Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2010 4:31 AM (in response to jonnyreggae)
However, the iTunes library now cannot find around 2000 files. Every time I click to play the exclamation mark pops up and i have to manually find the new location, and there is no function to make the library realise that it could find all the missing files there. Is there any way round this problem?
this script could be useful
Second problem is that now I have pointed iTunes in the right direction to the new drive (Lacie/iTunes) there seems to be a new folder created by iTunes called Music to which new imports are added. This folder sits in amongst all my other artist folders. How can I get iTunes to not do this?
in iTunes > preferences > advanced, did you check +keep iTunes media folder organized+ and +copy files to iTunes media folder+ ... ?15"MBP SR/C2D/2,4 GHz/4 GB Mini 3,1/C2D/2.26 GHZ/2 GB , Mac OS X (10.6.2), TC 'sim-d' 500 GB AEBSn 2x AX (b/g) ATV 40 GB Touch 2G OS 3.1.3
Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2010 4:43 AM (in response to Jolly Giant)many thanks JG.
Regard the script, this just does the same job as iTunes does already but in a different way, it will only do one track at a time I think? I need one that will allow you to tell itunes that all the missing files will be in roots of one folder and let it do its work otherwise I'll spend the next month doing it one by one.
Secondly yes it's checked. I think the problem is in the way that the latest iTunes orders stuff, it will automatically create a folder called Music to store newly imported tracks.
Appreciate the answers though mate, cheers.Mac Book Pro
Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2010 5:00 AM (in response to jonnyreggae)while i do some searching, read this, especially the part about +media organization+ in iTunes 9.
i'll be back15"MBP SR/C2D/2,4 GHz/4 GB Mini 3,1/C2D/2.26 GHZ/2 GB , Mac OS X (10.6.2), TC 'sim-d' 500 GB AEBSn 2x AX (b/g) ATV 40 GB Touch 2G OS 3.1.3
Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2010 5:05 AM (in response to Jolly Giant)okay, here's some more:
_*How to find and remove duplicate items in your iTunes library*_
http://www.araxis.com/find-duplicate-files/ (free trial)
rasta !15"MBP SR/C2D/2,4 GHz/4 GB Mini 3,1/C2D/2.26 GHZ/2 GB , Mac OS X (10.6.2), TC 'sim-d' 500 GB AEBSn 2x AX (b/g) ATV 40 GB Touch 2G OS 3.1.3
Currently Being ModeratedMar 23, 2010 5:36 AM (in response to Jolly Giant)Cheers man, although none of those are what I need (I don't have any problems with multiples copies) that last site looks the business! I have dropped him a line to see if he can help.
JRMac Book Pro
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2010 11:08 PM (in response to jonnyreggae)Did you get an answer yet? As to my undersanding this script find duplicates rather than missing files... is this correct?MacPro 5,1, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2x2.8
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2010 11:55 PM (in response to jonnyreggae)When I clicked on the missing title (which is indicated by a "!") iTunes asked my to locate the file; after finding it using Spotlight it was added. Then iTunes asked me if I want to locate similar files which I confirmed an there - all missing files where found.
However, I had to UNCHECK "keep iTunes Media folder organized" BEFORE doing this. After I rechecked it again.
Hope this helps...MacPro 5,1, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2x2.8
Currently Being ModeratedJun 18, 2011 9:45 AM (in response to siamless)
Thanks a million siamless!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 22, 2011 12:06 PM (in response to turbobo)
did this actually work for you though?
iTunes asks me if I wanted to locate similar files in that folder (if i uncheck "keep itunes media organized")
..but then takes no action in that direction at all.
this feature lack, of not finding multiple missing files, is such a monumental pain in the butt.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 10, 2011 8:01 AM (in response to jonnyreggae)
Oh MY god. Why is this function always a failure! I mean… allow me to vent here. I can literally see an entire album of missing tracks. Show iTunes where one is and then it asks if I want to find other missing tracks — AND THE REST OF THE MISSING TRACKS ARE RIGHT THERE IN THE SAME @#$%^& FOLDER and it says it cannot find any more of the 1,800 missing tracks. Does this actually EVER succeed in finding missing files?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 10, 2011 8:06 AM (in response to CS_80)
Yeah… I got nothing. The find other files thing is a ruse. It NEVER finds a single other file for me. I tried all the above.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 15, 2011 9:28 AM (in response to chopshopstore)
Happens to me a lot because I use a network drive to store content. Occasionally after upgrades, iTunes "helps" me by automatically refreshing the content and if the drive hasn't been mapped yet (say after a restart) it shows all my files as not found. In my case, they ARE exactly where the "Get Info" says they are, but because the last time it referenced them they were offline, it shows my libraries (on AppleTV, say) to be empty. I've just gotten in the habit of deleting all of them from iTunes, (leaving files in place) and adding them back. Happy to hear if someone else has any luck getting this method to work. I never get the prompt to find other files..
Currently Being ModeratedDec 15, 2011 11:39 AM (in response to zmrw03)
Happens to me a lot because I use a network drive to store content.
If the whole library (not just media) is on an external drive, start iTunes with the option key held down and guide it to library file on the external. If your library file is on the internal then you may want to consider keeping it on the external to facilitate this procedure.
Note, your question is not identical to the original poster's and would best be addressed in a separate topic (quite apart from the fact that this is an old, old thread).
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2012 3:30 PM (in response to jonnyreggae)
MacBook Air-Late 2010, OS v10.7.2, 2.13 GHz Intel Core Duo, memory 4GB, iTunes 10.5.3, storing ALL iTunes content locally. Using 1TB external hard drive for Time Machine backup ONLY.
I have never messed around with any settings in iTunes, I have always let it do its organizing the way the default settings dictate.
iTunes has been losing the location of my files randomly in just the last few weeks, as far as I can tell. I have over 20,000 files and I have been noticing it every day lately.
The way Apple has been not addressing this issue is atrocious. Clearly this has been happening to many users. We need a simple, one-click solution to this problem that fixes the problem and we need it soon. Seems like I can get back everything by entering Time Machine but it is a heinous process when iTunes has lost HUNDREDS of file locations. Please give us an efficient solution.