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TS4062 Drag and drop of purchase wiped out Library

236 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 13, 2013 10:05 AM by mammel RSS
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Oct 11, 2013 2:57 PM

I've purchased a few times in the past from iTunes, but this time for some reason the purchase showed up under the iTunes Store. I guess I was set up differently somehow. I was casting around for a way to get my purchase into the library, and I hit on "drag and drop", but it apparently overwrote my entire Library, since I only see the purchase there now. Maybe it's still there somehow, but it doesn't look like it.


I'll take any help I can get. I still have the Library contents on my iPod, but I don't see much on how to recover from there.

iPod nano, Windows 7
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 9:59 AM (in response to mammel)

    iTunes doesn't have its own backup feature. See this backup tip.


    Reintegrating iOS device backups into a new instance of iTunes is possible, but tricky, Better to backup the library and keep it refreshed, then if disaster strikes restore the backup to a new/rebuilt computer and immediately backup any iOS devices.


    Note that iTunes normally maintains one rolling backup of each device. I've recently discovered that Mac users can optionally archive their device backups but on Windows they same can be achieved by backing up a device and then immediately restoring it from the backup. Do this every month or so then if you discover that stuff has gone missing after you've backed up the device you at least have the option to go back to an earlier state.



  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 9:36 PM (in response to mammel)

    Weird, I've a feeling my post above was intended to address a differnt problem so I'm not quite sure why it ended up here. (The forums have been acting up though.)


    Typically the damage is only to the library file and as long as the media is still where it ought to be it is quite easy to fix. See Empty/corrupt library after upgrade/crash for details. If the media has actually been removed see Recover your iTunes library from your iPod or iOS device.




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