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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.

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how do I backup itunes file on external harddrive


It's a good idea to regularly back up all important files on your computer to an external source to prevent data loss. Your iTunes music, videos and other digital downloads are stored in separate files within the iTunes folder. However, if you consolidate them into a single folder, it's easier to back them up to an external hard drive.

Launch iTunes. Go to the program's Preferences menu. Click the "Advanced" tab. Check the box next to "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" and click "OK." Click "File." Select "Library" and then "Organize Library." Check the box next to "Consolidate Files" and click "OK." Close iTunes. Connect your external hard drive to your computer. Find the iTunes media folder on your computer's hard drive. Drag the folder to the icon for your external drive to copy your iTunes media.

Back up your iTunes library by copying to an external hard drive http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1751

Mar 19, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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How do I recover lost data?


If the computer won't even turn on its most likely a non-hard drive issue, which is a GOOD thing. Your lost itunes data can be successfully recovered by following these steps:

--uninstall or remove the current hard drive (on the broken computer) ---buy an external casing that fits your type of hard drive (take old hard drive with you to store or write down the name and model number to insure you are picking the correct case).
--connect the old hard drive into the new external case
--connect external case to a working computer through a USB input.
--find and explore the old hard drive on new computer screen,
--locate itunes folder
--copy the entire itunes folder or choose which files you want from the old hard drive and paste in itunes folder on the working computer and you are done.

If you are not computer savvy, unsure about what a hard drive might even be or just don't feel like doing it yourself the above solution can be done by Staple's or have The Geek Squad have a go at it.

Good luck and hope this helps you !

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