Migrating iTunes Libraries from 2 drives = no joy.
by Phil Watkins - 9/21/10 7:02 AM
The first rule of holes is when you realize you're in a hole stop digging.
On my G5 Tower, I had two hard drives. HD1 has all my applications & such, while HD2 is larger & contains all my working files.
HD2 also was where I was keeping my iTunes Music Library.
At some point during an OS 10.5 upgrade, iTunes created a new Music Library on HD1 and began saving all new music & podcasts to that file. It was still recognizing the music in the HD1 disc Library, so I didn't notice this issue for a while.
Now I have the new i7 iMac with the 1TB HD. I've pulled everything from the old G5 Tower over via Target Mode, and that captured everything from HD1. Target Mode didn't recognize the HD2, so I copied those files over manually (likely mistake number one).
Once I fired up iTunes on the iMac, it saw the music & stuff from the Music Library on HD1, but there was an exclamation mark on the songs that were from HD2.
Went to File > Library > Organize Library & clicked that, but nothing happened.
Reading on the Apple Support Forum, I noticed that someone posted about going to Preferences > Advanced > iTunes Media Folder Location, and putting in the location of the older Music Library on HD1. Did that, and then ran Organize Library, but that didn't do much other than mark ALL my songs with an exclamation point (can't find).
So at this point, rather than jack things around even more, I'll run this up the flagpole & see if any of you Apple-savvy people has a solution for me.
Know I can go into iTunes & do a song-by-song re-link of all the files, but at 9233 items, that would kind of take a while.
Wondering if I can dump the iTunes from the iMac and pull over the copy I have on a backup drive, or if that will create different set of problems. : (