4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2007 2:21 PM by 50lon17
50lon17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Can I back up my library on a USB stick? The backup software only seems to recognize my DVD RW drive and doesn't give me option to back up elsewhere.

Dell Dimension E510, Windows XP
  • samdogmom Level 4 Level 4 (1,705 points)
    You can do this, but don't use the iTunes "backup" option. Instead, just copy your entire iTunes folder to your USB drive. You can rewrite this folder each time you want to backup. (The iTunes folder does have to be smaller than the total memory capacity of the USB drive, but I assume you already know this.)
  • 50lon17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks. I wanted to use the iTunes backup software because it gives me the option of only backing up the purchased songs. I don't need to back up all the songs I have loaded from my CDs. Any way to do this? Or maybe I just back everything up. Thanks for the info.
  • samdogmom Level 4 Level 4 (1,705 points)
    I only keep my purchased music inside my iTunes folder. All of the music I ripped from CDs is kept in another location on my hard disk--this makes backing up the iTunes folder much easier. (I keep separate backups of my ripped CDs, because I have had problems with these files too and it's not fun to sit hour after hour re-ripping CDs.)

    If everything in your iTunes folder fits on an USB drive--it can't hurt to have a backup copy of all your music files.
  • 50lon17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks again. I'll try that. I didn't know the iTunes library would include song files that are not in the iTunes folder. I assume the songs from my CDs need to be in the library listing to get them onto my iPod.