iTunes Library Recovery after Format

“Hi, I have recently performed format operation on one of my Mac hard drive partition without thinking that it was the location of my precious iTunes library files. I just don’t know what to do now. I had a huge collection of albums and podcasts. Can anyone tell me how to recover iTunes library after formatting hard drive partition? Your help will be appreciated.”

This is one of the common scenarios faced by an iTunes user. An iTunes library is actually a database of iTunes media files. There are two different iTunes library files are created namely Library.itl and Library.xml for different purposes. iTunes Library.itl file is a database of media files and the user created playlists. You can use Library.xml file to make your media files and playlists available to other applications on your computer.

There are various situations that are accountable for the loss of iTunes library from your computer. But here, you have to think about iTunes library loss due to hard drive formatting only. You can go through the following scenarios that clearly illustrate the loss of iTunes library due to drive formatting.

There are various situations that are accountable for the loss of iTunes library from your computer. But here, you have to think about iTunes library loss due to hard drive formatting only. You can go through the following scenarios that clearly illustrate the loss of iTunes library due to drive formatting.

  • Human Errors: At times, you may perform format of your hard drive partitions that contains iTunes library by mistake instead of formatting the intended one. As a result, you may loss all the iTunes media files and you have to recover iTunes library from hard drive.
  • Third Party Tools: Some of you may have using third party tools for partitioning hard drives. If any of such tool came from a suspicious source or it has an unreliable nature, it may format your hard drive partitions and you may lost precious data including iTunes library files.
  • Multiple Operating Systems: If you have installed multiple operating systems on the same hard drive partition, it may even lead to the format of that partition and it will result in the loss of iTunes library files if present on that hard drive partition.
  • Forced Formatting: Sometimes, it is desirable to conduct format of a hard drive partition due to several errors like inaccessibility of partition, corruption of hard drive, and bad sectors on hard drive etc. iTunes library files are not protected from the data loss due to this formatting if such files are present on that partition at the time of formatting.
  • Unprofessional use of Command Prompt or Terminal: If you use Command Prompt or Terminal in an inappropriate way by using faulty commands, it may result in the format of drive partitions and it will affect iTunes library if present on those drive.

You can recover iTunes library after format of hard drives by overcoming all the above mentioned scenarios by the application of iTunes Recovery software. This software works on all the latest versions of Windows and Mac operating systems. It has a simple and powerful Graphical user interface so that even amateur users can restore iTunes library after formatting hard drive.

Significant Features of iTunes Recovery Tool

  • This recovery tool can help you to recover deleted iTunes files of various file types such as MP3, WAV, M4A, AMR, MIDI, M4b, AIFF, RA, etc. in an efficient way.
  • You can make use of this tool to recover iTunes library after format of hard drive partitions using various file systems such as FAT32, NTFS, ExFAT, HFS+, FAT16, HFS, etc.
  • “Preview Recovered Data” option on this tool allows you to view your restored data prior saving them to a secure location.
  • Using this software, you are recovering different types of files using their unique signatures.
  • You can create disk images, if you encounter any bad sectors during recovery process. Later you can resume recovery from these disk images.
  • As in addition, you can use this tool to recover iTunes music from crashed laptop or desktop without missing a single file.

Steps to Recover iTunes Library after Format

Step 1: Download and install this software on your Windows/Mac computer. Launch this tool and from the home screen, select “Recover Photos” option as shown in Figure 1.

Recover iTunes Library after Format  - Home Screen

Figure 1: Home Screen

Step 2: From the next screen, select "Recover Lost Photos" option. In the next screen, you can see a list of drives. Select the drive from which you need to restore iTunes library and click on "forward Arrow" button to start the scanning process as shown in Figure 2.

Restore iTunes Library after Format  - Select Drive

Figure 2: Select Drive

Step 3: Once the scanning is over, you can use "Preview" option to view recovered iTunes library as shown in Figure 3.

Recovering iTunes Library after Format  - Preview Recovered Data

Figure 3: Preview Recovered Data