Reformatting computer

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by himynameiscody, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. himynameiscody macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2011
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    What's the best way to back up my iTunes music and everything
  2. ericrwalker macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    Just copy it to an external hard drive. How big is your iTunes folder? Is it all consolidated into one folder?

    unauthorize that computer on iTunes after copying your itunes folder over though.
  3. Munchkinsdad macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2011
    An extant hard drive perhaps. I have all my iTunes stuff on mine. If I ever need to get a new pc (or hopefully a mac) everything will still be there..

    Or, if you have everything you want to save on your device...reformat, load iTunes, and connect device, save purchases etc from device and good to go.
  4. Silverbird0000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2006
    Fort Myers, FL
    This route only works for purchased music. If you ripped CDs or downloaded music from places other than iTunes, you have to back up the iTunes folder before reformatting the computer.
  5. Munchkinsdad macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2011
    That's right. My iTunes folder is on the external hard drive. Most of my music and videos were not purchased on iTunes. And anything that goes through iTunes is backed up automatically to my ext HD.

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