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My laptop is being difficult. I suspect the cause (or at least a contributing factor) is a lack of available disk space.

My iTunes library is 22 GB. This is not helping.


Can I move my iTunes library off my hard drive without affecting iTunes' performance? If I move it, will it affect things like my podcast downloads?



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Read it and weep, fella


These are fine questions. I recently moved my paltry 9GB library to a new PC, then I just asked iTunes to find my music. It found 99% of my songs by itself, but it didnt find any of my old podcasts. I could probably help iTunes find them manually, but I dont really miss them. The 1% of my music it didnt find I had to manually show iTunes where each song was. I'm not sure why I had to do that, but I did.

Also, I had to re-subscribe to my podcasts. Maybe there's a way to migrate your subscriptions to the new PC, but I dont know it.



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The rule I follow regarding my Mac is never to allow the disk space usage to get above 80-85%. In other words, always have at least 15-20% of your drive free. While OS X doesn't experience the file fragmentation that Windows experiences, the free space can get "fragmented" which could cause things to slow down quite a bit.

I used this on my old laptop - iDefrag - when I was getting down to about 15%, and noticed some improvement.

Are you planning to your iTunes to an external hard drive? Or just some of your music to that drive? iTunes, as far as I know, does not let you store a library in two different locations - at least, not easily (maybe editing the XML file if you're comfortable with that). So yeah, I think you'll need to make some decisions as to what you keep on your local machine and what you store externally until you get a larger drive.

Edit: Come to think of it, there might be a way - but you'll have to manage your library on your own. If you uncheck "Copy file into iTunesx library folder" and keep your files organized on your own, you should be able to copy some files onto an external disk and keep other files local. I don't *think* that'll impact podcasts, but I'm frankly not sure.

(edited by Leroy on 30.9.09 1145)


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    Originally posted by Leroy
    Are you planning to your iTunes to an external hard drive? Or just some of your music to that drive? iTunes, as far as I know, does not let you store a library in two different locations - at least, not easily (maybe editing the XML file if you're comfortable with that). So yeah, I think you'll need to make some decisions as to what you keep on your local machine and what you store externally until you get a larger drive.


I was just going to move the whole library to an external hard drive. I can change the library location in the iTunes prefs, which would SEEM to be simple but I didn't want to make any erroneous assumptions and lose a bunch of stuff. My iPod is sync'ed, but then I wouldn't be able to put the purchased items back from it and I didn't want to lose it because I didn't want to have to replace it with illegally downloaded songs rebuy the songs from Apple.



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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    I was just going to move the whole library to an external hard drive. I can change the library location in the iTunes prefs, which would SEEM to be simple but I didn't want to make any erroneous assumptions and lose a bunch of stuff. My iPod is sync'ed, but then I wouldn't be able to put the purchased items back from it and I didn't want to lose it because I didn't want to have to replace it with illegally downloaded songs rebuy the songs from Apple.


Copy your library to the hard drive, change the preferences, and see if it works. But don't delete your local iTunes library until your sure everything is okay on the external drive. That's what I'd do.

iTunes *shouldn't* care where the files are located. The files themselves should have your purchase authorization "information" embedded. Or upgrade everything to iTunes Plus (which wasn't nearly as expensive for me as I had anticiplated).

(edited by Leroy on 30.9.09 1150)


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You may have to reauthorize iTunes purchases (I think you're allowed up to 4-5 before you have to repurchase or complain to Apple) if iTunes recognizes the files as being on a totally separate machine... (this is why I stopped buying things from iTunes, because it wants me to do this every time I upgrade my hardware and remember what the hell the iTunes account I purchased the original files on was, and what the password is)
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UPDATE: I copied the files to my external hard drive, and moved my iTunes Music folder to the Trash, and was OK. After deleting the files, iTunes was not impressed even though I changed the pref to the new spot where the music now resides, so it couldn't "find" the music. I'm not interested in doing that one song at a time as it seems to require, so I'm copying the files back to my laptop. It was worth a shot.

EDIT: It appears I may have been successful, after all. I just had to search for the correct thing (which usually is important).

(edited by JayJayDean on 30.9.09 1233)


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Yeah, you can just choose to "move" your iTunes folder in the prefs and that takes care of editing the XML file(a file you probably didn't copy over yourself and instead trashed?).

Tell iTunes to move the folder first, then copy anything it didn't over. Storing on an external drive won't slow you down, though I've tried it over a network and that does cause issues with larger files and pictures when synching.
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    Originally posted by wmatistic
    Yeah, you can just choose to "move" your iTunes folder in the prefs and that takes care of editing the XML file(a file you probably didn't copy over yourself and instead trashed?).


I didn't touch the XML file. Should I have done something with it?



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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
      Originally posted by wmatistic
      Yeah, you can just choose to "move" your iTunes folder in the prefs and that takes care of editing the XML file(a file you probably didn't copy over yourself and instead trashed?).


    I didn't touch the XML file. Should I have done something with it?


No, everything you've said here is fine. If the folder is on the external drive, and your preferences reflect that, you're fine.

I used to have my iTunes library on an external drive, and the only problem I ever encountered was that periodically (and seemingly randomly) the iTunes preferences would revert too looking for the iTunes music folder on the computer's internal drive; the only issue this created was that if I added new music to the library, it would be saved onto my computer instead of the external drive. It's easy enough to fix - just change the preferences back and move the music that has been saved onto the local drive - but it was odd that it did that.
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I moved my iTunes library off my laptop HD to an external last Christmas (wanna guess what I got for Christmas??), and I had iTunes auto import, and it was done within 10 minutes, I've never had any issues w/ Playback or synching iTunes to my iPod, my laptop is just essentially a go between from my iPod to the external HD.






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I think I'm good-to-go now. I made an unfortunate misstep that caused me to import all of the songs again creating 4000 duplicates - awesome. Since I am super anal about my iTunes collection I had to remove all the dupes by hand, which didn't take as long as I'd feared when I first realized it had happened.

Thanks for the advice, everybody.



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