Cleanup Mac Os X Library After Migration

Jan 04, 2020  How to Move Your iTunes Library. You can move your iTunes library to a different folder, computer, or drive. Here's how to do it, even in macOS Catalina, which ditches iTunes for the Music app. Connect computers (over a wireless network or with a cable) and copy your iTunes files from one computer to the other. Use iPod or a portable drive to transfer iTunes files. Before you sell or give away a computer, don’t forget to de-authorise it (choose Account  Authorisations De. Consolidate your files in the iTunes folder You can consolidate all the files in your library in the iTunes folder to make it easier to move your library to a new computer. In the iTunes app on your PC, choose File Library  Organize Library. Transfer itunes library from mac to pc over network. There are a few ways to transfer your iTunes library from one computer to another: When you get a new Mac, use Setup Assistant (or Migration Assistant, if you’re switching from Windows) to move files—including your iTunes files—from your old computer to the new one. See the Apple Support article Back up and restore your iTunes Library.

Turns out that Photos does pretty sophisticated library management; enough so that you're not duplicating space if you're migrating from iPhoto or Aperture. If you've migrated an existing iPhoto or Aperture photo library to Photos, Photos creates a brand new library structure but doesn't, in point of fact, duplicate your images. Instead it creates links to the original and preview versions of your images.

When you're looking at your Photos library in the Finder, it includes all of your original images and previews. But the images exist only in one location on your hard drive, even if you have multiple photo libraries.

Here's what Apple has to say for people anxious to pull the delete trigger:

After you migrate your iPhoto or Aperture library to Photos, you might feel tempted to delete your original iPhoto or Aperture library. Because the migrated library takes little additional space, you don't need to delete the original library.

Jun 07, 2015  Mastering Photos for OS X Want to delete your old library after migrating to Photos for OS X? Worried Photos, iPhoto and Aperture for OS X.

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So don't do it, even if you're tempted to.

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You can still use your original photo library with iPhoto (version 9.6.1, as of this writing) and Aperture (version 3.6) after you've migrated it to Photos. Just bear in mind that any changes you make in iPhoto or Aperture will be resident only in those applications, not Photos. So if you make new image edits in Aperture or create a new iPhoto album, those will only appear in their respective apps, not Photos.

(Hat tip: Dave Sanderson)

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