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02-07-2008 08:09 PM  10 years agoPost 1
RonRock

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A friend of mine has an IPod, he is running out of hard drive space on his laptop. He bought a USB hard drive hoping to be able to move the ITunes program and store to the new drive. Can he move the program and music,videos all to the USB (E) drive? How?

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02-07-2008 09:19 PM  10 years agoPost 2
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ITunes doesn't store the music, it only looks to a folder where the music is located at.

He needs to move the folder containing the music to the USB drive and then re-direct ITunes to look in the new folder on the USB Drive.

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02-07-2008 09:20 PM  10 years agoPost 3
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Not real sure about a USB but he could get an external hard drive and do it there. A "good / fast" 4gb flash drive will be about $40 and an external drive (80gb drive and an external case) would be about $70 to 75.

So, 20 times the space for only twice the money. No brainer?

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02-07-2008 09:21 PM  10 years agoPost 4
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LOL a USB drive IS an external HD connected to the computer via a USB Cable. Hope it is USB 2.0...

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02-07-2008 09:22 PM  10 years agoPost 5
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hey
well it depends on his settings...i think by default, when you add music to iTunes it puts it into it's own folder...i'm not my mac right now...but look for it..

he'll probably have to just copy all his media

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02-07-2008 09:32 PM  10 years agoPost 6
RonRock

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Thanks Guys, that's what I thought. Just wasn't sure. I thought there was something about not being able to move the ITunes music and video files to another drive. I don't have an IPod yet so I'm not very well versed in their use. I do plan on getting an ITouch soon though.

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02-07-2008 09:39 PM  10 years agoPost 7
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Once you put music or media onto the ipod, you can not transfer it off onto a different computer.

Well, you can just not easily.

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02-07-2008 10:27 PM  10 years agoPost 8
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Just click on the song details music and find where it is currently being stored.

Then plug in the new USB external HD and move the folder over to the new source. Depending on how you have things set up you may need to drag and drop the folder from its new location into iTunes.

It will then "sync" iTunes to look for the songs in the new location.

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02-07-2008 10:42 PM  10 years agoPost 9
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It's very simple. I keep all of my media on an external drive. iTunes even has a "consolidate all my music" button that does all the work. I've been using iTunes since its inception, and I have spent thousands on my library. Close to 300 GB worth so far. It is the most intuitive service I've ever used...

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02-07-2008 11:20 PM  10 years agoPost 10
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I have spent thousands on my library
Sucker!

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02-08-2008 12:18 AM  10 years agoPost 11
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Sucker!
You can say that again...

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02-08-2008 12:48 AM  10 years agoPost 12
helo_chris

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You can move them and its not really that hard it just takes a few minutes to do, and you can use the iPod to do it. I have had to do it twice since I got mine.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300173

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02-08-2008 12:50 AM  10 years agoPost 13
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Once you put music or media onto the ipod, you can not transfer it off onto a different computer
That is my concern. I have copied his ITunes/MyMusic to the USB Hard drive MyMusic. I closed ITunes and Explorer E:MyMusic and can see the music files. I will next redirect ITunes to the new drive storage folder. I worried what will happen when we plug in his IPod, now that I have moved the storage folder. Hopefully the IPod will see the music files on the new drive and all will be good. I'm concerned that the files are somehow "tied" to the drive they were originally on.

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02-08-2008 12:57 AM  10 years agoPost 14
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Once you put music or media onto the ipod, you can not transfer it off onto a different computer.
Download shareware iPodRip and thats it, done!

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02-08-2008 01:01 AM  10 years agoPost 15
helo_chris

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Hopefully the IPod will see the music files on the new drive and all will be good. I'm concerned that the files are somehow "tied" to the drive they were originally on.
They are in a sense because the files that tell where they are do not reside in the same location as the music. Follow the above and you dont need aftermarket ripping or hacking to do it, just enough patience to follow the instructions.

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02-08-2008 01:12 AM  10 years agoPost 16
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Yeah, I was just looking over the instructions. I also took a quick look at iPodRip, it looks promising. One way or the other will work. What a PITA.

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02-08-2008 01:53 AM  10 years agoPost 17
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Its not that bad, just take your time and follow the instructions. Copying your library to the new drive will take longer than anything else.

Re-reading your post all you should really have to do is move the iTunes library to a new location in iTunes preferences. As long as you have it set to organize your library it will copy them where you tell it to go. You wont be able to run the program from there but can move the library off the main drive. Then if you ever have to install a new system drive all you have to do is copy the iTunes settings files once you have iTunes reinstalled.

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02-08-2008 01:55 PM  10 years agoPost 18
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That is my concern. I have copied his ITunes/MyMusic to the USB Hard drive MyMusic. I closed ITunes and Explorer E:MyMusic and can see the music files. I will next redirect ITunes to the new drive storage folder. I worried what will happen when we plug in his IPod, now that I have moved the storage folder. Hopefully the IPod will see the music files on the new drive and all will be good. I'm concerned that the files are somehow "tied" to the drive they were originally on.
My comment about not being able to retrieve the music from the Ipod has nothing to do with mving the music files on your computer hd to an external USB HD. That will still work. The Ipod syncs with your computer and Itunes, not the folder in which the music is located. The Ipod doesn't care where on the computer it is located just that it gets the music via ITunes and the computer it was originally set up with.

Just copy your music to the new HD and tell Itunes where to look for them and you'll be all set!

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