“I want to free space on my hard drive by moving iTunes music to external drive any suggestions? Warnings? I have bought a Lacie 1TB portable for this.”

- Antand Kisha posted on Apple Communities

As we have more and more music on iTunes library, iTunes has occupied more and more space on computer, which does harm to the good performance of our computer. To solve this problem, we need to move music from iTunes to external drive. However, do you know how to copy iTunes music to external hard drive? If not, let’s read the following guide.

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Part 1: How to Copy iTunes Music to External Hard Drive

iTunes is abundant in awesome music and movies, thus many music fans prefer to listen to music on iTunes. iTunes is also crowned as a wonderful backup tool for iOS devices. You can sync your iPhone information with iTunes to keep your data safe. As long as you log into the same Apple account, you can also easily sync your old iPhone information with new iOS devices. To move iTunes music to external drive directly on iTunes, let’s read the following steps in detail.

1. Locate iTunes media folder

Locate iTunes media folder

To transfer iTunes music to external hard drive, we have to first find the iTunes media folder. To find it, you can open the latest iTunes on your computer and go to “Edit > Preferences > Advanced”. You will see “iTunes Media folder location” below which displays the location of iTunes media.

2. Consolidate iTunes library

Consolidate iTunes library

Back to the main interface and tap on “File > Library > Organize Library” in the top menu bar. Check “Consolidate files” and click “OK” at bottom right corner. In this way, all iTunes music will be saved in the iTunes media folder on your computer.

2. Consolidate iTunes library

Consolidate iTunes library

Back to the main interface and tap on “File > Library > Organize Library” in the top menu bar. Check “Consolidate files” and click “OK” at bottom right corner. In this way, all iTunes music will be saved in the iTunes media folder on your computer.

3. Transfer iTunes music to external hard drive

Transfer iTunes music to external hard drive

Insert your external drive to your computer via USB cable and the computer will recognize it automatically. Close iTunes and locate the folder of iTunes media. You can directly drag and drop the folder to external hard drive. Or you can right click the folder to choose “Copy” and open the target folder on external hard drive to right click anywhere to choose “Paste”. Therefore, you store iTunes music on external hard drive.

Part 2: How to Transfer Music from iTunes to External Hard Drive via Leawo iTransfer

How to backup iTunes music to external hard drive? Leawo iTransfer will be your top choice. It is top-rated software, helping to transfer a wide range of files like photos, apps, TV shows, movies, contacts, notes and so forth between iTunes, computer and iTunes. It also facilitates you to back up your information from iOS devices to iTunes and computers. What’s more, it gives you access to purchased and non-purchased items without limits. As for how to copy iTunes music to external hard drive with Leawo iTransfer, you can learn from the following steps:

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1. Launch Leawo iTransfer

Launch Leawo iTransfer

To move iTunes music to external drive, you should run Leawo iTransfer after downloading and installing it. If you don’t install iTunes on your computer, Leawo iTransfer will ask you to download iTunes. In this way, you can access iTunes library on this software. In the left sidebar, you will see iTunes library. Below the library of iTunes, you are allowed to transfer app, music, movies, TV shows from iTunes to other devices. Besides, connect your external hard disk to computer with USB cable.

2. Select music to transfer

Select music to transfer

Click the library of iTunes and go to “LIBRARY > Music”. In the right interface, you can see a list of music on iTunes. Hold “Ctrl” and select music, then press the transfer button at bottom right corner. Or you can right click the selected songs to choose “Transfer Now > My Computer”.

3. Transfer iTunes music to external hard drive

Transfer iTunes music to external hard drive

A window will pop up and check “Save to folder”. Click “Change” to choose external hard disk as the output directory. Afterwards, click “Transfer Now” and the software starts to move iTunes music to external drive.

Part 3: How to Transfer Music from iTunes to External Hard Drive with iExplorer

Similar to Leawo iTransfer, iExplorer is able to transfer various kinds of contents like music, photos, apps, books, etc. between computer, iTunes and iOS devices. It also allows you to select multiple songs and transfer them at once to computer. With super modern and concise interface, iExplorer also enables you to manage playlists by creating or transferring them to iTunes or your computer. Besides, you can adopt iExplorer to delete duplicate songs to manage your iOS devices space. Usually, you can’t directly copy music from iTunes to external hard disk via iExplorer. However, if your iTunes music is the same as iPhone music, you can try the following steps to learn how to transfer music from iTunes to external hard drive with powerful iExplorer.

1. Plug iPhone to computer

Plug iPhone and external hard drive to computer via USB cable and open iExplorer by double clicking iExplorer icon on your computer. After a while, you will see the software detect your iPhone and display the basic information of iPhone like capacity, serial number and so forth.

2. Choose iTunes music

Choose iTunes music

In the left sidebar, go to “iPhone > Media > iTunes_Control”. In the right interface, you can see different folders.

3. Drag and drop iTunes music

Drag and drop iTunes music

Now mouse over “Music” folder, then drag and drop the folder to the target folder on your external hard drive. After waiting a few seconds, you will get iTunes music on external drive.