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#1 rayandmaura

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 05:09 PM

I have over 1000 songs purchased from itunes. I need to do a reinstallation of XP and im wondering if anyone has any good ideas on how to best do this. I dont want to put them all on discs. I have a lap top. I dont know if theres any online storage places thatll hold that many songs and id hate to have to spread them out to a bunch of different places. Im also worried about somehow messing up the songs or the license or DRM or whatever. Id appreciate any suggestions. Thanx -RAY

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 05:37 PM

Go buy a hard drive, transfer your songs, reinstall your os on your old hard drive,,, copy the songs back to the old hard drive,, then take the new hard drive back to the store.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 06:10 PM

I have a laptop and im wondering what id need besides the new drive. Ive installed drives on a desk top pc before but never a laptop. So is there a cable that comes with the new drive that just connects to my laptop? Would it be through a usb port ? Im sorry if this a stupid question and I hope someone can helpand thank you Walkman for the info. RAY

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 06:21 PM

The best thing I can think of is for you to invest in an external hard drive. Hook it up to your laptop, move or copy your songs to it. After you format your laptop, COPY them back over. Don't move them, let the external drive be a backup drive. If your laptop drive ever crashes and has to be replaced, you'll be glad you have the backup. Just make sure you back up on a regular basis.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 07:18 PM

Walkman: :thumbsup: ?????????

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 07:34 PM

Queen-Evie said it better than I could.

But that would work fine, and perfectly too.... and if you want to keep the drive... (which you should), then you're on easy street. But if you don't have the finances to keep the drive... do as I suggested.

I'm sorry for not mentioning it,,, but get an external hard drive. It will connect through your USB port.

You'll be able to back up your data/songs within a few minutes of connecting it to your computer.

But I do recommend you get either and (or) an extra hard drive, dvd burner. You will need it in the long run. I am guaranteeing you it.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 07:58 PM

One thing you can do-look at the websites of places like Circuit City, Best Buy, Office Depot, Wal-Mart, etc. that are in your area for external hard drives. This will give you an idea of what's available and how much they cost.

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:52 PM

External hard drives are great! You can get them pre-assembled, or in a "kit" by buying a USB drive caddy and a hard drive to put in it. FWIW - If you use a 3 1/2" hard drive (the desktop size) you'll need a separate power supply to power it (comes with the drive caddy). If you get a laptop drive caddy and a laptop drive, it'll be powered by the USB port, so you won't have an extra cord to lug around.

I've got a 120 gB W-D Passport (the 2 1/2" kind) that cost me about $120 a couple of months back and it's come in very handy many times!
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 05:13 PM

Im gonna take your advice and go get the external drive, transfer the songs and take the thing back. Then ill start looking on ebay for a good one to get and keep. Thank you all for your advice.-- RAY

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 05:17 PM

You can buy one locally instead of buying it on eBay.

Buyer Beware!!

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 03:02 AM

I have just less than 900 mp3 songs from my purchased cd's. They take up a bit more than 4 gigs. Wouldn't take much of an external hard drive to hold them all, as well as any other data files you may need to back up. You can pick up a great 40 gig drive a NewEgg from $60 to $100 and about $20 more for each increase in 20gigs. Believe me, when yu find what a great stress reliever they can be, you willl want to have one around you all the time....

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 09:11 PM

Go buy a hard drive, transfer your songs, reinstall your os on your old hard drive,,, copy the songs back to the old hard drive,, then take the new hard drive back to the store.



Many stores will not take back an opened (esp. a used hard drive. I would just hang on to the second harddrive, use it for backup

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 08:04 AM

Ask about the return policy before purchasing, Dan is correct that you may not be able to return it.
Look for one that has a rebate, even though you have to wait a few weeks to receive the rebate check,
in the end the drive will not cost much at all.

Example-a 250gb Western Digital External Hard Drive from Circuit City

$149.99 with a $20 instant savings and a $50 rebate-final cost would be 79.99
(plus tax). Not a bad deal at all, and you will be able to back up on a regular basis.

The first time you have to use after a drive crash or a system recovery, you'll be glad you have it.




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