1. Undisputed's Avatar
    I have to restore my PC, running Windows XP, and I've managed to backup all of my files onto an external hard drive but I'm worried about the songs I have in iTunes. I've spent over 5 hours organizing my files by editing them, to fix their album art work, artist info, etc.

    All of my music files are located in My Documents/My Music/ and then I have a number of folders based on the genre of music and then it's divided again into albums and singles.

    Now I've selected the Keep iTunes Media Folder organized option and Copy files to iTunes media folder when adding to library.

    My question is if I backup my entire music folder, including the iTunes folder, and then transfer everything back onto my PC after I do a restore will I have all my songs in iTunes and will it have all of the info I edited (album art work, artist info, etc) saved as well?
    03-26-10 07:04 PM
  2. crackvegas78's Avatar
    It seems like that should work, I mean as long as you have everything that you have done backed up then I don't see a reason that it would not transfer over the same way that it was saved. I guess the only way to know for sure is to try it and see what happens.
    03-27-10 04:39 AM
  3. anon(153966)'s Avatar
    All you do is coy the entire My Music folder to an external drive.

    Also copy the backup folder for your iPhone, if you want to.
    Do a search on your computer for 'backup'. It will be within your profile folder in windows...

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    03-27-10 10:34 AM
  4. Entertainment72's Avatar
    I did this.. it helped me.. it kept all my artwork.. music and playlists.. all changes to another computer. I run iTunes off my 1TB Iomega.
    Back up your iTunes library by copying to an external hard drive.
    Summary
    One way to back up your iTunes Library is to consolidate your library into one folder and then copy that folder to an external hard drive. This is a painless process that only takes a few moments to accomplish.

    Note: If you would prefer to back up your iTunes Library by burning your library to CD or DVD click here.

    Products Affected
    iTunes 7 for Mac, iTunes 7 for Windows, iTunes 9, iTunes 8 for Windows, iTunes 8 for Mac
    Step 1: Consolidating Your iTunes Library
    To make the move as easy as possible, it's important to make sure all of the items in your library are in one place.

    Open iTunes Preferences:
    Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences.
    Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences.
    Click Advanced.
    Make sure the option to "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" is selected.

    Click OK.

    Note: After you click OK, iTunes copies any music files that weren't in the iTunes Music folder, and places the copies in the folder. The original files are left in their original locations. To save space on your hard disk, you might want to delete the original files.
    Choose File > Library > Organize Library.
    Select the option to "Consolidate files." Note: If you recently updated to iTunes 9, you might want to consider selecting the option to "Upgrade to iTunes Media organization." This updates the file organization of your iTunes Music folder.

    Click OK.
    Step 2: Copy iTunes folder to your external hard drive
    To copy all the items in your iTunes library (including the iTunes Library file that holds all your playlists, playcounts, ratings, and other data) to your external hard drive, follow these steps:

    Quit iTunes.
    Locate your external hard drive.
    Mac: On the desktop or Finder sidebar.
    Windows: In My Computer
    Locate your iTunes folder:
    By default, the iTunes folder is located in:
    Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
    Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
    Windows Vista or Windows 7: \Users\username\My Music\
    If the iTunes folder is not in the default location listed above then you can find where the iTunes folder is located by following these instructions:

    Open your iTunes Preferences:
    Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences.
    Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences.
    Click Advanced.
    The location of your iTunes folder will be listed in iTunes Media folder location box, as pictured below.

    Drag the iTunes folder to your external hard drive. This can take a while if you have a lot of items.


    When the transfer is complete, your iTunes Library will have been successfully copied to your external hard drive.


    Step 3: Restoring your iTunes Library backup
    When you need to restore your backed up iTunes Library from your external hard drive to your computer, follow these steps:

    Quit iTunes.
    Locate your external hard drive.
    Mac: On the Desktop or Finder sidebar.
    Windows: In My Computer
    Drag the iTunes folder (backed up earlier) from your external hard drive to whatever location you desire on your internal hard drive. It is recommended that you choose the default location for the iTunes folder, which is:
    Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
    Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
    Windows Vista or Windows 7: \Users\username\My Music\
    Open iTunes while holding down the Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows).
    In the resulting dialog, click the Choose Library button.


    Select the iTunes folder you just moved to the internal hard drive.
    Click Choose.
    After following these steps, iTunes will open and your iTunes Library will be restored.
    03-27-10 01:50 PM
  5. jbdale's Avatar
    I stopped using iTunes because of this, I'll give this a whirl, thanks.
    03-27-10 05:58 PM
  6. Undisputed's Avatar
    Thanks so much guys.

    I just really like all of my files to be organized, and maybe I take it too far, and I don't want to spend hours editing everything again.

    I'm going to reformat my computer tonight and hopefully everything will work out.

    Thanks again.
    03-27-10 07:43 PM
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