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How to Backup iTunes Library to External Hard Disk ?

"My iTunes library has been filling up fast with movies and TV shows, and as a result it's taking up more and more space on the small hard drive in my computer. Is there any way to store those iTunes files to my External Hard Disk ? "

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Transferring your iTunes library to external hard drive is a good idea to free up space on your hard drive, or to protect your library in case of data loss. But you should make sure your external hard drive has enough space for storing your entire library and keep your files organized with ratings, playcounts, and other metadata. Here is a detailed tutorial about how to backup iTunes library to External Hard Disk.

Step-by-step Guide to Back up iTunes Library to External HD

Part 1: Consolidate iTunes Library

First, be sure that all of your items in your library are in one place.

If you choose to consolidate your iTunes library, iTunes will locate all music and videos on your computer and add it automatically, making the iTunes consolidation process much faster than manually adding music and movies into one location.

1. Find iTunes Advanced Preferences:

Mac Mac Logo: "Choose iTunes -> Preferences -> Advanced". Check the option "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" and then click OK.

Windows Windows Logo: "Choose iTunes Menu -> Preferences -> Advanced". Check the option "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" and then click OK.

Find Preference

Note: When you check this option and add files to iTunes, iTunes places copies of the originals in the iTunes Media folder. The original files are left in their original locations.

2. Select The Option to "Consolidate Files."

Choose File -> Library -> Organize Library. It would pop up a window and then select the option to “Consolidate files” and click OK. It would take just a few seconds.

Consolidate Files

If you originally did not have the option to copy files enabled, iTunes will copy files outside of the iTunes Media folder from their original locations to the iTunes Media folder. To save space on your hard disk, you might want to delete the original files after confirming they have been moved and are backed up.

Part 2:Copy iTunes Library to Your External Hard Drive

After completed these steps, your iTunes library files are all in one place and are ready to be backed up to your external hard drive.

Mac Path

1. Quit iTunes.

2. Locate your external drive.

Mac: On the desktop or Finder sidebar.

Windows: In “My Computer”.

3. 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\Music\

Windows 7 or 8: \Users\username\My Music\

If the iTunes folder is not in the default location listed above, you can find the iTunes folder by following these steps:

 Find Location

4. Drag the iTunes folder to your external hard drive. This will begin the iTunes backup. The amount of time the backup will take depends on the size of your library. When the transfer is done, your backup is complete and your external hard drive can be disconnected.

Drag to External Hard Disk

5. After the transfer process is complete, your iTunes library has been successfully transferred to your external hard drive.

How to Enjoy iTunes Videos from External Hard Disk ?

Now you know how to offload your entire iTunes Library to an external drive. However, those iTunes videos purchased and rented from iTunes Store can only be played with iTunes. In order to enjoy those iTunes videos from External Hard Disk, we should convert those iTunes videos to plain videos format before transferring them to your External Hard Disk. M4VGear Converter is such an innovative tool as it easily allows one to convert downloaded from iTunes.

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Main Features of M4VGear Converter:

icon Convert both iTunes rentals and purchases;

icon Losslessly convert iTunes videos at 20X faster speed;

icon Convert iTunes Videos to multiple video formats;

icon Keep all subtitles and audio tracks including 5.1 audio track;

icon Support batch conversion;

icon Highly compatible with the latest iTunes.

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