Restoring iTunes - Lion Clean install

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by somemacuser, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. somemacuser macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2010
    Hi. 3 year mac convert. Getting ready to do a clean install of Lion to perhaps address some beach balls and some odd homesharing issues with appletv... Think I'm ready to do this, but question how to re-establish the iTunes library.

    The media folder for iTunes is presently on an external drive. The Mac itself (and internal drive AND external media drive) are backed up by a second firewire drive. Question is, once I erase everything on the mac and reload lion from usb key, is there a way to just point iTunes to my external drive and find everything again? Clearly the media is all there, but as a pre-test, I fired up iTunes pressing option (which prompted me to choose a library), and it doesn't see a "library" at all on the external drive where the media is actually stored. I *have* googled this, and it looks like there might be a magic xml file that's presently (maybe?) on my iMac internal drive, which actually holds the a pointer to my external where the media resides? But I just don't know for certain. And would like to figure this out in detail before I blast my machine from scratch. Any help appreciated.. Thanks all
  2. Quad5Ny, Aug 16, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011

    Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    New York, USA
    ~/Music/iTunes (~ is your User folder)

    Assuming you only changed the media files location, then by default the Library files should be in that folder.

    After you reinstall, copy that folder back and change your media file location back to your external drive (Also remember to update iTunes to the latest version before restoring your library).
  3. somemacuser thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2010

    Much appreciated.. Will give it a whirl.

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