.9.3. I have my music library stored on an external 1TB firewire disk and some on a second gen iPod. The iPod music is accessable and will play but the music on the external disk, while showing up correctly in iTunes, will not play. I can't even play the music from within finder (no play icon on the music file icon in finder.) I can use the right click menu option to show a music item in iTunes in Finder and it knows right where it is so it seems itunes is fully aware of the libraries location on the external drive.  

One additional point is that I also install Xcode 6 Beta which would not install with iTunes opened. I was wondering if the beta of Xcode 6 is at issue? If is what will be needed to backout that instalation? What changes does Xcode 6 do that affects iTunes in the first place? Maybe it isn't Xcode 6 but something else just not sure.

Mac Mini Intel Dual Cor (2.26MHz), Mac OS X (10.5.7)

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OS X Yosemite :: Export IPhoto Library To External Storage

Dec 6, 2014

I bought a new Retina Macbook & have over 10 years of photos that I DO NOT want to bring into my new computer.

I want to transfer them to an external storage drive (Lacie Rugged Thunderbolt). 

Prior to Yosemite, I could go into iPhoto from the left column of finder window and transfer.

One of the crappiest things I don't like about New iPhoto is that it's so difficult to export the photos.  It feels like Apple thinks they own them.  Pulling my music off was much easier.

Finder no longer gives me the iPhoto option anymore.  The PHOTOS Folder only shows photos that came in from a camera or other source. 

Photo Stream can't do it as it's just a storage drive.  My photos are set up to go from photo stream right into my Macbook so they have to be somewhere on my hard drive. 

One of the crappiest things I don't like about iPhoto is that its so difficult to export the photos,  It feels like Apple thinks they own them.  Pulling my music off was much easier.  Just can't find them.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Yosemite (10.10.1), New MacBook

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ITunes :: Find Out Much Storage Library Is Using?

Mar 11, 2012

My uni-body MacBook (aluminum) is running out of storage space. I'm trying to figure out how much space my iTunes library is using (besides using the system preferences option).

MacBook, iOS 5.1

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ITunes For Mac :: How To Open Library On Another Computer From Shared Storage

Jun 26, 2014

I've stored my iTunes library on "/Volumes/Storage/Music" from my old mac. How do I open the same library with iTunes on another mac? 

Do I simply point the media folder to /Volumes/Storage/Music or this is not possible?

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ITunes For Mac :: Doesn't Read Storage Location Of Library

Jun 21, 2014

My old iMac had OSX 10.5.xx and iTunes 9.xx installed and the iTunes library was stored on an external HD. I have run iTunes that way for many years and had to upgraded the HD a couple of times to the point I now have a 4TB drive for my iTunes library. 

I have now bought a new iMac that has OSX 10.9.3 and iTunes 11.2.2 installed on it. I changed the default library location under iTunes preferences but it tunes does not read the files and keeps on wanting me to file my files from the Cloud. 

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Software :: ITunes Library Filled Entire Imac - How To Use Itunes So That It Uses Library On External Drive?

Oct 22, 2009

My iTunes library has apparently filled my entire iMac (according to the computer I have over 97 days' worth of music). I would like to know 1) how to properly save my iTunes library to an external hard drive and 2) how to use iTunes so that it uses the library on the external drive.

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Hardware :: External Storage - Share Itunes And Iphotos With All Users On Machine

May 2, 2009

I read this thread with much interest. [URL:..] While I don't need quite the storage space that guy needed, I am trying to figure out the best solution for me. New to the mac world, I have new 2.8 gHz 24" iMac (pre 9400m). I want to be able to share (read and write) all of my itunes and iphoto files with all users on the machine, and it seems as if using an external drive requires the least amount of trouble to set up to do this. I think I have 2 routes to go. I could get a raid 1 array like the WD Mybook studio II and forgo backups, using this as my raid protected file storage drive, though that post has me concerned about FW disconnection and Raid, which I don't quite understand. Since I don't need much space, I noticed Newegg has the WD studio 320gig w/ FW800 for $80 each. I figure one for media, one for time machine, and I am done, no messing with raid. I also have a fairly new 320 gig drive in a windows/linux machine I could buy a USB enclosure for and use with time machine, since buying a FW enclosure is equal in price to the WD studio 320g drive. I have been seeing issues with sleep modes on drives connected via firewire (WD especially), and have now researched my way into absolute confusion.

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OS X :: Moving A External ITunes Library To A New External HD?

