2/4/16
8:07 am

Forum Question: How Do I Tell iTunes To Look for Hundreds Of Files In a New Location (besides One At a Time)?

We have a large iTunes library, mostly videos. It was too big to fit on the family Mac, so we put it on an external drive connected to our Mac. We unchecked the advanced setting “copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library,” essentially making all our iTunes movie icons simply aliases to the files on the external drive. This worked for a long time, but eventually we ran out of room on the external drive as well.

Yesterday, I bought a much larger external drive to move our library to, which I did last night. Naturally, when selecting one of the files within iTunes, it states the file is missing, and asks if I want to locate it. I’ve done this with over 20 files, thinking at some point (as it has in the past), it would ask if I want to look for other missing files in the same location, but I guess it doesn’t know they’re missing until we select them.

There are hundreds of files. Is there a way to tell iTunes that the whole library has moved besides one at a time?
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Cameron Price

Comments: 2 Responses to “How Do I Tell iTunes To Look for Hundreds Of Files In a New Location (besides One At a Time)?”

    2/4/16 @ 8:07 am

    Select all of the missing files in iTunes and delete them (iTunes doesn’t see them anyway, right?) Then drag and drop all of the files from the new location on to iTunes to add them back.

    Cameron
    2/4/16 @ 8:11 am

    I’m embarrassed I didn’t think of that. Thanks!

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