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My external hard drive was called 'f' and has itunes music paths linked to this but for some reason it has been re-named as 'g' so i can't link any music to it... any ideas? thanks

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SOURCE: Need to designate default lettering to my hard drives

Hi,

There is a way to designate drive letters but you will actually have to set all of them to ensure they don't interfere.

If you are in Vista:

open your start menu and right-click "Computer", when the grey menu pops up, left-click the manage link.

a small security window will likely pop up as you are entering a secure part of windows, just click continue and the management console will open.

click on "Disc Management" on the left side and look at your drives. If they're different sizes they'll be easier to identify, if they are the same you will likely have to go into "My Computer" and make note of which Drive letter is the iTunes drive.

On each of the external drives that are not the music drive:

Right-Click the drive(noted by current letter) on the main part of the window and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" a small window will open. Click the "Change" button, another small window will open with a drop down box that has the current drive letter highlighted, Click the drop down arrow and then click a high, unused drive letter like X or Z.

Repeat with the second drive using a different letter, then
Again with the music drive selecting G as the drive letter.

You shouldn't have to reboot but should you ever add another drive you may need to do this again. So you may want to print these instructions for future reference.


If you have a different version of Windows just let me know and I'll pass on the slightly different instructions for that version.


Hope this helps FixYa,

Chris
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Posted on Apr 26, 2009

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I have just purchased an external hard drive for my mac as it is now full. its a toshiba store.e canvio. i have just transferred a movie from iTunes to the drive but it will not play and says file is


This may be a permissions problem. In finder, click on the file, then go to File:Get Info (or type <command>-i). In the file info window, look for "Sharing and permissions." Click on the triangle to expand. Look for a padlock icon, then click on it and type in your administrator password when it is requested. Now you can change permission from "No access" to "Read Only" or "Read and Write."

If this is not available, you've run afoul of iTunes copy protection, or iTunes is not set to look there for files. In the first case, you'll have to work from inside iTunes to get a viable copy onto the external drive, perhaps as a backup copy. In the second case, you would open Preferences in the iTunes menu, then click the Advanced tab to get to the iTunes media folder location dialog. (Make sure the external drive is connected before opening Preferences.) Click "Change..." and browse to the proper folder on the external hard drive. You will have to change back to the original location if the external drive is not connected, so first copy the original location path name and paste it on a Stickies note. After you set the external location, do the same with that path name. Then instead of having to navigate to file locations every time you change, you can just copy the path from the Stickies note and paste it into the location box.
The preceding paragraph was written for iTunes 10.6.3. Your version may differ somewhat.

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Restoring your iTunes Library backup


When you need to restore your backed up iTunes Library from your external hard drive to your computer, follow these steps:

Quit iTunes.
Locate your external hard drive.
Mac: On the Desktop or Finder sidebar.
Windows: In My Computer

Drag the iTunes folder (backed up earlier) from your external hard drive to whatever location you desire on your internal hard drive. It is recommended that you choose the default location for the iTunes folder, which is:

Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
Windows Vista or Windows 7: \Users\username\My Music\
Open iTunes while holding down the Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows).

In the resulting dialog, click the Choose Library button.

Select the iTunes folder you just moved to the internal hard drive.
Click Choose.

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Make a back up of your music on an external Hard Drive or Flash Drive


Copy iTunes folder to your external hard drive
To copy all the items in your iTunes library (including the iTunes Library file that holds all your playlists, playcounts, ratings, and other data) to your external hard drive, follow these steps:

Quit iTunes.
Locate your external hard drive.
Mac: On the desktop or Finder sidebar.
Windows: In My Computer
Locate your iTunes folder:
By default, the iTunes folder is located in:
Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
Windows Vista or Windows 7: \Users\username\My Music\
If the iTunes folder is not in the default location listed above then you can find where the iTunes folder is located by following these instructions:

Open your iTunes Preferences:
Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences.
Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences.
Click Advanced.
The location of your iTunes folder will be listed in iTunes Media folder location box, as pictured below.


Drag the iTunes folder to your external hard drive. This can take a while if you have a lot of items.


When the transfer is complete, your iTunes Library will have been successfully copied to your external hard drive.

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I have transcend storejet elite 500GB. It works well, but the thing that I don't satisfy is that when I transferred the data from my laptop to it, it was not able to transfer the data, it sow an...


Greetings,

That's a good one :). Basically, I believe it's complaining about the path of the file, not necessarily the name. To backup your files here's what I'd do:

1. Grab the files you want to grab.
2. Make a folder on the root of the laptop called "backup".
3. Move/Copy the files you wish to backup into this folder.

This may work because the other path would be something like

c:\Documents and Settings\username\Desktop\folder\folder2\myfile.pdf

or for Windows 7

c:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\My Media\Music\artist\album\track1.m4a (for example...see where the issue lies?)

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Need to designate default lettering to my hard drives


Hi,

There is a way to designate drive letters but you will actually have to set all of them to ensure they don't interfere.

If you are in Vista:

open your start menu and right-click "Computer", when the grey menu pops up, left-click the manage link.

a small security window will likely pop up as you are entering a secure part of windows, just click continue and the management console will open.

click on "Disc Management" on the left side and look at your drives. If they're different sizes they'll be easier to identify, if they are the same you will likely have to go into "My Computer" and make note of which Drive letter is the iTunes drive.

On each of the external drives that are not the music drive:

Right-Click the drive(noted by current letter) on the main part of the window and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" a small window will open. Click the "Change" button, another small window will open with a drop down box that has the current drive letter highlighted, Click the drop down arrow and then click a high, unused drive letter like X or Z.

Repeat with the second drive using a different letter, then
Again with the music drive selecting G as the drive letter.

You shouldn't have to reboot but should you ever add another drive you may need to do this again. So you may want to print these instructions for future reference.


If you have a different version of Windows just let me know and I'll pass on the slightly different instructions for that version.


Hope this helps FixYa,

Chris
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Backup iTunes Library to external hard drive?


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