Moving a massive iTunes library
by tomselliott - 3/15/12 9:12 PM
Hi, I'm hoping someone can help with this...
I am an obsessive music collector. My music is saved on a 2 TB drive inside my Mac Pro and it's now out of space. Everything is loaded into iTunes perfectly (tags/art/etc.). It's taken years. Now I have a problem though. I have more music and want to keep the library together. The library itself is not managed by iTunes. That's because I divide the music into different folders by musical genre and then have a uniform way of labeling each folder (Artist - Year - Album [type of file]).
I am about to buy a massive external storage device that can save much more than 2 TB. I'd like to keep all of this music together exactly as it is and just move the whole thing over. Problem is, the iTunes won't know where the files have gone and I can't find an automated way to let it know. As an experiment, I've tried moving single albums at a time. As soon as iTunes can't find the tracks, I point it to the right place. Unfortunately, you have to click a file instead of just a new hard drive. After you point it to the right file, it will check that folder automatically for all of the other files currently missing their original data. But because I keep each album in a separate folder, this would require me manually pointing 1,000s of albums on iTunes to their new home.
Has anyone had an issue like this? I'd love to be able to keep expanding this library and not have two separate libraries spread out over multiple drives.
Any help is greatly appreciated.