Running iTunes off External Storage

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Superman730, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. Superman730 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    This should be in the correct forum, if not, sorry mods!

    I just purchased a mid-2014 rMBP 13 inch. I got the 256GB hard drive, but I have a significant iPhoto library and I do a bunch of stuff in iMovie for fun that will use a lot of space. I had 200GB in my old computer and I ended up deleting all of my music from the drive to get some space back (I have it all on a Mac Mini that we use for syncing our iOS devices, so I didn't lose anything! lol).

    With this new machine, I was thinking of keeping an iTunes library (some music and movies, not everything) on an external device. I was thinking about either a microSD card with an adapter similar to Nifty or a low profile USB 3 stick. Has anyone tried this? Do you have any recommendations as to which would work better, especially for the occasional HD iTunes movie. Does iTunes handle this sort of thing well? I'd try to not open it without the device in. Honestly, if it's in the SD card slot, I probably would never need to take it out.

    Thanks in advance for anyone who replies!
  2. Alimar macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2014
    New York State
    I add music and movies to iTunes from external media of all kinds. This is so my internal drive doesn't get full. I make sure I don't 'Copy files to iTunes media folder when adding to library' within iTunes >Advanced prefs. This works well, playing from thumb drive, SSD or Ext HD, as long as they are mounted.
  3. Superman730 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    Great! Thanks! My main concern was if there'd be enough throughput on the SD card to play the HD iTunes movies. I really like the idea of putting a microSD in and kind of just forgetting it exists. Ideally, I'd get a 128 gig micro but I have to wait until they come down in price. For that much, with the adapter I could have just upgraded my hard drive to 512 and not worried as much! Thinking about getting a Nifty and a 64 gig for now.
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    There's an app called TuneSpan on the app store, it's designed to span your iTunes library over multiple drives.
  5. slight32 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2014
    This is one of the questions I'd been needing an answer to, so thanks. I'm going to get a 128gb Transcend Jetdrive.
  6. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Thanks for the mention. I just picked it up in the MAS for 85% off for $1.99. Deal is good through Friday.

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