4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2012 7:55 AM by a1jungle
a1jungle Level 1 (0 points)

I have an older ipod classic and had a problem with my pc operating system and had to re-install widows vista home premium. I have installed itunes and now want to sync my ipod, but it indicates I will erase my ipod and replace it with the current library, which is just the sample songs from the install of itunes. Will I truly loose my songs, artwork, and history or am I able to get those put into my new install?

iPod classic, Windows Vista, new install of itunes
  • planb77 Level 7 (32,315 points)

    See this older post from another forum member Zevoneer covering the different methods and software available to assist you with the task of copying content from your iPod back to your PC and into iTunes.




  • a1jungle Level 1 (0 points)

    I also found another way, but it involves being proactive. I was fortunate enough to have done a full back up on my pc, and did a full restore. I got all my songs back, playlists, and complete history, including ratings and play counts, as of the date of the back up. This also allows me to sync again with the current library.


    I have not tried another way yet, but I wonder if doing a backup of your library from inside iTunes, will allow you to do the same thing. It may, or may not.


    At this point, I only need to re-import a few songs, and play with a few albums and artwork to be back at the same place I was before I had a problem.

  • planb77 Level 7 (32,315 points)

    I'm not exactly sure what you mean by backing up from within iTunes?  Are you talking about backing it up to DVDs or CDs as described in this article?



    Either way, I'm glad to hear you managed to restore your iTunes library via a pull backup for your PC.  Backing up paid off.



  • a1jungle Level 1 (0 points)

    I am glad too.


    Yes that is what I meant re: backing up in iTunes, to dvd or cd.


    What is really ironic for me is, this is the first time that I ever backed up my pc. lol.