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Copy iTunes Library to Hard Drive to Back Up Data

2013-06-28 11:53:15 / Posted by to How to iPhone
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Consolidating your iTunes Library

In order to simplify the move progress, ensure that all of your items are in one place.
1. Open iTunes Preference Setting:
Mac: iTunes > Preference
Windows: Edit > Preference

2. Click "Advance"

3. Make sure you select the option of "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library"

copy-files-to-itunes-media-folder-when-adding-to-library

4. Click "OK".
Note: Select the option. When adding files to iTunes, iTunes will put the copies of the original files in the iTunes Media folder. The originals are kept in the original place. To save the hard drive space, you might delete the original files after confirming import.

5. Select "File" > "Library" > "Organize Library"

6. Select "Consolidate files" option.
Note: If you have recently updated to iTunes 9, you'd better select the option of "Upgrade to iTunes Media organization". That will help you update the files organization of the iTunes media folder.

upgrade-to-itunes-media-organization

7. Click "OK".
Note: If you have not selected the option of copying files, iTunes will copy files outsides iTunes Media folder from their original place to iTunes Media folder. Del the original files after confirming import so as to save space on your hard disk.

Copy iTunes folders to your external hard drive

1. Copy all the items from iTunes Library including playlists, play counts, ratings, and other data to the external hard drive.

2. Find the external hard drive.
Mac: on the desktop or in the "Finder" sidebar.
Windows: in the "My computer"

3. Find the iTunes folders.
By default, iTunes is located in:
Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
Windows Vista: \Users\username\My Music\
Windows 7 or 8: \Users\username\Music\

If you cannot find the folders from the default locations mentioned above, you can find where the iTunes folder lies by following these instructions:
1. Open iTunes Preference Setting:
Mac: iTunes > Preference
Windows: Edit > Preference

2. Click "Advance" .

3. The location of iTunes folder lies in the box of "iTunes Media" folder, just as shown below.

itunes-media

4. Drag iTunes folder to the external hard drive. If there are too many items, you need to wait for a few minutes.

drag-itunes-folder-to-the-external-hard-drive

5. After transmission, iTunes library is successfully copied to the external hard drive.

Restoring iTunes library backup

If you need to restore the iTunes library you backed up from the external hard drive to your PC, please follow the instruction below.
1. Log out iTunes.

2. Locate the external hard drive.
Mac: in the desktop or in the "Finder" sidebar.
Windows: in "My Computer"

3. Now drag the iTunes folder you have backed up from the external hard drive to any location of your internal hard drive.
Propose to choose the default iTunes folder location.
Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
Windows Vista: \Users\username\My Music\
Windows 7 or 8: \Users\username\Music\

4. Tap "Option" button (Mac) or click "Shift" button (Windows) and at the same time open iTunes.

5. Tap "Choose library" button n the pop-up message box.

choose-itunes-library

6. Select the iTunes file you moved to the internal hard drive.
Click Choose (Mac OS X) or Open (Windows) and then choose the iTunes Library file inside .

After following these steps, iTunes will open and your iTunes Library will be restored.

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