Restoring Itunes Library from External Hard Drive

  Elvenator 17:23 16 Sep 2007


I hope someone can help.
I recently cleaned and re-installend my PC to improve it's performance and backed all my data up onto an external hard drive.

I want to restore my Itunes library from my external hard drive but can not find anywhere that gives instructions on how to do this on the internet.
Apple does not advise how to restore from an external hard drive back up, only from CD/DVD back up.

Can anyone help please?



  steve stifler 19:20 16 Sep 2007
  iscanut 19:34 16 Sep 2007

In the My Music folder, I have one called iTunes. All the Apple iTunes related files are here. I merely copy everything back into this folder from my Hard Disk backup copy.

  john bunyan 19:34 16 Sep 2007

Elvenator. Assuming you have iTunes on the hard drive, I would have thought you can simply copy the external drive library content and paste it into the h.d library.

  Elvenator 22:38 21 Sep 2007

Hi Guys,

Thanks for responding to my Q.

OK I have just copied over my Itunes music file from my external hard drive to my itunes music file on my nnewly cleaned PC hard drive.

However, when I start up my Itunes none of the music appears in my Itunes music library.

Any ideas on how to get it to upload to my Itunes software??



  iscanut 13:10 24 Sep 2007

Cant understand why you have this problem asI do the same without any trouble. Maybe you need to authorise the computer. In I Tunes, goto Store and then click on Authorise Computer and see if this helps.

  Elvenator 22:02 25 Sep 2007

HI Nuts,

Thanks for your response. OK where can I find "Store"? Looked under File, Controls, advanced, Visualizer!!

Sorry if I'm being thick but I take it this is not Itunes Store!!


  iscanut 09:39 26 Sep 2007

When you are running I Tunes, there is a list of functions at the top of the screen...

File Edit Controls View Store Advanced Help

Click on Store

  Elvenator 21:18 26 Sep 2007


I don't have Store as one of my function headings. Any suggestions?

  iscanut 22:37 26 Sep 2007

I am at a loss to explain. The I-Tunes help re authorise tells you to go to Store, then authorise, just as I have said. Does anyone know why this item should be missing on Elevenator's version ? Latest version of I-Tunes installed ?

  john bunyan 09:11 27 Sep 2007

Elvenator. Go to your Hard drive i Tunes Library. click on the music bit then shift cursor into (presumably blank) tune list. Then click on import. Then select the file(s) you want and import them. O.k ?

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