I have an external HD with all the music supposedly on it (my son made the copy), but how do I get all this music back into my iTunes library? I know, I can connect the HD to my computer & copy all my old music files back to the desktop, but iTunes will not "find" them. I found if I merely copy a file rather than move it,
In iTunes on your new computer, go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced, and check the box for "Copy files..."
Now connect your external hard drive and add the files to your iTunes library.
Thanks! I'll give this a try tomorrow...I had thought of creating a new folder on my desktop & copying all the music into that, then open iTunes & copy from the new desktop folder. I also have an old Creative zen player, which has most of my classical music on it; they have free downloadable software that's supposed to work with win 7, but iTunes converted it to the Apple format, so I'm afraid to hook that up. Also I have a Phillips MP3 player with music that's no longer on any of my storage devices, I don't know if they've even upgraded their software to work with win 7 or Apple format. Both of these devices are about 10 yrs old, but work like new. But, they haven't been synced in at least 6 years.