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I have been adding a lot of movies to iTunes lately. Problem is, the size grows very quickly. I appreciate having the metadata in one place, but I would want to move the actual files to an external drive. Preferably, I'd be able to have unwatched movies on the main drive and move them to external drive once they have been watched. The link to iTunes must be kept, and metadata kept, as is.

I have my folders organized by iTunes, and I know the trick to "Hold Command and Option keys and drag the file(s) to the main iTunes window". For this case however, I want to add movies as normal and just change the internal pointer to an external drive, probably through a script. Anyone know if it's possible or any other workarounds (e.g. symlinks).

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If your external drive is permanently connected to your Mac I suggest cutting and pasting your entire iTunes library (called "iTunes Media") over to the external drive, and then point iTunes to it through Preferences > Advanced > iTunes Media folder location. Now all your data would be stored on that external drive, while still easily accessible via iTunes.

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creat a new directory on your drive and then Open your iTunes, navigate to Preferences > Advanced > iTunes Media folder location.

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Method one: Find the iTunes folder on your Mac or Windows PC

  • Mac: Choose Go > Home from the Finder menu bar. Double click the Music folder.
  • Windows 7 and Windows 8: Navigate to \Users\username\My Music\iTunes.

And the copy the whole folder to your external hard drive for saving.

This method is somehow inconvenient, as you cannot enjoy the copied videos anywhere. To enjoy the iTunes videos again, you must install iTunes, and authorize the computer with the same Apple ID you download these movies.

Method two: Method two can enable you move the iTunes library to external hard drive, and meanwhile, you can play the copied videos any where without the association with your Apple ID.

Convert iTunes videos to plain MP4 fromat with Noteburner M4V Converter Plus, and then move the converted videos to external hard drive. You can enjoy these videos directly from the hard drive.

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