HT201318 How do I back up everything that will be lost when I upgrade my software for my Ipod Touch 3rd Generation? Can I just take the information and go into windows explorer and drag it out in2 a separate folder/drag it back?I'm running Windows Vista b

I am trying to figure out how to back up ALL of my apps, games, movies, personal info, etc, that is destroyed when I  upgrade ITunes  ( I do not know why). If it's all on ITunes in the first place then what's the problem with installing new software after wiping it clean, then adding that software and the original apps, games, movies, tv shows, etc, that are stored on ITunes to begin with"? With that being said, I subscribed to ICloud somehow through the Itunes store, the instructions that they had for using Windows VIsta were incorrect so I signed up with the intention of using it as a tool to backup all of my data. Problem is I only got 25 gigs to start and I need 40 gigs. I also don't know how to properly set up the account or manage it, or the amount of data that it will hold. Please help me!!!! I just recently located my Touch after it being misplaced by my little sister for over a year and I'm trying to upgrade the operating system, after all, it IS over two years old.....Thanks, in advance for any help anyone can give me.
Message was edited by: cdftrim

Hi. The two user tips both describe a sequence of steps that should get your library from the point where it threatens to wipe data from your device to where it is syncing normally, while recovering as much information as possible. It may still be necessary to wipe and reload the device but this should only take place once all the data that can be recovered has been recovered.
Doing step 1 of 8 and then complaining things aren't the way you want them to be yet strikes me as premature...
Since you appear to have all your media content, and we are discussing an iPod classic, not an iOS device, the main worries are already taken care of. What's left is ratings, playcounts, playlist membership and checked status. Since your device holds only part of your library at best you could only recover the missing data for the content that is on the device using third party tools.
Recreating the previous checked/unchecked status of every track in your library from where you are now may not be that easy. Syncing with selected playlists has many advantages, one of which would have been that you would have a named playlist that could have been retrieved by 3rd party software if you had used this method.
You haven't explained what caused your problem in the first place, but if you have a Previous iTunes Libraries folder holding old copies of your iTunes database (generated with each iTunes update) then it would be possible to restore the most recent of these and then update the library with any changes in your media folder.
BTW Apple doesn't offer free support for this kind of issue with iTunes.
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