spreading itunes library over 2 drives

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mhuk01, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. mhuk01 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2006
    South West England
    I have a relatively large itunes library - 88gb music, 100gb movies plus a few gb of podcasts and mobile apps.

    I have a macbook air with a 128gb HD. Currently I have transferred all my music to the internal drive (from my old machine). however this has left me with very little space. Here is what I would like to achieve: -

    - Store podcasts, tv shows, movies plus selected music which I dont listen to much on an external HD

    - Retain a single itunes library database file, stored internally and kept organised

    - When podcasts/applications are updated, they are automatically stored on the external drive

    I have searched google for answers and only seem to get half-solutions. If anyone has solved this problem and has a seamless solution which ensures their itunes library doesn't mess up, that would be great!
  2. rovertskeew macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2011
    Ya im wanting to do the same thing but no one seems to have any sollutions
  3. grawk macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2004
    Southern York County, PA
    Set it to the internal drive, add your primary choices. Then set it to the external drive, with consolidate turned off. Add the remaining files. Set it back to the internal drive.
  4. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
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    How about using symbolic links on Unix level ? move to movies to the external file and replace the folder in iTunes directory with a symbolic link to the new location. That would let iTunes let see all as it would be on one disk.
    I did that with my whole library stored on a NAS but linked into local disk.
  5. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2006
    South West England
    just to update - i have had some success with creating symlinks for the 'mobile applications' folder and 'movies' folder.

    however itunes wont let you import new items (it says it cannot find the folder) if the 'add files to itunes library folder' option is ticked in preferences. Having done some research, this wasn't an issue until itunes 9 and 10.
    hopefully apple will either sort out the symlink issue, or greatly improve the way itunes manages files for itunes 11

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