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My machine is clogged up with many GBs of music and photos. This means I have little space to upgrade to Snow Leopard etc etc.

One answer I thought was to maybe transfer all my photos and music to an external hard drive (not the one I use for Time Machine back ups) and run both iTunes and iPhoto direct from that.

Is it relatively straightforward to move these files from the Mac hard drive and then run those programmes successfully? Also, I assume, Time Machine would not automatically back up from another external drive?

Its either this or shell out for a new Mac which i cannot really afford at the moment.

Appreciate advice for this probably ignorant poster.

Chris
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I haven't done it myself, but look at this:
How to move an iTunes library to an external drive | MP3 Insider - CNET Reviews
iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Media folder



PS - it's important to remember that "memory" is the RAM that your computer uses for immediate operations. Storage space or disk space refer to your hard drive. So, you are running out of disk space.
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Thanks. Your advice was spot on. iTunes now running directly from external hard drive and have freed up over 100GB of disk space.

You are too kind.

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