Opening an alternate iTunes

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  1. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    So my Mac mini is old, but still runs great. I have my iTunes on a 2TB external hard drive and I was thinking ahead into the future. Now when I replace my Mac mini with a new one, I heard I can just plug my 2TB hard drive, hold option and open iTunes to then pick my external hard drive.

    So today for fun I logged under another user on the computer that doesn't have any iTunes on it. So I clicked option then opened iTunes. It asked me to chose a library, but when I clicked the iTunes library on the external hard drive it just said "iTunes files can't be found". Am I doing something wrong? I just want to be ready for when I do get a new Mac mini.

    This is what I did
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1589

    Thank you
     
  2. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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  3. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    So you store your iTunes library (.itl file) on the external? I find that unlikely.
     
  4. marzer macrumors 65816

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    Not unlikely at all. My entire iTunes library is stored on an external hard drive connected to a Mac mini. I can open it as another user or even from another computer.

    Without knowing more about your setup, I would guess your media files are stored on the external but the iTunes database files may still be under the user home directory on the boot drive.
     
  5. Primejimbo thread starter macrumors 68040

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    This is why I asked am I doing something wrong, because I am sure I am. So are those the files I need then? I think I did see these type of fines inter user/music/iTunes (I think, not at my computer right now but I can check when I get home).

    I have all my iTunes media stored on an external hard drive. So under advance I changed the route where to put all my iTunes stuff to the external hard drive.
     
  6. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    True, but the default is still in the Music folder and I suspect OP will change that. If he did he wouldn't say "I clicked the iTunes library", which sound like he just clicked the folder contain his musics.

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    Usually it's in Music/iTunes. Looking for the file with .itl extension when you're asked to Choose Library...
     
  7. Primejimbo thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I see it, so what would happen if I moved this? I'm sorry, I just figured all this stuff should be in the area where the actual music is.
     
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