I have a friend's laptop that requires reinstallation of Windows. It has a fairly substantial iTunes library that I want to back up before reformating and restore afterwards. I don't have his iPod however.
These are the steps I am planning on taking. Am I doing this right, or am I missing anything? And what, if anything, will my friend need to do when I return his laptop so that his library will work again and all will be back in sync.
Step 1: Consolidate the library on the laptop.
Step 2: Run File/Backup library to create an XML file with his ratings and other custom settings.
Step 3: Copy the entire Itunes folder and library.xml to an external hard drive to store temporarily.
Step 4: De-authorize the computer. (QUESTION: is this step necessary, since the library will wind up back on the same system?)
Step 5: Reformat the hard drive, reinstall Windows, reinstall other apps including iTunes.
Step 6: Copy the Itunes folder back to the same folder location as before.
Step 7: Import the library.xml file (to re-establish custom settings).
Step 8: Authorize the computer for this library. (QUESTION: Is this something that is done using the iPod? Does each song get re-authorized, or is this a one-time process?)
That is my plan. Please let me know if I am missing any crucial steps, and if de-authorizing/re-authorizing is necessary in this circumstance. Thanks in advance for your assistance.