Where Is My Hard Drive Capacity? (Part 1) - ITunes culprit

6/20/2012 6:00:02 PM

Are you still confused by an SSD drive that you think it only contains Windows 7 operating system and several important programs?

As we have outlined in part 1 of this column, using appropriate tools will reveal that gigabytes that you do not know are being saved by Windows and third-party programs on C: drive. This time we consider how the most popular programs, including Windows, will pour files on precious SSD despite your greatest efforts.

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Many gigabytes you do not know are being saved by Windows and third-party programs on C: drive.

ITunes culprit

In our case, and maybe yours, we explore iTunes is stealing much SSD capacity by including all iPad, iPhone and iPod backup here. As many programs we have tried to install on larger traditional hard disk, iTunes still insists on maintaining core functions on the drive where the operating system is located. Therefore, whether we always install iTunes and update it on the second drive, even put the library there; it turns out to identify programs that are backup devices on your C: drive of the SSD. In the case of iPad with saved magazines and they can be extremely large. Our case is 6GB.

Open iTunes and use the Edit menu to open Preferences. Go to Device tab and you will see that equipment backup which iTunes is keeping. The program does not notice their real size, just announce devices and dates. To know how much space that iTunes is using for backup, go to the original drive and Users/username/Application Data/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup. However, if you use date and time tags on file and match them with the date and time ones in iTunes, you will see the folder correspond to the backup. If you delete unnecessary backup from iTunes and click OK button in Device Preferences window, the effect will occur immediately and be easy to see in the relevant folder on your drive.

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Importing Songs from a CD in Apple's iTunes for Windows

iTunes also tends to leave folders which you think you have deleted or directories which are not listed in iTunes device backup window. While doing it, you must be careful not to delete a current backup value, look for outdated backup directories that you feel safe to delete or transfer to CD or another drive for storage.

In addition to backup files for Apple devices, please be careful that when iTunes syncs iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, it often copy into hard drives of any applications you have downloaded directly to the device. Over time, a copy of applications you have stopped syncing between the desktop and device is still on your hard drive. In the folder where your iTunes was installed, find Mobile Applications folder. Right click it and use Properties to see its size. Our directory grew excessively to 26GB, often with applications which we have stop using for a long time. If you use an SSD to store iTunes and library, it is a large estate space. Remember that under iOS 5, your Apple devices currently hold a list of applications which you downloaded in the cloud. You can see all old applications installed in App Store application on the device and download any old application from there if needed. You may not need to keep that application floating on your hard drive. Please delete them.

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If you are using Spotify subscription music service, not iTunes, you may think that it takes all your music directly from the cloud. In fact, it can save millions of gigabytes of content on your system. To adjust the position and size of that storage, use the menu Edit/Preferences to scroll down Cache area, where you can navigate the storage and apply the limit on how much storage capacity which it can consume.

Although iTunes is being installed on the second disk, it may still navigate large backup files to your precious SSD.

Management of importing pictures and videos on portable drives may save millions of gigabytes for your SSD in transferring files.

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