12340 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 22, 2008 6:15 PM by glam72
Are your songs still there in your hard drive? Default location is My Documents > My Music > Itunes > Itunes Music.
If it is, open itunes while pressing the SHIFT key. You will be prompted with several choices, one of which is to open an existing, or previous, library. Refer to the Itunes Library.itl file and your library should appear. If you have more than one .itl file, cycle through them until you get your library back.
EDIT: Oh! Just in case, the .itl files are stored in My Documents > My Music > Itunes
Message was edited by: fullcream
thanks for the reply. So here's the deal (which I just discovered 15 minutes ago):
my co-worker wiped out my iTunes. We are running out of space on our shared server here at work, so he is getting rid of the iTunes stuff which is taking up space. About a year ago, we had this problem and as it turned out my iTunes folder was connected to our shared "P" drive. I changed it so it is now located on my "C" drive.
the problem now is that everytime I import a CD to iTunes, the playlist data info still goes to the "P" drive, to a folder called :
P:\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music Library.xml
After adding 1000 songs, that data adds up and takes up space. That's why my co-worker wiped it. I still have all my songs, but neither of us can seem to figure out how to have that playlist data go to my C drive instead. Any ideas???
If you used itunes (Edit > Preferences > Advanced > General tab) then your XML and ITL files should've been saved in the location you specified.
If you did it manually (drag n' drop), then see above for how to do it via itunes.
NOTE: If you've got "Let itunes organize your music files" checked, itunes might move your music to your specified location.
If your co-worker deleted your XML file, then I'm sorry. I don't think it's possible to recover that.
Next time you start iTunes, hold down the shift key and create a new library when prompted.
Browse to a path on your C: drive.
You'll have a blank library and will need to re-add your music. Make sure the "Copy files" setting is off before you add the music back to your library.
Helpful articles on all this:
What are the iTunes library files?
Using multiple libraries
I was totally with you but now I am stuck!
I held the shift key down, opened up iTunes, clicked on 'Create a library", gave it a name - but HOW do I get the music back into my iTunes? Do I drag and drop each album into the library folder on C Drive, or directly into iTunes? I even clicked on both articles you linked me to and they didn't say either.
Sorry if I'm totally missing the obvious!