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Question about moving iTunes library to hard drive

by Sportsmaniac1322 / May 17, 2009 3:46 PM PDT

I have a laptop that I use for about everything, but I never kept my iTunes library on it because it would take up too much space, so I just kept it on my desktop. I saw the how to video on moving the files to an external hard drive, and that would be perfect in my situation since I can have it on my laptop without using the internal hard drive's space. The video didn't say anything about backing up and swithing to a new computer, though, so would I have to go through any extra configuration options to do that?

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What I did at least four times . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 17, 2009 10:42 PM PDT

After installing iTunes on the new computer, go to the old computer and find the folder iTunes in the My Documents\My Music folder. Copy that entire folder to the same place on the new PC. Reboot and open iTunes.

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Do you understand?
by Sportsmaniac1322 / May 18, 2009 8:20 AM PDT

I know how to move it to an external hard drive. You have to configure it with iTunes then consolidate the library. What I want to do is put the music on my hard drive, then be able to configure it so it'll work with my new computer. I know I could just move all the music to the new computer's hard drive and then consolidate it, but if all possible I don't want to move them to my hard drive.

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What I wrote . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 18, 2009 12:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Do you understand?

is to copy your music to a new internal HD or a new computer. No consolidation necessary.

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If the first suggestion doesn't work for you,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 18, 2009 1:45 AM PDT
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iTunes library move to ext. hd.
by nofret / June 1, 2009 6:54 AM PDT

Go right here in cnet and search the videos for consolidating your iTunes library to an external source. The video describes how to do it better than trying to explain it.

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backup your external drive
by lisaquilts / June 5, 2009 12:40 AM PDT


I just wanted to urge you to back up your external drive. I'd consolidated my iTunes library and all music to an external drive for space reasons, only to have the drive fail (it was a Maxtor, which I learned later failed frequently). It was very sad, (and pricey) to recover the data. The images (fortunately) were recovered, but the music was not. If I knew then what I know now, I'd make back CD/DVDs just in case.

Best wishes.

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