Can I backup my Itunes library to a network hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by hunters, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. hunters macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2009
    And if so, I'd love some assistance in doing so.

  2. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Sure, why not?

    Time Machine, or chronsync, or just plain manual drag n drop.
  3. Poncho macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2007
    Yes. Mine's on a Lacie NAS.

    If I remember correctly you drag the folder with all the music in it from the iTunes folder under your user name to the NAS drive. Leave all the other files where they are. Once it has all been copied across, launch iTunes and go to Preferences then Advanced and click 'Change' under the iTunes Media Location header. Navigate to the copied file on your NAS and select it. ITunes will then start updating itself. What it's doing is updating the paths to the songs. If you don't let it do this the paths to each song will still point back to your original iTunes library.

    The reason you leave all the other files in place on your Mac is that they store the playlist info etc. Also by doing this, as you add songs to your iTunes library they will get sent across and stored on your NAS and not your original iTunes Music folder (provided you've remember to connect to your NAS each time you launch iTunes). Once it's all working, delete your original iTunes library.
  4. hunters thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2009
    I should have been more clear. Sorry.

    I have all PC's, no Macs. And I was looking for an automatic solution.
  5. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    Maybe something like Acronis (although there has to be a cheaper option when you just want to backup a single directory). The iTunes folder on a Windows machine will just be in "My Documents\My Music\iTunes".
  6. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    Anything you can use to automatically back up anything on your PC should be able to do this. You are currently backing up your system, right?

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