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Old Oct 20th, 2005, 08:14 PM   #1
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How to back up iTunes?

Is there a way to back up my thousands of collected songs? If something ever happened to them i think i'd have to hang myself. Well, not really but it would be a pain. Any help appreciated.
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Old Oct 20th, 2005, 08:30 PM   #2
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I purchased an external HD for this reason. I also have 1000's of songs plus 1000's of videos and photos. I just drag and drop the itunes folder over to my external HD when I want to backup. Backup software isn't a bad idea either, then you can do incremental backups when needed, although I don't have that yet. I felt this is the best way to backup for me.
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Old Oct 20th, 2005, 08:32 PM   #3
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just keep in mind that ext hardrive arn't recomended for long term storage... they can crap out... rarely... but DVD or cd.. is the prefered back-up for long term "reliable" storage...

just my two cents.........
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just keep in mind that ext hardrive arn't recomended for long term storage... they can crap out... rarely... but DVD or cd.. is the prefered back-up for long term "reliable" storage...

just my two cents.........
This is true but the chances that both your main HD and the external drive both crapping out at the same time is unlikely. You're pretty safe that at least one is functioning properly. DVD or CD backups would be inconvenient if you have a lot of gigs (in my case 100+) of data to save, not to mention the pain it would be to do incremental backups of new songs.
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How many thousands are you talking about? I have well over 3000 in my iTunes library and they take up less than 20Gb (most encoded at 192kbps and lots of long classical pieces), so I consider them "backed up" on the iPod. If my iTunes library ever craps out on me, I can use a program like Senuti to restore it.

I see you have a 20Gb iPod there. Maybe this is just the "excuse" you need to get yourself one of those new 60Gb iPods

Oh, alright, I guess you could spend the same money and get a much larger external HD, but what fun is that!
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Old Oct 21st, 2005, 01:14 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. I'm just worried if anything should happen to all of my wonderful media. I try to keep as little on my main HD because it slows down the comp.


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I agree with External HD, iPod and DVD/CD's. You can never have too many backups

Given the size of your demand, I would first get an external HD... I had one for years and sold mine, now I regret it. I'm scared everyday that something might happen to the iBooks HD.
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and the HD on the ibook will always fail sooner than you think.
so go get that ext FW hd now.
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Old Oct 21st, 2005, 10:58 AM   #9
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just keep in mind that ext hardrive arn't recomended for long term storage... they can crap out... rarely... but DVD or cd.. is the prefered back-up for long term "reliable" storage...

just my two cents.........

That's a debatable topic really though. I've seen a lot more media failures lately with optical media, both of the good and the inexpensive variety.

We are now going through some of our archival stuff and we're seeing a surprising failure rate in as little as 3 years with optical media. Some others are fine. YMMV.

Not saying there's a better way, but you shouldn't rely on a single copy of data on optical (or any type of media) for that matter, multiple copies and formats are the best method. I'd suggest HD AND CD/DVD backups if you're worried about your data!
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