2873 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2010 10:31 AM by todd_stl
It depends on whether the entire iTunes folder, including all the library files, are on the external drive, or that drive contains only the music.
First, resetting the location of the iTunes Music folder in the iTunes preferences, by itself, only sets where future purchases and imports go. In and of itself it won't reset where iTunes looks for tracks already in the iTunes library. That's all contained in your former library files. If those were on the old computer and no longer available, use the Add Folder to Library command in iTunes and select the folder on the external drive that contains the tracks. That will get them into iTunes, though you'll have lost all your playlists, ratings, and playcounts (which are also in the iTunes library files).
If the iTunes library files are also on the external drive, launch iTunes while holding down the Shift key and navigate to and select the folder containing the library file.
If the library files were on the old computer but you still have access to it, you may be able to copy the library file to the same place on your new computer, presuming the path to the external drive remains the same.
Hope this helps.