Need advice on restore following external hard drive failure

Discussion in 'iPod' started by jersey10, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. jersey10 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004
    My iMac is connected to 2 external hard drives - (i) a 500GB drive holding all my iTunes stuff, including a couple hundred ripped movies, along with all my music, etc.; plus (ii) a 1 TB drive for Time Machine backup purposes.

    This morning, the 500GB drive holding all my iTunes stuff apparently failed (it is completely non-responsive, though I do hear some sound within it). This possibility, of course, is why I have everything backed up on the 1 TB drive through Time Machine.

    I've never done a restore from Time Machine before, though, so I was hoping someone could walk me through the steps (including I guess making sure that all the iTunes stuff backed up onto the 1 TB drive is put onto a new 500GB external drive, with the 1 TB drive continuing to be used for backup purposes). I don't want to mess anything up.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    get a new drive, and format/partition it for your mac. then set up that drive for your itunes library. then, on your desktop, click on the time machine icon on the top menu, then click "enter time machine". a window that looks much like the finder window will open. navigate back the folder in that window where you'll find your itunes library, then click "restore". It will basically "pull" that backup out of there and into the new location

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