iTunes is an application that allows the user to manage audio and video on a personal computer, acting as a front end for Apple’s QuickTime media player. iTunes music lovers finds difficult to store media files on computer because of limited storage capacity of hard disc. Instead of burning DVD’s it is advisable to move the files into external hard drive or flash drive or flash drive which is a cost effective solution. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to move your iTunes library to an external hard drive.

Step 1: Connect the hard drive with Computer
Make sure your hard drive have enough size before moving your iTunes library containing both audio and video files.

Step 2: Select a new location

To do so, open your iTunes preferences under the iTunes Edit menu. With the preferences pane open, click under the ‘Advanced’ tab. Click ‘Change…’ button under ‘iTunes music folder location’ to change the location to a desired folder on your external hard drive.

Step 3: Allow iTunes to Copy new media files

Under the ‘Advanced’ tab make sure you check the option ‘Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library’. This ensures that any new content you download or rip into iTunes gets transferred to the new location. Click ‘OK’ to continue.

Step 4: Consolidate the iTunes library

Once the preferences are changed, navigate to the iTunes File menu, scroll down to Library, and select ‘Consolidate Library’ from the list of options. This step could take time (depends upon the size of your iTunes library).

Step 5: Confirming the transfer of media files.

Your iTunes library has now migrated to its new location on your external hard drive or flash drive. iTunes have just copied media files to external hard drive and have not deleted from iTunes library Now. To check if the files have been copied to the new location or not, open iTunes, select a song, and select Get Info from the File menu. A window will pop up describing all the attributes of your song file, including the location of the file. If you want that new files should be transferred to external hard drive then make sure the external hard drive is not removed from the computer. If your external hard drive is not connected, iTunes will temporarily default to the original location until your drive is connected again.

It is always a good practice to keep a backup of your iTunes Library in external drive. You can listen to your favourite songs without connecting to the internet anytime and anywhere.