How to add to iTunes from external HD without copying to internal HD?

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  1. hierobryan macrumors 6502a

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    All of my music is now on my external HD. When I add the music to iTunes it automatically copies everything to my internal HD. I don't want that.

    How do I add to iTunes without copying to my internal HD?
     
  2. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

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    In iTunes preferences, go to the Advanced tab and unclick "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library". This will keep it from automatically copying the files to your internal drive.
     
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    Preferences > Advanced > General and untick "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library".

    Edit: How dare you! :p
     
  4. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

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    Ooh, I beat a moderator to the punch :p Isn't it funny how a lot of us seem to compete on answering questions quickly?
     
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  6. Lynnieram macrumors newbie

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    How long should it take?

    I have about 300GB of music on my external drive. I deselected copy music to itunes folder in Preferences and then added the folder into the library. Its been "organizing" for almost 24 hours and still not finished. Is this right? I don't want to copy music into my internal drive, but keep it solely on the external HD.
     
  7. txr0ckabilly macrumors 6502

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    will itunes still try to organize an external folder if you have "keep organized" ticked?
     
  8. craig1410 macrumors 65816

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    Note that you can also hold down the Option key when dragging media into iTunes and this will have the effect of reversing the above config option for that import only. I find this handy because I like to keep all my Music on my internal disk and my DVD rips are on my external drive. I keep my setting set to copy media to the iTunes folder but hold down the Option key when importing video from the external drive.

    Hope this helps,
    Craig.
    :)
     
  9. thecoleorton macrumors newbie

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    Is there a way automate this? Say add an alias of where your media resides on an external hard drive to your iTunes Media Folder > Movies (iTunes 9).

    I'd rather not hold down apple+option when adding media from my external HD as I have some content I want to copy to my Internal HD (say music I purchase from amazonmp3.com) or completely uncheck "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library".

    Now that I think about it - I could point my amazonmp3 downloader to the "Automatically add to iTunes" folder and uncheck "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library".

    I'm still curious on aliasing my media folder on my external HD to my local iTunes Media Folder though too.

    Thanks in advance. Cole
     
  10. sou1 so1di3r macrumors 6502a

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    YES, found my answer. Thanks Craig.

    WOO STILL WORKS AFTER 8 YEARS
     
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    :eek:
     

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