(Somewhat) Complicated File Moving Problem

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Hibbity, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. Hibbity macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2005
    I have limited space on my mini's internal HD, and keep a backup of my music on a firewire external. I don't keep every single album I've ever owned on my internal, but I do on my external; I recently deleted a bunch of music off my internal to make way for boot camp, and kept all my music on the external.

    So...I'd like to update the backup library, but there's an inherent problem now: I dragged the music over to the external and it brought up the dialog box that says "would you like to replace the items with the same name" and I said no because, since i've deleted some albums by some artists, those albums would be deleted if the files were replaced. However, if you don't replace, it won't add to anything inside the file.

    It's hard to explain this...example: I have a bunch of DJ shadow samples that I don't listen to often but will definitely want sometime in the future; they're on the external, and not the internal. And I've recently picked up his new album, so it's on the internal but not the external. If I were to replace the DJ Shadow folder, then I'd lose the samples; If I don't replace, the new album wont get copied over.

    (Sorry for the novel but it's hard to explain)

    Does anyone have any ideas how to do anything with this? I have a ton of artist files with this same problem; it would take ages to do it all one-by-one.

    Thanks for your help,

  2. nitynate macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2006
    Clearwater, FL
    I think you can set up iTunes to do something with that.

    Is that what you are trying to do? If so, I can help you.

    But I dont really understand your question.
  3. Hibbity thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2005
    OK...so i backed up my music by making an exact copy of my itunes folder when i got this computer. It copied to my external firewire drive. Later, I had to delete some of the stuff I don't listen to as often from my internal HD, but kept it on my external. Since then, I have acquired a bunch more albums that I'd like to back up. The troubleI'm having now is exemplified in the second paragraph of my first post.

    All I'm trying to do is keep a copy of all my music, new and old, on my external.
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    The best solution is to load iTunes, go to the iTunes Menu==>Preferences==>Advanced==>General Tab (if not selected) and then choose the Change library option and change it to where you want the library to be on the external HD. Make sure Keep Music organised is checked before beginning.

    It will ask you if you want to go with the "keep music organised option" say Yes you do to this dialog.

    Also afterwards you might want to go to the Advanced Menu==>Consolidate Library to pick up any stragglers.

    It won't touch your backup copy also on the external which can be trashed if you want.
  5. btcomm macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
  6. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    :rolleyes: newbie trying to rack up the post to become a member?

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