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How do I retrieve/recover my old Itunes folders from trash?

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I have just been searching my trash folder and have found all my 'Previous I Tunes folders' there. All with the .itl ending. I have dragged the most recent one out of trash but when I try to open it, nothing happens and the icon appears blank. Any suggestions???

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)

    if you want to use an iTunes .itl file you have to start iTunes with the option key held down and point it at that file. Double clicking an .itl file will start iTunes but iTunes will use the .itl in the iTunes folder, not the one you clicked.


    I am assuming you have some reason for doing all this and would recommend you put the library file in the iTunes folder (renaming or moving to a different place the current one) and making sure it is called iTunes Library.itl


    What are the iTunes library files? -


    More on iTunes library files and what they do -

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)

    planetvenus wrote:




    I have just been searching my trash folder and have found all my 'Previous I Tunes folders'

    Do you mean Previous iTunes libraries files?


    When you update iTunes, it makes copy of the current iTunes library file and puts it into the Previous iTunes libraries folder. iTunes does not ever use these files again.


    Along with what Limnos posted, perhaps you would explain what you are trying to do?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)

    If your media files are gone, they are gone.

    You need to look around for them.


    The iTunes library file is simply a small database of the media files and info.

    It does not contain the actual media files.


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