Move Itunes Library To External Hard Drive
Being able to move iTunes library to external hard drive is very important. After all, if something happens to your computer and you lose your iTunes library, you could be out of luck or at least have a lot of hard work ahead of you to restore it all. Follow along to learn how to move your iTunes library to an external hard drive.
In order to back up your iTunes library, you will need:
- Computer with iTunes installed
- Access to music files of your iTunes library
- An external hard drive
- Locate all of the folders that are under your iTunes directory. Find the folders and sub-folders that hold all of your media. Some of them will be easy, such as all the artists under your primary music folder. However, don't forget about media that you're purchased, and random media that may be scattered away from your primary folder(s) for media (music, movies, video, photos, audiobooks, etc.).
- Prepare your media to be moved to the external hard drive. For many, just simply moving all applicable folders will be easy enough. However, if you have enough media scattered throughout your computer, you could consider copying it all to a folder - or at least major divisions of media (i.e. all videos in one folder).
- Plug in your external hard drive. Ensure that it is visible and has enough space to hold all of your media. Double-check this by selecting everything you will move to get a sum of space required.
- Move your data. Via Windows Explorer or a cognate program on other operating systems, simply copy your media to the external hard drive. Putting all of this in its own directory on the external hard drive is a good idea, so you know that it is a back up of your iTunes library.