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How to move your iTunes library on an external drive

How to move your iTunes library on an external drive
Russell Kidson

Russell Kidson

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iTunes is an incredible repository for music, movies, and TV shows across your Apple devices, but no device lasts forever. This is why it’s always good to have a backup plan for when you inevitably get a new device or something happens to your current one. Moving your iTunes library between devices that run on Apple’s software is super easy.


However, if you use iTunes on a Microsoft device, the process won’t be quite as effortless. The article below will show you how to move your iTunes library to an external drive.

Moving your iTunes library on an external drive

There are a few steps involved in this process, so be sure to follow each one attentively. We’re going to show you 4 main steps, namely:

  • Consolidate your iTunes library
  • Find your iTunes media folder
  • Backup your iTunes library and media folder
  • Restore your iTunes library from a previous backup

Now that you have a roadmap of your iTunes backup and restoration journey, let’s get started.

Russell Kidson

Russell Kidson

I hail from the awe-inspiring beauty of South Africa. Born and raised in Pretoria, I've always had a deep interest in local history, particularly conflicts, architecture, and our country's rich past of being a plaything for European aristocracy. 'Tis an attempt at humor. My interest in history has since translated into hours at a time researching everything from the many reasons the Titanic sank (really, it's a wonder she ever left Belfast) to why Minecraft is such a feat of human technological accomplishment. I am an avid video gamer (Sims 4 definitely counts as video gaming, I checked) and particularly enjoy playing the part of a relatively benign overlord in Minecraft. I enjoy the diverse experiences gaming offers the player. Within the space of a few hours, a player can go from having a career as an interior decorator in Sims, to training as an archer under Niruin in Skyrim. I believe video games have so much more to teach humanity about community, kindness, and loyalty, and I enjoy the opportunity to bring concepts of the like into literary pieces.

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