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Old 05-17-2018, 11:14 PM
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cjmnews

 
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If you want some of the playlists and tracks from the original library then duplicating it, and deleting as you suggested is the best bet.

Duplicate the library file to start the new library
Navigate in Windows Explorer to your iTunes folder, find the file iTunes Library.itl right click and choose Copy.
Use the edit menu to paste.
Rename the new one from iTunes Library - Copy.itl to Secondary Library.itl

Clean out the stuff you don't want in the new library without deleting the music files
Hold Shift and start iTunes.
Click Choose Library and select Secondary Library
Select the stuff you don't want in this library (probably in albums or genre), then press the Delete key
If it asks you if you are sure you want to delete it, answer Delete Songs (or whatever the positive answer is)
When it asks if you want to send the song to the recycle bin, click Keep File so your main Library does not lose it.
Delete playlists that are no longer relevant.
Repeat until you have the secondary library reduced to what you want.

Migrate the new library to the external drive
Now you want to move it to the external hard drive which I assume is drive E and is plugged in.
Using Windows Explorer make a directory on the E drive named iTunes
Using Windows Explorer go into the iTunes Folder and make an iTunes Media folder
Using iTunes, click on Edit->Preferences
Click on the Advanced Tab
Click on the Change button to the right of the iTunes Media Folder location
Navigate to E:\iTunes\iTunes Media and click Select Folder
Close the Preferences window by clicking OK
Click on File->Library->Organize library
Put a check mark into Consolidate Library
Click OK, wait for the transfer to complete.
Close iTunes

Here you can choose to leave the Secondary library file (not the songs) on the internal drive or if you want it with the songs, you can use Windows Explorer to Cut Secondary Library,itl navigate to E:\iTunes and paste it. It really doesn't matter which way you go.

Clean up primary library
Hold Shift and start iTunes
Choose iTunes Library.itl
Select the stuff you don't want in this library (probably in albums or genre), then press the Delete key
If it asks you if you are sure you want to delete it, answer Delete Songs (or whatever the positive answer is)
When it asks if you want to send the song to the recycle bin, click Send to Recycle Bin to eliminate the songs from your primary drive and main library.
Repeat until you have the main library reduced to what you want.
Delete playlists that are no longer relevant.
Empty the recycle bin to get disk space back if you need it.

Now you should be split.
You will have to hold SHIFT every time you want to switch iTunes libraries.
You have to be sure you are loading your music in the correct one.
You should back up both libraries regularly



Have you backed up your iTunes Library this week? If not, you are risking losing your music and playlists....
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