Moving iTunes library?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by blackfx35, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. blackfx35 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    I just purchased an external HD, and attempted to move my iTunes library to it. I obviously did something wrong, but cant figure out how to fix it. All of my music shows the original file can not be found, and gives me an opportunity to manually navigate to it (to find it). While this works, I would lose my mind if I had to do this manual navigation to find each of the 3000 songs that I have. How can I do this automatically? Also, probably related too, but all of my album art is now gone! How can I get that back??? Thanks.
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Maybe you can drag the files back to their original location, verify that everything works, and then use iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > iTunes Music Folder Location option to change where you want it to go?
  3. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    I set my library up as a new library when I moved it. Close iTunes then click the iTunes logo while holding down alt. Keep holding it until a box pops up asking if you want to choose a library or create a new library. Create a new one and drag all your files into it (I can't remember if you even have to do that or if you can just choose the existing folder).

    From then on when you click iTunes it'll open the "new" library on your external HD.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
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  5. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    Have you changed the direction of iTunes when looking for the library?
  6. stevod macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2009
    There's a way of doing this where you basically rebuild the library file. You edit it manually to find & replace all entries of the old location with the new location, e.g. replace C:\music\ with G:\music or even an IP address on your network like \\\music and so on. It involves deleting (or renaming) your old library and editing the backup file.

    I'll see if I can find the info and post a link to it..... it has worked well for me a couple of times.

  7. JeffMonty macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2008

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