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Backup iTunes Library to external hard drive?

I have just completed adding 30,000+ songs to my iTunes libary, and before I do anything else I want to back up. How do I back up to an external hard drive?

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Just take Backup of iTunes Music folder. The Path is C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

  • John Gooch Sep 19, 2010

    The path could actually be anything, like mine is c:\itunes_library . You will need to go into iTunes preferences, to locate the library and the library database. files..

    Then copy it to an external drive.

    Copy it back to a local drive to restore, ensuring that the new relative path is the same as the old one for both types of files.

    Then you run itunes, you may need to re-import the library, but it will find everything and retain you ratings/etc/



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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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