What you need to do is open preferences>advanced and click copy files to iTunes music folder. That will copy the songs to your hardrive.
Ok getting rid of the exclamation marks from your library? Hmm, if you added all of those songs at the same time I'd open Edit Menu>View Options and select Date Added. Hopefully all the songs with an exclamation mark were added at the same time. This should group them all together when you view your Library by "Date Added". Then select all the songs with exclamation points and hit delete. That should do it.
How To: keep your iTunes library on an external hard drive
Posted Sep 19th 2006 9:30AM by David Chartier
Filed under: Software, Productivity, Tips and tricks, iTunes
After discussing how my iTunes library is set up with a few readers in the comments on my First Impressions/2G iPod nano post, I figured this might be a handy tip for readers who find themselves running out of room to store an expanding iTunes library. My only machine is a MacBook Pro with a 120GB hard drive, but after installing ~ 40GB of the entire Final Cut Studio suite and other various software and projects, I don't have room for my ~ 35GB iTunes library.
I decided to do some experimenting a couple weeks back with moving and keeping my library on an external hard drive. There are obvious initial disadvantages to this, but after some tinkering and getting comfortable with iTunes' baked-in library management genius, this can be a pretty useful setup for those who, like me, are cramped for space but aren't willing to trash those albums you're too embarrassed use in a Party Shuffle playlist. This setup also has the inherent, and obvious, advantage of keeping your library on an external hard drive, so it's more or less already backed up - though I, with my paranoid data habits, keep a backup of... [continues]
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