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Trasferring your iTunes library from one hard drive to another

December 22, 2008 by · 25 Comments 

iTunes 8.0.0.
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First, a word of warning: This worked for me, but it may not work for you. So do your backups first and double check.

I ran out of space on my external 500GB drive. I got a new 1TB drive external drive, and I wanted to transfer my iTunes library from one to another without having to reconstitute my library.

  1. First, I went into iTunes preferences and went to the Advanced tab and selected the new hard drive as my iTunes Folder Music location
  2. At this point, the iTunes application started doing something, which I think may have been the reorganization of where my files were, but not the actual transfer of media files.
  3. Lastly, I exited the Preferences pane and went to File -> Library -> Consolidate Library from the main menu. This began the process of copying all the files from the old drive where the media was still located and where iTunes had them indexed to the new drive. This took several hours for the amount of media I have.

After it was done, the new drive had all the media on it.

I hope this helps.

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