Moving iTunes library woes...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by colourmebad, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. colourmebad macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2008
    ...Hope someone might be able to help.

    My library has got too big for my laptop hard-drive, so I've copied everything over to an external. I copied everything in the iTunes folder, inc the library files and all that stuff that I don't really understand what it is/does. Once everything copied I deleted everything off my internal hard drive, and changed the iTunes music folder location to the folder with all my mp3s in it (HD>iTunes>iTunes Music). But my iTunes library is still empty. What should I do?

    Also, have I still got all of my playlists etc? I'm a bit worried as they've all disappeared from sight.
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Quit iTunes.

    Find these files from external. You need to copy
    - iTunes Music Library.xml
    - iTunes Library

    back to laptop harddrive's

    Make sure your external is connected everytime you try to modify your library.
  3. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    If you've moved the entire iTunes folder, you just need to quit iTunes and restart it while holding the option key (shift in Windows). Then you can browse to and select your relocated library.

    Everyting should look identical to before the move.
  4. Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
    You did it wrong; you should've used the 2-step consolidation method.

    1. Enter location of new library in iTunes' preferences.
    2. Use the "Consolidate Library" option in the main menu.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Are you sure that the MP3 files were INSIDE the iTunes library. Sometimes people set up the library to "reference" the MP3 files and the files are kept in a folder outside the library. iTunes lets you choose to do it either way. How was yours set up?

    If you used the reference scheme then all that is inside the library are the playlists and database, no music files.
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Agreed, this is the easiest way to get it done.

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