Time Machine Disconnects files on iTunes

Time Machine backing up to an external Lacie D2, 1Tb hard drive, disconnected all of my iTunes in such a way that iTunes could no longer find any track or album. Everything had the dreaded "!" in front of every track. Every track had to be then found and re-placed.(over a week of work or start all over. Needless to say I turned off Time machine. Also Time machine took over 40 hours to do its' initial back up has anyone else had these problems with time machine?

a little more info is needed to properly assist... but here's a few thoughts...
where were your iTunes files stored? if it's on the external in the same partition as your TM backup... that's not really recommended.
also, if you store your files on an external drive and iTunes loads without the drive mounted... it reverts back to the default library location on your internal hard drive, which would cause you exclamation points. you will need to reset the location in Preferences > Advanced...
hopefully you're keeping your music all in one place... so you don't have to click every track but just reload the library from the location the files are stored. itunes takes care of the rest and prevents duplicates. that is, if you're letting itunes manage your library and get it organized. that check box is also in preferences > advanced...
finally, TM shoudl only be copying files to a sparseimage for later retrieval... not altering the contents of a drive. however, if you're backing up to a drive you use in conjunction with other files... watch out... the drive you back up to should be dedicated to backups only.

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