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ITunes was not able to locate any of 10108 missing files.

Update:10-11Source: network consolidation
Hi All,
just about ready to destroy my laptop trying to fix this issue.
itunes cannot find any of my files.
i have unchecked "keep itunes media folder organised"
i have unchecked "copy files to itunes media file when adding to library"
and i have tried many different "fixes" found around the internet.
below is what i am experiencing.
when i click on a song with exclamation mark i am easily able to locate it and get it to play.
however itunes never gives me the option to located other files?
this option did pop up once but has since vanished. further to this, when it did search it was unable to find any further songs.
i dont want to try fix this one by one as i have over 10108 songs missing, i  also don't want to lose any of my playlists as i have put an incredible amount of effort into them.
short of deleting everything in itunes and reimporting, is there anything else i can try?
i am currently downloading itunes again in the hope that this helps solve the issue. but i have my doubts.
i'm off a macbook pro
any help??

The Best Answer

The exclamation mark for missing files is shown if the file is no longer where iTunes expects to find it. Possible causes are that you or some third party tool has moved, renamed or deleted the file, or that the drive it lives on has had a label change. It is also possible that iTunes has changed from expecting the files to be in the pre-iTunes 9 layout to post-iTunes 9 layout, or vice-versa, and so is looking in slightly the wrong place.
Select a track with an exclamation mark, use CMD-I to get info, then say no when asked to locate the track. Look on the summary tab for the location that iTunes thinks the file should be. Now take a look around your hard drive(s). Hopefully you can locate the track in question. If a section of your library has simply been moved, or a drive label has changed, it should be possible to reverse the actions. I can provide a step by step guide if you give me the two paths.
In some cases iTunes may be able to repair itself if you go through the same steps and locate the lost track. It may then offer to attempt to automatically fix other broken links, which should work if they are in the expected layout.