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lost music after OS reinstall

by fidola13 / March 13, 2015 1:20 AM PDT

so my laptop got a virus a few months ago and I reinstalled the OS and iTunes as well. however the music files that downloaded with the updated iTunes did not include all of the music I purchased. I still have all my songs on my ipod nano and they also show up on a separate pc that belongs to the "home sharing" group of iTunes. however I don't really use that pc and want all my tunes on the laptop. ive searched my c drive but those music files are gone. how can I recover those songs onto my laptop. I understand that I need to reinstall music from cds but these songs were purchased. I did try to download available from I tunes store but it didn't include all my music for some reason. any help appreciated.

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While the big question is why no backup. There is iRip
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2015 1:35 AM PDT

If what you want to save is on the iPod look at iRip and read how to use it BEFORE you plug in the iPod.

There are now so many ways to purchase that I can't guess why it's not in your iTunes Apple account. You may have to ask them. But iRip is something folk use to get tunes from pods to the iTunes library.

Time to start a backup/restore system?

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by fidola13 / March 13, 2015 4:45 AM PDT

I downloaded irip but it wont work for some reason. I keep getting some error message & have followed the instructions but it still doesn't work. unfortunately I hadn't backed up my pc for awhile.

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Without some messages shared I doubt anyone can help.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2015 4:57 AM PDT
In reply to: irip

At least you have not wiped out the ipod yet.

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transfer itunes music?
by fidola13 / March 13, 2015 6:16 AM PDT

is there any way to backup my iTunes from my desktop (os xp) to my laptop (win 7)? my desktop as stated previously still has all the library intact. thanks sara

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Re: transfer iTunes data
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 13, 2015 6:31 AM PDT
In reply to: transfer itunes music? tellls about the method they recommend. Do I understand correctly did you didn't follow the usual backup methods? Why not?

But just copying all iTunes data from one PC to the other might do the same. Worth a try.

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found files
by fidola13 / March 13, 2015 6:52 AM PDT

not sure how stupid I should feel since its been along time since I have actually used iTunes due to illness but.......I did find ALL my music files listed under a drop down menu that listed my computer and my "sara's iTunes" folders. not exactly sure why there are those options but at least I found all my stuff. and yes everything has been backed up Happy

thanks for all the assistance. sara

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