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Old 03-15-2017, 03:14 AM
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Moving itunes Reinstall on Laptop

I know this has been covered many times, and thought I could do this ,but...

I have an older laptop that was running Windows 7 very slowly. I emptied a lot of stuff off before I did a factory reinstall. Following many tutorials I moved my itunes folder to a new flash drive successfully. I checked before I did the reboot, and itunes (with itunes programme still on the laptop) was playing my music from the flash drive OK. At that point I did a factory reset of the laptop, and started again with Windows 7. Downloaded the latest browser, got my email account up & running etc.I then downloaded the latest itunes to the laptop (12.5.5).
Next, as described in many tutorials I connected the flash drive and and went the edit/preferences/advanced route. I pressed the change button and browse till i found the flash drive and the folder i had created called itunes with my files on. I selected that folder, then pressed OK at the bottom....but nothing happens ? Should this not work ?. I really do not want to fill up the laptop with all my 14gb of music. Should I maybe have downloaded the itunes programme to the flash drive as well ?. What is the reset button in that change section mentioned earlier...do I need to use this ?. A full step by step guide would be much appreciated as I am of an older generation, and did not grow up with computers.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:24 AM
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I don't know how iTunes will perform on a thumb drive. It doesn't do so well with a NAS, but maybe USB Flash is fast enough.

The step you took told iTunes to put new music files on the thumb drive.
Next you need to load the original library file, then tell iTunes where you moved all the files.

Close iTunes
Hold SHIFT and open iTunes
Click on the Choose Library button
Navigate to your thumb drive iTunes folder, and select the file iTunes Library.itl then click Open.

You should see your library back.
Now play any song.
It will say it can't find it, click the locate button.
Navigate to where that song is on your thumb drive, usually iTunes\iTunes Media\Music\<Artist>\<Album>\<song name>.ext
iTunes may ask if you want to reconnect all your music, click Yes
Wait for 14G of music to be connected.

Once complete, you should be able to play any song, on your thumb drive.

I would set the drive letter so that this thumb drive ALWAYS gets this letter. Otherwise you'll have to reconnect the songs each time the drive letter changes.



Have you backed up your iTunes Library this week? If not, you are risking losing your music and playlists....
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:45 AM
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I don't know how iTunes will perform on a thumb drive. It doesn't do so well with a NAS, but maybe USB Flash is fast enough.

The step you took told iTunes to put new music files on the thumb drive.
Next you need to load the original library file, then tell iTunes where you moved all the files.

Close iTunes
Hold SHIFT and open iTunes
Click on the Choose Library button
Navigate to your thumb drive iTunes folder, and select the file iTunes Library.itl then click Open.

You should see your library back.
Now play any song.
It will say it can't find it, click the locate button.
Navigate to where that song is on your thumb drive, usually iTunes\iTunes Media\Music\<Artist>\<Album>\<song name>.ext
iTunes may ask if you want to reconnect all your music, click Yes
Wait for 14G of music to be connected.

Once complete, you should be able to play any song, on your thumb drive.

I would set the drive letter so that this thumb drive ALWAYS gets this letter. Otherwise you'll have to reconnect the songs each time the drive letter changes.
Thank you for taking the time to reply. Sorry, but could you give me a step by step. AM I OK to have the itunes programme loaded on my laptop, but keep the music files on the flash drive ?. I am worried if I do something wrong I will lose the lot.
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I would guess it would be OK, kind of like an external USB drive.

Performance is the biggest question in my mind. Is it fast enough?
The next question is durability. How long will the flash drive last?



Have you backed up your iTunes Library this week? If not, you are risking losing your music and playlists....
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