Can your iTunes files run from it rather than using your Mac memory ?

  • Asked by Chris A from Faulconbridge
  • Jul 15, 2013
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    Yes. You can run iTunes files from any external drive.

    Copy iTunes folder to your external hard drive

    To copy all the items in your iTunes library (including the iTunes Library file that holds all your playlists, playcounts, ratings, and other data) to your external hard drive, follow these steps:

    Quit iTunes.
    Locate your external hard drive.
    Mac: On the desktop or Finder sidebar.
    Windows: In My Computer
    Locate your iTunes folder:
    By default, the iTunes folder is located in:
    Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
    Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
    Windows Vista: \Users\username\My Music\
    Windows 7 or 8: \Users\username\Music\
    If the iTunes folder is not in the default location listed above then you can find where the iTunes folder is located by following these instructions:

    Open your iTunes Preferences:
    Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences.
    Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences.
    Click Advanced.
    The location of your iTunes folder will be listed in iTunes Media folder location box.

    Drag the iTunes folder to your external hard drive. This can take a while if you have a lot of items.

    When the transfer is complete, your iTunes Library will have been successfully copied to your external hard drive.

    • Answered by Doug W
    • Aug 24, 2013
  • Yes, review the iTunes documentation for information on relocating your media library to an external drive.

    • Answered by Mike M from Beaverton
    • Oct 14, 2013