New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
iOS and Apps All your questions and discussion of iOS or iOS Apps.

Can I backup my ipod with rsync?

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

Member Since: Nov 05, 2009
Posts: 4
jj5406 is on a distinguished road

jj5406 is offline
Can I backup my ipod with rsync? Or more to the point, if I do make a copy of my ipod onto an external disk using "rsync -a", can I later restore that data back onto my ipod (or a new one) should something happen to my ipod?

At some point, I ripped a bunch of CDs into my itunes library. My computer's hard drive was pretty full, so I just copied them to my ipod and deleted them from my hard drive. Now I don't keep my ipod synced, I typically just copy what I want to my ipod and then delete it from the itunes Library on my computer. I did (and do) tend to keep copies in the itunes library on my computer of anything I purchased via the itunes store or other online retailers, but should anything happen to my ipod, it would be a real hassle to re-import all those tracks off CD. It looks like there are some apps that would let me sync in the other direction (ipod to computer), but I don't really want to have all that music on my computer's main hard drive.

What I have done as a safety measure is to hook up an external disk and just do an rsync -a from my ipod to the external disk. Now, at least, I have a duplicate of everything (I think) on my ipod. But should something happen to my ipod, would I be able to rsync this data back to my ipod (or to a new one) and have it be the same as it was before?

Recently, I have been getting the problem from time to time that my ipod will cut off the end of a song when it moves to the next song. I'm pretty sure that if I click that "restore" button, I'll wipe all the songs off my ipod, and there will be nowhere to get the majority of them back from (without ripping the cd's all over). Even if a "restore" fixes the skipping-end-of-song problem, I get the feeling that if I then rsync the other way to restore from my backup, I' may well reintroduce the problem. Naturally, I don't want to try any of this for fear that I'll lose all that stuff that is not in currently my itunes library on my computer.

I'm not sure exactly what all the third-party software does, but I'd be willing to try it if I thought it would allow me to back up songs, etc. from my ipod to an external disk and restore them again. One major trouble with using rsync, is that all the files have meaningless names, and you'd have to restore all or nothing, otherwise the DB would likely be messed up.

Does anyone know if the rsync backup/restore will work in the case of a catastrophe? Does anyone know if any of the third-party software (I'm running leopard) will allow me to backup songs from my ipod to an external disk?


QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« itunes doesn't open ipod | Strange message in iTunes »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
Choosing The Right iPod amigo10 iPod Hardware and Accessories 6 09-14-2006 09:31 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:14 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?