On page 95 of the May PCA , in the penultimate paragraph, it is suggested to save space on your Hard drive "if you keep most of your music files on your iPod, delete them from your PC" This is very dangerous advice, as although it is possible (as is shown in the "Expert tip") most folk auti synch their iPods an if you delete the tunes from the HD it is possible the auto synch will wipe them from the iPod. You would have to have many thousands of MP3's to take up sigificant space in modern PCs - most people only have less than 15 gig of MP3's. In fact it would have been wiser to reccomend not only keeping the tunes on the PC but to make one or more back ups on other drives or even on DVD's.
My extensive downloaded music collection is on my PC & 4 external drives, one kept at an alternate location. This thread is one good reason for buying CD's & ripping them, you will always have a hard backup.
I have a removble slave drive to which I clone my primaray and I do an image and data back up two external back ups plus I occasionally burn a data DVD or two. So many times here and elsewhere you hear of people whose HD has gone down with no back up.
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