i'm gonna reformat my PC...all i plan to my up is my music...best way?

himynameiscody

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about 800 songs in itunes. should i just drag them all from itunes to the external HD?



this is my first time reformatting...someone mentioned backing up the drivers, how necessary is that. when my brother did reformat he didn't do anything with the drivers.


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kalex

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you should save your itunes folder as it contains your library as well. after you reformat u can copy the folder back to same location and open the original itunes library.

As far as drivers - depends on your computer. I would go to each manufacturer website and get latest drivers for each of your components. Save them to usb thumbdrive and it will be easier to install them after format
 

himynameiscody

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my iphone back ups have been while my phone was jailbroken, using those if my phone wasn't jailbroken wouldn't cause any problems would it?




also i thought i could do the drivers after i reformat.





what is the difference if i drag my itunes songs over to the external, or copy the itunes folder
 

lordofthereef

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my iphone back ups have been while my phone was jailbroken, using those if my phone wasn't jailbroken wouldn't cause any problems would it?

No


also i thought i could do the drivers after i reformat.


Pretty much by definition you install drivers after the reformat. Perhaps I am not understanding the question. :confused:


what is the difference if i drag my itunes songs over to the external, or copy the itunes folder


Dragging the iTunes folder will effectively save all setting that you may have changed within iTunes. Dragging just the files essentially will force iTunes to repopulate your entire library. Depending on where you got your music originally and what, if anything, you have done to your files, it may or may not make a huge difference.
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mrat93

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For backing up your music, you should check out Google Music (Manager.) It's a desktop app where you upload all of your songs for streaming online. They just added a feature where you can download all of the music you've uploaded.
 

0dev

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If all you want to keep is your music, then simply go to the folder(s) the music is stored in and drag it/them to your external HD.
 

himynameiscody

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will that one itunes folder have ALL music and back ups

also if i plug my phone in after it's reformated will it make me erease my phone contents
 

0dev

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will that one itunes folder have ALL music and back ups

also if i plug my phone in after it's reformated will it make me erease my phone contents
Just copy that folder over then, you're sorted.

I don't think it will, no. It might sync your music back up again but I don't think it'll wipe anything else or make you restore. If it does, then it'll let you backup the phone first anyway.
 

himynameiscody

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i backed up with icloud too just incase. i always do both.


do i even need to copy the old backup files from itunes? can't just do a back up first thing so i have one on my pc
 

0dev

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No point copying the backup files from iTunes, like you say you can do a fresh one anyway, and getting the other ones to work on a new install might cause complications.

Like I said, even if iTunes does force you to restore (I use my iPad on different Macs and have never encountered a problem like that, so I don't see why your iPhone would), then iTunes will run a backup before it restores anyway.
 

himynameiscody

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thanks for all the help. also someone gave me programs calld drivermax and doubledriver...they'll back up my drivers and i can just restore em after the format



i know i'm gonna forget to back something up...so far itunes, my folder with random stuff, bout to do the drivers, and i think that's it. is there anything else you would do