About moving library to external HDD, self organized.

Discussion in 'iPod' started by care89, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. care89 macrumors newbie

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    I have all my musics in my Internal HDD, and I want to move it to my External.
    Thing is, all my music, I have organized it myself, and I wanted to move them to the external, not copy them.

    Is there any risk involving this method?
    Will my library still point to the music files in my external after I move?

    I do have another question. When I consolidate library, what does it actually do?
    Copy exactly the way how I manage my music?
    Or the copied files managed the way Itunes would manage?

    Also, in preference, under general, there is a preference stating "Group compilation when browsing."
    What does this actually do? I tick it and nothing really happened.
     
  2. tkjazzer macrumors 6502

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    thanks for the link to the how-to article.

    I'm on a macbook pro. if I have one of those portable HDs that I want to put my itunes music on, what will happen when I move my files to there and then I open Itunes when the hard drive is not plugged in?

    will the itunes freak out and create a new music folder back on the intenal HD?

    do I have to always have the HD connected before opening itunes?

    Thanks!
     
  3. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    #4
    It'll just say iTunes can't find the file and have a ! next to the file until you plug the external in
     
  4. tkjazzer macrumors 6502

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    but won't my podcasts start downloading and then it will freak out when the folder is not there to put them in?
     
  5. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    #6
    If your external HD is not plugged in and it tries to download a new podcast it will just put it in the default folder rather than the one you set on the external drive
     

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