Take a load off

28 09 2009

by: christow


There are times when being full is a satisfying enjoyment. Your computer’s hard drive is not one of those times. When your computer is on the brink of full capacity you’ll notice it slow down and sometimes crash. This is neither pleasing nor convenient.

One of the solutions to this problem is replacing your current hard drive with a larger one; depending on what kind of computer and how much space you want the switch could cost you anywhere from $200 to $400.

An easier solution is to move files from your hard drive onto an external hard drive. An external hard drive is cost-effective (roughly $50-$100 depending on how much hard drive space you want) and no installation required.

Most people use the external hard drive to back up current files or to store photos and music. Backing up files is great, but the external hard drive is capable of much more. The external hard drive can store and actively keep your whole iTunes library. In other words, you can change the location of your library from your computer to your external drive all the while keeping all of your music files, podcasts, playlists, etc.

Here is an easy 3 step guide to making that transition.

Step 1.

The first step is to create a folder in your external hard drive to store your music files. Here I have created iTunes

step 1

Step 2.

The second step is to open up your iTunes library preferences. Click on “Advanced”.

step 2

Make sure to have “Copy files to iTunes media folder when adding to library” checked. This ensures that any new bought or downloaded music gets transferred to your new location.

Then click the “Change” button and find the new location for your library (preferably the new folder you created in your external hard drive).

step 2.5

Step 3.

Once you’ve selected your new library location now its time to make copies of your current library onto the new location.

First click “File” and under file find the tab that says “Library” and then click “Organize Library”.

step 3

This may take some time depending on the size of your library.

Safety Step 4

If you are still unsure about the success of the switch you can double-check your work before you go ahead and delete the files from your computer. Simply right-click and select “Get Info”. In the Summary it should show you where your new file is located. Make sure it matches the location you previously selected.

step 4

Simple as 1-2-3.

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One thing I forget to mention with the exporting of your iTunes library is that the external hard drive must be plugged in in order to bring up iTunes or play any music. It also must be active when buying or downloading new music.




One response

29 09 2009
jacob wasag

one should especially back up your comp if one is a mac user…

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