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Making iTunes library find missing tracks in multiple, not one by one

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jonnyreggae Calculating status...
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Mar 23, 2010 3:32 AM
OK so this is a problem that has been dogging me for a few weeks now. Due to lack of space on both my laptop and external drive my music files have been in 2 separate places. I finally bought myself a TB drive and have moved all of my files to the new drive. 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?

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? If I moved all of my existing folders into this new Music folder I would have the same problem with iTunes not being able to find files but for th whole of my collection.

I really dont want to have to create a new library as it is imperitive that I keep my library ordered in Date Added order.

Any help on this greatly appreciated.
Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
    jonnyreggae wrote:
    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+ ... ?
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  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
    while i do some searching, read this, especially the part about +media organization+ in iTunes 9.

    i'll be back
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  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
    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
  • siamless Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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
  • siamless Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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
  • turbobo Calculating status...

    Thanks a million siamless!

  • CS_80 Calculating status...

    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.

  • chopshopstore Calculating status...

    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?

  • chopshopstore Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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.

  • zmrw03 Calculating status...

    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..

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)

    zmrw03 wrote:

     

    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).

  • apatrides Calculating status...

    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.

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