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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.
Moving the iTunes Music Files to a Different Hard Disk/Folder If you are low on disk space in your iTunes folder then you can move these music files to another hard drive and keep your music library in tact without the need to create your music library again. If you want to transfer your iTunes to an external USB hard drive, make sure that it is powered up and connected to your computer before opening iTunes. Opened iTunes, click Edit and then Preferences. Click the Advanced tab. Make sure the Keep iTunes Media folder organized checkbox is checked, and click Change.
Then select the location where you would like to move your files to. Click Select the Hard Drive and Folder or OK once you’re done.
The files will not move into their new positions by themselves –To do this – click File, Library and Organize Library. Check Consolidate Files.
When this process has been completed, go to the new location of your iTunes media and check the music files to see if they have migrated across correctly. Also play one or more tunes to test the music files. The redundant iTunes music files can now be deleted from the original iTune location (C:\Documents and Settings\…..…\My Documents\My Music\iTunes). Delete everything from iTunes there except files titled iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Music Library.xml. These are still needed.
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.
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???).
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.