4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2010 3:50 PM by Anna_H
csrredcoat Level 1 Level 1
How do I move my entire itunes library and playlists from XP to 7? I tried replacing the Itunes folderin 7 with my XP itunes folder and everything shows up but all the files show missing when I try to play them. It seems this is due to different mapping of the file structures. How can I do this...Please help!


Dell Inspiron E1505
  • Anna_H Level 1 Level 1
    I hope you find an answer because I posted about this the other day and haven't received an answer yet.
  • Pamela Gadsden Level 3 Level 3
    You need to do this in XP before you move the library :

    +Fortunately, you can easily update to the new iTunes 9 Media Folder layout right from within iTunes itself. To do this, simply select File, Library, Organize Library from the iTunes menu, and you’ll be presented with a dialog box with the option to either Consolidate your files or upgrade to the new iTunes Media organization.+
    http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/moving-your-itunes-library-to -a-new-hard-drive

    Now follow the rest of the articles about moving iTunes .
  • Anna_H Level 1 Level 1
    I have downloaded iTunes 9 (64 bit) to my new laptop now, and I managed to get it to find one song in my library. Short of telling it to find every single one of my 1000 or so songs and videos individually, is there an easy way to get the new laptop to find the files on the external drive? I've been searching through the knowledge base and keep seeing posts and information about backing up the library and so on, but nothing about switching from one OS to another. I tried what was posted above, but found the linked article very long and it didn't seem to cover what I'm trying to do.

    I'd really like to be able to get this done so I can sync my iPod again on a machine that will be able to recognize a USB 2.0 port for what it is and not as two USB 1.0 ports (my old laptop has issues).

  • Anna_H Level 1 Level 1
    Well, ignore my previous post. I managed to get iTunes to find my library finally. Once I did the consolidate library thing that Pam posted on my old laptop, I started up iTunes on the new one and hooked up the external drive.

    This is what I did next:
    1. Went to File > Add File to Library
    2. Once the dialog popped up I navigated to my external drive and just clicked on the iTunes folder there.

    It took a couple minutes, but it did pull in my libary. The only thing missing is my playlists. I'll just look at the iPod to figure out what they were and rebuild them. Considering most were built off the albums that I've downloaded.

    I hope this helps you out.