Moved iTunes To External Hard Drive... What's Next?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dj22091, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. dj22091 macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2010

    I own a 20-inch 250GB iMac and a 320GB Western Digital External Hard Drive. I recently began running out of room on my Mac, mainly because of all that I have on iTunes. Out of my 250GB I am now down to about 18GB. With this in mind, I went out and picked up a 320GB drive to pluck all my iTunes fluff on.

    I have changed the iTunes Media Folder location in the Advanced Tab to that of my new drive a la Volumes>Dj22091 iTunes>iTunes. I have also consolidated the library and have successfully copied all of my media to that of my new external drive.

    Now, the problem. When deleting the material off of my Mac what am I going to pull into the trash bin exactly? I read here @ that I am to leave the library files alone and to delete all the media out of the Music>iTunes folder but...I don't see anything other than my music listed. If I am to get rid of everything and free up space I would need to delete my TV Shows, Movies, etc. but they are nowhere to be found. I am still left with only about 18GB left on my Mac, so I know that they are around here somewhere.

    This image @ shows the current state of my external drive.
    This next image @ shows my current Music>iTunes folder on my Mac.
    This other image @ depicts a song from iTunes that shows the new location of the song file (other files such as videos check out well also).

    Any help would be appreciated!
  2. cderalow macrumors 6502


    If you navigate inside the iTunes Music Folder on your iMac's hard drive, you should find that all of your TV shows, movies etc are contained within folders inside that folder, normally as:

    iTunes Music>Movies> files or iTunes Music>TV Shows>Show Name> files

    you'll just need to delete the iTunes Music folder off of your iMac's hard drive.

    if you bring up the information for that folder (command + i), you'll see how large it is.

    When you consolidated your library, it looks like you left the check box for the option to organize your media files by type, which explains why the external drive appears differently from the internal drive.
  3. dj22091 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2010
    Ah that makes perfect sense. After pulling that file into the Trash Bin everything fell into place. I double checked in iTunes, and music is playing a-okay. Now there's some space on my Mac!

    Thanks much for the reply. I really appreciate it. :D

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