iTunes and restoring operating system

Permabanned
Joined
18 May 2006
Posts
9,036
I'm about to restore the OS on a Toshiba (pfft) laptop (...not mine)

But it's got iTunes on it
(mostly ripped CD's but some iTunes stuff)

what is the procedure for backing up the iTunes data ?
(I'm currently copying the "My Documents" folder to another PC)

I've done "export library" to get a "library.xml" file
and I've "deauthorised" the laptop

what now ?

Thanks :)
.
 
Permabanned
Joined
17 Mar 2004
Posts
1,486
Location
Edinburgh
personally I would consolidate library and then take a complete copy of the My Documents/My Music/iTunes folder but thats just me ;)

iTunes 7 appears to have a "Back up to disc" function but it only covers CDs and DVDs as backup options
 
Permabanned
Joined
17 Mar 2004
Posts
1,486
Location
Edinburgh
It might be possible but surely its less hassle and faff to initiate a straightforward copy command via the OS itself? Or am I horribly old-fashioned?
 
Man of Honour
Soldato
Joined
2 Aug 2005
Posts
8,721
Location
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
M0KUJ1N said:
It might be possible but surely its less hassle and faff to initiate a straightforward copy command via the OS itself? Or am I horribly old-fashioned?
That's what I'd try as my first option. It will have you authenticate the stuff downloaded form the iTunes store the first time you play it. I think you're allowed only 5 authentications before it ceases to work.
 
Permabanned
Joined
18 May 2006
Posts
9,036
Thanks for the pointers guys :)
It turned out like you all said:

I made a copy of the "iTunes" folder (onto another PC)
Restored the Laptop
Reloaded iTunes
Copied that folder back into the correct posistion in "My Music"
iTunes then saw and accepted all the tracks.
---job done :)



unfortunately... (sigh)

The reason it all bombed out was a result from uninstalling an expired copy of Norton SC (IE would drop out with an error)
The Toshiba restore disk just reinstalls Norton (pffft), so I removed Norton again before handing the Laptop back (saying I'll load free AVG later...)
The laptop owner then REINSTALLS Norton, saying "I don't mind paying £20 if it works..blah, blah"

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh !!!

bloomin' users :mad:

:)

.
 
Soldato
Joined
7 Jun 2004
Posts
3,534
BillytheImpaler said:
That's what I'd try as my first option. It will have you authenticate the stuff downloaded form the iTunes store the first time you play it. I think you're allowed only 5 authentications before it ceases to work.

It's 5 computers at once - but if you just reformat, then iTunes will normally realise it's the same computer and not count it against the 5 again. To be completely sure (or if you are getting rid of a computer or changing it) you can "deauthorise" the computer in iTunes, which stops it from playing protected files or counting against your five computers. Finally, if you use up all of your 5 authorisations, then a "Deauthorise all" option will appear - you can use it no more than once a year, but it lets you reset the computer limit. So iTunes is actually fairly flexible, it's much more pleasant than "5 authentications".
 
Top Bottom