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12-03-2005, 20:07
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.

12-03-2005, 20:26
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.

12-04-2005, 07:49
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.

12-04-2005, 08:01
Awesome! Thanks for the helpful replies.

12-04-2005, 08:23
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.

12-04-2005, 10:07

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