Apple TV3 can't find moved iTunes files

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  1. right.idea macrumors newbie

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    I moved my iTunes files (music, movies, and TV shows) to a new hard drive. I then went into iTunes Advanced Preferences and changed the "iTunes Media folder Location" to the new location as well. However, now my Apple TV can't find any of the files. What do I need to do to direct ATV to the new file location?
     
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Apple TV doesn't know or care about the location of the media files.
    Do they play in iTunes on your computer? Can you open and see the Info-view (Cmd+I)?
    What is the reaction you get from Apple TV?
     
  3. right.idea thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good question; I didn't know so I went into iTunes and tried to play a TV show. I got a window saying the file couldn't be located by iTunes and giving me the option of locating the file myself, which I did. Once I pointed iTunes to the new file location for that specific video, it was able to play on my Apple TV. During the process, when I had located the file for iTunes, the last option iTunes gave me was whether I wanted iTunes to find other files in the same location. Since I didn't want iTunes to look in The Andy Griffith Show, 1-01, The New Housekeeper, for the next episode of Wanted, Dead or Alive, I selected "Cancel." I intended to repeat the process using the next AG episode, but instead of pointing to the specific show I would just point to the root iTunes file in the directory of the new hard drive. Then I would choose yes when it asked me if I wanted iTunes to find other files in the same location and maybe Apple TV would, thereafter, go to the new hard drive location to find all files. Unfortunately, iTunes wouldn't complete the process until I had selected the specific video. I did; it worked; but this time, I said yes when it asked me if I wanted iTunes to find other files in the same location. We'll see what happens. iTunes has been "Finding Files" for about 15 min now, so it looks like this might be a long process. Which could be good, or I may get AG, The Manhunt the next time I try to play an episode of Hogan's Heroes.


    Sorry, Windows computer.
     
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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  5. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Actually, iTunes backs it's libraries up itself.
    If your media contains all the metadata and artwork, it will for sure be easier to create a new library and re-import the full media folder, rather than start pointing it to right files/folders one by one.
    PS on Win, Cmd+I equals to Ctrl-I
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  6. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    That's only after a software update of iTunes.

    I just move my files to new location, create new library (doesn't matter where this is stored but preferably keep everything together) and re-import media.
     

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