First thing to definitely check is do a sweep for viruses and spyware. I usually use both AdAware Personal and Spybot Search & Destroy for spyware, as no one program catches everything. If you don't have any antivirus software, AVG is a good free option.
As far as moving your music library to external storage, I definitely suggest going with a hard drive like Nighthawk suggested. If your music collection is that big, a 1 or 2 GB
flash drive won't make that much of a difference. NeilYYZ's suggestion of a MicroVault drive won't help much either. Most likely your music is in MP3, WMA, or AAC format, all of which are already compressed and adding further compression won't make much of a difference. You can see this for yourself -- create an archive folder in XP
, which is really a Zip compressed file, and put one of your songs into it. You'll see that the compressed folder isn't much smaller than the original. If you music is in an uncompressed format like WAV, than converting them to a compressed format will make a huge difference.
As an alternative to the hard drive, you could burn the music to a CD
-R. By creating an MP3 cd (where you copy the MP3 files to the disc like any other file), you can get a lot more onto one disc than if you burn it as a standard Audio CD
. There are some CD
players out there now that can handle MP3 CDs, but many cannot. You can still use the CD
on your computer. The downside is that you won't have access to all of your music at the same time.