Backup My Ipod Touch 64gb on External HD?

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  1. MisterPurple macrumors newbie

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    How can I backup my new iPod to an external? I have NO CLUE where the backup goes currently when I left click in iTunes. I just spent over a week putting music on this, painstakingly adding album art and album info to each file. I DO NOT WANT TO SYNCH WITH MY iMAC SO I CAN CONSERVE SPACE/SPEED.
     
  2. Penguissimo macrumors 6502a

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    The backup performed through iTunes only saves things like application data, contacts, calendars, etc. Are you saying that you MOVED your music from your computer to your iPod and now want to back THAT up?

    For what it's worth, having lots of music files on your hard drive won't affect your speed at all. Your best bet if you're worried about space, though, is to copy those files back to your iMac as well, then move the whole iTunes library to an external drive. Check this article for instructions:

    http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/moving-your-itunes-library-to-a-new-hard-drive
     
  3. MisterPurple thread starter macrumors newbie

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    really?

    Ok, so the TB of music files isn't slowing me down? then what is? my iMac has become immensely sluggish. this is of course off my topic, but it's equally important to me!
     
  4. MisterPurple thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ipod backup

    i still don't know how to backup the iPod files TO iTunes like you suggest. The link is helpful with iTunes files. I added all/MOST of the files on my iPod from an external disk, and NOT from an iTunes synch. now i want to back up to that external from the iPod. i cannot see myself spending the time i just put in obsessively organizing the ipod again.
     
  5. Penguissimo macrumors 6502a

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    I should have spoken more precisely. Having a large number of files on your hard drive can slow down your computer if your boot drive is almost completely full (as in <5% free space) and you consistently run more programs than your installed RAM can handle. If you've got a TB of music alone, it is possible that this is your problem. How big is your HD? How much free space do you have?

    Otherwise, I'd take a look at recently-installed programs. Did you notice a sudden slowdown after installing anything, or has it been more of a gradual creep? Try clearing out Safari caches and history.

    You should also make sure your software is up to date. And you may like these tips, too:

    http://lowendmac.com/eubanks/07/0312.html



    I guess I'm slightly confused about your setup. How did you get the files onto the iPod in the first place if not through iTunes? Did you know you can have files on an external hard drive AND in your iTunes library? I find it quite a bit easier to keep the files on an external drive, point iTunes that way, and then do all my organizing in iTunes; that way if I ever have to restore the iPod, I can just re-sync the same organizational pattern I already had.
     
  6. MisterPurple thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i just have a couple externals that i will hook up to the iMac and dump music I've downloaded onto them, then delete the files from the main drive/iMac. THOSE files that I've moved to the external are the files i just added to my new 64gb iPod touch, therefore my ipod library is not the same as what is in my iTunes library. this is why i don't like the synch option, since i've been managing my files as explained above.
     
  7. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    How about adding everything into iTunes, sync, and then move the iTunes library (in User > Music > iTunes) to an external? This is simpler and better than manually managing everything.

    Also, it adds then ability to play music from iTunes.
     
  8. MisterPurple thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i thought of that, but what about all the album art in the ipod now???
     
  9. MisterPurple thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Senuti

    I forgot i even had this App. it copies everything i need.
     

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