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The disk drive on my computer is broken and unable to read disks. I recently purchased a new mac and would like to transfer the files from my pc to mac using the belkin switch to mac cables but it requires a software install with disk. Is there any way I can get the software of the internet

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Can't find a download for this. You could always copy the software onto a USB memory stick and install from that.

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  3. Locate your iTunes folder:
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  4. Drag the iTunes folder to the iPod. This can take a while if you have a lot of songs.
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  • When the copy completes open iTunes.
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Copy music to new computer To copy all your music files (including the library file that holds all your playlists and other settings) to your new computer:
  1. Locate your Music folder (Mac OS X) or your My Music folder (Windows) on your new computer:
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  2. Drag the iTunes folder in this location out to the desktop. 300173_10.gifFrom the My Music folder to the Desktop on your new PC
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