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    hi can any one tell me if i buy an eternal hardrive can i run i tunes from it . i have a netbook with very little memory. not enough to run and load my itunes want to transfer my itunes library from my desktop. thanks

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    You will have to install itunes the program onto your netbook hard drive but you can have your library on an external drive without a problem.

    Banned

    You can't run applications off an empty drive with no OS installed however as the above poster said, you should be able to store the iTunes library on it no problem

    "eternal hardrive" last forever

    Original Poster

    ummm maybe a little bit more complicated than i anticipated think i'll get the help of a teenage geek. thanks

    tracker06;7484941

    ummm maybe a little bit more complicated than i anticipated think i'll … ummm maybe a little bit more complicated than i anticipated think i'll get the help of a teenage geek. thanks



    It's not complicated at all... install Itunes as you would normally install anything, and save your music to your external hard drive...

    tracker06;7484941

    ummm maybe a little bit more complicated than i anticipated think i'll … ummm maybe a little bit more complicated than i anticipated think i'll get the help of a teenage geek. thanks


    Install iTunes as normal.
    Copy music files to external HDD.
    Connect external HDD to Netbook.
    From the iTunes File menu choose ‘Add Folder to Library’ and select the folder on the external HDD with the music files.

    Make note of the drive letter that the external HDD is assigned when you import the music as iTunes will look for the music on the same drive letter in the future.
    It’s not normally an issue but if you use multiple USB peripherals that are assigned a drive letter such as some USB broadband dongles it can throw things out. So it’s possibly better to have no other USB devices that are seen as drives connected when you initially import the music from the external HDD.

    dcx_badass;7489432

    OR tell it to use a drive letter such as Z, so nothing else will use it


    Nice one, I forgot about that. :thumbsup:

    dcx_badass;7489432

    in the itunes settings change the itunes folder to on the external drive.


    I don’t think that makes any difference as no matter where the iTunes folder is it’s the drive letter for each track in the library that must match the drive letter from when it was imported.
    So you could move the iTunes folder from the C to D drive on an internal HDD and it doesn’t make any difference provided that the actual music is still stored in the same place. E.g drive Z in your example.

    dcx_badass;7489849

    Depends, I use consolidate library so iTunes organises it all for me, … Depends, I use consolidate library so iTunes organises it all for me, that keeps it all organised in the itunes folder.


    I can't see how that affects the drive letter issue though as consolidation helps other matters!
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