3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 15, 2007 3:20 PM by Lewis
Lewis Level 3 Level 3 (645 points)
I have a large library (12+ gig) that I backed up onto an external hard drive. I have tried to restore the three files on two computers but the iTune program fails to recognize the backup. I can get all the songs from the backup by dragging the music files onto the library icon in the program, but many have none of the names I have added and I lost all my playlists.
It would be wonderful to be able to have my original library back. Any help appreciated. I backed up the com.apple.itunes.plist also if that matters.

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  • 1. Re: Unable to restore from backup
    ~JB~ Level 5 Level 5 (4,045 points)
    Hi Lewis,

    How did you back it up exactly? Do you have it anywhere else? Why did you back it up if you don't mind me asking.

    In the future you might want to backup your music folder by putting it on your external hard drive, and move the iTunes Music Folder itself. That will copy it on your external hard drive. Knowledge Base Document #301748 on Moving You iTunes Music Folder can explain it better then I can.

    If it turns out you have lost your music, you should always (from now on) backup your media. Knowledge Base Document #302392 on How to Backup You Media in iTunes has some great ideas.

    The plist that you backed up is only a preference file. If it was deleted; it would just make a new one. You would loose your settings though in Preferences and things like that.

    Let me know if you would like information on backup software


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  • 2. Re: Unable to restore from backup
    Lewis Level 3 Level 3 (645 points)
    I backed it up to an external frive by copying the iTunes folder. The three files are all the same on the G5 and the external drive.
    I backed it up because I had spent a lot of time putting names in areas where there were none (about 100 that had tract 1, tract 2, etc.)(I backup my iPhoto folder all the time -18000 photos). I never backed up the itunes before as I have all the CDs.
    The info is in the backed up files as when I drag the music folder onto the iTunes library icon, they transfer. But I lose all my playlists and names entered this way, plus the files are duplicated, in disaaray, etc.
    What I want is the old iTunes library back that I have backed up.
    I don't know if it was the 6.04 upgrade or the fact that I moved the music folder temporarily to backup the rest of my user folder (I didn't see why I shouldn't do this as I didn't need tore-backup the iTunes folder. Without iTunes, I could put the user folder on a DVD.)
  • 3. Re: Unable to restore from backup
    Lewis Level 3 Level 3 (645 points)
    This question was not really answered but a recent question was answered with a referral to a kb article which shows how to move the library. It is more involved than just changing the settings in the advanced preferences.
    I am marking it answered as it has been so long and I wish to clear my questions. Also I was able to restore the library with a lot of work.