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My music is on an external HD, is there any way to create a Library from the HD to my laptop without moving all the music over. I just need to create a new Library on the laptop and keep the music on the external HD. Can anyone help me with this problem?
Gateway M-7315u Laptop, Windows Vista, Main router Linksys G
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
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    May 18, 2009 7:51 AM (in response to TD109)
    Press *and hold* the shift key while opening itunes. More detail:
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=iTunesWin/8.1/en/15502.html
    iMac 10.5 or WinXP SP3, Other OS, external hard drive, B-W U2 iPod, 1G shuffle, 2nd gen Nano
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
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    May 18, 2009 8:39 AM (in response to TD109)
    Make sure the itunes preference to copy files is turned off.


    then just drag the top-level folder of music from your exHD (showing in Windows Explorer) over into the blank itunes library window. Alternatively, you can use file > add folder .
    iMac 10.5 or WinXP SP3, Other OS, external hard drive, B-W U2 iPod, 1G shuffle, 2nd gen Nano
  • gc64 Calculating status...
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    May 18, 2009 8:57 AM (in response to TD109)
    i created a new itunes library, but how do i get back to my original itunes library?
    antec, Windows XP Pro
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
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    May 18, 2009 11:46 AM (in response to TD109)
    itunes menu > edit > preferences > advanced tab
    iMac 10.5 or WinXP SP3, Other OS, external hard drive, B-W U2 iPod, 1G shuffle, 2nd gen Nano
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
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    May 18, 2009 7:26 PM (in response to TD109)
    OK, you're good to go on the copy files, then.
    Just drag the root F: over into itunes. That sounds like the top-level folder. You don't need to add each artist folder one-by-one, in other words.


    You'll get used to Vista, just give it time and read the helps. Hahaha. I am still on XP but my PC is slowly giving signs of hardware failure, so it won't be long before Vista & I get acquainted.
    iMac 10.5 or WinXP SP3, Other OS, external hard drive, B-W U2 iPod, 1G shuffle, 2nd gen Nano
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
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    May 20, 2009 5:11 PM (in response to TD109)
    That does sound like it is trying to copy the files to the laptop's hard drive. It should be leaving them on the exHD and just creating its database files that point to the exHD for all the songs.



    Are you sure the 'copy files' setting is unchecked?
    http://support.apple.com/kb/TA26579
    That article is still valid for itunes 8.



    Close itunes and when you reopen it, is that setting still checked? Maybe it is not saving that setting.
    iMac 10.5 or WinXP SP3, Other OS, external hard drive, B-W U2 iPod, 1G shuffle, 2nd gen Nano
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
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    May 20, 2009 5:24 PM (in response to TD109)
    Well then the problem is perhaps your Vista permissions on the folder where itunes is trying to make its library file. I just noticed it was only trying to make an ~100 KB file, which sounds about right for some library files.



    Give yourself full control and ownership of this folder and all subfolders:
    C:\Users\ username \
    by using these directions
    How to Take Ownership and Grant Permissions in Windows Vista



    Relaunch itunes and see if it works now.
    iMac 10.5 or WinXP SP3, Other OS, external hard drive, B-W U2 iPod, 1G shuffle, 2nd gen Nano
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
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    May 20, 2009 6:38 PM (in response to TD109)
    No worries. You need to drag the F: drive into the itunes window - not some folder.
    Dragging it into a folder is what is trying to make copies.
    Just drag it into the itunes library windows. Or use itunes menu > FIle > Add Folder and browse out to F:


    Best of luck!
    iMac 10.5 or WinXP SP3, Other OS, external hard drive, B-W U2 iPod, 1G shuffle, 2nd gen Nano
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