How to Relocate your iTunes Library to a NAS

How to Relocate your iTunes Library to a NAS

Provides instructions for moving the iTunes library to a network-attached storage device like Seagate Central or GoFlex Home for network accessibility.
To move your iTunes library to a NAS, please follow this procedure:


  1. Launch iTunes.
  2. Select Edit from the top menu bar.
  3. Select Preferences in the drop-down menu.
  4. Select the Advanced tab in that menu
  5. Check Keep iTunes Media folder organized.
  6. This activates iTunes’ library management function. It gives iTunes control over where your media files are stored. When enabled, iTunes takes care of the file names and folder structure of your media library. This function is required for this process. The movement of the files will be automated.
  7. Confirm that the share folder in which you wish to store your library is mounted.
  8. (When it is mounted, it displays in Finder and an eject icon will appear beside it.)

    Use the software that came with your drive to mount it.


    From the Mac desktop:

    1. Select the Go menu.
    2. Select Connect to Server.
    3. There, type the following in the address field: smb://<ipaddress>/
  9. Within iTunes, go to the Preferences pane and go to Advanced (pictured above).
  10. Under iTunes Media folder location, select Change.
  11. A file selection window displays. Select the Network Share you mounted above.
  12. When you click OK to close the Preferences pane, iTunes will ask if you want to move and rename files in the new location to match the Keep iTunes Media folder organized preference. Answer Yes.
  13. To proceed with moving your library, select the File menu.
  14. Under Library, select Organize Library.
  15. This process may take a long time, depending on the size of your library. Moving a large library may create errors during the transfer. Seagate suggests connecting your computer to your router by Ethernet cable (if possible) before starting the transfer.
  16. You may also experience trouble with files with names longer than 255 characters. If you run into this problem, simply rename the file to something shorter than 255 characters.



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