8 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2010 11:35 AM by Trevor C
Trevor C Level 1 (95 points)
Hi all,

My iMac G5 running 10.4.11 died recently (dead logic board). I've just bought a new iMac running 10.6.2 as a replacement, and here's the second of what I expect may be a few questions.

All my music, videos etc from iTunes are backed up safely on an external HD. How do I import the entire library into iTunes 9 on my new iMac? I tried just "add to library" and pointing at the folder, and whilst that did transfer the songs, it missed the videos, iPod touch applications, and playlists etc.

Is there a way to just import everything?

Regards,

Trevor

IMac 2010 & iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Niel Level 10 (298,252 points)
    Launch iTunes with the Option key held down, click on Choose Library, and point it there. This requires that the backup contain the iTunes database files.

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  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 (6,480 points)
    If the HD of your dead Mac is still in working condition why not put it into an ext HD case and transfer your Home folder to the new Mac?

    MJ
  • Trevor C Level 1 (95 points)
    Niel,

    Tried that on someone else's suggestion, but didn't work - I'm guessing the database files may be missing. I didn't have too many playlists, so I may just start from scratch. Give me a chance to re-evaluate my groupings!

    Trevor
  • Trevor C Level 1 (95 points)
    MJ,

    Good suggestion. I'm planning to retrieve the HD and use it externally at some stage (if only to rescue about three weeks worth of photos that weren't backed up!) but also want to use the "new computer" opportunity to start with a clean slate. We'd let the old one get in a bit of a mess!

    Regards,

    Trevor
  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 (6,480 points)
    If iTunes was working before the logic board died then the files in the iTunes folder would be there and should be usable.

    If you are not concerned about ratings, date added info etc., then starting with a clean slate could be a good idea.

    MJ
  • ménage-à-trois Level 3 (565 points)
    Trevor C wrote:
    I'm planning to retrieve the HD and use it externally at some stage


    if the old Mac is otherwise operational, you could try to connect it to your network by ethernet cable and use *screen sharing* to get stuff you need right now.
  • Trevor C Level 1 (95 points)
    Menage,

    The old one won't even power up.

    Thanks.

    Trevor

    Message was edited by: Trevor C
  • Trevor C Level 1 (95 points)
    MJ,

    Ratings; never saw the need to use them
    Play counts; not interested.
    Date added; occasionally came in handy, but could live without the old info.

    In short, I think I'm going to start afresh.

    Thanks.