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Two Ways to Move iTunes Library to External Hard Drive

Why Need to Move iTunes Library to External Hard Drive?

Your iTunes library, a database that's made up of all of the music and other media that you collect for years and add to iTunes. If something goes wrong with the library, all the information that you have saved in it may be destroyed instantaneously, lost forever. In order to avoid that kind of mishap, you should keep a backup copy of your iTunes library on any external hard drive.

Or you found that your Mac's hard drive is getting full, and iTunes library is taking up too much space, then you can move your iTunes library to an external hard drive to free up space. Here we introduce two methods to help you transfer your iTunes library to an external hard drive.

Move iTunes Library to External Hard Drive

Method One: Regular Way to Back Up iTunes Library to External Hard Drive

Step 1: Launch iTunes, click the menu bar “File” at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, then hover your cursor over “Library” in the dropdown menu, and select “Organize Library” from the secondary menu.

Back Up iTunes Library to External Hard Drive

Step 2: Tick the box for “Consolidate Files” in the window that appears and click “OK”.

Consolidate Files

Step 3: Quit iTunes and connect your external hard drive to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 4: Find your iTunes folder. By default, your iTunes Media folder is in your iTunes folder:

  • Mac: Finder > username > Music
  • Windows 7 or later: \Users\username\Music\

Step 5: Drag the iTunes folder from its location to an external drive. Your library and media files copy to the hard drive.

drag itunes folder to external hard drive

Method Two: Best Way to Save Your iTunes Library to External Hard Drive

To move iTunes Library to External Hard Drive without any data lost, NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter is the best tool to complete this task. And it supports to record Apple Music files, iTunes M4P music and audiobooks, and convert them to MP3, WAV, FLAC and AAC format at 20X faster speed with all ID tags and metadata saved. Then you can easily move them to an external hard drive and stream on any devices as you want, such as Android tablets, portable MP3 player.

The following part is a detailed tutorial about how to save iTunes Library to an external hard drive, please download and install NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter on your Mac or Windows computer first before getting started.


Step 1: Add Apple Music Songs

Click the button "+" to add music, it will pop up a window, which will show you all of songs you have downloaded from Apple Music. You can choose any song you want to convert.

add audio

Step 2: Choose Output Format

After the successful adding, please click the button "Setting" to choose the output format as you need, in the pop-up window, you can set output path, output quality, and output format including WAV, AAC, MP3, and FLAC.

preferences

Step 3: Convert Apple Music

After completing the above steps, the final one is clicking the button "Convert". Just a few second, it will succeed.

conversion

Step 4: Transfer Converted iTunes Library to External Hard Drive

Connect your external hard drive to your computer through USB cable. Open the output folder and then drag all of the converted files to it. This process could take upwards of an hour or two, depending on how much data you want to transfer.



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