4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 26, 2012 6:11 PM by mark2542
mark2542 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have been using a 2007 MacPro laptop, using OSX 10.6.4 for several years. I have my Itunes library on an external hard drive. I purchased a new MacPro laptop recently with 10.7.3. Both seem to be using Itunes 10.6. When I plug in the external hard drive Itunes doesn't see a library file, and no tunes are shown. I see the lists of files, but can't sync to a library file. I pluged in my Ipod Classic and about 1800 songs are in the new laptop Tunes media folder. But I cant get to the library where some 8000+ tunes, books, podcast's live. When I shift back to the old library no problems are noted. When I shift to the new laptop only the 1800 files it copied from from the Ipod are displayed. I seem to be able to tell it the library is external in advanced preferences, but no library can be found.

 

How does one get Lion to see the Itunes library on the external drive.

 

Thanks,

 

Mark


iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: Can't find iTunes library
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,870 points)

    mark2542 wrote:

     

    When I plug in the external hard drive Itunes doesn't see a library file, and no tunes are shown. I see the lists of files, but can't sync to a library file.

    Is there actually an iTunes library.itl file on the external or is it only the iTunes media folder? Looks like it is only the iTunes media folder. This is not the library.

    I seem to be able to tell it the library is external in advanced preferences, but no library can be found.

    iTunes prefs Advanced does not tell iTunes where the library is.

    It tell siTUnes where the media is to go.

     

    Copy the entire /Music/iTunes folder from old computer to /Music/ on new computer then launch iTunes.

  • 2. Re: Can't find iTunes library
    mark2542 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't see an .itl file on the external disk, but using my old laptop it finds and accesses the music, podcasts, etc. I don't have a desire to use the new laptop as the storage device for Itunes. I might have copy into the new mac, the make a new external file again. We shall see.

  • 3. Re: Can't find iTunes library
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,870 points)

    I don't have a desire to use the new laptop as the storage device for Itunes.

    Then don't.

    Just copy the entire /Music/iTunes folder from old computer to /Music/ on new computer then launch iTunes.

    iTunes will use the library files from this folder and use the media files on the external, just as on the other computer.

    I might have copy into the new mac, the make a new external file again.

    No you won't have to "make a new external file".

  • 4. Re: Can't find iTunes library
    mark2542 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I must not being doing something correctly. I plugged my external drive into the new laptop. I went to the external drive and copied the files from the Itunes Media folder to the new laptop music (In the finder window). folder. It looked like it copied something for about 40 minutes.

     

    On the new laptop the same partial load from my Ipod classic is still present, none of the other 7000 music files seem to be present. Not sure what got copied where but it doesnt show up on the new laptop.

     

    When I plug my external drive into my old laptop I have access to all 8000+ tunes/podcasts/books.

     

    Also when I then turn on my new laptop I can get access to all my files by homesharing. But I am giving the old laptop to my wife and still want to get to mt external hd library.

     

    So the question remains how do I get all my tunes on my external drive to be seen and played by my new laptop.

     

    Sigh....

     

    Thanks

     

    Mark