itunes file organization issue... HELP!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ayres, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. ayres macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2010
    hi all, so my problem originates back when apple introduced the 'media folders' for music and content organization. i assume i'm not the only one that may have had trouble that originated with the iTunes folder reorganization.

    i allowed my music to be copied to the media folder, but i continued to use the iTunes music folder when manually importing new music files to iTunes. because all of my music is on an 1tb external hdd, i had lots of free space, and it was not a pertinent issue to resolve.

    to make a long story short, i recently had to 're-link/reestablish' iTunes with my external hard drive (containing all my music). iTunes needed to locate the music files when i attempted to play them. once i selected a location where the music could be found, iTunes indicated to me how many music files it was able to locate. however, it also indicated how many files it did NOT find. knowing a few, specific albums that it could not find, i tried playing one, iTunes could not play it, and then iTunes began locating the rest of the missing music files.

    the problem is that iTunes has now split my entire music library (250+gb) between the media music folder and the music folder. maybe it was like this before, but now i'm aware of the split.

    moreover, they are almost identical except for maybe several dozen file differences. iTunes recognizes some music from the media folder and other music from the older music folder.

    what sucks is that i'm not sure what i can delete and what i cannot delete for fear of losing files.

    so that's my music storage dilemma. has this happened to anyone else? any solutions?

    btw, for relinking the external hard drive to iTunes, i followed what apple suggests on its tech support library.
  2. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2006
    Washington State
    You should be able to:
    2. Move all of your music out of the iTunes folder location.
    3. Either go into iTunes and delete ALL your media, if iTunes asks to move the files to the trash or recycle bin, select 'no.' Or, create a new iTunes library by holding open while you launch the program.
    4. Make sure you have selected the options to allow iTunes to copy/organize your media on its own.
    5. Drag your files onto the iTunes window, or select File > Add to Library and add your media back in.
    6. Right click on a few of your songs in iTunes and select Get Into, verify that the path points to a location within the iTunes managed hierarchy.
    7. Cleanup/delete your 'outside of iTunes' and backup copies.
    8. Make a fresh backup of the iTunes organized file structure.

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