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technophobe hard drive question

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by proactive, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. proactive


    Feb 15, 2004
    I just installed a second, 160g internal hard drive with the intent of transferring my wife's iTunes library to it.

    Is there a way to essentially keep my program files ie iTunes or Windows Media Player on my C drive, while storing their data on the new F drive? Is it possible to configure these programs so they will automatically do this?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. rwojcik


    Jun 9, 2005
    You should be able to setup the 2nd drive as a slave to the primary either on as a primary slave or secondary master or slave, depending on other devices. Most drives have jumpers that you can configure for your desired configuration.

  3. HAVOC

    HAVOC Remember Millennium Member CLM

    Jun 20, 1999
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    Not sure exactly how you use iTunes and WMP, but both are capable of reading files for their library from any drive your computer can access. You'll probably have to delete the existing libraries (try to remember not to delete the files, too) and re-index them in the new location. If you're using them to do rips, you'll have to remember to change the target directory or they'll put them back where they used to go. But that's a default you can change.
  4. proactive


    Feb 15, 2004
    Awesome! Thanks for the helpful replies.
  5. chrismartin


    Apr 9, 2003
    Hampton, VA
    Launch iTunes, go to Preferences: Advanced: iTunes Music Folder Location

    move it to your new drive.
    You may have to re-import your music (meaning: After you drag and drop all your music over to the new drive, you may need to have iTunes scan for new music, you will not need to re-rip or re-buy music as long as you don't delete anything)

    I usually:

    Change the preference
    quit iTunes
    move the music to the new location
    rename my old itunes music folder to something else (not delete, just rename the top folder)
    launch iTunes
    iTunes will still show my old library, but I won't be able to play anything
    I will delete my itunes music from itunes (not from windows) (view all, select all, hit the delete key) making sure to choose the do not remove from my HD option.
    I will then drag my new iTunes music folder into the iTunes library folder, it will re-scan and add in my entire library from the new drive.

    Since this is your first time doing this, I'd back up everything just in case.
  6. proactive


    Feb 15, 2004

    Thank you! Getting Itunes to find the files was my biggest problem. Thanks for the step by step.;c