Back up Library--need help!

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  1. j0yful

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    Im planning to reformat my whole computer so Im backing up my whole Itunes library. I went to Itunes-file-library-back up to disc. Now, I dont have a disc but I have a portable external hard drive. How do I go about it? is there other option besides backing it up to disc?
    Btw, I already back up my whole pc. Will that be enough or I have to separately back up the itunes.
    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Well,

    if your entire PC, including all Partitions (C,D & E, etc.) are backed up, then iTunes is also backed up.

    The main question is, how do you want to restore the data.

    Do you intend to use Windows Restore Backup option to get the PC to the exact same state it was in when the backup was taken? Or do you install Windows fresh?

    In the second case, it would be advisable to backup iTunes, as well as all media separately. In iTunes go to File->Library->Export Library, then also copy all Music&Videos manually.

    After you reinstall Windows, you would then place the Music&Videos in the same folder, they were in before and import the library into iTunes.
     
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    It's sounding a bit more complicated now. :p
     
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    Before we delve any deeper into this.

    Why do you want to reformat your PC?

    The most common reason would be, because somehow windows runs really slow, or something else isn't working anymore. In that case, creating a windows backup and then restoring, won't do any good. So are you replacing the hard drive?
     
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    I dont want to, but I have to. I keep getting this blue screen (windows vista) after I shut down my pc . I called HP help desk, and they suggested I reformat the whole thing.
     
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    You may also want to copy your iTunes Media folder over to the hard drive just for peace of mind. It will be included with the PC back-up but an additional back-up of the iTunes/iPad content can't hurt.
     
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    Thanks for all the input!
     
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    Completely forgot to answer here again.

    Anyhow, you can't use the Windows backup & restore option, because something is causing the Bluescreen. So if you make a backup, reformat the hard drive and then restore, your PC is exactly in the same state as before, meaning you would restore whatever is causing the Bluescreen right back. A fresh install of Windows is probably what was meant by the help service when they said reformat.

    So, you can either
    -find out what is causing the Bluescreen.
    -install windows again without restore. But you would have to backup all iTunes related files separately, as well as any other files you want to keep.

    Personally, I would try the first option. When the Bluescreen appears, it shows an error message, perhaps you could post that one hear and we work from there?
     
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    hey, thanks! i'll come back later and copy the error message. i've been frustrated since no one can come up why that blue screen appears. maybe, you can shed some light ;)
     
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    Error Message ( quite long )

    everytime I shut down my computer, It won't shut but instead pops up a blue screen. I usually just hold the power button to turn it off
    Here's the error message:
    A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
    DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE
    If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again. Follow these steps:
    Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need:
    If problem continous, Disable and remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components. Restart your computer. Press F8 to select advanced startup options, and then select safe mode.
    Technical Information:
    Stop:0X0000009F (0X00000003, 0X86469340,0X86470348, 0X870CEE28)
    Collecting Data for Crash DUmp
    Initializing Disc for crash dump
    Beginning Dump of Physical memory
    Dumping Physical Memory to Disck:100
    Physical Memory Dump Complete.
    Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further assistance.
     
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