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Windows 7: Export all music, album art, dvd's to ext. HD to free up space on my d

13 Jun 2015   #1
dunkinidaho

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Export all music, album art, dvd's to ext. HD to free up space on my d

I have 225gb of music and dvd's in my music folder. I wish to export it to an ext. HD to free up HD space on my desktop computer. Is this possible?

thanks


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13 Jun 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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What happens when you try to do exactly that by copying with the mouse?
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13 Jun 2015   #3
dunkinidaho

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What happens when you try to do exactly that by copying with the mouse?
So, create a folder within the ext. HD then right click on the music folder and copy&paste to the new folder?
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13 Jun 2015   #4
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dunkinidaho View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
What happens when you try to do exactly that by copying with the mouse?
So, create a folder within the ext. HD then right click on the music folder and copy&paste to the new folder?
That should work. I would copy them in pieces to avoid accidents.
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13 Jun 2015   #5
dunkinidaho

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
What happens when you try to do exactly that by copying with the mouse?
So, create a folder within the ext. HD then right click on the music folder and copy&paste to the new folder?
That should work. I would copy them in pieces to avoid accidents.
OK, files are transferred to the BU HD. So far so good. Now I'll delete the original files. I'll be back
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13 Jun 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

First I would suggest checking if the backup works before deleting anything.
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13 Jun 2015   #7
dunkinidaho

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export all music, album art, dvd's to ext. HD to free up space on my

music and dvd files deleted now. How do I now play music from the ext HD. The music center has no idea where the files are since they are no longer on the C drive.


brian
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13 Jun 2015   #8
dunkinidaho

windows 7 prof 64bit
 
 
Export all music, album art, dvds to ext hd

Success, it's a bit of a process now to play from the ext drive but it can be done. Best of all I now have an extra 250gb of space. The alternative was to clone my 500gb to a 1T drive which I wasn't excited about doing. Thanks for the assistance with this. I get very nervous when deleting anything.

Brian
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13 Jun 2015   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

When you deleted the music and DVD files from your computer, your backup drive became no longer a backup. If you value your data (and I strongly suspect you do), then it needs to exist in at least three places—the original, an onsite backup and an offsite backup—to be reasonably safe. While not as good, even two places would beat the holy, hairy heck out of only one place. If that external drive that has your only copy of your data were to die (and all drives will fail sooner or later), you would kiss your data goodbye. I highly recommend you get at least one more drive and keep an extra copy of your data on it.
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13 Jun 2015   #10
dunkinidaho

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I do have back ups on other drives and I also have the actual music cd's and dvd's on a shelf. I ripped all the cd's to my desktop as a convenience for me. Now I need the hd space. Its more of a hassle now to play music but worth it.

Thanks
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