Last September my hard drive crashed. My MacBook Pro proved that reliable is good but hardware is hardware…and crashed to high heaven.
Thankfully, I had most important files backed up. But my iTunes library? Well, it had been years since I’d backed it up. And we were in the middle of a move (yeah, it was a tough week), so I didn’t even know where all of my discs were. I was able to restore everything I’d bought through iTunes (look for the Purchased link under Quick Links in iTunes), but there was still a lot missing.
I searched online and found a solution. A nifty piece of software called TouchCopy will restore all of your precious content from your iPhone or iPad to your computer. I was able to restore my contacts, photos, and the music I had on my iPad and iPhone. I then had to sync up my devices and have them wiped clean before syncing up with my restored library.
I lost any music from my library that wasn’t on one of my devices and that I didn’t buy from iTunes, but honestly, I haven’t missed most of it. There was just one unfortunate moment when I realized that I’d lost the soundtrack to the Les Miserables 10th anniversary concert, but I know that I have the CD’s. Somewhere.
Keep this one in your back pocket for when the unfortunate happens. And be sure to have backups of everything!