Jul 4, 2009

I have my iTunes library on a external HD. I purchased a new one with a bigger capacity and I tried to highlight and copy everything to the new drive and it wont let me. A window pops up saying that it cant be copied to the new drive because there are backup items items included or something like that. The drive that I am trying to drag everything to is partitioned so that Time Machine gets 600GB. Could that be what its talking about?

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OS X :: Transferred Itunes Library To An External Hard Drive - Itunes Wont Play Songs?

Nov 22, 2010

I transferred all my itunes library to an external hard drive.I had all my songs in itunes and then went to "preferences" and set itunes to look on my external hard drive for my itunes. Then I went to "library" and then "consolidate", and it moved all my library over to my external. I can verify that my songs are all there on my externalHowever, now, itunes won't play any songs of mine. I double click on the song in itunes and it just wont play. There's no error message, there's no exclamation point, it just won't play. Any idea what is goign on? Preferences still shows that my library is directing to the external

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ITunes :: Moving Part Of Itunes Library To External Drive

Jun 2, 2010

I'm running out of space on my harddrive and am wondering. Is there a way to move some of my library to an external harddrive? Like TV shows and movies that I don't need to access all the time. I don't want to delete anything. I don't want to carry around a harddrive all the time.

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Applications :: Sharing ITunes Library On An Airport Disk Between Mac And PC?

Mar 10, 2009

I've consolidated my library using iTunes on OSX. I've been following a tutorial that lets me share a library between OSX & Windows... apparently you need to create the library in OSX first, then add the .itl extension to the library file. Shift-clicking iTunes in OSX lets you select this 'new' library with the result that a new database (iTunes Library.itl.xml) is created.

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OS X :: How To Transfer Itunes Library Onto External HD

Dec 28, 2010

I understand how to move the whole library onto an external HD, moving the media folder location on itunes preferences etc, but say i wanted to move the library (which is about 60 gigs) to my external HD but keep about 10 gigs on my internal drive? How do I do this, assuming the amount i want to keep is too large to manually drag and drop each song/album fro my external drive onto my internal one.

Also my itunes says my library is about 52 gigs, but in finder it says my songs are about 65 gigs, why is this and how can i delete the extra gigs? I'm in Home/Music/Itunes/Itunes Music incase thats the wrong location.

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Applications :: ITunes Library On External HD?

Feb 4, 2009

I have my iTunes Library saved on an external hard drive and setup that way in iTunes, all my movies, music is saved in that library. However, all my applications are saved in an iTunes library located in my music folder that saved on the internal hard drive. I leave the external running 24/7 and didn't have an internal library at all before getting my iPod Touch and downloading apps.

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OS X :: Backing Up ITunes Library From External HD

Jul 5, 2009

I have a 1TB My Studio external HD and I have it partitioned, 600GB for Time Machine and 400GB for my iTunes (I keep 100% of my iTunes library on this partition). Is there a way to backup this entire hard drive with another hard drive that I have laying around? I want some redundancy and especially since I have thousands of dollars work of iTunes stuff all in one place and nowhere else. Also, I wouldn't care or want to have it backed up like Time Machine(constantly updating) but it would be nice if once a month I could just do one back up, that way if I ever had a problem and lost a hard drive I would only be out a months worth of stuff.

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ITunes :: Storing Library On External HDD For Mac And PC

Mar 14, 2012

I want to store my iTunes library on an external hdd and use it with a Mac and a PC. All changes made on the Mac should be recognised on the PC and all changes made on the PC should although be recognised on the Mac - one library for both.I already tried to store my library from my PC on an external HDD and then started iTunes on the Mac, pressing "alt". But I wasn't able to open the library. When I choose library.itl, the Mac just opens iTunes without opening my iTunes library.How I can put all my music, videos and podcasts on the external and then use it on Mac and PC?

Mac OS X (10.6.8), Windows 7

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ITunes :: Point New Mac At External Library?

Apr 24, 2012

it's a replaced hard drive in my old iMac, but I'm setting it up as new to keep it as trim as possible. Pre-replacement I had my iTunes Media library set up on an external hard drive; the iTunes folder and it's inhabitants (Extras, Genius, Library.itl, etc) all resided on the iMac in the Music folder, but I'd moved the Media over to the external drive. 

What's the method for telling my 'new' copy of iTunes that I already have a media library, and it's 'over there' on the external drive? I know iTunes can be funny about this sort of thing so I don't want to get it wrong! I considered changing the location using the Preferences, but I wasn't sure if that was going to wipe out anything. Also, given that I do have a complete backup of the original iMac drive (I just don't want to clone it back to the new one, junk and all), is there any way of doing this in such a way that I can preserve the playlists, play counts, etc? Can I copy over old preferences or library files?

iMac (24-inch Mid 2007), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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ITunes :: How To Move Library On External HD

Apr 25, 2012

i moved the librery on external hd. but itunes dosn't reconise it. wath do i have to do?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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ITunes :: Force Library To External?

