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I am having a similar problem and after much frustration am resorting to re-copying ALL of my c.d.'s onto my external hard drive. This is because the first external hard drive I had crashed! The problem now is what to do with the purchases made from I-Tunes? These songs also have an "!" next to it with the message ".... cannot be located...." and it then looks for it on my :C drive. Any ideas of how to get these purchased songs back onto my hard drive?
By-the-way I can still play all of my music on my Apple tv.
Okay...so I did a "Reset" (which reset it to my C drive) in Edit>Preferences>Advanced and then redirected iTunes back to my E drive where I want it get the music files. Then I DID get the prompt referred to above, however, that didn't help and the same problem exists. This is getting really frustrating.
Problem solved...well sort of. What I didn't realize is that what Edit>Preferences>Advanced does is ONLY instruct iTunes where to put new music that is downloaded...it has nothing to do with getting existing music. Now, what I did was go to File>Add Folder to Library and choose the file where I want to get music from (in this case, per the above posts, my E drive). All of the E drive was added to my iTunes Library. My only mistake was that I added the E drive BEFROE deleting what is in the library, so now I have TWO of every song in the library...one pointing to my C drive and one pointing to my E drive. Any one know how to delete JUST the songs pointing to the C drive from my library???
PROMBLEM TOTALLY SOLVED. To delete the duplicates, I simply went to File>Display Duplicates, sorted by Date Added (right click on the coloum title and select from the list) and then deleted anything that was not added today (remember that I added everything from E Drive to my library today). All looks to be okay.
I guess if you had to delete the original references, it did.
Can anyone offer an alternative? Half the files in my library can be found, the other half can't. If I look at the info for the tracks I discover:
Doesn't work: file://localhost/F:/iTunes/iTunes Music/
Works: F:\iTunes\iTunes Music
Is there a way I can edit a file to change all the file://localhost references to the one that works?
I need to update some locations in my iTunes library from
I've found that just editing the iTunes Library.xml doesn't work, it gets the old references from the iTunes Library.itl file.
Can anyone suggest a way of fixing?