I have a MacBook Air, which means I'm perpetually hitting my head on a low ceiling when it comes to hard drive (technically SSD) space. To make this a little less painful I put my music on a thumb drive, so that more critical things can be always available on my internal drive.
Not long ago I created a separate
iTunes Lite folder inside
~/Music, so that I can use it when my thumb drive is not plugged in, and just stream songs from iCloud.
Then today I ripped a CD to transfer it to my iPad, and first switched back to my normal iTunes directory. When I did this, I discovered that all of my iTunes data was gone! All my files are there, but nothing shows up in my library.
Here are the directories:
~/Music/iTunes Lite, a normal directory
~/Music/iTunes, a symbolic link pointing to
Cocois my thumb drive, of course.
I'm fairly confident I've done this without any problem before iTunes 11. How can I do it now? How can I recover my lost data?