Mov­ing over to a sec­ondary hard disk

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My three-year-old iMac run­ning Mav­er­icks has started show­ing that my startup disk is full and I should delete some files. My sec­ond drive is 1TB large and empty. How do I trans­fer my data (mainly mu­sic and pho­tos) to that drive and, more im­por­tantly, get the com­puter to use it for my data and not the startup one? David Lep­pard

You can move your iTunes li­brary by click­ing iTunes > Pref­er­ences > Ad­vanced, click­ing Change next to ‘iTunes Me­dia folder lo­ca­tion’ and pick­ing a folder on your empty 1TB drive. The pro­ce­dure for iPhoto is slightly dif­fer­ent. You need to move the iPhoto Li­brary file it­self. This is in the Pic­tures folder within your home folder by de­fault, and you can just drag it to the empty drive in Finder. Then, to tell iPhoto where to find it, hold the å key down while you start iPhoto. When it asks which li­brary you want to use, click ‘Other Li­brary’ and nav­i­gate to the place where you moved the li­brary file.

From now on, both iTunes and iPhoto will use the new lo­ca­tions for any data you add. This will prob­a­bly free plenty of space on your startup disk and you can avoid fill­ing it up again in the fu­ture by in­stalling apps to the new drive as well.

Most non-Ap­ple apps don’t mind which folder you drag them to, although its pos­si­ble they won’t au­to­mat­i­cally up­date for you. Don’t for­get to in­clude the new drive in your Time Ma­chine back­ups. Check it isn’t listed in the Pri­vacy tab of Time Ma­chine’s pref­er­ences for that.

Both iPhoto and Pho­tos let you se­lect the de­fault li­brary file when you hold å while open­ing them.

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