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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.
The hard drive has an intermittent problem, the issue lies in the circuit board not the hardware, if the board can be accessed there may be a chance that a soldering iron touch up may solve the problem. But as a rule they are not made to be serviced.
You may need to tell iTunes where your iTunes media folder location is. You can do this in iTunes, go iTunes>Preferences>Advanced Tab>Change button, then navigate to where your iTunes media is and choose this as its location.
If you are looking to simply copy or backup the files all you need to do is copy and paste!
The itunes files are found in "My Documents" and under "My Music" (depending on your version of windows; you can also search for "itunes.")
Simply select the folder you wish to copy, select copy, and in the destination folder that you want it on, right click, then select paste. This will likely take some time, depending on how much music you have. You are now done!
If you want to run your itunes program from the external hard drive, you will need to do the above actions then change your folder than itunes uses in the program. Select Edit/Preferences/Advanced tab/ then re-direct it to the new folder.
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I doubt that iTunes really moved/reorganized files on your computer.
iTunest may have created its own "Table Of Contents", presenting a "view" of all your files.
Open "My Computer" and open your external hard-drive.
The files should be in "your" order.
Open "My Documents". Open "My Music".
The files should be in "your" order.
If iTunes really did "reorganize" your files, there's no way to "go back", because "Windows System Restore" does not automatically created time-stamped backups of your 'My Documents' folder (nor of any external disk-drive -- where would it put that much data???).
Your installed music library in your external hard drive might not be supported by your media center on your new laptop, try to convert the files where the software are supported by your media player. try convert Master software, you can download it free then convert your files
If you want to move itunes to an extrnal driver, ..plug in the external, click my computer..open the local driver, look for " my music icon" and scroll it to the extenal driver icon...or right click the " music and where it says save..save to external driver.
The songs are located on your Simpletech drive. You have to move them to your music folder and then specify where the library is in iTunes. If you do have music in your music folder, then on XP, after you have iTunes open, go to Edit -> Preferences. Click on Advanced, and then change the library location.
ok...you are connect via usb? when using limewire, window media or itunes,,,,go to options on all them and change the directory where you like to store and retrieve files from...now for the files that you already have on the primary hard drive....go to my computer..you see both drives internal (is your c) and the external is ?) find the music on the c drive ..open it..cut & paste (or click & drag) to the new drive ....to copy this music onto your ipod...make sure you have the latest itunes version (WWW.APPLE.COM) once you have this on the desktop let it scan for all the music on pc....now plug ipod to pc...20-30 seconds your ipod will show up on itunes...look on the bottom of itunes left side (u see the ur ipod)...look up and click on the music folder on pc drive and all the music should now be showing too...click on that same folder drag down to the ipods music folder.......let it load up...it might take awile depending on how much you got .....not never ever pull ipod out always eject the ipod .......then unplug it............................