HELP! relocating iTunes (v8.2) library to external and keeping playlists??

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  1. drummerboy03 macrumors member

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    I've read multiple threads on here about exclamation points in itunes library, but cannot find any solution that works. I am running the most recent version of MAC OS X (10.5.7) and most recent version of itunes (8.2)

    I just relocated my MUSIC folder to an external drive. I went to preferences>advanced> and pointed to the new location.

    My entire library is returning exclamation points. When I restart itunes (and my computer) it still gets the errors. Is there a way for itunes to refresh and actually follow the new location path i just stated under the advanced setting?!

    i even tried to consolidate the library to the external (where the files were already) and it went through a quick check process and saw the files were there, but it still returns cannot locate file and exclamation points.. so frustrating..

    I also tried to move the .itl file from the default Mac OS X internal HD location to the external drive folder "MUSIC". Then I launched itunes and held down alt/option key and located the .itl on the external and opened it from there. still no luck

    I know that it will work if i delete all songs from my itunes and go through the add process again for the entire library on the new external drive, but i will loose my very important playlist and play counts!! There has to be a way to make this work, otherwise why would itunes have a setting to change the location of the music folder under advanced settings?!

    please help, i'm desperate at this point and don't want to resort to loosing all my playlists/playcounts.

    thanks
     
  2. isaaclimdc macrumors 6502

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    Copying the ENTIRE "iTunes" folder in ~/Music from one Mac to another ports my iTunes library perfectly well for me. Does that not work for you?
     
  3. drummerboy03 thread starter macrumors member

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    I had my MUSIC folder on an external HD (western digital), then i build a new 3TB external to house all my data plus backup with time machine(1.5TB for general storage, 1.5TB to backup that storage drive). I moved my music folder from my old WD external to the new HD. I changed the file path under itunes preferences>advanced to point to the new location and I am still getting nothing but exclamation marks..
     
  4. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

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    Put your entire library back where it was then do the following:

    1. Change the library's location in Preferences.

    2. Do File -> Library -> Consolidate Library.

    3. Delete the iTunes Music folder that is in your Home folder.

    Or look at this.
     
  5. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a

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    I'm also going through migrating my iTunes from a small drive to a larger drive. Done it before a year ago, as described above, no problems.

    However, today when I did this, the old location is showing that the iTunes music folder is 45.xx gigabytes, and the new location is only showing 38.xx gigabytes. I'm a little hesitant to just delete it (the old/original location).

    Any ideas on this? If that was duplicates (which I doubt), that's ~7 gigs of duplicates?
     
  6. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a

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    Found my problem. Was a bunch of old video podcasts that I no longer subscribe to. Interesting in that they were still there, but not copied (consolidated) over to the new drive. I guess I didn't delete them, but just unsubscribed.

    Here is a really good explanation (at least for my thick skull):

    Moving-your-itunes-library-to-a-new-hard-drive
     

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