The problem I am coming across with all the instructions I am finding is that they include somewhere in their first few steps "Consolidate your library".
You can skip the descriptions in my post about how you might set up your preferences in i Tunes so that additions to your music folder get moved to another hard drive, if you start running out of space. Yes; that's one of the requirements of the consolidation process Note that it's up to you to set the pref for "Keep i Tunes Music folder organized" (same pref pane as noted above); dunno why the human has to set that pref, but that's what Apple sez. It'll take just a few seconds longer than it would normally take your machine to copy 9,000 files occupying 51GB.The second reason is to "de-scatter" your music files..bring a little peace of mind, or to make it easier to up the files, or for whatever reason. Absolutely brilliant S2 - thanks so much for taking the time to reply with such detail and good advice!! If you used i Tunes to add the artwork, that info is all in the "i Tunes" folder (\My Documents\My Music\i Tunes\), which will be unaffected by consolidating. (If you already have a bunch of files residing in the specified i Tunes Music folder they'll just be moved to fit the organizational scheme, so that's a bit of a space-savings.) 4. If the art is embedded (like if you added it manually) it will, of course, be in the file.Not everyone has the luxury of nearly limitless storage space for their i Tunes library, and even if you do, itis kind of tough to cart around terabytes of storage when your primary computer is a laptop.Thanks to i Tunes 7is feature, you can add music and videos to i Tunes even when your music library hard drive isnit available.Now get an add-able music or movie file -- if there's nothing new available, just copy any file you've already got in i Tunes and copy ot to your desktop; then drag it onto the i Tunes window to add it to the library.In my unenlightened pre-ipod and itunes days (about 3 months ago) I used Windows Media Player (yeah... My music library was mostly in one folder but some of it was in nested folders within it (for no particular reason) and other music was a bit spread throughout my C drive. Is it My Docs/My Music/itunes or is it the one you specify in the Preferences? Will it put all the music in an Artist folder first then Album folder no matter where it was saved in the past? -- that info is maintained in the "i Tunes Library.itl" file, which also resides in the "i Tunes" folder, which will also be unaffected by consolidating.Next step to Consolidate 3-I would like to use Consolidate Library to move all of my music over into the same library on the HP Media Smart server Each time I run the file, I get the error 'There is not enough room on "DATA" to copy all of the requested files' Since I have 2TB of free space on the the server, I am trying to determine what is causing this error. Wondering if it needs a larger buffer to make the move? ****UPDATE**** I cleaned up my computer's hard drive a bit more and now have 17GB of space...still get the same error. (Just so you know, setting the "Copy files to i Tunes Music folder when adding to library" and "Keep i Tunes Music folder oraganized" don't need to be set for Consolidation; somewhere in the late v7's some bright soul at Apple realized that if i Tunes needs to behave in a certain way for consolidating then it should go ahead and make that happen without requring the user to set those prefs.The consolidated files will be copied and filed according to the i Tunes conventions, regardless of settings.If you mess up, just move the original back overtop the one you edited.I'm sure there are other ways, but this worked for me.So, the long and the short of it is, is there a way to move an i Tunes library that has all of the music in a network location from a Mac to a PC?