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backing up my music folder?


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#1 swearbyit

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 12:44 AM

hi there. recently i had an issue with my parents computer than ended with me having to wipe out and restore the entire system. ever since i've been taking more measures with my own computer to try and prevent similar problems that led to that. we lost all our files on that computer so it makes me nervous about having a problem with this computer, because i have almost 30 gb of music in my music folder. i use itunes and an ipod on windows xp.

i was wondering if anybody knew of a good way to back up these files. i know i can write the songs to discs through itunes, but that would take a box full of cds at least. then i thought about an external usb drive for a backup, but those cost at least $150 dollars which i definitely can't afford.

is there any way to compress my music folder so i can get all the files on one disc or is that not possible? any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks so much

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:06 AM

While compressing files you can reduce the size of them, but not in such way that it can be put on one or two disks. However, there is a simpler alternative, you can create a partition on your harddisk where you store your music. In case the OS has problems and needs to be reinstalled, you can reformat the main partition, while the other (where you stored your music) remains intact.
This tutorial explains more about harddisk partitions.
This tutorial explains how to create/change harddisk partitions.

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