Jun 25, 2012

I use an external drive for my music library. Sometimes I forget to turn it on before I import music and iTunes reverts back to the default location in my users folder. Is there a way to create a warning or some other guide to force itunes to only use the external drive? If that drive is not on, then itunes refuses or stops or preferably askes me to find that destination? 

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ITunes For Mac :: How To Copy Library To External HD

Dec 9, 2014

My iTunes Library is too large and taking up too much of my iMac's 1Tb HD.  The iTunes Library is currently at 381 GB.  Along with a healthy music collections, I have a ton of video files.  I recently tried to import more video files and I got a message that there was not enough room on the hard drive.   

I have read up on how to copy the itunes library to an external hard drive, and although time consuming sounds pretty easy.  However I have a few concerns about 'MOVING' the itunes library.  Essentially copying it to the new external hard drive and then deleting the old library on my iMac's HD.   If I do that will I have issues with: 

1.  Using iTunes playing songs, video etc.  Will it have difficulty locating it's new location because it is no longer on the 'local' HD?  Or if it works ok, will it be really slow?

2.  Will my 2 Apple TV's not be able to stream the content?

3.  Will my Time Machine backups automatically include contents of the new external HD?  I am assuming not.    

OR is it just plain easier to leave the iTunes library on the local iMac HD and delete music and video not currently being used?  ie;  add it into iTunes when I want it, and delete it when I don't? 

iMac (24-inch Early 2009), OS X Mavericks (10.9.1), 8gb ram

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IMac :: Start Up Disk Full - Couldn't Save ITunes Library?

Aug 24, 2010

I keep getting a pop up saying my start up disk is almost full, or that my iTunes library couldn't be saved, but I've still got a quarter of hard drive available on my new iMac. OmniDiskSweeper shows that most of the memory goes to my iTunes Media and Pictures/videos, but that shows just 61GB of hard drive used for Users. What could be using my hard drive space that doesn't show in OmniDiskSweeper?

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IMac (Intel) :: Loading CDs Into ITunes Library When Disk Drive Refused To Get Next CD?

Aug 25, 2014

I was loading some CDs into my iTunes library when the disk drive refused to "suck in" the next CD. How I might proceed?

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OS X :: Library On External HD - Shortcuts Will Show Up On ITunes?

Feb 8, 2009

I'm quite new to using external hard drives so this will sound bad! What I am thinking of doing is having a external running logic pro on it with all the vsts's instead of having it on my internal memory. Also want to have just one external with my iTunes library on? if i did that will the shortcuts still show up in iTunes?

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Applications :: Moving My ITunes Library To And External HD?

Feb 21, 2009

To take some stuff off my internal HD

I thought i would move my whole itunes library to an external and just have it plugged into my macbook pro when i want to listen to something..

Is this a good idea?

Sorry i am a noob to externals.... i know it sounds thick

some people said its not a good idea but is it a good idea?

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Applications :: Itunes Losing Library On External HD?

Oct 4, 2009

Machine - 15 inch MBPro 2007 running 3gb of ram Ran 170 GB Itunes library from a LaCie rugged HD (250GB) for a long time but recent purchase of a Apple TV meant upgrade of disk to WD Passport 500 GB.All files copied across and working fine.Until the last 24 hours.

All songs podcasts etc show the little exclamation mark next to them ... and "cannot be found" except manually.I have - verified and repaired the Passport - all ok Reset and redirected the itunes library in preferences.i am now on the painful step of deleting all tunes .. keeping files and readding them to the library which takes about 2 hours.

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OS X :: Transferring PC Itunes Library From External Hdd To New Imac

Oct 9, 2009

I just recently purchased a 24" imac and I am having trouble transfering my itunes library files on my new imac? When its connected to the PC I can view and see the files on the external hard drive but when I connect the external hard drive to the imac and I try to add those files to the itunes library they are not visible to add?

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OS X :: To Existing ITunes Library On External Drive?

Jan 6, 2010

I have a Mac Mini connected to a Lacie external HD that houses all of my iTunes library. I've just bought a new iMac to replace the Mini and want to keep the iTunes library on the external, just point the new machine's iTunes to the existing library on the external.

How best to do that? I don't want to restore from TM because I want to start fresh from this Mac and there really isn't a lot to keep other than the iTunes (most of it is on the external). If I point to an existing location, I don't need to Consolidate, do I? Any risk of losing the library? Do I need to unlink the library on the existing Mac?

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