Question re: moving iTunes library to new computer where files have different file path?

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  1. GadgetGuru72

    GadgetGuru72 New Member

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    Hi everyone-

    I just got a new laptop and need to transfer my iTunes library to the new computer.

    On my old computer, the hard drive was partitioned into a "C" drive and an "F" drive. The new laptop is just "C."

    Since my iTunes library was on the "F" partition on the old laptop, the file path for all the files is going to change when I transfer to the new laptop.

    I can find dozens and dozens of articles online about how to move iTunes to a new computer, but none of them seem to address the file path issue.

    Does anyone know where I can find detailed instructions on how to make this work?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Europa

    Europa Moderator
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    You can go from a Mac to Windows and vice versa without problems, so going from a Windows F drive to a Windows C drive shouldn't be a problem. Just follow the steps for consolidating files, backing up to secondary media, placing the backed-up files on the new computer, signing in and then syncing.
     
  3. GadgetGuru72

    GadgetGuru72 New Member

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    Thanks, but I'm still a little confused. What I am concerned about is that my iTunes library file (the .itl file) thinks all the underlying music and app files are in the "F" drive. So, when I open that library file on the new computer, it's going to look for the "F" drive, which doesn't exist, and I'll be left with a library full of dead links with an "!" next to every single file in my library. What I'm trying to figure out is how to tell iTunes to look in the new location.

    Sorry if I'm overlooking something obvious, but I'm confused.
     
  4. Europa

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    I understand your concern. It should change it if you follow all the steps. For example, a Mac doesn't have a C drive, yet this method works when switching from Windows to a Mac.

    Just for peace of mind, even if it didn't work, you would just have to go into the iTunes preferences afterwards and point it to the correct drive and folder.
     

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