I am beyond frustrated & angry right now. My old computer died, & I got a new PC with Windows 7. So, after downloading iTunes, I tried to take what was salvaged from my dead computer to rebuild my music library, but it had only my old music for some reason, so that was a bust. Now, I have an external hard drive, but I wasn't backing up to it regularly, so I know this is my fault, & I'm stupid. I have an iPod Nano, that had my entire music collection on it, intact & well-organized. So, I figured I could use one of the many "transfer music from an iPod to an iTunes Library" tutorials. I tried using this one: , but when I plugged my iPod in, it did not show up in the list of devices. At that point - stupid me - I should have quit while I was ahead. But no, like an idiot, I fiddled with it, trying to get it to show up, messing with iTunes settings...& it started syncing. In seconds, all of my meticulously organized music was lost, & now I am beyond depressed that it's all gone.
So, my first question is, is there any way to salvage my files off the iPod once it's been synced with the wrong library?
Second question: Is there an easy way to make a copy of your entire iTunes library, WITH SETTINGS (album art, correct track names, lyrics, etc.) so that this never happens again? I'm at a loss, & I don't want to lose my music again if the same thing happens.