I've read many questions and answers here about moving iTunes libraries between computers and drives. My situation is a little different though. I have (had) Windows XP with iTunes installed on C: and my iTunes library on a second drive (E:). Drive C: crashed recently.

My plan is to move my iTunes folder from drive E: to an external backup drive, re-install Windows onto drive E: (obviously it will now be drive C:) and then copy my iTunes library onto drive C:. I would then configure iTunes to point to C: drive for the library. From what I've read, this should work.

Where are all my podcast subscriptions stored? Where are all my ratings and play-counts stored? Will they still be in iTunes after I've followed these steps?

Edit: Further reading has made me aware of the Media and the Library folders. As far as I know, all my library files (music and podcasts) are located in the iTunes folder on E: drive.

Edit: I have a backup image of the C: drive from about six weeks ago, so I should be able to access files from there if I need to to restore metadata?

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By your method , backup and restore the library and files, definitely works . It saves all the playlists, playcounts, music, movies, ratings everything.


Because my music and podcasts were stored on the E: drive, I needed to also copy the iTunes metadata folder under My Documents. I had a backup of this from a few weeks ago. The iTunes Library file(s) there reference all music and podcasts as being on the E: drive, which is where they were. Instead of editing that file, I used the subst command in Windows to create an E: drive which just referenced C:. After installing iTunes and copying the iTunes metadata folder into My Documents, I launched iTunes and my music and podcasts appeared.

My understanding is that if music and podcast files are not stored in an alternate location, simply copying the iTunes folder under My Documents as described in the official documentation is sufficient. My music and podcasts were stored in an alternate location (E:), which additionally no longer existed after the reinstall.

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