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Topic # 84367 29-May-2011 15:36
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I have all my music and video files on C-drive on my laptop (Windows 7 64) and iTunes is also on C-drive. This drive is getting full and I really need to move all this to the D-drive partition, where there is tons of room. I don't know much about partitions and I'm stilll fairly new to Itunes, but I know I can't simply copy all the music and video files to D because iTunes won't know where to find them.

Am I able to make the change I'm looking for? I have tried googling for this but with no real success. Would be very grateful for advice and comments.

EDIT: Just had a thought. What if I leave iTunes itself on C but copy the music and video files to D. Then delete the music and video from C. iTunes will then not be able to find them but I could go to "Add file/folder to libary" in iTunes, point to the new locations on D and re-import them from there. Would that work/be OK? I'm just a bit scared I'm going to screw things up and be left with an iTunes library mess.

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  Reply # 475458 29-May-2011 16:18
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Just copy the music to your D drive and then under the advanced tab on preferences just change the media location...

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  Reply # 475462 29-May-2011 16:32
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Starplay: Just copy the music to your D drive and then under the advanced tab on preferences just change the media location...

Thanks. I'm a bit confused. I have a folder which I called 'Albums' which has music in it, sorted into folders, one for each album. There is also a file under iTunes called 'iTunes Media'. When you say 'copy the music' do you mean copy my Albums folder or copy the iTunes Media file?

If it's the latter, the iTunes Media folder is in a path called "C:\......\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media". So should I copy 'iTunes' (which includes 'iTunes Media') or just 'iTunes Media'?


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  Reply # 475485 29-May-2011 17:52
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Just copy all of your media to your new destination.
It doesn't matter how it is structured, just make it one new directory.
I have mine as just an iTunes Media folder to make it simple, so just copy the iTunes Media folder to your new destination if you like.

After that, just point iTunes to that new directory in
Edit --> Preferences --> Advanced --> iTunes Media Folder Location.

You may also want to delete the tracks from your iTunes Library to enable iTunes to re-link the media file locations.
When you delete media from iTunes, when the second dialogue box/warning comes up asking you whether you want to "Cancel", "Move to recycle bin" or "Keep Files", always select "Keep Files" so you don't go deleting your media physically off your hard drive.

After that, all you need to do is go into
File --> Add Folder to Library,
select your new "iTunes Media" directory, and iTunes should repopulate all of your media.

Hopefully that makes sense. ;)
It's the way I have always done it anyway.

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