Recovering iTunes data after reinstalling it

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  1. HardCharger

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    Hi Guys and Gals!

    I need some assistance in my predicament.

    My iTunes in my PC konked out and after reinstallation, was obviously empty. I assigned a folder in a different hard drive to contain the data of my iTunes so I tried linking the newly installed iTunes there and had no success in getting my old stuff back. :(

    I found a library file and uploaded it but here's the catch... not all the content I had before is present in my current install. :(

    Is there a way to get all my content back somehow? I just need them so I can back them up properly.

    Thanks.

    Hope to hear from y'all soon.
     
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    bacchus_3 PhilMUG Addict Member

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    your library file is just a reference of where your media files are. It may be an old version of your iTunes library. Your data should still be in the external drive (assuming you meant 'different drive' as external). You can just import them again to iTunes but you won't be keeping your play counts (and other metadata) but you'd still have your media intact. If you have bought music thru iTunes, I think logging in to your iTunes account should enable your iTunes to play your media files again.
     
  3. Miguel_D

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    how bout transferring a library from a pc to a mac?
     
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    The good thing about iTunes is that they consolidate files the same way whether you're on a Mac or on a PC. Just launch your Mac's iTunes, then click add to library, then go to your networked PC, and look for the My Music> iTunes. Click that folder. It will now add everything from Mobile applications to Music to Playlists.

    If you don't have a networked PC, save the My Music> iTunes folder on a separate external hard drive and use that instead.
     
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    by doing this would my playlists be intact?
     
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    Thanks bacchus_3!

    I'll give this a try. The playcount and what not is not really that important. What matters are the file, the cover art, and the lyrics (if any).

    Will let you know how it works out. :D
     
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