Trying to setup iTunes on External Drive?

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  1. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502

    BasilFawlty

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    I must be doing something wrong, or else Apple has hosed things for me? I want to setup iTunes on my laptop using an external portable drive. I have iTunes 12 on my 27" iMac with dozens of movies that I own on DVD and ripped with Handbrake. Never had any trouble adding these to the library. Now, however, when I want to add these same songs to a new library in iTunes on my MacBook and have it all on a small portable drive, I can't get ANY of my ripped movies to add to my library. Doesn't matter if I drag and drop or use "File>>Add to Library" none of the files are added to iTunes! This really stinks because it's the only reason I just bought this portable HD.

    Did Apple change something that prevents us from adding our Handbreak DVD movies? Or, am I just doing something wrong? Anyone else have this problem? (These are all movies that I successfully added to iTunes on my iMAC).
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. whodatrr macrumors 6502a

    whodatrr

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    Be sure to check under "Home Videos". Inexplicably, drag & drop imported movies started showing up there a while back.
     
  3. BasilFawlty thread starter macrumors 6502

    BasilFawlty

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    Thanks, I'll check that, but I'm not seeing any copying or anything. It acts like it's doing nothing at all. On my iMac all my movies are in Movies and associated with the correct genre.
     
  4. geoffs999 macrumors newbie

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    I upgraded my main drive - Macintosh HD - to El Capitan and installed iTunes 12.3.1. It hosed my iTunes library which is stored on another drive in my 21012 Mac Pro.

    As I have AppleCare I phoned Apple and was escalated up the tech support chain as normal simple things did not work. After an hour and a half of trying things the tech support guy tried something that looked like copying all the music and playlists out of a data file to make a brand new iTunes library.

    Unfortunately it could not complete this task because the hard drive - 1TB - was not big enough to copy my iTunes library to it again as the library is over 535GB.

    Long Story short.
    Formatted my main drive and used backup drive to go back to Yosemite 10.10.5. Reformatted my iTunes drive and copied back my backed up iTunes drive.

    At this time I don't want the El Capitan update or iTunes 12.3.1.
     
  5. McScooby, Nov 3, 2015
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    McScooby macrumors 6502

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    on the iMac I'm assuming that you've checked "keep iTunes media organised / copy to library" so it imports / copies movies straight to iMac HD, when doing it on laptop, drag movies/songs to portable drive from iMac library & uncheck "keep iTunes media organised / copy to library" on laptop iTunes preferences so it doesn't attempt to copy to laptop internal HD, should be good to go!
     

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