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Free Backup iTunes Library Media Files to External Hard Drive on Windows/Mac 2017

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 by Tracy King to Todo Backup Resource

Summary:
Need a simple and easy way to move and backup your iTunes media library to external hard drive? This article will provide you 2 reliable methods to help you effectively backup iTunes library media files to external hard drive on Windows/Mac. Follow to see how to create copy or backups for your iTunes library and media files for free now.

How to move or backup iTunes media files to external hard drive?

Case 1. Can I move my iTunes media folder to external hard drive, how?

"Hi guys, do you know how to create a copy of iTunes media files to an external hard drive so to free up space on Windows PC? I got a lot of photos and videos in iTunes saved on my Windows PC. And recently, I'm thinking that the iTunes library and all media files are taking too much space on my computer and if I can move or backup the iTunes media files to an external hard drive, things will be perfect. 
But I don't know how to locate the iTunes library and media folder, if you know the way or have a method to backup iTunes library and media files to 
external hard drive, please help me. Thanks."

Case 2. How to backup iTunes library and media files to an external hard drive on Mac?

"Does anyone know how to backup iTunes library and media files to an external hard drive on Mac? 
My Mac is merely full and I'm trying to free up the Mac disk space. iTunes backups have taken quite a lot space on the Mac computer and if I can move or backup all iTunes library and media files to an external storage device, things will be perfect. Do you know any simple way that can help me effectively backup iTunes files to external hard drive for free on Mac? Let me know, please.
"

If you are trying to create a backup of iTunes data or need a simple way to move iTunes library and media files to other storage devices, relax! Two free methods will help you effectively do the job and just follow either one to backup your iTunes media files to another drive now:

Note: Locate and find iTunes media folder first

Before you start backing up iTunes library or media files, it's highly necessary to locate and find where your iTunes library and media files are stored. 
It'll save you quite a lot of time if you can find iTunes library and media file location in advance. Since some users may set iTunes media files to be stored into a different location in Windows or Mac computers. 
Here is the tip for you to find and locate iTunes media folder:

For Windows users:

1. Right-click on This PC/My Computer C:
2. Follow this path and find iTunes media files: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\;

For Mac users:
1. Go to Finder > username;
2. Find Music and then you'll find the iTunes media folder there.

If the iTunes media folder is not in the default location, don't worry and just follow below steps to find it:

  1. 1. Open iTunes;
  2. 2. For Windows users: Click Edit at the top of iTunes window > Preference;
  3. For Mac users: Click iTunes at the top of your computer screen > Preference;
  4. 3. Click Advanced > Look in the box under iTunes Media folder location so to locate your iTunes Media folder.

Locate and find iTunes media file folder.

Now you may follow below either one method to start backup and move iTunes library and media files to target external hard drive on your Windows or Mac computer now.

Method 1. 3 steps to backup iTunes media files with free backup software

If you prefer a straightforward and simple way to backup iTunes media files to external hard drive, powerful EaseUS backup and recovery software is your best shot. EaseUS Todo Backup and EaseUS Todo Backup for Mac allow you to effectively backup iTunes media files from Windows or Mac computer to target external hard drive for free within 30 days.

You may free download this free backup software and create backups of iTunes media files now. 

Backup iTunes media files toexternal hard drive on Windows:
Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup, choose backup mode - File Backup.

Backup iTunes media to external hard drive.

Step 2. Browse to choose iTunes media files or folder that you need to backup;
Specify the backup destination - an external hard drive or USB drive etc to store the iTunes media files. 

Select iTunes media to backup to external hard drive.

Step 3. Click Proceed to finish the backup process.

Backup iTunes media files to external hard drive on Mac:

Step 1. Connect new external hard drive or USB etc devices with Mac;
Launch EaseUS Todo Backup for Mac and click + button in Synchronize and create a sync project for moving and backup iTunes media files;

Backup iTunes media files to external hard drive on Mac.

Step 2. Set Sync settings and tick Never delete anything;

Backup iTunes media files from Mac to external hard drive.

Step 3. Drag the iTunes folder on your Mac that you want to move to the left column and select destination - the external hard drive or USB that you want to save the iTunes backups at the right column;
Set Sync mode - Left to Right and then click the blue Start button to start syncing Mac iTunes backups to external hard drive now.

Move and backup iTunes media to external hard drive on Mac.

After this, you've successfully created a backup of your iTunes media files in Windows or Mac computers. You can now delete the iTunes backups on your computer.

Method 2. Manually move/backup iTunes library and media files to external hard drive on Windows/Mac

If you prefer to manually backup or move iTunes library and media files to external hard drive, you'll have below steps to follow so to complete the task:

Step 1. Consolidate iTunes Library

  • Open iTunes > File > Library > Organize Library;
  • Select Consolidate Files to move all files in iTunes Library into a single location for backing up;
  • If it isn't grayed out, check Reorganize files in the folder iTunes Media; (You won't be able to click and check the box if all files are already organized into the subfolder for Music, Movies, TV Shows etc.)
  • Click OK after checking the correct box.

Note: Do remember to delete those files when the backup is complete since Consolidate Files makes duplicates of files rather ram moving them.

Step 2. Drag iTunes to the external hard drive

  • Close and quit iTunes > Go to Finder or This PC/My Computer and locate the external hard drive;
  • Find your iTunes folder at the default location or the location listed under iTunes Media folder location > Drag iTunes folder to the external hard drive so to copy iTunes library to the hard drive;
  • When the transfer is done, your backup is complete and you can delete the iTunes backups on your Mac drive so to save valuable space then.