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Backing up smart playlist to external drive

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Alfredo Jahn Level 3 Level 3 (805 points)
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Jun 12, 2010 8:05 AM
I have a smart playlist (audio books) that is 40GB in size, so backing it up to a DVD is not a great option. I do have an external 500GB firewire drive. I see that I can "Burn playlist to Disk", but I would like to back it up instead. Is this possible (from iTunes)?

Thanks
20" iMac G5 (iSight), Mac OS X (10.4.11), - 17" iMac G4 FP - 2 iPods - iPhone 3g 16GB
  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 Level 5 (6,300 points)
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    Jun 12, 2010 8:20 AM (in response to Alfredo Jahn)
    Drag you iTunes folder to the ext HD and copy it over. There are programs such as Synchonize! X Plus which can do incremental backups (www.qadea.com) - that way only the files that have been changed get updated hence the next backup is much shorter.

    MJ
    MBP 2.5/2/320 - iTunes 9.1.1 - TV - iPhone 3GS 32 gig, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPod Touch 32 - iPod Photo 60 gig - iPod 2nd gen 20 gig - Blue Shuffle
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,450 points)
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    Jun 12, 2010 8:32 AM (in response to Alfredo Jahn)
    You can copy the entire \Music\iTunes\ folder and everything will be backed up.
    iMac G5 (Rev B) ALS - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle, iTunes 9.1.1 (12)
  • ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,450 points)
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    Jun 12, 2010 11:01 AM (in response to Alfredo Jahn)
    Just to be clear, the procedure you did creates a copy of each file that is in the Smart Playlist at the time you dragged them over. If you restore them at a later date, you will have those files, but you will not have the rules of the Smart Playlist. Is that what you wanted?
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  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,450 points)
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    Jun 12, 2010 11:39 AM (in response to Alfredo Jahn)
    I just want to back up the data so if I lose it, I don't have to re-rip, purchase, etc.

    So you are not concerned about having to reRIP, purchase, etc. everything else in iTunes?
    iMac G5 (Rev B) ALS - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle, iTunes 9.1.1 (12)

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