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Old Dec 8, 2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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Music on my iPhone 5

I'm restoring my Windows computer back to factory defaults. If I were to sync my iPhone to my computer afterwards, I'd lose everything. Is there a way to prevent that (other than never syncing it)? I seriously don't want to have to redownload it all. I would just transfer it all to a USB but I don't have one with me. Suggestions?
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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I'd say first try to save the music somewhere first before you do anything.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:18 AM   #3
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That's what I'm trying to do... but where?
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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I'd go buy a USB drive.
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Sign up for icloud andback everything up to icloud. You get 5gb free. you may already have iCloud. just make sure icloud back ups are turned on. Just make sure you have enough storage to cover your library.
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Sign up for icloud andback everything up to icloud. You get 5gb free. you may already have iCloud. just make sure icloud back ups are turned on. Just make sure you have enough storage to cover your library.
When I tried that last time, the music wasn't recovered, just the apps and such. Even if I do back it up, when I plug it into a new computer, it'll get restored/what the computer has on it - being nothing.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:46 AM   #7
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An external drive backup is the sure way
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Yup, external back up. It's about your only safest solution
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An external drive backup is the sure way
That is what I would do.
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Ended up using a flash drive from my bro. Thanks guys.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 01:22 PM   #12
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This batch command also makes a copy of my iTunes DB files. After restoring drive, I retrieve the files and am back in business as b4r, no reconfiguring iTunes.

xcopy /m/s/y/i/q "c:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes*.*" v:\backup
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