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Where is "Backup to Disk" in iTunes 10.4?

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  • Coppertiger Calculating status...
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    Mar 15, 2012 2:11 AM (in response to OriginalFlavor)

    iTunes has the option to include your {PC Account user} Library.  As such an iTunes folder can be found at {user}{Music} in your Directory structure.  Back up from here by selecting, adding this to your PC Backup program.  Note that for iTunes 10.4 and above the Mobile Device backup appears under Edit/Preferences/mobileDevices and is a last sync only.  However with all Music available in the iTunes folder under your per user account in Windows Explorer, windows and Macs already have full on PC functionality for Backup management - so there is little point in including it i iTunes (my opinion)  Obviously some Windows users who only have base windows systems like Home Edition will not have a Backup option as standard.  however dragging and dropping your Music/iTunes folder to say a USB Memory/External Hard Drive device in WindowsExplorer is a fairly simple thing to do.  Note that in Windows Explorer under View Options and with Show Hidden/System Files options enabled you can then go into the AppData folder and find virtually all the backup and data storage for both iTunes and your Mobile Device - under "AppleComputer" within the Local, Local Low, and Roaming folders.  The Local Folder also has your installation files in the "Apple" folder.  Note for Mac users, please refer to your Mac help  for storage locations for your systems.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,955 points)
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    Mar 15, 2012 2:39 PM (in response to jmo.slainte)

    But you can't add new/changed media onto the end of the collection of discs, and it won't backup the library database files.



  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,955 points)
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    Mar 15, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to Coppertiger)

    Hi. Restoring an archived MobileSync Backup folder to the correct location on a new PC and integrating it into a fresh install of iTunes is beyond most users. I'm not sure why you concentrate on this rather than backing up the media and the library files. Were I a novice with iTunes I think I would find your post more confusing than helpful...



  • Coppertiger Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
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    Mar 16, 2012 12:21 PM (in response to OriginalFlavor)

    iTunes.  Menu.  Edit|Preferences.  Select Sharing Tab.  Tick the box "Share my library on my local network"


    Select either Share entire library, or, Share selected playlists (tick boxes as required).


    Menu.  Advanced.  select Turn on Home Sharing.  Enter your Account details (Username and password).


    Do the same for your second machine and ensure under Menu|Store you "Authorise this Computer".


    Log in to both machines on your "Home Network".


    Open iTunes.  The Libraries for each machine will now appear in the Shared area of iTunes (lefthand pane in windows).


    Youcan now import/export between the two librariesas you wish, stream to each machine and stream from one machine to say a TV using Airplay by accessing the library of the second machine.   See here for more details


    To Back Up.


    Create a playlist called Backup (add date to name of file if you wish.)


    Add whatever you want by going to your library and dragging the items required into the Backup listname holder.  When you have finished.  Right Click. You have the option to either Export or "BURN TO DISC"


    You can also create a Duplicate which will enable you to keep track of what is in your original or last Playlist Backup.


    Hope this now solves everyone's problems.

  • Coppertiger Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
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    Mar 16, 2012 12:52 PM (in response to Coppertiger)   For further information concerning backing up manually, consolidation of files in iTunes Media Folder, backing up and copying libraries to new machines.  There are some noted limitations where data souurces are not from iTunes (ie content downloaded from other sources).  or have limitations due to the formatting of the system disc.  I will endeavour to help those who have such problems.

  • bobbyrae Calculating status...
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    May 22, 2012 7:49 AM (in response to OriginalFlavor)

    When I click burn to disc should I leave it as Audio or change to data dvd?

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,955 points)
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    May 22, 2012 11:19 AM (in response to bobbyrae)



    However, at the risk of repeating myself... There is more to a "library" than just the media. Information about ratings, play counts, playlist membership etc. is not stored in the files themselves. This User tip provides a comprehensive backup strategy using free tools. If you only backup the media then should something fail you'll find you can't restore the library to its current state.



  • Karmadill0 Calculating status...
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    Feb 2, 2013 2:48 AM (in response to turingtest2)

    Careful there turingtest2 stating that as a fact. I've recently researched and executed a backup strategy, and the majority of people see external hard disks, the cloud, and USB flash storage as superior backup solutions. However that is not unanimous. And there are numerous horror stories of these media not working as backups.


    All of those solutions are read/write. That means if your computer or home network is infected by a virus, are vulnerable to infection, corruption, or total deletion.


    Secondly all of those solutions are medium term at best. All hard drives will fail. Even if you unplug them and take them offsite, the magnetism will fail after a few years. Using hard disks commits a person to a lifetime of copying expanding datasets from one hard drive to another to preserve at least one and ideally 2 versions.

    Most CD and DVD media are no better, which I assume is what you base that advice on.


    However I have a stack of 38 Taiyo Yuden archival DVD+Rs on the desk in from of me. I've used 12 of them to archive photos, video, and music which are not going to ever change, but I want to have a backup of them and have them around for many more years. They will soon be taken offsite. This strategy has plenty of merit (though none is perfect).

    I am reading this thread after planning to use iTunes to conveniently backup my music directly onto one of the blank ones.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,955 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 7:55 AM (in response to Karmadill0)

    I'm sure you can tell which of my statements should be treated as opinion and which as fact. Neither have changed in 18 months. iTunes own internal backup-to-CD/DVD feature has been removed. There is absolutely nothing at all to stop you using 3rd party tools to achieve the same ends. DVD may well be a better long term storage solution, but if a library is live and changing, and needs more than a few DVDs to backup, then the chances are most people won't keep up the effort. I have copies of my iTunes library on two different computers, in two locations and a portable harddrive that keeps the two in sync. I can afford for any one drive or computer to fail, be compromised, or destroyed, and still recover my library. The process I use also lets me know what has been changed each time I update the archive so I'm aware should anything go awry which needs to be undone.



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    Aug 1, 2013 4:32 PM (in response to bobbyrae)


  • robrich36 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 1, 2013 4:40 PM (in response to OriginalFlavor)

    Click file, point to new then select playlist folder then below select Backup to CD Playlist then put a check mark next to the songs to be burned to CD. You may need several blank discs depending on number of tracks chosen.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,955 points)
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    Aug 1, 2013 5:10 PM (in response to robrich36)

    This thread is 2 years old. Your suggestion is one way of backing up some songs, but an iTunes library is more that just a collection of the songs it contains. Viable alternatives to the feature that was removed have already been proposed in the thread.



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