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iTunes missing files (tracks)

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  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Dec 29, 2011 2:06 PM (in response to Caramby)

    Looks good.  I made a few modifications:

     

    First, use Time Machine or other means to back up your computer before undertaking any major modifications.  Should something go wrong you can always revert to the original configuration and start again.

     

    If your Media folder is not in your iTunes folder, & you would like to move it all to another drive, the safest solution is to choose "Default" for the location of your Media folder your iTunes Advanced Preferences, & then to check "Consolidate Library" via File > Library > Organize Library.

     

    This will copy (not move) all your media files back into your iTunes folder, so you need to be sure you have enough space on your drive for two complete sets of media files.

     

    You can then use the Finder to copy the entire iTunes folder (which now includes your Media folder) to an external drive.  Also see: iTunes: Back up your iTunes library by copying to an external hard drive - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1751

     

    To start using the external iTunes folder instead of the old one on your internal drive, hold down the "Option" key while launching iTunes. You will be asked to locate an iTunes Library file, so navigate to the one in the iTunes folder on your external drive.

     

    From now on, it will be that external folder being used unless you specify otherwise, or you forget to mount the external drive before starting iTunes. Should you forget to do that iTunes will default to the internal drive and find no files there, giving you an empty library.  Don't worry. You will need to start iTunes with the option key held down and again guide it to the library on the external drive.

     

    You can now delete the original Media folder, as well as the iTunes folder on your internal drive — although obviously you should check everything is working before & after each deletion.

    G4 Quicksilver 2x1GHz 2x120GB HDs 1.5GB RAM 10.4.11/9.2.2, iTunes 7.5, QT7, QTP2.5.1
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