Q: Move iTunes library to external hard drive
"I want to free space on my hard drive by moving my iTunes library to an external hard drive any suggestions? Warnings? I have bought a Lacie 1TB portable for this." -- From Apple Forum
Although Apple's iTunes offers a great way for iOS users to store music, movies or TV shows in your iTunes library, the files in iTunes library is getting bigger and bigger and filling up your computer's hard drive. It is a good idea to export them to an external hard drive to save storage space and backup important iOS data. So this article is going to show you how to transfer iTunes library to external hard drive step by step.
Since the files in iTunes library is usually very large, before you copy the iTunes library to external hard drive, please be sure your external drive has enough free space for entire iTunes library. After that, you can plug your external hard drive into the computer that contains your iTunes library.
When your computer has detected your hard drive, you can start to transfer iTunes library to external hard drive with the instructions as below.
Step 1. Find Out the iTunes Media File Folder on Your Computer
* By default, your iTunes media folder is in your iTunes folder:
- Mac: Finder > username > Music
- Windows Vista or later: \Users\username\Music\
- Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
* If iTunes media folder is not under the default location, you can also locate them with the steps as below:
- Launch iTunes on your computer.
- For Mac users, please select "iTunes" > "Preferences" option on top of computer screen; for Windows users, please choose "Edit" > "Preferences" option on top of iTunes screen.
- Click the "Advanced" tab. Then you can see the location of your iTunes Media folder in the box under "iTunes Media folder location" section.
Step 2. Consolidate your iTunes library
Then you need to consolidate all of your media files into the iTunes Media folder before transferring them to an external hard drive. To do so, you can:
- Run iTunes on your Mac or Windows computer.
- Go to "File" > "Library" > "Organize Library".
- Select "Consolidate files" > "OK" option.
Step 3. Copy or backup iTunes library to external hard drive
- Exit iTunes and open the iTunes folder that you have been found earlier in step 1.
- Then drag the iTunes folder from its location to an external drive.
Then wait for a while till the transferring process is complete. Thus you have successfully move iTunes library to an external hard drive now.
Since the files of iTunes library on your computer usually are the same with the contents on your iDevice, so you can directly export the iOS data to computer and then transfer them to your external hard drive as you like. Thus, you don't need to spend your energy to find out iTunes backup files on your computer.
Here it is highly recommended a professional 3rd-party tool - Coolmuster iOS Assistant (Windows/Mac) to help you transfer all contents from your iDevice to computer wherever you like, including contacts, messages, photos, videos, TV shows, music and so on.
Now please download the program on your computer and start to export iTunes library to external hard drive with the program.
Here is how:
Step 1. Run the installed program on your PC and connect your iDevice to computer with USB cable. Then plug your external hard drive to computer as well.
Step 2. Now you can preview and select all the files you want to copy from your iOS device before the file transfer process. Just tick out the wanted files and hit the "Export" button to transfer selected items from your iDevice and choose the external hard drive as the destination.
Thus all the files will be exported to your external hard drive after a while. Easy, right? Please don't hesitate to download the program on your computer and start to transfer iTunes library to external drive now.