[How to]Move your iTunes Library to an External Drive or USB Stick


Often at times, you might want to save some disk space on your mac or pc hard drive. If you are an Apple iOS device user, one of the easiest ways is for you to change your iTunes library. I mean you need to move your iTunes location to another directory apart from the directory where your iTunes is installed. In my case, I saved mine onto my Seagate external hard drive. I did mine for two reasons,; 1. security(in case my harddrive crashed and 2; to save me some spaces on my Mac. The guide will walk you through how you can do the same.Using this trick you can offload a music library to a secondary external drive and not have it consume your limited internal disk space, which is particularly helpful for the MacBook Air and other SSD-based Macs with smaller internal storage capacity.

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BASIC PREREQUISITES

  • External harddrive or any other USB storage device
  • A mac computer or a Windows-based PC
  • Calmly read and understand the following tutorial

How to Transfer an iTunes Library to an External Drive

This process will move the entire iTunes library to an external drive where it will retain it’s use but not take up primary internal disk space:

    • Open iTunes and choose the “Advanced” tab
    • Look under “iTunes Media folder location” to see the current location, select and copy that path
    • Go to the Finder in OS X (or Windows Explorer if you’re on a PC) and navigate to the iTunes library file path, it’s usually at the following location on a Mac:

~/Music/iTunes/

  • Connect the external drive to copy the iTunes library to
  • Looking at the ~/Music/iTunes/ folder, copy the “iTunes Media” folder onto the external drive with a drag and drop, let the file transfer finish before doing anything else
  • Now go back to iTunes and under “iTunes Media folder location” choose the “Change” button to select the new location
  • Navigate to the external drive you just connected and copied the library too, and select the newly copied “iTunes Media” folder, then choose “Open”
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    • Choose “OK” to confirm the selection of the new iTunes media folder
  • Keep in mind that copying an iTunes library to an external drive means that the external drive must be connected to the computer in order to access the media, be it movies or downloaded apps, movies, and TV shows through iTunes.

    If you’re moving the library to save hard drive space, you’ll probably want to delete the iTunes Media directory from the primary hard drive when it’s finished copying over. You can do this by looking at the “Advanced” Preferences tab and verifying the external drive is now the location.

REVERTING THE PROCESS

To recopy the library back to your computer’s had disk, please retrace the processes above.

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