Point iTunes to iTunes library on external drive?

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  1. Soundhound macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    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?

  2. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    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

    Mar 29, 2006
    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


    Mar 3, 2012
    In a Toaster
    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

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    That is quite possible. In which case, hopefully you have a backup or the old drive to recover it from.

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