Itunes moved to SD card

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  1. Jervasio, Jun 11, 2016
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    Jervasio macrumors member

    Jervasio

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    Hello,
    so I just moved my iTunes locations (changing the "iTunes Media folder location") to my SD card (it's always on my macbook pro 2014, never remove) so my big music collections doesn't occupy space in my main disk.. Now I have this in my SD card, like it was on my main disk:
    https://www.evernote.com/l/AX8YiBlVy-BHya6Mq5wFaV2YwNZSrc3p6Rk

    However, there is still a folder in my main disk if I go into my user (User>music>iTunes), of exactly the same what I have now in my SD card... Can I delete that one in my USER folder? Because I basically have the same in both my SD card and in my USER and I thought the iTunes would transfer everything to my SD card and not transfer the default location to my SD card and leave a copy behind, occupying space that was the reason I moved to the SD card in the first place..

    Hope you can help me,
    Thanks!
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    I don't see any problem with deleting the iTunes folder that is currently in your home folder (on your internal hard drive).
    iTunes is now "pointed at" the iTunes folder on the SD card.

    BUT....

    Since you now have your music stored on a different volume (literally, on a separate drive), you NEED A BACKUP of the SD card someplace.

    It is flirting with disaster to have those files on the SD card without a backup.

    You may already have taken care of this, but if you haven't, I'll offer a suggestion.

    Get the following:
    - a USB3 "card reader" -- can be bought for about $15
    - another SD card, equal or larger to the one you're now using
    - either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper

    Now, put the card into the reader, connect to the Mac, and use CCC or SD to "clone" the contents of your mounted SD card to the BACkUP SD card.

    Do this at regular intervals (whenever you add or change music in the library).

    Now, you've got a backup if something goes wrong with the mounted SD card.
    You may be able to get away with just "swapping cards" to get back to where you were.
    (Note: you'll probably have to tell iTunes to use the new card, may not be recognized automatically).
     
  3. Jervasio thread starter macrumors member

    Jervasio

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    Ok, so basically you are saying that would be ok for me to delete that Itunes folder location in my SSD but would advise me to make a backup in case something goes wrong with my SD card, correct?

    Why use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper when I can just copy the contest to either another SD card or hard drive?

    Thanks!
     
  4. Jervasio thread starter macrumors member

    Jervasio

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    Also, I think I cannot delete everything, but just the musics... because when I go into the iTunes folder in my USER, I see more folders like: Album artwork, Previous iTunes Libraries and then iTunes media (the copy of the one that I have on my SD card) and also these files: iTunes Library Extras.itdb, iTunes Library Genius.itdb, iTunes Library, iTunes Music Library.

    With this knowledge (that the USER has more iTunes files than the one on the SD card), is it still ok to delete everything, or it's better if I just delete the iTunes media (the one that actually contains all the songs)?

    Thank you!
     
  5. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    I store my music on a second drive as well. In my case its a micro flash drive that I keep plugged in 24/7. When you store your library on the second device, it will still make a folder in Finder on your internal drive. This is for the files related to the library itself and not the actual library contents. Mine is about 100MB. If you remove that folder, you will have to reset up iTunes with your secondary drive again and the internal folder will be recreated.

    All the files you mentioned above must stay on internal drive. Otherwise iTunes will keep creating new libraries on your internal drive. Ive been doing this for about 6 years now. So I've experimented with removing the folder, so I know exactly what happens when you remove or move it.
     
  6. Jervasio thread starter macrumors member

    Jervasio

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    Alright, thank you! But I can delete the iTunes media folder in my USER, correct? (It has all my iTunes music, which is basically a copy of what I have in my SD card)?
     
  7. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Media yes.
     

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