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A year or so ago, the 500gb drive in my MacBook Pro was filling up because of my iTunes media.  I got a Time Capsule for backup and also moved my library to it.  Now my Time Capsule is nearly full so I had someone install a 1TB drive into my MacBook Pro.

I want to move the iTunes Media back onto the laptop.

I believe I have correctly followed the steps to move my iTunes library and media back to my MacBook, but it doesn't look like it has worked.

I did the following:
Went into iTunes preferences and set it to keep the media folder organized
In iTunes preferences checked the option to copy files added to the library
In iTunes Advanced clicked the Change button in the iTunes Media folder location pane and set it to the root director "\" on my laptop
Let it do its thing

When I look to see if there's a media folder, I can't see it.  When I check info on a song or audio book, the media is still on the external drive or sometimes still in the old original folder on the MacBook Pro.

I have noticed that since "moving" my library, the files I just downloaded today have gone into a folder off the root.  So it looks like the "move" is working for new files, but my old ones are sitting in one place on the laptop and another place on the external drive.

Most of all, I want to have everything in one place and off of the Time Capsule.  I could use a second external drive that's connected to the Mac or just have it on the internal one.

Any ideas why I've got what I've got or what I can do to get to where I want to be?
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Eoin OSullivan earned 2000 total points
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The first thing I note is that the Media Folder location you set is not correct or standard.

On OSX it is normal to keep the Music in a folder inside your User folder as it ensures that all the music files will have correct access permissions.
This is the typical user music folder path
"/Users/YOURUSERNAME/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music"

You should look in your HOME folder for a Music folder and then inside for iTunes and iTunes Music subfolders.

If you wish to stick with the media folder on the root of your drive then I'd recommend you change the folder access permissions to give your user full read/write permissions on the folder and all subfolders to minimise access issues.
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Thanks.  I'll check those things out.
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Shoot.  I must have shut this down with saving my final comment.  Here goes again:

I took you advice and got the Media Folder in the right place.

Next I consolidated the file so that everything got copied into the Media Folder.

Then I went through looking for missing files and went through the process of locating them so I had copies of everything in the media folder.

After some spot testing, I was confident I had everything that had been based on my external drive and I deleted those external folders.

Having erred on the side of being certain, I ended up with lots and lots of duplicates.  So my next step was to weed out the extras.

As far as I know, knock on wood, I have only one copy of everything and they are all in the Media Folder.

All is well.  Thanks for your help.
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