A few months ago i did some work on a friends PC, which was running out of hard disk space. It was an old Dell 1000 series, with an 80GB hard disk.
I offered them an additional 80GB hard disk and went about installing it, but also decided to wipe the slate clean and upgrade to Win7 as it was really sluggish and unmaintained (and full).
I trawled through their documents which were spread out over the drive and backed them up - this was over 80% of the drives content.
I then formatted this drive, and installed Win7 on the extra drive I gave them.
All the docs were now stored on an external USB drive they gave me, which had lots of 'old stuff' on it, but also lots of free space.
That left them with the following set up:
- HD1 - (Internal) System (Win7) - Spare I added
- HD2 - (Internal) Blank - (Original full HD with data)
- HD3 - (External) Data - (Transferred from HD2 + existing data)
The problem I've come across is that my friend says iTunes is missing lots of things, such as playlists, some music, backups etc. I don't use iTunes so didn't realise I'd have to back up any differently from just grabbing the raw mp3's etc.
It seems as iTunes has been used for syncing and backing up with something like an iPhone and 2 or 3 iPods, I need to reinstate the databases / files that were created when the devices sync'd with iTunes. I need to restore these databases, however I'll need to unformat HD2, which is currently blank, and not been used since I formatted it.
Are there any free (or inexpensive) tools I can use to fully restore a formatted hard disk, so I can boot from HD2 and back up iTunes properly, to restore on HD1?