how to restore an erased itunes library?

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  1. ericddd macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2008
    hi. i deleted all the songs in my itunes library. really really stupid. my music is kept on a buffalo linkstation nas. it is backed up to an attached usb drive.

    the last incremental backup never completed so i was going to wipe the usb drive and just let it do a full backup again from scratch. except i wiped the buffalo linkstation.

    so. the backup on the usb drive is not complete. 50 gigs out of 125.

    i have other partial backups that will probably bring back 80-90% of the library. i also have the library file and xml file from ten days ago.

    my question is how to do this so i can retain the metadata?

    to make this hopefully clear i have

    1. dvds burned - but only up until may
    2. the usb drive that was backing up the linkstation (newer music)
    3. 60 gig ipod (random files)
    4. an old 60 gig drive that has everything up until 2007
    5. the library and library xml files from 10 days ago
    6. 600 CDs but i don't want to rip those again and i assume that would not keep all the data.

    how should i go about putting this all back on the buffalo linkstation? not sure do i simply import. or somehow use consolidate library?

    and in a related question - the linkstation is 320 gigs - 4 -5 years old. it's been solid, a little slow at times, but it's worked. i now have an airport extreme. would i be better off using a usb drive airdisk to store and serve my music?

    and i need a more bullet-proof backup strategy.

    thanks for any help. eric
  2. nep61 macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2007
    Happened to me a year ago....

    Here's what I did....

    1- Copy ALL DVD back ups and any music folders you have saved into your iTunes Music Library folder (where you had had it before)
    2- Launch iTunes
    3- Go to Preferences, click on ADVANCED tab... de-select the "Copy Files to iTunes Music folder when adding to Library" window. And make sure that iTunes is pointing to the correct iTunes Music folder.
    4- Now drag the Backup files or the Artist's folders into iTunes... iTunes will populate the iTunes window with all the info/metadata from all the music. When you relaunch, the music should be reconnected.

    That's what I did last year. I found it a little faster to copy from DVD to the external HD i was using vs. dragging all the music through iTunes and letting it re-import the files.

    PS. the Metadata should still be there if you did your backups through iTunes.

    If anyone sees issues with restoring this way please feel free to correct me. This is the procedure I followed when I came across the same situation.

    Good Luck
  3. ericddd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2008
    hey nep61

    this seems to make sense.

    i did my backups through itunes, but, not with the new built in feature. i did mine by using smart playlists. I'm assuming the same thing.

    as nep61 asked, does this seem correct?

    thanks nep61. appreciate the help.
  4. ericddd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2008
    hi - this method does preserve playlists but does not keep the original date added nor play counts. if possible, i would like to keep that info.

    is there a way to do that? searching the net but there does not seem to be any clear answer. thanks.

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