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Chapter 30. Troubleshooting iTunes > Rule 2: Back Up Your Library

30.2. Rule 2: Back Up Your Library

Having a backup of your music files is excellent insurance against all sorts of music-library corruption. It's also a safety net for all the music you've bought from the iTunes Music Store; if something goes wrong with your hard drive, and you don't have a backup, you have to buy all of it again.

30.2.1. Backing Up to a Hard Drive or Another Mac

If you've got an external hard drive (the hard drive in another Mac on the network counts), backing up your music collection is extremely easy. Open your Home → Music folder, and copy the iTunes folder inside it. That's it—you're backed up. (In the event of catastrophe, simply restore this backup copy to its original location.)


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