I just replaced my optical drive with an SSD, which I now boot off of (Lion, fresh install). I'd like to keep my iTunes folder on the original drive, which is still in the computer as well. When I used Migration Assistant I had it skip the Music folder.

I haven't been able to get iTunes 10 to "see" the old library in its current location on the other drive. I've gone into Preferences-->Advanced-->Change and selected all of the different folders in the old Music folder, but iTunes never sees my music. Thanks!

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The easiest is to start with a fresh and empty folder in the new ~/Music directory.

Fire up iTunes and tell it to use the media folder on the the external drive and quit iTunes after making whatever settings you want about copying files / organization. I would recommend leaving both selected.

Then move just the artwork folder and the itdb / xml files into place and replace the "empty" files that got created on the local ~/Music/iTunes folder. (basically use Finder to move everything back except the folder containing the media.)

When you start iTunes it should run a quick check to make sure all the files are working and you can proceed with your app management / music enjoyment.

  • This is a little like doing apple.stackexchange.com/questions/701/… in reverse.
    – bmike
    Commented Aug 11, 2011 at 20:16
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    So happy it worked (not surprised, but glad). PSA Pro Tip: make sure to back up your external music as well as your boot drive. :-)
    – bmike
    Commented Aug 11, 2011 at 20:38
  • Hey, just what I needed, and worked for me too. Thanks much.
    – Eric
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 17:58

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