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How to Transfer iTunes Library to External Hard Disk?


If you're used to buying songs, movies, e-books, and other media from the iTunes store, your computer would be getting full and become slower and slower with the increasing media files added to iTunes library; and in order to protect your iTunes library in case of data loss, it's better to backup your iTunes library. Here, we’ll show you how to backup the iTunes library to an external hard disk and how to transfer iTunes music & Apple Music tracks to an external hard drive.

Transfer iTunes Library to External Hard Disk

Method 1: Backup iTunes Library to External Hard Drive

Part 1: Consolidate iTunes Library

To ensure that you copy everything from iTunes over to an external hard drive, you should first consolidate your library. Even if you think your library has all your information consolidated already, it can't hurt to do a manual check before moving any data.

Step 1 Find iTunes Advanced Preferences:

To consolidate iTunes library, on your Windows, launch iTunes > go to "File" > "Library" > "Organize Library" > tick "Consolidate files" > click "OK".

consolidate iTunes library

Part 2: Drag iTunes Library to External Hard Drive

After completing these steps, your iTunes library files are all in one place and are ready to be backed up to your external hard drive.

Step 1 Quit iTunes and connect your external hard drive to the PC via USB.

Step 2 Go to "Edit" and select "Preferences". In the Preferences window, select Advanced. And check "Keep iTunes Media Folder Organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library."

Drag to External Hard Disk

Step 3 In the same panel, click "Change" and you are guided to select a new folder in your external drive for you to store the iTunes library.

Step 4 Drag the iTunes folder to your external hard drive. This will begin the iTunes backup. The amount of time the backup will take depends on the size of your library. When the transfer is done, your backup is complete and your external hard drive can be disconnected.

Step 5 After the transfer process is complete, your iTunes library has been successfully transferred to your external hard drive.

Method 2: Backup iTunes Music to External Hard Drive with A Third-party Software

From the above-mentioned part, you probably have felt a little complicated to move the iTunes library to an external hard drive. If you also need to backup your iTunes M4P music and Apple Music to an external hard drive or a new computer, you'll need to remove restrictions from these files firstly.

Sidify Apple Music Converter is an excellent all-in-one iTunes Audio Converter that is capable of converting Apple Music tracks, iTunes M4P music, and iTunes Audiobooks to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF format, thus you can transfer all your iTunes music to an external hard drive. In the following, we'll guide you to use Sidify Apple Music Converter to convert iTunes music & Apple Music and transfer them from PC to an external hard device.

Sidify Apple Music Converter

Sidify Apple Music Converter

  • ok Convert Apple Music and M4P files to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV or AIFF.
  • ok Unlock from iTunes & Audible audiobooks
  • ok Preserve high fidelity sound quality after conversion.
  • ok 10X conversion speed; Keep ID3 tags and metadata.
  • okHighly compatible with the latest iTunes and Mac/ Windows OS.

Part 1: Convert Apple Music Songs to MP3 with Sidify

Step 1 Download and Install Sidify Apple Music Converter

Simply click the download button to download and install the Sidify Apple Music Converter on your Mac or Windows computer. After installing the program, please launch Sidify Apple Music Converter. Before getting started, please make sure all the Apple Music tracks or iTunes music are downloaded from iTunes or Music App to your local computer.

Main interface of Sidify Apple Music Converter

Step 2 Add iTunes Music with Sidify program

Launch Sidify Apple Music Converter and click "+" or the interface of the program, all your tracks downloaded from Apple Music and iTunes will show out as below. Choose the music that you want to convert, then click "Ok".

Add Apple Music songs to Sidify

Step 3Choose Output Format

Clicking the setting button on the top right of the Sidify interface, a setting window would pop up. Here you can choose the output format as MP3, AAAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, adjust the output quality, output directory, and output file name, etc.

Choose output format

Step 4 Start Conversion

Once all the settings are made, go ahead and click on the “Convert” button.

Conversion

Step 5 Find the converted iTunes Music Files

Once the conversion finished, click history to find the converted Apple Music files under target folder.

Conversion

Step 6 Transfer Converted iTunes Music from Computer to External Hard Disk

Now, all of iTunes music and Apple Music tracks are converted to common audio tracks and you can directly transfer all of iTunes files from the computer to your external hard disk.

Note: The free trial version of Sidify Apple Music Converter enables us to convert the first 3 minutes of each audio for sample testing, you can unlock the limitation by purchasing the full version.