External Hard Drive: How to point your music and videos to iTunes without copying them across to your local (computer) hard drive.

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  • Connect your external hard drive
  • Open iTunes
  • Click "iTunes" (top right menu), scroll down and click "Preferences"

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  • Click "Advanced"

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  • Uncheck "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library"

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  • Access your hard drive (example: MAC via Finder) and highlight the files you wish to point / load in iTunes for the "handshake" to commence. Now drag and drop them in your iTunes homepage iTunes will now populate and when finished, your files are ready to play.

N.B. To play your media files either by transferring them to your iPhone and iPad, streaming them to you Apple TV, your computer will need to be on and your external hard drive connected.

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