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    ripping cds to external hard drive

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    ripping cds to external hard drive
    ripping cds to external drive....how do you do it. i know how to rip to itunes but if i want to rip a whole cd and place on an external drive, how do you go about it?

    i want to get rid of all my cds and get them digital, its prob very simple but any direction would be good. cheers all

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    ripping cds to external hard drive
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    well, couldn't you rip it using itunes, then move the folder itunes creates to the external harddrive?

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    ripping cds to external hard drive

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    hi - i had thought of that, just wondered if there was another way - to save me beefing up my macbook hard drive.

    thanks for the reply.

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    Each CD ripped, depending on which format you use; if you rip Lossless or to a .wav or .aiff encoding, is going to only occupy at most 700MB of space (Lossless, .wav, .aiff) and usually something way smaller, such as 70MB (ACC/mp3.) You should be able to move the folder right away after it's ripped to the external drive. In iTunes right(control)-click the song and select 'show in finder' from the context menu to find where the folder is.

    Keep in mind that if you are dragging a folder from the internal drive to an external, Finder won't 'move' the files, but copy them so you have to trash the folder on the internal drive.

    You might be best served if you move your iTunes library to the external drive. I used to have a Mac Mini and thus had an external drive always connected so I kept my music on that drive. Now that I have a Macbook which is mobile, the external drive isn't always connected so I don't keep my music there, but it's entirely possible to have iTunes keep your music library (and thus everything you rip from your CDs) on the external drive. If you're mobile though, you won't have your music with you everywhere you go.

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    ripping cds to external hard drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerj View Post
    Each CD ripped, depending on which format you use; if you rip Lossless or to a .wav or .aiff encoding, is going to only occupy at most 700MB of space (Lossless, .wav, .aiff) and usually something way smaller, such as 70MB (ACC/mp3.) You should be able to move the folder right away after it's ripped to the external drive. In iTunes right(control)-click the song and select 'show in finder' from the context menu to find where the folder is.

    Keep in mind that if you are dragging a folder from the internal drive to an external, Finder won't 'move' the files, but copy them so you have to trash the folder on the internal drive.

    You might be best served if you move your iTunes library to the external drive. I used to have a Mac Mini and thus had an external drive always connected so I kept my music on that drive. Now that I have a Macbook which is mobile, the external drive isn't always connected so I don't keep my music there, but it's entirely possible to have iTunes keep your music library (and thus everything you rip from your CDs) on the external drive. If you're mobile though, you won't have your music with you everywhere you go.

    thats a good idea, never actually thought of that. cheers may give that a go

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    ripping cds to external hard drive
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    ive been tinkering with this a little lately...come up with my solution.


    i keep my library on my internal, but just change "where it should be" when doing cds to my external... then import a cd with aac 192, and just copy paste it.

    then i just set the libbrary back to internal.

    works wonderful, and simple enough.
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