MacOS – How to store Movies on a separate volume from the iTunes media folder


I have a rather enormous Music collection. The music itself is approaching the 1TB mark. I am storing that on an external drive already. My iTunes library files are in their default location (/Users/me/Music/iTunes). My iTunes media folder is on an external drive /Volumes/iTunes/iTunes Music

This has been working as expected.

Now I would like to store just the contents of the Movies folder in the iTunes media folder on a separate drive. Apparently, iTunes doesn't like aliases or symlinks.

I saw somewhere that one could mount a volume in a different directory than the default /Volumes. I would like to permanently mount my new Movies volume in the directory /Volumes/iTunes/iTunes Music/Movies. I know there is a command to do this, but how does one configure Mac OS 10.6.4 to always automatically mount that volume in this directory?

I hope someone can enlighten me… If I find a solution, I can finally import all my movies into iTunes and be able to search them and stuff – it would be a dream.



Best Answer

  • For everyone's reference:

    I ended up settling on a 3 TB RAID because Mac OS X doesn't like any other solution. When using the above procedure and mounting the drive in a non default location, any item I would try to play (I was dealing with movies) would immediately disappear from iTunes. Poof! Gone. The item would still exist on the drive, just gone from the iTunes library.

    So I thought - that sucks and went with a RAID.

    I think Apple is going to have to deal with this at some point because it is rather impractical that one can't store their Music, Movies, TV Shows - anything that resides in a separate folder in iTunes on its own volume. My iTunes library is approaching 2TB at the moment and the only reason it hasn't passed the 3TB mark yet is because the realization that I will need an even bigger RAID (hateful!) to handle all of my content halted my quest to finally import and organize my 500+ DVD collection.

    Oh, well... I guess I will continue to painfully browse the huge DVD storage folders where you can't search and even keeping things in alphabetical order is a chore. I had wanted to import all the movies and then properly tag them so I could search based on the score composer, director, actor etc. That would be sweet.

    Anyway - just wanted to make sure anyone arriving at this page knows the solutions described are of no use in this particular case. Must be something about the way the iTunes database engine handles links. Apparently it is unable to follow them...