Can I Transfer iTunes Movies to External Drive and Play them from External Drive?
"I am trying to free up some space on my laptop (macbook). I have several full length movies I purchased on iTunes. Am I able to store them on my external hard drive? If so, will I be able to play them from the hard drive, or will I need to save the video on my laptop again before playing?"
You may know that you can simply find and drag the iTunes movies and TV shows to the external hard drive to save and backup. But when you connect your external drive to your pc to play the movies or TV shows with Windows Media Player, VLC or other media player on your pc, you will find that iTunes movies and TV shows and not play. You still need your iTunes or Qicktime Player to play it. What if you try to stream them to your TV ? Then you need to get an Apple TV to do it. If you are the guy is looking for a way to play your purchased and rented iTunes movies TV shows freely from external drive, this article will give you an answer.
General speaking, movies and TV shows that you purchased and rented from iTunes Store are limited to play in Apple ecosystem and rentals need to play in 24 hours once you started to watch it which means you can't transfer purchased iTunes movies to other devices for playback, cannot keep the iTunes M4V rentals for watching when they have expired. By removing DRM protection from the iTunes movies, you will be free from all the restriction and able to keep the movie as long as you want. You can transfer your iTunes movies to external drive to play on any PCs or TVs with any player.
NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus adopts an innovative DRM decrypting technique which makes it possible to unlock iTunes DRM videos with lossless video and audio quality. It will help you to directly crack the DRM iTunes video and convert both iTunes purchased and rented videos to normal video formats to backup to your external drive and keep iTunes rentals forever!
The following is a detailed tutorial about how to convert purchased or rented iTunes movies/TV shows to normal video formats using NoteBurner M4V Converter Plus. Please download this useful tool on your Mac pc or Windows PC first before getting started.
Download and install the NoteBurner iTunes Movie to External Drive Converter on your Windows or Mac computer, then click the Add Movie button to choose the content you want to convert from iTunes library. After that, click OK, the files will be successfully imported.
To play iTunes movies from external hard drive freely, you can simply click the format bar and choose "Lossless MP4" from the profile list. The quality of the output video will be lossless and almost all devices and players support MP4 video file.
Click the convert button to start to convert iTunes M4V to MP4 video. When the conversion is done, iTunes movies and TV shows are no different from other local video files. Just find them and copy them to your external drive.
To access all of your iTunes movies and TV shows from the file system you will need to use the appropriate paths listed below, all music, songs, movies, TV Shows, and media stored in iTunes will be found in these locations of either Mac or Windows PC.
In Mac computer, all of your iTunes content is located at: ~/Music/iTunes Media/
Some Macs store the iTunes directory in the following location instead: ~/Music/iTunes/
Windows XP: \My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\
Windows Vista: \Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\
Windows 7, and Windows 8: \My Music\iTunes\
The full path would look something like this: C:\Users\USERNAME\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\
The precise directory path may vary slightly in Windows, don’t be afraid to explore the My Music > iTunes directories until you find the content you need.
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