iPhone "Spring Clean"

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by hankhandsome, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. hankhandsome macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2013
    A Silly Title, I know :)

    Basically I'm getting a new hard drive tomorrow and i'm going to need to transfer my music collection to it. It made me think that what I could potentially do is use a 3rd party program (Sharepod springs to mind) to copy the music from the iPhone 4s I own directly to the new hard drive, load iTunes and re-sync as I suspect that iTunes may well assume my new hard drive means a new computer.

    I've got all the necessary backups just in case - the iTunes database, the iCloud backups e.t.c., so I was wondering if there would really be any major benefit of doing a full restore when the phone is running perfectly fine?

    Could it potentially free up any space?

    I'm perfectly happy to just transfer the library over and not touch the phone at all, but if there's anything, however minor, to be gained from doing such a 'spring clean' then I'm certainly up for doing it.

    (Oh, and hello forum :))
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    You could potentially get a reduction in the "other" space being used, but if that isn't very large now, and you aren't seeing any problems, then it might not be worth doing.
  3. hankhandsome thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2013
    thanks :)

    I've got a 64gb 4s and i've got about 3gb free overall, mainly as i have 55gb's of music on it ..

    I suppose i'm thinking along the lines of any possible cached files or temporary files left over or anything like that.

    I think the whole operation would be relatively straightfoward though, since i've got the important stuff backed up to iCloud.
  4. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
    iPhone "Spring Clean"

    Use phoneclean to clear up space.
    The first time i ran it it cleaned about 300-400 mb:) on my iPhone 5 16gb

    Sent from my iPhone 5 using Tapatalk 2
  5. hankhandsome thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2013
    oohh nice, thanks for that. might save me some work :)
  6. hankhandsome thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2013
    just thought i'd pop back and say it did end up clearing about 300mb off the phone which was good.

    having more trouble actually copying the music off to the hard drive at the moment because nothing works - probably because i've got 8,611 songs on it i suppose.
  7. iRetired macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2012
    Thank you! I regularly use iCleaner but this found more crap to get rid of. Good find!
  8. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    I did a restore from iCloud over the weekend, and it seemed to clear up a couple GIG worth...probably cached files.

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