iTunes HELP!!!!!

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    Jul 14, 2010 6:07 AM GMT
    Ok, RJers, I need your help. The person who helps me resolve this "problem" gets a free . . .

    Here's the deal: I originally stored my iTunes music on an external drive, "Atlantis". Total iTunes folder size: 189.93 GB. I just installed 2 new 1 TB drives in my G5 in a RAID 1 array. Using the 10.5 Installation Disk, I ran Disk Utility and essentially "cloned" the old drive using the restore feature, setting the source as the old Maxtor Drive and the destination the RAIDed drive. Everything copied over. The new drives have my entire old system on them. Currently, I have >740 GB available on the new "Locutus"-RAIDed drive. Consolidating iTunes gives me an error: "There is not enough room on 'Locutus' to copy all of the requested files." Uhhh...yes, there is. HELP!!!
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    Jul 14, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    English please
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    Jul 14, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
    There's still time to help me solve this problem and claim your free ...
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    Jul 14, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
    SC_Rider saidThere's still time to help me solve this problem and claim your free ...


    Well, if Locutus is large enough, one thing you might try is just running Migration Assitstant. You can copy everything over, including your iTunes subdirectories. Of course, then you will have to delete everything else.
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    Jul 14, 2010 11:29 PM GMT
    I like glue
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    Jul 15, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    740 GB free? Is this referring to one of your drives? Or the RAID array? And what do you mean by "consolidating" your itunes? Are you doing a straight copy in Finder? Or are you using itunes to import your music from your external drive?
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    Jul 15, 2010 4:40 AM GMT
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    SC_Rider saidThere's still time to help me solve this problem and claim your free ...


    Well, if Locutus is large enough, one thing you might try is just running Migration Assitstant. You can copy everything over, including your iTunes subdirectories. Of course, then you will have to delete everything else.


    I tried Migration Assistant the first go-round. Worked. BUT...it did something weird with accounts and whatnot. I got irritated and hence why I restored (neƩ cloned) the original drive to the new drive.

    UPDATE: So I've been tinkering with the "iTunes Music Library.xml" file. I did what I thought would be an easy fix - I searched the entire file for the location string "file://localhost/Volumes/Atlantis/iTunes/..." and replaced it with there it should be, namely "file://localhost/Users/powermacg5/Music/iTunes/iTunes%20Media/..." then saved the file. Theoretically, it should have worked. Theoretically.

    Since I know iTunes references the "iTunes Music Library" file to maintain library integrity, I thought this would be perfect - it would see that the files are NOT on Atlantis, but on Locutus. I picked a track and command-I'd it. Still references Atlantis. Checked the .xml file and BAM: it (iTunes) reverted the path to Atlantis.

    Deleting the "iTunes Library" file created a blank iTunes and re-importing the .xml file just did NOT help.

    Now, some of you might be wondering why I don't just delete everything and re-copy my music in, and start from scratch. Well . . . I have playlists for both DJ-ing and my Spin classes on iTunes. I can't afford to lose them. That would be a disaster. I need to preserve library integrity, and that includes playlists, playcount, ratings, etc. first and foremost.

    C'mon y'all!! A gift card to Whole Foods (er...Whole Paycheck) might be waiting for you if you can solve this dilemma icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 15, 2010 4:49 AM GMT
    xrichx said740 GB free? Is this referring to one of your drives? Or the RAID array? And what do you mean by "consolidating" your itunes? Are you doing a straight copy in Finder? Or are you using itunes to import your music from your external drive?


    -740 GB total from the two 1 TB drives in a RAID 1 with parity array.

    -There's a feature in iTunes 9 that consolidates your music. Essentially, iTunes references your music, it actually doesn't do anything with it. It's designed so that way you don't have to worry about the underlying file structure - you just click play and it obeys. So let's say you have a hard drive with three sections, A, B, and C (and I'm heavily simplifying here, to maintain brevity). One song (Song 1) is on section A, another (Song 2) on B, and a third (Song 3) on C. When you open iTunes and play, say Song 1, through that program, it understands that that song "lives" on section A of your hard drive. Same with Songs 2 and 3 living on sections B and C, respectively. When you go to "file>library>organize library" and tell it to "consolidate library", it will take Songs 1, 2, and 3 and copy them all to section D of your hard drive, if that's the location you indicated where you want your music to 'live', so to speak. It leaves the original files where they were. (This actually kinda pisses me off - I'd rather it MOVES the file, rather than copy it, but whatever.) I was trying to engage the consolidation feature so I can move the files over from Atlantis to Locutus, but it gives the 'no space' error. The only reason why consolidating is important is because, as I mentioned, I need to maintain playlists, ratings, play count, etc. for DJ-ing and my Spin classes.

    -No straight copy. Bad to do.

    -No import. Importing would create a second file and I would have iTunes referencing 2 different locations. I just want everything on Locutus.
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    Jul 15, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
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    Glue works if it falls off. It's still attached, thankfully icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 15, 2010 5:14 AM GMT
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    Glue works if it falls off. It's still attached, thankfully icon_wink.gif


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    Jul 15, 2010 5:21 AM GMT
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    SC_Rider said
    DrNY saidI like glue


    Glue works if it falls off. It's still attached, thankfully icon_wink.gif


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    Jul 16, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    CMTinLA saidEnglish please


    Dude, this is the technology section. Go post in the protein shake section if you don't understand simple iTunes problems.
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    Jul 17, 2010 5:34 AM GMT
    I run a program called SuperDuper on my G5 and MacBook Pro that does a good job backing up. Not sure if it relates exactly to the issue you're having, but my 2 cents.
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    Jul 17, 2010 5:44 AM GMT
    Wow.. I don't know. iTunes is pretty whack. I'd recommend taking this to a Genius Bar. Or email Steve Jobs.. sjobs@apple.com icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 19, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
    i am not sure whether this solution makes any sense at all but what you can do is that you can try and mimic the drive letters of both hard drive as the same, if your file structures and file path is exactly the same, say E:/ and E;/
    itunes might not notice the different and it will play as though it is the same hard drive. i have tried this before and it works. But then you mention that
    you don't want to copy. hmmm
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    Jul 21, 2010 5:28 AM GMT
    Almost a week in and I'm still trying solutions. Y'all are giving me great ideas. I've tried Super Duper, but it's essentially cloning the drive, almost like Migration Assistant does. At this point, I'm gonna have to bite the bullet and just re-import everything. All 200 GB of stuff.

    Ugh.

    F*ck me sideways till Sunday. I'm going to lose playcount and ratings, but it's a small price to pay. I'll be able to consolidate everything on the server as well as on the externals and internals.

    And Trinity, I've tried editing the drive letters in the library.xml file. iTunes seems to ALWAYS revert the file to it's original state, which is REALLY annoying.

    And Rich, if I e-mail Jobs, he'll probably tell me to position my computer a different way and then it'll work.

    Damn.
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    Jul 21, 2010 6:03 AM GMT
    I wish you luck SC_Rider.

    iTunes: the never ending producer of headaches due to excessive proprietary code.