5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2013 4:20 AM by zkamal
Glen Rinzler Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

i am trying to set up my library on an external drive for my macbook air - tried the holding down option key while opening iTunes and it would not work.  help?


MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • 1. Re: iTunes library on external drive
    mvest20 Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)



    Assuming that you have already copied all of your iTunes folder to the external drive, you should be able to Quit iTunes completely, then hold down the Option key while opening iTunes.  If it works correctly, a window will come up similar to this one:

    Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 12.58.28 AM.png

    From this window, you select "Choose Library..." and navigate to your external drive and select the iTunes Library.itl file to open the Library up.  If you are not getting this window, my guess is that you either do not have iTunes completely shut down or did not hold down the Option key for long enough.


    Let us know if you continue to have problems!

  • 2. Re: iTunes library on external drive
    Glen Rinzler Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i don't have an "iTunes Library.itl file - i just have the itunes folder i copied from my iMac. 

    on my iMac - i had 2 drives - 1 2TB drive with my itunes library - and 1 ss drive with everything else - i'm guessing there was something on the ss drive i need to transfer...

  • 3. Re: iTunes library on external drive
    mvest20 Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

    Yes, that likely means that your .itl file was stored on the SSD drive.  Look in your user, or home folder, then Music -> iTunes -> iTunes Library.itl, iTunes Music Library.xml, iTunes Library.xml  If they are there, try moving those files into the iTunes folder and option clicking and then navigating to that iTunes Library.itl folder.  I have a feeling that having the library built across separate drives will likely cause a problem.  The other thing that you could try is opening your existing iTunes Library, choosing iTunes -> Preferences, clicking on the Advanced tab, and updating the file path for the iTunes Media folder to the external drive.  I think that will likely be more successful than moving the .itl and .xml files to the external drive.


    The final option is to option click and create a new library as shown in the screenshot above, and re-import all of your content from that iTunes folder into the new library.  This will lose any of the information from your previous library, meaning play counts, playlists, etc.

  • 4. Re: iTunes library on external drive
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,595 points)

    Hopefully you still have access to the iMac and can connect the media drive to it. Ideally you need to use the Make a split library portable process to place the whole library on the 2TB drive in a form that can easily be moved from one machine to another.



  • 5. Re: iTunes library on external drive
    zkamal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That worked for me, thanks.