Windows – Computer Cleanup

3/14/2015 – Note: This is a work in progress…call or email us with questions until it’s complete…thank you!

Computer Clean Up – Windows and Mac

Keeping your computer clean requires work on your part.  You need to clean your house and your car.  You also need to clean up your computer data.

Windows

iPad backup files

If your iPad gets filled with music, videos and photos, you may use all of the available space before you know what is happening your backup will be enormous.  Either iCloud backup quits working or your hard drive fills up.

If you look at your iPad through iTunes, you can see the various indicators which tell you how much data you have and the related category (i.e., Audio, Photos, Apps and Other).

What is ‘Other’ space? It’s a combination of data from your various Apps, browsers, mail, Messages, Reading List, saved games, app-specific documents and data, notes, and your voice memos.  It’s actually pretty easy to recover most of the space consumed in that category by targeting those things specifically.

iTunes files and data can get out of control quickly

It is shocking how quickly your computer hard drive can get full with the vast amount of music, photos and videos we ‘need’ – when at one time we didn’t think about those things at all.  Since iTunes is the primary storage area, that is where you need to look when wanting to clean up your computer.

As an example, you can easily duplicate music if you have had your computer upgraded or the hard drive copied.  This alone can cause untold numbers of gigabytes to be duplicated.  It’s a definite place to look.  Not to say that it is easy to find duplicates however.

Photos’ area on your iPad – this area of your iPad can contain both photos and videos that you have taken with your iPad.  Many people do so because it is very easy to do!  The problem is accumulation of so much data that your iPad fills up before you have a chance to copy the information to your computer or to iCloud.

The iPod Photo Cache folder

When you use iTunes to sync photos to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, iTunes creates a folder called iPod Photo Cache. The iPod Photo Cache stores photos that are optimized for display on your device. The location of this folder depends on the syncing options you select. In iTunes, if you change the selection in the Sync Photos From menu, a new iPod Photo Cache folder will be created (and the previous folder will remain).

If you need to free up space on your hard drive, you can remove the iPod Photo Cache folder. Deleting this folder won’t remove the original images from your library, and the folder will be recreated the next time you sync Photos with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.