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Moving iTunes files to reformatted MPB

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atomicluck1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Oct 7, 2012 1:10 PM

Due to a problems with my MBP I had to have the RAM replaced and in the process the HD swipped clean.  Slowly I'm moving things back from an external back-up.  Question is how do I move my iTunes files back to the MBP so there is no confusion?

 

I have iTunes files, iTunes Media, etc ... multiple files from upgrading from over the years from one Mac to another.  Just trying to figure out how iTunes know to read each. 

 

Or do I have to start from scratch again and download the CDs as I need previously?

 

Thanks

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 500GB | 4GB RAM | early 2009
  • Timothy Westman-Barth Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 1:34 PM (in response to atomicluck1)

    Well you can certainly start fresh and redownload everything from iTunes, otherwise you can copy the folder containing your iTunes library, it's a folder that has the iTunes library file and all the media folders in it.

    Once that's copied to the hard drive on your computer, you can hold Option while opening iTunes to choose a library, just choose that one. You'll probably have to put it in the same location as it was before, not just anywhere on your computer, in order to get it to work properly.

  • Timothy Westman-Barth Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 1:49 PM (in response to atomicluck1)

    Is the iTunes folder perhaps the one that was originally located in the Music folder in the home folder?

    That folder has an iTunes Library.itl file in it. And all of your iTunes media should be located in there, sorted throughout the numerous folders.

  • Timothy Westman-Barth Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 2:05 PM (in response to atomicluck1)

    Okay, it sounds like the iTunes folder is the original one, unless that folder contains folders names iTunes Media and Previous iTunes Libraries, you should put those two folders in the iTunes folder, then put the iTunes folder in the music folder in your home folder, you might need to move the current iTunes folder somewhere else, or rename it.

    After doing that, hold Option while opening iTunes. Choose Library... Browse to the iTunes Library file, which should now be located at Home Folder > Music > iTunes > iTunes Library.itl

  • Timothy Westman-Barth Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 2:18 PM (in response to atomicluck1)

    If you move your current iTunes folder or rename it, that will prevent that message from appearing. Although, if you have all the CDs conveniently accessible, then that's probably not a bad solution.

  • Timothy Westman-Barth Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 2:27 PM (in response to atomicluck1)

    Haha, sounds good.

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