Moving to uni - need help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by LastLine, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Hey guys, so here's the situation

    I'm moving to uni next month and want a bit of help with sorting some silly little bits out with my computer set up - probably really obvious and I'm just missing them but still - someone else's thoughts would be appreciated.

    I've got myself a healthy itunes library (just short of 30gig all said and done - a combo of purchased iTMS music and self ripped CD's) living in the default directory on my iMac at home.

    I've got a large number of regularly used documents (probably a couple of gig, maybe a bit more?) that I need access to.

    And a large iLife collection of files - mostly in iPhoto (several gigabytes)

    I'm looking to keep these on an external hard drive in future (USB2 - several hundred gig) so that I can transfer between the iMac at home, and my Macbook at uni as seamless as possible.

    Well I've found the file locations, I'm just wondering is it possible to make iPhoto and iTunes look in an external hard drive for the relevant files, and if so how easily?

    The other side of things is does Front Row look at iLife for it's files, or does it look in a particular location?

    Any thoughts on the whole thing much appreciated. Not really sure where to start. I have .Mac but obviously this isn't pracitcal for things on this scale.
  2. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK
    I don't know if this works, but hear me out anyway . . .
    • Move the iTunes/iPhoto folder over to the external HD.
    • Make an alias of these folders
    • Put the alias where the folder originally was
    • Rename the alias to what it was originally ("iTunes")
    • Put these aliases also on the laptop/other mac.
    I don't know whether there are easier/quicker methods, or whether this actually works, but I would have tried this if I was in your situation. Someone may be able to help!?

  3. Darwin macrumors 65816


    Jun 2, 2003
    round the corner
    iTunes will let you choose the location of the Music Folder

    Go into the preferences and then into Advanced, the first option is choosing a location

    As for iPhoto, it does not have this option
  4. FredClausen macrumors regular


    Aug 7, 2006
    Nope, but it does have this. I have a single iphoto library on an external network drive shared between my two macs with no troubles.
  5. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Ok, I've got my drive now and tried this, but it doesn't automatically pick up the files in that location. If I try an 'add to library' iTunes dumps them all in the default location on the internal hard drive. Am I doing something wrong here? :S

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