9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 26, 2011 11:03 AM by turingtest2
majenks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello all,

I'm trying to move about 30 GB of music off of an old G3 onto an external hard drive. Last year, I followed a somewhat erroneous online tutorial. I copied and pasted the music onto the hard drive manually, pointed iTunes to the new location via Advanced Preferences, and then hit the "Consolidate Library" button.

Unfortunately, I had the "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" check box clicked, and iTunes duplicated every single file, adding a " 1" to the end of each. I had to do a manual search and deleted every single file using the Finder. It was awful, and I've postponed making a second attempt until now.

The entire iTunes Music library is still sitting on my external drive. I've done more research since then, and I am hopeful that if I point iTunes to the external hard drive and consolidate the library again, "Copy files" check box unclicked, that it will recognize the location of the files without making duplicate copies.

Am I right? If I unclick the "Copy files" box, will it recognize the new location? Do I also need to unclick the "Keep iTunes Music folder organized" box? I don't want to start from scratch and move the files again. It takes about eight hours with my old computer and super-slow USB port.

Any help is appreciated.

iBook G3, Mac OS X (10.2.x), iTunes 8
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,440 points)
    an alternative approach, which doesn't require any fiddling with the settings and avoids duplicates altogether, would be to copy the entire iTunes folder (not just the iTunes media folder) to the external HD. then, launch iTunes while holding the option key, click on +choose library+ when prompted, and select the iTunes folder on the external.

    JGG

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (54,415 points)
    Jolly Giant wrote:
    an alternative approach, which doesn't require any fiddling with the settings and avoids duplicates altogether, would be to copy the entire iTunes folder (not just the iTunes media folder) to the external HD. then, launch iTunes while holding the option key, click on +choose library+ when prompted, and select the iTunes folder on the external.

    This only works if the iTunes Media (or iTunes Music) folder is inside the main iTunes folder which I'm not certain is the case here.

    If the task is as stated in the subject line then this script should do it:
    http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=movefilesfold

    If, as I suspect, the library is split across the drives, with the library files in one location and the media in the other then it is possible to put the library into a portable format by copying the library files into the parent folder of the media folder and the using the option-start-iTunes method to open the library files in their new location.

    Assuming the parent folder wasn't already called iTunes you can create a new folder called iTunes and move the library files and media folder together into this folder and then use option-start-iTunes again.

    If you've not already done so upgrade to *iTunes Media Organisation* by selecting the option *Library > Organize Library > Reorganize files in the folder <Media Folder>*.

    If the media folder isn't called *iTunes Media* then, with iTunes closed, this can be renamed and iTunes should automatically adjust.

    Backup the library before starting, test things after each change and undo the last action if something doesn't work for you...

    tt2
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,440 points)
    congrats on making L4, btw

    JGG

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (54,415 points)
    Thank you

    tt2
  • majenks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I do have a library file on the external hard drive that should pull the music from the hard drive--I'll try the "option+library" method and see how it works. Does it work with iTunes 8, to your knowledge? I've been using that method for some time to manage various iPhoto libraries, but I thought that the "choose library" method didn't work with iTunes. Maybe that has changed.

    I'm still curious, though, if the "Consolidate Library" command would force iTunes to recognize the library that exists on the external hard drive.
  • majenks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No dice. I thought I had updated iTunes to 8, but I'm actually at 7.7.1. I had repaired my iTunes library on my iMac, with a newer version, and the G3 won't recognize the library because it's too new. I'm back to trying to consolidate the library. Does anyone know the answer to my original question?
  • Mac-Win Harmony Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    @ turingtest2 - But, if there are already duplicates; will you need to first delete the dup's (musicxx 1.m4a, musicxx 2.m4a, etc within the target music location) before doing the above process?

     

    Thanks

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (54,415 points)

    Deduping is a separate issue from consolidating without eating up more hard drive space. Doug's Scripts has some tools for deduping on Macs. I don't have access to a Mac but I assume Doug's tools only process tracks that are are in the library. If you are consolidating into a folder which may have disconnected files then these should be linked to iTunes before trying to dedupe. If done properly the order of of the processes, deduping and consolidating, shouldn't make any difference to the eventual outcome.

     

    Perhaps it would be better to start a thread of your own with your specific issues as opposed to tacking onto a thread that has been dormant for 10 months...

     

    tt2

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (54,415 points)

    BTW, if you're running Windows I have a DeDuper script that can clear up that type of duplicate.

     

    tt2