Using an alias just gives error message

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ss957916, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    I've exchanged the Movies folder in my iTunes folder for an alias that points to an external drive with all my videos.

    If I play a video in iTunes, it works fine (so the alias appears to work), but now, if I try to import a new video into iTunes I get the error "Attempting to copy to the disk "Macintosh HD" failed. The required folder cannot be found."

    But I don't see what my Mac's HD has to do with anything! What's the problem? Any help appreciated.
  2. i.shaun macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2008
    iTunes is looking in it's default location for the movie folder, which it normally copies to. You removed that, so you'll have to try something else.

    copy the movie directly to the folder on the External HDD, open iTunes and drag it in while holding Command+Option.

    That should add it to the library, but not actually copy it. It will just be pointing to the file on the external HDD
  3. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    So the fact that folder is still called 'movies' isn't good enough?

    Weird that it can work out where to go to read it, but not to write to it.

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