Consolidating itunes libraries
Alternatively, you can backup and restore your i Tunes Library using an external drive by following the steps in this article.
When you consolidate, copies of any files that were outside of your i Tunes Media folder are added to your i Tunes Media folder.
There are a few pros and cons of i Tunes consolidating files. Pros If you don’t want to use i Tunes to consolidate your i Phone files, then you will be glad to know that there are other ways to do this.
One of those alternative ways is to use a third-party i Phone transfer tool called i My Fone Tunes Mate.
Step 3: Once you are in the Advanced menu, find “Copy Files to i Tunes Media folder when adding to library” and “Keep i Tunes Media Folder Organized” options.
Step 4: After locating those options, tick the checkboxes next to each of them. Follow these instructions to consolidate your i Tunes library: Step 1: Launch i Tunes and click on File Show Menu Bar option.
i Tunes consolidate files creates copies of all of your media files in the library into a single folder on your computer’s hard drive.
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Before you back up your media, consolidate your library.
You should also redownload any previous purchases (music, movies, TV shows, etc.) and turn on automatic downloads for future purchases.
To save space on your hard drive, you might want to delete the original files after you make sure that the copies are in your i Tunes Media Folder.
You can restore your i Tunes library or i Tunes Media folder from your external drive to your computer.