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  • Buzzby75 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi

     

    I  know theres already a lot of discussions about transferring music to a  new laptop, but I think my case is a little bit different.

     

    I have all my music stored on my hard drive in a folder named music (not the itunes folder) a lot which was ripped from CD to that folder.

     

    I have transferred all this music in to itunes from that folder.

     

    Now I have a new laptop and need to transfer everything over.

     

    Its from Windows 7 to Windows 8

     

    How should I go about doing this?

     

    Many thanks

     

    Buzz

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,480 points)

    Where are the iTunes library files? What is the path to the media folder? If everything is in a "portable" shape, i.e. a library folder containing a media folder, it can be copied from one computer to another to any path and it will just work. See make a split library portable for details. Alternatively the library should remain working if the library folder is copied to any path and the media folder is retored to exactly the same path it currently occupies.

     

    If you want to give me more details I could make specific suggestions.

     

    tt2

  • Buzzby75 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    On my current laptop it my music is stored on the (D:) drive. The path to all my music is D:\Music. In which each album is stored in a seperate folder (In the music folder). None of this music has been purchased from iTunes.

    I have added all this music to iTunes from this folder.

     

    Then I have  on my (C:) drive my iTunes folder which has stuff that was purchased from iTunes. The path to this is C:\Users\Chris Lawrence\Music\iTunes

     

    Now I have a new laptop and want to transfer it all over so it goes back into iTunes.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,480 points)

    Simply copy the entire iTunes folder from <User's Music> on the old laptop into <User's Music> on the new one. You can do this via a network share, or by coping to, and then from, your external drive. If you've already installed iTunes delete the current iTunes folder on the new laptop before copying in the old one. Make sure the external drive is given the same D: drive letter on the new computer and fire up iTunes. It will work.

     

    If you want to make the process less painless next time the split library post should explain how to rearrange the library so that it lives as \iTunes on the external drive. It would then be easy to clone the folder to a second drive as a backup and use the shift-start-iTunes method to connect to the library on any computer running the same build of iTunes.

     

    tt2

  • Blue7870 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Turingtest2,

    You have been so helpful to everyone, I hope you can help me, too! We lost our computer to a power surge recently, but all of my iTunes media is stored on an external hard drive G. (where I want to keep it.)  I have followed your instructions earlier in this post and in others about creating the G:\iTunes\iTunes Media and all seemed to be going correctly after I installed iTunes on our new PC. However, when I get to the step File>add folder to library, it doesn't recognize G:\iTunes\iTunes Media as a single entity but wants to break it down into each individual folder. I tried highlighting all but it boils down to finding each individual file. With over 10,000 songs I don't think that is practical and would appreciate any insight you can offer!!!

    Let me know what other information you may need. Thanks!

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,480 points)

    Press ALT or CTRL+B to display the menu bar, then use File > Add Folder to Library.

     

    tt2

  • Blue7870 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    THANKS so much!!!!! ! That was it. Everything has transferred and is working fine, the videos, music, etc. BUT It does appear that my playlists are gone...  which I can live with if I must but any guidance you have there would be deeply appreciated!

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,480 points)

    If you have a backup you could restore the library files from that and then bring it up to date by adding in the media folder again to update it with any new additions to the library.

     

    Move the current Album Artwork file and the five library files (iTunes Library.itl, iTunes Library Extras.itdb, iTunes Library Genius.itdb, iTunes Music Library.xml and sentinel [hidden]) from the iTunes folder into a backup folder in case you need to restore them, then restore the same set of files from the backup of your library into the iTunes folder. As long as the external drive is on the same path/drive letter that it had before it should work.

     

    tt2

  • jamiefromfort mill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for replying.

    What I did was follow directions I found on Apple. I authorized both computers, on new computer did a select all once I saw the library file and hit the import button.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,480 points)

    This migrate iTunes library post shows how I would recommend that you do it. This gives the new computer the same library that was on the old one, not just the same media.

     

    tt2

  • cjclivio Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey I've been reading threw this and I feel like my issue is similar yet not solved in this discussion. turingtest2 you seem like you would be able to help me..

     

    My Itunes Library has been stored on an external drive while I access it on my Macbook Pro (using the latest version of Itunes.) Recently I built a Windows 7 PC (For Gaming) that I now want to be able to access my Itunes library with. I installed Itunes, plugged in the external drive and opened it while holding down shift, chose the correct library file and Itunes opens my complete library with all of the info. Here's the issue: The entire library has exlamations next to the songs. My only guess is that it is because the drive is coming up as being the "E:" drive while on my Macbook (that I created the Library folder with) it is simply known as "file://localhost/volumes/harddrivename/music/library/artist/album/title"

     

    My question is can I change my Library file to open the music off of the E: drive on my PC but still open it without problem while on my Macbook?

     

    - Thanks, Cameron

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,480 points)

    See my post make a split library portable.

     

    My guess is that on the Mac in iTunes preferences the media folder is set up as //volumes/hardrivename/music/library ?

     

    If so you need to move the library files and album artwork folder into //volumes/hardrivename/music, then option-start iTunes to connect. Once you have accessed the library there, and it works, you can close iTunes, rename library as iTunes Media and restart iTunes. Once that is done, close iTunes, rename music as iTunes and reconnect. Lastly use File > Library > Organize Library and tick both boxes to put the library in the current format.

     

    You should find that you can now open the library when connected to the PC without any problems.

     

    tt2

  • mitraveler Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have following this thread and I thought I had done everything correctly.  However, I still cannot get iTunes to recognize the library and files on my external hard drive.  In addition, windows wants to add an iTunes folder to my internal drive each time.  Below is the organization of iTunes on my external drive:

     

    I also have the iTunes preference to \\WDTVLIVEPLUS\Elements\iTunes\iTunes Media

     

    However, iTunes finds no music or podcast files.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you

     

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  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,480 points)

    It should be a matter of shift-starting iTunes and connecting to the file \\WDTVLIVEPLUS\Elements\iTunes\iTunes Library.itl. Changing the media folder alone is not sufficient, and indeed may not be necessary after opening the library file, it only comes into play if you have multiple libraries each with non-standard media folder locations.

     

    Once it is working go to File > Library > Organize Library... and, if not greyed out, tick the box next to Rearrange files..., then click OK. In the current layout the only folders in the main iTunes folder should be Album Artwork, iTunes Media and Previous iTunes Libraries, everything else should end up inside iTunes Media. Move any remaining content in top level folders into iTunes Media\Automatically Add to iTunes to clean up.

     

    tt2

  • mitraveler Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your quick response.  I have now organized iTunes as you suggested.  I have shift started, choosing \\WDLIVEPLUS\Elements\iTunes\iTunesLibrary.itl.  But when iTunes opens, there are no files.  I have the advanced preference set correctly.  Any ideas?

     

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