TS1408: iTunes: Finding lost media and downloadsLearn about iTunes: Finding lost media and downloads
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2013 11:28 PM (in response to drewbie27)
Quit iTunes. Re-boot it while holding the option (alt) key down. You should be offered the chance to locate your library. Navigate to the 'iTunes' folder containing it.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 14, 2013 5:45 PM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)
Thanks. Unfortunately, this didn't work. I located the library but it still wouldn't find the songs. I wound up creating a new library, and just dragging all of the songs into iTunes. Now iTunes has the songs, but for some reason I can't sync all of them to my iPhone.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 14, 2013 10:38 PM (in response to drewbie27)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2013 2:17 AM (in response to drewbie27)
Our iTunes guru Terence Devlin advises the following:
1. Quit iTunes
2. Drag the iTunes folder from your internal hd - located in ~/Music folder - to your external hd. DO NOT delete the original one from your internal hd... yet!
3. When the transfer is complete, press and hold the Option(alt) key and fire up iTunes.
4. A "Choose iTunes Library" window will come up. Click on the "Choose Library" button.
5. Navigate to where the iTunes folder is located in the external hd.
6. Within the iTunes folder, select the iTunes Library file and click Choose...
That's it. iTunes will now display all your playlists, songs, movies, podcasts etc. At this point, should you wish, you can delete the iTunes folder from the internal hd to free up space.
Or if you prefer a more complicated explanation:
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2013 8:32 AM (in response to Klaus1)
Thanks! The problem was the way I had the folders set up on my external drive. I was directing the library to the main iTunes folder instead of of the iTunes Library subfolder as Klaus mentioned below. iTunes could only find some of my tracks. Once I re-directed the library it found them all. Thanks for all your help!