Does iTunes Copy Files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Trvlngnrs, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2010
    Hi guys,
    I'm ripping/converting a bunch of DVD's onto my MBP, getting ready for Apple TV which I just ordered. I'm storing the DVD files in the "Movies" folder.

    When I add them to iTunes, does iTunes copy them? Can I delete them from my "Movies" folder to save hard drive space?

  2. AkuskaUK macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2011
    Shanklin, Isle Of Wight
    From my experience, no. But it may be different for you. Copy a movie to an external HD and then delete it off your system, if the file didn't copy into iTunes it will be gone, so then just copy it back. That way you will find out if it has copied for you!
  3. Sc00tr macrumors regular

    May 28, 2011
    It depends on what is selected in itunes preferences.
    preferences -> advanced -> copy files to itunes
  4. Trvlngnrs thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2010
    Thanks guys, I didn't know I could select to copy or not.

    Is there a reason I would or would not want to copy to iTunes?
  5. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Copy = everything in one place, easy to back up. and move
    Not Copy = no duplication, iTunes library may be too big for the location its in so not copying avoids that issue
  6. Sc00tr macrumors regular

    May 28, 2011
    From itunes help -

    Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library

    Copy an item to the iTunes Media folder when you drag the item to the iTunes window or choose File > “Add to Library.”
    If you want items to appear in iTunes but also remain in their original location, deselect this checkbox. For example, you can keep music imported from CDs on your computer’s hard disk, and save your video files on an external hard disk.
    Pressing the Option key while dragging temporarily reverses the current checkbox setting.

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