Rebuilding iTunes library and playlists... with a twist
Posted on 2015-02-11
Quick question: how do I rebuild corrupted iTunes music database/playlists, where the location of the library is NOT in the default location (it's on E rather than C).
I have a client who has a large (~35,000 tracks) iTunes collection on a Windows 7 PC.
The library is located on his E: drive. All has been working fine for the past couple of years.
He does a lot of tinkering: changing album titles slightly, renaming one or two of the genres ("holiday" to "Christmas", that sort of thing). He has about 25 custom playlists, some standard, some smart playlists.
Last week he upgraded to the new version of iTunes (18.104.22.168). After that, his collection disappeared because iTunes somehow reset the default location to his C drive. In fact, according to the client, iTunes appeared to move his collection over to C. I wasn't there so I can't verify that. Suffice to say he picked up the entire collection and dragged it back to E. However, iTunes lost track of where everything is.
I did this:
1. Copied his .itl and .xml files for his collection to the desktop, and deleted them from the standard location.
2. Started iTunes and went into preferences and pointed it to his collection on E.
3. Imported his playlists from an older (one month old) .xml file.
Basically the problem is that some but not all of his music appears in iTunes.
The important point is that the checkbox for "keep iTunes media folder organized" is CLEARED, because he doesn't want iTunes to change anything he himself has changed (album titles, etc.) I don't know exactly what the itunes "keep organized" checkbox does in terms of prior user changes.
How do I simply point iTunes to the new collection and have it recognize everything? Surely I don't have to move the whole folder into "automatically add to iTunes" folder, do I?