External HD question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Pedgie06, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2005
    This might sound like a weird question, but I figured someone here might know the answer. I have a macbook pro g4 with a 80gig hd. I want to keep all my music on my laptop, but I want to have all my movies and tv shows on my 300gb external hardrive.

    So my question is: is there any way to have itunes run off both hard drives? Last time I that I tried to add movies from my external drive, iTunes copied them into my music folder as well. Can I stop iTunes from doing that and just run the movies from my external hd?
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    There are at least two ways of doing this.

    One is to change your preferences every time you add a movie so it wont copy it (see attached screen capture for proper settings). Or the easiest is when you import a move into iTunes via drag and drop of the file hold down the option key at the same time.

    Attached Files:

  3. macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008
    move your media where you want it, then hold down option and drag. It's good to do that with video media, and have your audio media go to a 'home' spot on iTunes.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2005
    I turned off the copy to itunes folder, is it really necessary to keep that on anyways?

    Whenever I download music from itunes or buy a tv show, doesn't it go into my itunes folder anyways?

    Is that option just for music that is added from elsewhere?
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA
    It's easier to keep the checkbox UNchecked. Off.


    Yes, as well as movies you've ripped...

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