How to recognize old iTunes folder from new OS

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tamvly, May 4, 2009.

  1. tamvly macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2007
    For reasons not important in this forum, I am reconstructing my OS X system disk.

    Previously, I moved the iTunes folder to another disk. So far, so good.

    However, in the new OS X system after specifying the location of the iTunes data, iTunes doesn't want to see any of the data.

    There does not seem to be a choice in iTunes for it to reread the data. Should I execute an "Add to Library" ??
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Hold the option key when launching iTunes and it will ask you to browse to your Library file.
    That should do it.
  3. tamvly thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2007
    Well, evidently not. I had to import the music files to a new library file.

    Curiously, there are hundred's of duplicate files generated in the new library that do not exist in the old one. A real conundrum. The research continues ...
  4. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    The easiest way to do this would be to drag all your music files into iTunes (you can do this by just dragging the root folder that contains all the music). This will add all the files into your new library.

    I'm not quite sure if this will answer your question though.
  5. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Point library to new location (you should turn on: "do not automatically add to library" for the mean time in case you pointed to the wrong folder).

    You need to copy these files from old harddrive's user/Music/iTunes

    iTunes Music Library.xml
    iTunes Library

  6. xxMACxx macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2008
    This worked great for me! Thanks so much!


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