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HT1660 why two different itunes libraries?

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Aug 12, 2012 9:21 AM

My music and movie files got too large, so I've moved my iTunes library to an external hard drive.

I since got a new computer and am trying to set it up.

All is working fine with movies and music. BUT- why do I have a separate itunes Library on my Mac?  It seems that the only files there are my apps.

 

I'd prefer to have ALL of my iTunes library files in one location.  How did this happen and is it normal?

Can I move everything to one library?

Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,935 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 9:40 AM (in response to JNB_apple)

    Start here: Make a split library portable.

     

    If you want specific instructions I'll need to know a little more about exactly where the library files are now and where the media folder is located. Your library is in the "old" layout which is why the apps are on the internal drive.

     

    tt2

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,935 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 10:23 AM (in response to JNB_apple)

    These specific steps should apply to your setup:

     

    1. Use File > Library > Organize Library > Rearrange files in folder "iTunes". This puts the media folder into the current layout.

    2. Use File > Library > Organize Library > Consolidate files. This copies in the mobile apps and any other files that might not have been consolidated.

    3. Copy the files iTunes Library.itl, iTunes Library Extras.itdb, iTunes Library Genius.itdb & sentinel (hidden) and the folder Album Artwork from <Profile>/Music/iTunes to the <root> folder of your external drive Iomega_HDD. Ignore the xml file and other folders for now, they are taken care of elsewhere.

    4. Option-start-iTunes and open the library file at Iomega_HDD/iTunes Library.itl.

    5. Check things work.

    6. Close iTunes, rename the folder Iomega_HDD/iTunes as Iomega_HDD/iTunes Media, start iTunes, check the media folder is now called Iomega_HDD/iTunes Media, edit if not then close and reopen iTunes.

    7. Close iTunes, create a folder called Iomega_HDD/iTunes, move the iTunes library files, Album Artwork & iTunes Media folders inside Iomega_HDD/iTunes.

    8. Option-start-iTunes and open the library file at Iomega_HDD/iTunes/iTunes Library.itl, check the media folder is now called Iomega_HDD/iTunes/iTunes Media, edit if not then close and reopen iTunes.

    9. Check things work again. Enjoy the music!

     

    If at any stage things aren't working properly rewind the most recent change or ask for further help with details of exactly where you've got to.

     

    These steps should get everything sorted with the minimum amount of copying.

     

    Ideally you need a backup of the whole iTunes folder on another drive for security. Having set things up in this fashion it becomes easy to switch to the alternate copy if & when the need arises.

     

    PS the folder currently at Iomega_HDD/iTunes/Album Artwork should be redundant and can be deleted.


    tt2

    Various PCs, iTunes 10.6.1.7, Windows XP Pro, iPad 2,iPhone3GS,iPod Classic+Nano

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