backing up itunes to external drive

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  1. Frawley macrumors member

    Frawley

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    Hello,

    I am thinking of moving my itunes files to an external had drive in order to open space on my laptop.
    The process of using itunes to choose a different save location is easy.
    I will then have to backup to a second drive for safety and I was wondering if anyone has done this and what the best way to go is.

    Or...Should I get over my lameness and start using Timemachine?

    If I do use time machine, I still want to open up space on my laptop by moving my itunes library to another Hard drive. (and maintain functionality)

    THANKYOU in advance for any help.

    J
     
  2. baldspot07 macrumors regular

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    I have done this got 2 500Gb hard drives connected to AEBS, use one for my itunes library and the other to back up using the backup app. Access time seems slower doing this, there may be a longer pause than you are use to before your music or video begins planning through iTunes.

    I also use time machine to back up everything else as it has already proved quite useful in restoring calenders and other things I didn't think to include in a backup schedule.

    Hope that helps
     
  3. Frawley thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks,

    So to clarify...You have your itunes based on one drive and use time machine on the other?
    So no music (itunes) live on your computer hard drive?

    thanks again.
     
  4. MacFlavor macrumors newbie

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    I have a blackbook with an upgraded 250gb HD and I store my iTunes on an external MyBook Pro 2TB drive to free up space.

    I created an alias to the itunes library file on my external drive, and when itunes starts, it goes right to the external and grabs the library.

    I use iBackup to backup my itunes library and other important files to another drive. iBackup is freeware that lets you selectively backup any files or folders to any location.

    Hope this helps.

    -mf
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I have my iTunes library on a 500Gb external drive. I have a second external drive used for Time Machine. TM does a fine job of backing up my iTunes library. I notice that if a rip a new CD that TM pickit it up and copies it within an hour automatically.

    Periodically I also snapshot the library to third drive and then unplug this third drive and put it back in the fireproof media safe.

    The system works well. I must have 1,000 CDs ripped to Apple Lossless format.
     
  6. baldspot07 macrumors regular

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    correct no itunes live on my computer and I back up my itunes library using ibackup like the earlier person.
     
  7. Frawley thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much to everyone
     
  8. Frawley thread starter macrumors member

    Frawley

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    OK,

    I have followed these steps and they work...
    But...now every time I pick a song in the new location itunes is telling meme that the original file can not be found.
    Then when I locate the file in the external drive it plays perfectly fine.
    Am I going to have to do this for every song?

    HELP
     
  9. pachyderm macrumors 603

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    i hope this is a related topic.... what happens when you use the advanced settings and "consolidate" your music?
     
  10. Frawley thread starter macrumors member

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    I consolidated and I am still having this problem
     
  11. Frawley thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok,

    I think I solved it.
    What I did was to delete the files from itunes and then copy them over from their new home on the external Hard drive.
    It seems to be working fine now, if only a tiny bit slower.
    Deleting the files from itunes was scary as hell.
     
  12. pachyderm macrumors 603

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    lol. i wasn't trying to help... i was asking for myself, sorry... what does it do when you consolidate ?
     
  13. Techsavyfreak macrumors member

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    I think you do, i had to do that with my old PC. Downside was that after a few weeks, it completely forgot where all my music was:(. but then i got a mac. i dont know if there is an easier way to do it (i did the file find for about 300 or 400 songs)
     
  14. Frawley thread starter macrumors member

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    Consolidating for me is when I combine two itunes music locations into one. As I now have my itunes media living on a firewire drive the problem arrises as to what itunes does with things it downloads when the firewire is not connected (ie. podcasts etc).
    Itunes automatically saves these things in the regular music section.
    Consolidating then combines them once the firewire is hooked up.
    You will have to manually delete the new files once you have consolidated though.
    Hope that helps
     
  15. pachyderm macrumors 603

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    it does, thanks.
     

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