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3 Ways to Restore iTunes Library from Crashed Computer

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Aaron Donald

March 29, 2017 (Updated: June 22, 2020)• Filed to: iTunes Issues

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Sometimes we might suffer computer problems and it can affect our iTunes libraries. We can encounter viruses, or there might even be corrupt applications that cause our systems to crash. There are a myriad of things that can happen to any Windows computer that could force you to have to format the hard drive, and then be left without vital files like your iTunes library. Recovering your iTunes library after computer crash doesn’t have to be hard, though. Here are a few ways to do it:

3 Ways to Restore iTunes Library after Computer Crash

Some ways of restoring your library are better than others. Here is the best way to do it, using third party software that gives you a lot of control:

post-num-1 Restore iTunes Library from iPhone/iPad/iPod in Clicks!

iMyFone TunesMate is software that is designed to give you back control of your iTunes library as well as all of your iDevices. You can rebuild your library with just a few clicks, as well as import and export from your iTunes playlists with ease. Best of all, you never have to worry about losing data because of Apple’s restrictions on content that you didn’t buy from the official iTunes store.

In fact, here is how you can restore your iTunes library from your iOS devices after a computer crash in one click:

Step 1: Download iMyFone TunesMate here and install it.

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Step 2: Plug in your iPhone/iPad/iPod and launch TunesMate.
Step 3: Click where you see “Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes” under the home (default) tab.
Step 4: Click “Start” and it will start scanning your files. By default, all the media types are selected. But you can uncheck some media you do not want to restore.
Step 5: Click “Start” again and the transfer will start, then click “OK” from the pop-up window and you are done.


As you can see, this is extremely easy, and it can certainly be a life saver when your computer crashes.

Besides being easy, other huge advantages of using TunesMate to restore your iTunes library includes the fact that:

  • You can transfer all kinds of media files, including ones that you didn’t official purchase.
  • The application runs a lot faster and more efficient than iTunes and has a better interface.
  • You can transfer files one at a time, or in bulk, and directly control which files you transfer.
  • It is two-way transfer without iTunes limits.

post-num-1 Use iTunes Match - Paid Yearly

iTunes Match is basically a service that duplicates your library and backs it up on the cloud. You can then restore it anytime you want. Here is how to get it all set up:

Step 1: Go to iTunes, then go to “Store,” then click “Turn on iTunes Match.”
Step 2: Click “Subscribe for $24.99”. This will be your yearly fee.
Step 3: Sign into the iTunes account that you want to back up and let iTunes Match scan your library.
Step 4: Any music that you have that matches songs from the official iTunes Store will automatically go to your iTunes Match account without needing to be uploaded from your computer. The rest will be uploaded from your computer to the cloud.
Step 5: The application will let you know when it’s done. You can click “OK” once that happens.
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Of course you have to have gone through this process with iTunes Match BEFORE a crash, so if you already lost data it’s too late and you’ll need to use another method. Also, it will cost you money, even if it’s not that much, so if you’re not in a position to spend about $25 per year, then this is not for you. What’s more, it only works music, not podcasts or iBooks purchases.

post-num-1 Restore from a Backup - Only Work if You Back up Before

If you’ve been backing up your library manually, then you can restore your library this way.

Step 1: Close iTunes.
Step 2: Plug in your hard drive / flash drive where you backed up your library.
Step 3: Find the folder where your backup is.
Step 4: Copy and paste your backed up iTunes library into the “My Music folder” on computer. If there is already one there, just agree to replace it when a dialog box comes up and warns you.
Step 5: Launch iTunes.
Step 6: A dialog box should pop up. Click where it says “Choose Library”.
Step 7: Find the iTunes folder that you just copied from the backup drive. From there, you should be able to use your backed up library.

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You can probably already see the main problem with this. Just as with iTunes Match, you have to have backed up the information from your computer before the crash. It is much easier to use TunesMate because you can use your own iOS device to back up your iTunes library.

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