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Splitting iTunes library over multiple hard drives

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With the price of storage so low I have the luxury of owning a custom PC that I put together myself.  8GB of RAM, 5 Terabytes of storage and yes, it also washes my dishes.

I’m slightly anal when ti comes to separating my media so I wanted a way I could put my movies on one hard drive, my music on another and my television shows on a third.   My main operating system and program files reside on a separate hard drive as well.   The dilemma being I am slightly wedded to iTunes as a management tool since most of my television shows were bought through the iTunes store.

iTunes not so conveniently stores all of your files under one folder (in sub-folders, of course).

But there is a solution!

1.  Find all of your existing iTunes movies and TV shows and move them to your new drive using Finder (or just drag and drop them in Windows). The movies are normally located at/Users/[Your_Username]/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Movies and the TV shows are at/Users/[Your_Username]/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/TV Shows.

Newer versions use a iTunes Media folder.

2.  Once these two folders and their contents have been copied to your new drive, launch the iTunes software.

3.  Using the left sidebar, go to the Movies heading. Select all of the items there, right-click, and choose Delete from the menu. First you’ll be asked for confirmation that you want to remove the movies from your library (you do), and then you’ll be asked whether you want to keep the file itself or move it to the trash. Select Move to Trash.

4.  Repeat step 3, this time using the TV Shows heading instead of Movies. You’ve already copied the files to another hard drive so don’t worry about losing them.

5.  Now it’s time to re-add the video files back into your library. Open your new drive and locate the Movies and TV Shows folders you copied at the beginning.

6.  While holding down the Option (Shift on Windows) key, drag the Movies and TV Shows folders from the Finder window to iTunes. Everything should go right back to the way it was with one exception — the video files are now stored on a different disk volume rather than on your Mac. The Option key keeps them there by overriding the iTunes setting which automatically copies files back to the internal disk.

7.  Any time you want to add a new movie or TV show to your library, move it over to the appropriate folder on your new hard drive, hold Option, and drag it to iTunes.

boxee

Adding multiple episode dvds to Boxee

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I love Boxee.  I have a vast collection of dvds that I ripped to iso’s and just recently began ripping my television series collection (Highlander, Twin Peaks, Buffy, Fringe, etc).  My biggest frustration in this process is that Boxee doesn’t provide an easy way (yet) for multiple episodes to be recognized from one dvd.

The answer is symbolic links. If you create a symbolic link for each season and point it to the iso file that contains that episode Boxee recognizes the episodes and adds them to your database.
The format is as follows:

ln -s path_to_iso name_of_episode

ln -s /tvshows/”24 Season 1 Disc 1.iso” “24.S01.E01.iso”
ln -s /tvshows/”24 Season 1 Disc 1.iso” “24.S01.E02.iso”
ln -s /tvshows/”24 Season 1 Disc 1.iso” “24.S01.E03.iso”
ln -s /tvshows/”24 Season 1 Disc 1.iso” “24.S01.E04.iso”

Obviously, you do this from command line.  If you don’t want to mess with pathways, just navigate to the folder where you keep your iso’s and have at it!    Hope this helps.

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