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How to set up an iTunes library on a network-attached server

By adding lots of movies and TV Shows to iTunes, your main hard disk may fill up quickly. No problem: iTunes is designed to also run on external disks. If you want to move all your media files to another disk, check out this article from macworld. We have repeated the steps below and added some references to VideoDrive.

Scenario 1 - If you want to move just the media files, do the following:

  1. Back up all your files; because accidents happen. Close VideoDrive.
  2. Ensure that the NAS is mounted in the Finder.
  3. Create a new folder on the NAS; call it iTunes, or something similar.
  4. Launch iTunes, choose iTunes > Preferences, and then click Advanced.
  5. In the iTunes Media folder location section, click Change.
  6. Navigate to the folder you created in step 2 and click Open, and then click OK.
  7. Choose File > Library > Organize Library, and check Consolidate files. This tells iTunes to copy all the media files currently on your Mac to the new location. This may take a while, depending on how many files you have, and how fast your network is. This may mean allowing the copy to run overnight.
  8. Open VideoDrive and go to  Preferences (iTunes tab) to check if the iTunes media folder path is still correct. If not, click the refresh button.

 

Scenario 2 - Move your entire iTunes folder

This is a simpler process. Just copy the iTunes folder in your home folder’s Music folder to the NAS. As above, this may take a long time.

The first time you launch iTunes after the move has completed, press the Option key immediately after clicking the iTunes icon. Click Choose Library, and then navigate to the iTunes folder on the NAS. iTunes will then use this library, and, if it’s not available on the network, will alert you. It won’t revert its settings to your local drive.

Next, open VideoDrive and go to  Preferences (iTunes tab) to check if the iTunes media folder path is still correct. If not, click the refresh button. If you frequently switch between iTunes libraries, enable the option "Search for iTunes Media Library when launching VideoDrive".

 

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