4206 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 21, 2009 5:45 PM by PT
While I agree with you that it would be much easier just to back up the iTunes library, and while I do that already, there are roughly a hundred files that are on my iPod, yet don't exist on my computer. The purpose of the backup in question is essentially to preserve those files that I can't otherwise retrieve.
By "Nothing. . . ", do you mean that you don't believe there's a problem/hindrance in what I'm preparing to do?
What I meant is that as long as the backup program can access the ipod you should be able to use it to copy files from iPod.
In your case there are programs available for extracting files from iPods back to internal drives. User Zevoneer has a large post detailing many of them. Some are free, some not.
A lot of what is stored on your iPod is stored in hidden folders and files. If your backup software does not normally back up the hidden files and folder on your computer, then it likely won't really be backing up the iPod either.
Your iTunes library should be your iPod backup and your Western Digital should be your iTunes library backup.
Of course the flip side of your question, which I do not know the answer to is, if the backup software does indeed backup the iPod's hidden stuff, is it able to restore it to the iPod directly? You could plug in your iPod and let the software back it up, then test it and see if you can find a way to restore the iPod and see if it works or not. If it doesn't, then you can always just resync it back with iTunes like normal.