Move your iTunes Media folder on a Windows PC

Learn how to move your iTunes Media folder to a different location on your Windows PC.

The steps below will help you move your iTunes music and other media to a different drive. None of your settings, including playlists, ratings, and play history, will be lost.

This article is for Windows. Learn how to move the iTunes Media folder on a Mac.

Check your organization preferences

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Choose Edit > Preferences.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Make sure that there's a check the box next to "Keep iTunes Media folder organized."
  5. Click OK.

Move your Media folder and consolidate your library

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the Edit menu, choose Preferences.
  3. Click the Advanced tab in the Preferences window.
  4. Click the Change button in the iTunes Media folder location pane.
  5. In the Change Media Folder Location window that appears, navigate to the location where you would like your new Media folder to be created.

    In Windows Vista and later, click the triangles next to the folders and drives to navigate. In Windows XP, click the plus signs next to the folders and drives to navigate. By default, the iTunes Media folder is located in the folder that contains your iTunes library files.
  6. Click the New Folder button in the Change Media Folder Location window.
  7. Enter the name of the new iTunes Media folder.
  8. Click OK in the Change Media Folder Location window. Click OK in the Advanced window.
  9. Choose File > Library > Organize Library.
  10. A message will pop up. Click the box next to "Consolidate files" so that there's a check in it. Then click OK.

    This action copies all of your music and other media files to the new location. There must be enough hard disk space available to copy all of your files.
  11. After the folder has been copied, locate your original iTunes Media folder, and drag it to the Recycle Bin. Don't remove the iTunes Library files that might be in the same location as the iTunes Media folder. Learn more about iTunes Library files.
  12. Quit and then reopen iTunes.

If you see a message that reads "The folder containing 'iTunes Library.itl' cannot be found and is required. Please create or choose an iTunes library," the iTunes Library files have been moved. Move them out of the Recycle Bin and back to where they were.

If you don't see this message after you quit and reopen iTunes, empty the Recycle Bin.

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