Movies and TV shows on different external hard drive?

Akira1980

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May 27, 2007
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Is it possible to store the TV shows and Movies on external hard drive? I have a MacBook Pro and the space on my notebook hard drive is running out. And I wanted to have the Movies and TV show on external hard drive so I can only take what I want on the road and keep everything else at home. Is this possible?
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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of course its possible!!!!! its the easiest thing to do in the world :) just drag and drop the movies/tv shows to the external harddrive (it will appear on your desktop on ur mbp, or in "my computer" on the windoze lappy)
i would highly recommend getting an external harddrive. backups are very important!!
 

Akira1980

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May 27, 2007
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San Diego
Yes, but will it show up on the iTunes movie or TV list? Or do I have to import them to the notebook hard drive every time I want to see the movies on the external hard drive.
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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you can "link" the movies to your external harddrive. (in itunes under the 'advanced' tab UNCLICK the button "copy files to itunes music...........blaablaa") this will make a link to your harddrive when u drag and drop the movies from your external into itunes.
 

swwack91

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Jan 28, 2007
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i'm curious of the same thing tho - cuz i'm like totally OCD (not really but almost lol) and i want iTunes to copy music into the folder.

the thing is i only want the video to not be in the folder...

if i temporarily disable the copying - drag the videos into the library - then turn it back on... will it freak out and start copying or will it just leave the video with aliases?
 

swwack91

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Jan 28, 2007
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actually i think i might have just answered my own question - i tested my idea w/ music and assume it'll be the same for video...

I dragged new music from Finder directly onto my iPod on iTunes. The music sync'ed to my iPod and never imported into iTunes. Hmmm seems like a solution!
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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lol yea i think u did answer ur own question.. but what u said will work perfectly.

also another thing to consider:
when opening itunes you can hold down the 'option' button and this will allow you to select different libraries.. for example, you can have one library on your computer, and another on your harddrive, or you could connect via your network to a different macs itunes llibrary. its a very handy feature.

i donno whre that came from just popped into me head.
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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wen u press 'option' it gives u an option to 'create a library'. so u can create it whereva u want.

EDIT: oh btw i think this also works for iphoto aswell.