Point iTunes to iTunes library on external drive?

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  1. Soundhound macrumors 6502a

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    I just had a new hard drive installed in my iMac (210 27" 2.93 ghz i7) and have set up iTunes with iCloud account etc. How do I point it to my large (more than 1TB!) library on my external drive?

    thanks!
     
  2. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    The easiest way is to hold the option key when opening iTunes. Then, select your external destination as the default library.
     
  3. Soundhound thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    perfect! thanks! I'm not seeing an iTunes Library file there. There is the iTunes Media folder though. I wonder if the Library file might have been on my internal drive, though the media folder was/is on the external?
     
  4. sliceoftoast macrumors 6502

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    You can also follow the same procedure and store the library on a Network volume such as a NAS.

    Pressing the Option key also works with iPhoto allowing you to select different iPhoto libraries
     
  5. Bear macrumors G3

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    That is quite possible. In which case, hopefully you have a backup or the old drive to recover it from.
     

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