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I recently bought an external hard drive to house all of my music files. My regular hard drive was operating sluggish because 3/4 of the C drive was being taken up by music. So, after I plug it in, and click "send to" it moved all the files over with no problem.

My issue is, it seems to have just copied them to the external, and left them all still intact on the C drive. So, I went to the C drive and picked an album and deleted it there, and then went to the external drive. That album was there, but when I tried to access it through my Zune (I know, not as cool as an ipod) it said the file was not found. ALL the Zune files were also sent to the external hard drive, but again, it seems to have only copied it to the external, and left the original files on the C drive.

My question is, how do I make the external drive the ONLY one with those files and clear up the disc space from all the original files still on the C drive?



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Insted of using Send To, I would just highlight all the files (or just the folder) and right click it and select COPY. Go to the external drive in Windows Explorer and right click and select PASTE.

Verify that the files were copied, play one to be sure.

Go back to your C: drive and delete the files.

Also, you can drag and drop. That should move the files, copying them and then deleting them from the source folder.



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I am going with the copy/paste method. last time I did the click and drag, and that's how I ended up in this predicament. Only 7 hours left before I can see if it works for sure or not.




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if you hold the control key while you click and drag you can choose "move to" instead of "copy to".

Using the copy/paste method will still leave the files on your C drive, you want to cut and paste (although neither of these are recommended. Copy and delete is safer).

I don't know much about Zune, but you might need to tell your zune that your files are in a different place (external), or it'll only look for them on the C: and take them out of your playlist.
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After they are copied to the external drive, I will delete them from the C drive. The zune is already assigned to the other drive and is working fine through it. I did do a test to make sure, and pasted one file over, then deleted it on the C drive, and checked it out and it was still playable at the new location. But, with 750g of music, it's just going to take a while before I can delete ALL the old files.

I never knew about the COPY TO option. Thanks!



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Good lord, how can you afford 750GB of music? That's gotta be in the tens of thousands of dollars range!



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    Originally posted by Mike Zeidler
    Good lord, how can you afford 750GB of music? That's gotta be in the tens of thousands of dollars range!


Not if you mostly ripped your own CDs, which you bought used or from thrift stores. Also, the whole pay-what-you-want business model as well.





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Well, I owned probably 600 cds, merged my music with my wife's music when we got together, another 250 or so. There's a Latvian site that has an "all you can download for $350/year which makes it easier.



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