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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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2) To install Version 12.0.1 of iTunes, you can download it from the following links:
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2. Double-click the downloaded installing file of iTunes and start the installing process.
3. Following the installing guide where you will be asked to accept the user license agreement and choose the folder to store iTunes until it is finished.
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For Windows:http://www.m4vgear.com/m4vgear.exe
For Mac:http://www.m4vgear.com/m4vgear.dmg
Introduction of M4VGear: M4VGear Backup Tool for iTunes Library for Windows is the best and fastest Backup Tool for iTunes library. It can remove DRM from both iTunes purchased and rented videos at a 20X faster speed and convert them to unprotected MP4, AVI, MOV and etc videos so that you can backup them to hard drive, Google Drive or play them with non-Apple media players and devices. (Using Mac OS? Here is M4VGear iTunes Library backup tool for Mac.)
In the DRM Removing process, all subtitles and audio tracks including 5.1 audio track will be preserved. Besides, original quality will stay inside the output MP4 videos.
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Note: You can also choose other video formats as output from the output profile list.
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Step 4: Go to the output folder located in the bottom left of M4VGear and find output MP4 videos. Then either transfer them to hard drive or Google Drive for backuping or play them with non-Apple media player or devices when iTunes 12 crashes.
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