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How to Back Up iTunes Library by Copying to External Hard Drive

Sept. 19, 2014 5:55 pm / Posted by Jenefey Aaron to iTunes Tips
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There are various ways to back up iTunes library. Backing up to an external hard drive is a safe way as when your internal hard drive crashes, you can still restore from the external hard drive. To backup iTunes library to an external hard drive, you will have to do the 3 steps below:

TIPS: Still want an easier way? Maybe you could try to use iAny Transfer which allows you to backup and restore iTunes library as well as playlist with several clicks.

Step 1: Consolidate iTunes Library

This is a feature of iTunes that makes sure that all files in your iTunes library are stored in the same folder. When you backup your library, you'll be moving just one folder and you don't want to accidentally leave behind any files that stored somewhere else. By consolidating, you can stop worrying about this.

Step 2: Copy iTunes Folder to External Hard Drive

Before you copy iTunes library, plug the external hard drive into your computer. Make sure the external drive is big enough to store the entire iTunes library.

Step 3: Restore iTunes Library Backup

Next you can stop iTunes and restore iTunes library from the backup that you copied to the external hard drive.

With all these done, iTunes will open and your iTunes Library will be restored.

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