Step 7: Deleting old files (optional)
Keeping your original iTunes library around as a backup isn't a bad idea, but most people are motivated to move to an external drive for the sake of freeing up space on their computer. If you're feeling confident that your entire iTunes library has been safely copied over to its new location, there's no reason why you can't delete the files in the original folder.
Typically, PC users will find their original iTunes library content in this directory:
C:\Documents and Settings\"USERNAME"\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music
The default iTunes library folder for Mac users is:
Of course, we advise that you be cautious whenever you delete something from your computer. It's never a bad idea to back up your iTunes library using either Time Machine on a Mac or the "Back Up To Disc" feature in the iTunes File menu (located within the Library submenu) on a PC. To be extra cautious, try trashing only a few files at a time from the original location, then launch iTunes and make sure the files you deleted still show up and play properly from their new location.
Be careful not to delete files from within the iTunes application, thinking you're deleting old files. The deleting we're talking about here is from within the Windows or Mac OS file directory. Also, be sure not to delete your "iTunes Library.itl" file if you want to hold on to all the song ratings and playlists you've created over the years.
Bottom line, the only iTunes content you should consider deleting after copying your collection are the files within the iTunes Music, Music, Movies, Audiobooks, Podcasts, or TV Shows folders located on your computer. Other files in the "iTunes" folder surrounding it are all worth holding on to.
August 18, 2011 4:11 PM PDT
| Caption by: Donald Bell
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