External HD for itunes?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by GilesM, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. GilesM macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2008
    My iTunes is growing fast so I moved the library location to my FORMAC HD which is connected to my imac via FW800.
    However, when I was importing some CD's I noticed that iTunes had reverted to using the internal HD location.

    I can only assume this is because at some stage the disc had gone to a low power state and iTunes could no longer find the library and reverted to the original location.

    If I purchase a 1TB USB drive will this work better and allow iTunes to remain connected to the library as found on this drive?

    UPDATE : it seems I did not follow the process correctly. I did not realise that I have to tell iTunes at boot where the library is.
    Reading the support pages it seems I have to hold down the option key when booting iTunes and navigate to the path of the new library.
    Gonna try again.....

    another edit : Itunes now migrated on FORMAC drive (FW 8000) and backed un a external USB drive.
    Great... now got loads of GB's back on internal hard drive!
  2. Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
    My library is on an external drive connected via FW800, and I have never had a problem. As long as the correct path is entered in iTunes' preferences, it should work. My HDD does go to sleep, but it wakes up in a few seconds.
  3. GilesM thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2008

    right, I managed to get it working now, thanks.
    It's a little slower than using the internal HD, but that's cool.

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