2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 27, 2012 1:12 PM by turingtest2
MooseMan35 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

We have a very large iTunes library.  The computer it's on is getting old.  When we get a new computer and do the Home Sharing thing, what happens if the original computer crashes one day?  Will our iTunes library still work on the new computer if the old one crashes?  If we use Home Sharing, does a copy of each song actually wind up on the hard drive of the new computer?



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  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,070 points)

    To have  EVERYTHING  as it is Now...


    From your OLD computer...


    Copy your ENTIRE iTunes FOLDER to an External Drive... and then from the External Drive to your New Computer..


    Full Details Here  >  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1751


    An Added Bonus is that you will have a Backup of iTunes.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,395 points)

    These are two possible approaches that should work to move an existing library to a new computer.


    Method 1

    1. Backup the library with this User Tip.
    2. Restore the backup to your new computer using the same tool used to back it up.
    3. Deauthorize the old computer if you no longer want to access protected content on it.
    4. Keep your backup up-to-date in future.


    Method 2

    Connect the two computers to the same network. Share your <User's Music> folder from the old computer and copy the entire iTunes library folder into the <User's Music> folder on the new one. Again, deauthorize the old computer if no longer required.


    Both methods should give the new computer a working clone of the library that was on the old one. As far as iTunes is concerned this is still the "home" library for your devices so you shouldn't have any issues with iTunes wanting to erase are reload.


    I'd recommend method 1 since it establishes an ongoing, easily updatable backup for your library.