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Not enough space while moving iTunes

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May 27, 2013 3:10 AM

I have a mid 2012 MacbookPro 13". I recently had to format the Hard disk and reinstall OS X. I took a back up by making a copy of my iTunes folder on an external hd. I have 250GB of space on my HD and the iTunes folder is about 100GB. But when I copy the iTunes folder back into my Music folder, I get a message that there is not enought disk space. I can however access that library on my external HD by using the option key when starting up iTunes.


Why can't I copy the iTunes folder over?

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • braden85 Community Specialists Community Specialists (2,290 points)
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    May 29, 2013 8:01 AM (in response to dipeshdutt)

    Hi there dipshdutt!


    While there are many things that could be problematic here, I do have an article that should explain how to get your iTunes library from your external HD back over onto your Mac's internal HD. That article can be found right here:


    iTunes: Back up your iTunes library by copying to an external hard drive


    Specifically, you will want to pay close attention to the section about restoring your iTunes library onto the computer. Another thing you may want to try is to make sure your trash has been emptied recently, and try restarting the computer to make sure the allocated space for trash on the computer is deallocated and available to use. Thanks for using the Apple Support Communities!




  • braden85 Community Specialists Community Specialists (2,290 points)
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    May 29, 2013 8:47 AM (in response to dipeshdutt)

    Hi again dipeshdutt!


    If your libraries are not located in the normal locations (your iTunes folder needs to be nested in the Music folder, and the iPhoto library needs to be nested in the Pictures folder), then it will defintiely prompt this message. You should also point iTunes to your iTunes Media folder location. This can be done by going to iTunes in the menu bar, then selecting Preferences, then select the Advanced tab, and click the Change... button, and select your iTunes Media folder. These steps should ensure that the default iTunes library location is saved in iTunes and your normal iTunes library will show up when you open iTunes.





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