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    iTunes external HD
    Ok, so this is what I have done so far;
    - Copied my whole library (the music map from the home folder) to an external HD
    - Clean installed 10.6.3
    - Updated to itunes 10

    what I want to do now is get itunes to play my library from the external HD, anyone knows how to do that without copying all my tracks to my computer and then using the consolidate files command?

    Muchos gratias

    Lex

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    I have asked 3 questions on these forums in the past year, never had an answer .

    The trick is;
    - select the music on your external hard drive
    - hold down the alt option during the next step
    - drag it in the itunes window.

    An other way would be:
    - Create an alias of your iTunes folder (the one on the HD)
    - Replace the Media Folder on your internal drive with the above map

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    All I do is simply click on File and select add folder to library. You don't want to consolidate then don't..... Pretty simple.

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    iTunes collection on external

    The following assumes you want to keep all your iTunes music and movies on a hard drive and ensure new music is always stored there

    First, you need to consolidate your iTunes Library to a folder you have chosen (let's say External > Media).

    Select the command consolidate library from the File Menu > Library > Consolidate Library (or from the Advanced Menu in iTunes 7). This will copy all your iTunes media to the shared folder and link the iTunes library file to it

    The files will now be in the folder while the library file (the index as it were) will still be in the Users > Me > Music folder of your mac.



    Copy it to shared Media folder, start iTunes with the alt key pressed and you will have the option to select the library file now on the shared drive



    Select the library file you just copied and now both your music and the library are on the external
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    If he aldready copied it over, do you really need to go through that? I have done this in the past and simply re-added the new folder myself after I moved the files. It updated just fine. I, however, keep my library file on my mac rather than on the drive.

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    Tnx guys... the problem lies in the fact that I do no longer have the library file. I just copied the music and then did clean install. Result; 2000 song ratings, album art etc. is gone. I am now putting all the music back on the drive and retagging I think (6000 + songs -.-)

    After that I will use your method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lex View Post
    Tnx guys... the problem lies in the fact that I do no longer have the library file. I just copied the music and then did clean install. Result; 2000 song ratings, album art etc. is gone. I am now putting all the music back on the drive and retagging I think (6000 + songs -.-)

    After that I will use your method.
    That file is kept in your profile, not the install folder so it may still be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaFlake View Post
    That file is kept in your profile, not the install folder so it may still be there.
    Its in Users > Me > Music

    Thats why you should use consolidate
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    I know it was a stupid move of me. My fault so I will fix it -.-

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    Transferring your iTunes Library | iLounge Article

    This is a very complete article about it. For people who want to do this and not make the same mistake as me. It is going to be a long night ...

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    Well, good luck and hope it turns out right in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    Its in Users > Me > Music

    Thats why you should use consolidate
    Thanks... I never used that function. I have always kept my files on the TC so that the Mrs. and I can both access them. I just point iTunes to it.

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