4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 21, 2013 11:12 AM by Meetoo
Meetoo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I had a new hard drive put in my iMac, and reinstalled everything from scratch. When I try to get itunes to use the folder I've always used as my itunes library (an an external drive), it says: "An iTunes library file could not be found in the folder iTunes. Please choose a different folder."


Anybody know what I need to do here?

  • 1. Re: I tunes library
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)

    Meetoo wrote:

     

    I had a new hard drive put in my iMac, and reinstalled everything from scratch. When I try to get itunes to use the folder I've always used as my itunes library (an an external drive), it says: "An iTunes library file could not be found in the folder iTunes. Please choose a different folder." http://cdn.macrumors.com/vb/images/smilies/confused.gif


    Anybody know what I need to do here?

    Is the external folder name iTunes or is it named iTunes media?

     

    Is there an

    • iTunes library.itl file
    • iTunes library.xml file
    • iTunes media folder

    and a few other folders/files in this folder on the external?

  • 2. Re: I tunes library
    Meetoo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks Chris, no none of those files seem to be in there! And it's just called itunes. There are a series of folders in there, titled:

     

    Audiobooks

    Automatically Add to iTunes

    Books

    Downloads

    Home Videos

    iPod Games

    ITunes U

    Mobile Applications

    Movies

    Music

    Podcasts

    Tones

    TV shows

    Voice Memos

     

    I have to say my iTunes had been acting very pokey, lots of spinning wheels etc. Maybe I have to recreate the entire library somehow? Its a really big folder, more than 1TB...

  • 3. Re: I tunes library
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)

    That is simply the iTunes media folder.

    Your iTunes folder is on the computer.

    Do you have a backup of the /Music/iTunes/ folder from yoru old hard drive?

  • 4. Re: I tunes library
    Meetoo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Ah! Yes I have such a folder on my current HD, and I'd saved it from the previous HD as well. In both there is an iTunes Media folder, as well as the other files you listed, etc.