Currently Being ModeratedAug 2, 2012 1:58 PM (in response to Pay Attention)
What I have found , using Get Info, is that the files that are found in the iTunes library have the path
/Volumes/Seagate/iTunes/iTunes Music/Art Blakey/ etc.
and the files that can not be found in the library have the path
//localhost/Users/Shared/iTunes/iTunes Music/Lesley Garrett/The Best of Lesley Garrett / etc
I don't understand this reference. Where is //localhost/Users/Shared/iTunes/ ?
How did these files get moved there?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 2, 2012 5:08 PM (in response to Pay Attention)
//localhost is your computer.
/Users/Shared is the shared folder where you put stuff you want visible to all user accounts.
That's where they were on your old computer.
If you have them backed up and can restore to that folder iTunes should find them...
Currently Being ModeratedAug 2, 2012 7:02 PM (in response to Pay Attention)
Thanks for taking the time to look at my problem. Shared is empty and I didn't back it up - I only transferred the standard and Admin users to the clean install of Mountain Lion.
But I got some valuable insight into how the iTunes library is set up from your article on split Libraries. I'd like to see it in the Tips for iTunes for Mac. My Itunes library was set up in pre-Itunes 8 structure, and as I'd moved it to an external drive it didn't get migrated to the new structure in recent upgrades, perhaps?
I found your article extremely useful : https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3991. That gave me the means to restore the missing files more quickly than getting the original CDs out and re-importing them to iTunes.
So I've now restored the missing files and started the backups rolling ....
I still don't understand how they went missing. However the best backup was the Ipod itself.