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JMan09
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Aug 4, 2011, 04:05 PM
 
I moved the contents of my iTunes Library to my external hard drive I just got, and formatted it to FAT32 so I could use it with a Windows Machine when needed. The way I moved the files were in iTunes preferences > advanced and selected change iTunes media folder location. Then iTunes took a while to transfer my music, movies, and tv shows over to my external drive.

I made sure it was there and could play then I moved the original iTunes library to the trash. Then when I opened iTunes nothing was there so I went to advanced and selected the new folder again and it took a while to categorize everything. Then I decided to sync my iPhone 4 and it acted like I've never synced it with this computer, and so I re-synced it with apps and had to re-organize them because it spread them across 7 pages, but it seems like the app info was intact.

Now I haven't synced my iPad 2 yet because it was late last night when I did the iPhone and didn't want to have to re-organize the iPad if there was a way around it.

So, I am wondering if there is a way to sync my iPad and it know that I've synced with this computer before?

The main reason I moved everything to the External drive was because my current MacBook is starting to show it's age with something spinning up every 30 sec when it goes to sleep but the screen doesn't kick on, just a spin up then down..
Anyways it was transferred incase this machine fails, and when I get my new MacBook Pro I wanted everything on the external from there on anyways.
And was also wondering if I will have to go through this re-organinzing again when I get that new machine?

Sorry for the long post but needed to describe some things, Any help or insight would be appreciated.
Thanks
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Aug 4, 2011, 04:13 PM
 
Next time, quit iTunes, copy the entire iTunes folder to its new location, and open iTunes while holding down the option key. Select new location, end of effort.

What you've done is to copy the contents of the library, but not the library itself. iPad will re-sync entirely.
     
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Aug 4, 2011, 04:30 PM
 
I knew there was probably an easier way, should have asked before. Oh well.

And when I get that MBP in the future I just select the folder on the external to be used as the library right?
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Aug 4, 2011, 04:44 PM
 
Exactly.
     
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Aug 4, 2011, 06:30 PM
 
It's a handy feature for sure. I have my iTunes library on my Time Capsule, so that way all the computers in the house can access/connect to it. FYI, you can also store your iPhoto library on an external drive as well.
     
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Aug 4, 2011, 07:36 PM
 
I plan to do that also. Just haven't started it yet. With that I will probably just drag and drop it over there.
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Aug 4, 2011, 07:48 PM
 
Same thing, though: hold down option when launching iPhoto.
     
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Aug 4, 2011, 09:01 PM
 
Thanks for the help, both of you. Just transferred the iPhoto library and it is the same as before now.
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Aug 10, 2011, 09:16 PM
 
Now I have a new problem, so I thought I would add it here since it's related to doing this media transfer.

I reformatted my external drive that stored my backups. And set up some new restrictions to exclude the desktop, and also the download folder since I read that it keeps adding to the backed up file instead of updating it after you move files to a new folder.
But now Time Machine won't let me backup the external drive that has my iTunes and iPhoto libraries on them. Time Machine has the external drive in the exclude list and is greyed out so I can't select it to remove it from the exclude list.

Is there anyway around this with changing some other settings? or Did putting all my stuff on an external cause more problems than I thought it was helping?
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Aug 11, 2011, 06:35 AM
 
Timely subject: I just got a sizable external drive and I plan to move my master library there to open up space on the 320GB drive in my iMac. But I also plan to set up a second library with the stuff I listen to relatively frequently, including the music and stuff I put on my iPhone and iPad. Would I follow the above steps and then create a new library that's on the internal drive and copy files to that new library?

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Aug 11, 2011, 06:53 AM
 
Glenn, I guess it depends on how much of the music and stuff you want to maintain on the internal iTunes library. You could just leave it be and delete what you don't want. (After copying the library to the external drive).
     
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Aug 11, 2011, 07:03 AM
 
Originally Posted by JMan09 View Post
Now I have a new problem, so I thought I would add it here since it's related to doing this media transfer.

I reformatted my external drive that stored my backups. And set up some new restrictions to exclude the desktop, and also the download folder since I read that it keeps adding to the backed up file instead of updating it after you move files to a new folder.
But now Time Machine won't let me backup the external drive that has my iTunes and iPhoto libraries on them. Time Machine has the external drive in the exclude list and is greyed out so I can't select it to remove it from the exclude list.

Is there anyway around this with changing some other settings? or Did putting all my stuff on an external cause more problems than I thought it was helping?
Time Machine does not support FAT32 volumes. However, you can override this limitation by issuing this command using the Terminal app:

defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

Bear in mind, this is unsupported.
     
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Aug 11, 2011, 11:35 AM
 
Thanks, I had a feeling that would be the problem after I saw it greyed out.
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Aug 13, 2011, 04:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by Atheist View Post
Glenn, I guess it depends on how much of the music and stuff you want to maintain on the internal iTunes library. You could just leave it be and delete what you don't want. (After copying the library to the external drive).
That is probably the more logical, as well as more elegant, way to go. I think I just planned it out based on the way it would "look" in iTunes rather than the way to make that happen.

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