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How to Tranfer iTunes Library to External Hard Disk?

If you're used to buy songs, movies, e-books, and other media from 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 iTunes library to external hard disk and how to transfer iTunes music & Apple Music tracks to External hard drive.

Transfer iTunes Library to External Hard Disk

How to Backup iTunes Library to External Hard Drive?
How to Backup iTunes Music to External Hard Drive?

Method 1: How to 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

How to Backup iTunes Music to External Hard Drive?

From the above-mentioned part, you probably have felt a little complicated to move 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 new computer, you'll need to remove restriction 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 and WAV 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 LogoKey Features of Sidify Apple Music Converter:

Check boxConvert Apple Music or iTunes purchased M4P music to MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF;

Check boxUnlock from iTunes M4A, M4B & Audible AA, AAX audiobooks;

Check boxReserve the original sound quality for converted music;

Check boxUp to 10X Conversion Speed; Keep ID3 Tags & all metadata;

Check boxHighly compatible with the latest iTunes and Mac/ Windows OS.

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The user interface of the Sidify Apple Music Converter is very simple and user friendly. To convert Apple Music tracks and iTunes M4P music and Audiobooks, please make sure all the music are downloaded from iTunes to your local computer.

Main interface of Sidify Apple Music Converter

Step 1. Add iTunes Music with Sidify program

Launch Sidify Apple Music Converter and click "+" or the interface of 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

Step 2. Choose Output Format

Clicking the setting button on the top right of Sidify interface, a setting window would pop up. Here you can choose output format as MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, set the converting speed up to 10X and adjust the output quality up to 320 Kbps. And the output path is also changeable if required.

Choose Output Format

Step 3. Start Conversion

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

Converting iTunes Music

Step 4. Find the converted iTunes Music Files

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

Find Converted Files

Step 4. 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 computer to your external hard disk.

Note: The trial version of Sidify Apple Music converter has 3-minute conversion limit. If you want to unlock the time restriction, purchase the Sidify Pro now.

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