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Installing iTunes from old HDD to new HDD while leaving SSD intact.

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  • Hard Drives
  • Storage
  • Seagate
  • iTunes
  • Western Digital
  • SSD
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April 20, 2014 9:20:10 AM

I just bought a 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD and a 500 GB WD Black HDD to replace my 7 year old 630 GB Seagate HD. I want to use my SSD for the boot drive/OS and some games, and the WD HDD for everything else. A lot of the stuff on my old Seagate HDD is expendable, but one thing I wanted to do was move my iTunes library over from my old Seagate HDD to my new WD HDD. I know how to traditionally do that via this link http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4527 but having an SSD as my main OS/Boot Drive has created a potential problem:

When I installed iTunes I changed the target install location from my SSD to my WD HDD. So it installed there. However, after installation, it looks like my iTunes library installed under my User folder on the SSD anyway, even though it installed the program files themselves on the WD HDD. Which makes me think that the only way I can get my library over from my old HDD is by placing it on my SSD, which I don't want to do because it takes up way too much space. How can I make sure that all my iTunes (the library, the program, everything) is installed and accessible from my HDD? I'm sure there some file or folder redirecting to do but I'm not sure exactly how to redirect all my user settings to the HDD, and by doing so, how to avoid conflict between the OS or games trying to access information that I've moved to the HDD. It's sort of a complicated question with probably a complicated answer, but I don't really know enough about how it works to solve it on my own. Thanks!

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April 20, 2014 9:57:02 AM

See if this will do what you need: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1364

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April 20, 2014 1:12:36 PM

I think that's probably what I'm going to have to to keep from having to do some serious redirecting. I don't think iTunes is that big without the library. Thanks!
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April 20, 2014 4:42:18 PM

You're welcome!

Good luck with it!

Yogi
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April 20, 2014 4:51:19 PM

Yeah I just ended up installing iTunes to my SSD while moving my library over to my HDD. Seems to be working great! (Turns everything outside of the media folder with your music, movies, etc. in it doesn't take up too much space).
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April 21, 2014 7:36:18 AM

Bast said:
Yeah I just ended up installing iTunes to my SSD while moving my library over to my HDD. Seems to be working great! (Turns everything outside of the media folder with your music, movies, etc. in it doesn't take up too much space).


Yep! Programs and applications generally don't require much space and operate much more quickly from the SSD, while games, media files, documents, photos, etc. are more "space hungry" and best put on a "storage" HDD.

Glad to see that you've got it working well!

Yogi

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