Questions prior to relocating libraries for home server set up
Currently I have a Macbook with a spanned drive that I attach that contains mostly my already watched media. I'm buying a Mac Mini to set up as a dedicated media server and will be changing my approach somewhat in that the Mini has 1TB of storage and a new external HDD, 2TB (NB: the external is NOT the current spanned drive). So, for now at least, I plan to keep all movies on the Mini and all TV shows on the attached HDD. I think I've figured the easiest way to sort the transfer but just want to check before I go ahead in case I'm missing something, or in case there's an easier way. The current spanned drive contains movies and shows.
I've pretty much got that moving the spanned content is easy enough, just copy all data to a folder on the new drive and re-span to a new folder on the same drive. But that's with Tunespan working on the current computer which it 'knows about'. This is different in that it'll be new, computer, new iTunes install, new Tunespan install, new HDD. All that I will have from the old set up is the media files themselves. As such I'm less sure how to ensure Tunespan will work it all out given that it'll be a new install of Tunespan on a fresh iTunes. So, my workflow I figure would need to be:
1) Copy the current spanned drive to the new spanned HDD drive either by direct copy or Carbon Copy Cloner.
2) Copy any movies from the new drive to a folder on the desktop for the MM
3) Copy any movies I still have on the MBP into the same folder
4) Open iTunes for the first time on the MM. Add all the TV series to iTunes but de-select Copy Files to iTunes Media Folder (this will put the series but not the files into iTunes)
5) Do the same with movies but this time, select Copy Files to iTunes Media . This will add the movies AND the files to iTunes
6) Launch Tunespan. Now, the question is will Tunespan pick up that TV Series are in iTunes BUT that the files for them are already on a drive that is NOT the default iTunes Media folder? Will I simply be able to select the new drive and re-span the tracks OR
7) When I first add the series to iTunes do I need to add the files to iTunes Media too then run Tunespan to span them out.
It's no big deal to add all the media files to iTunes then span it all out again, just seems more time consuming if I can avoid it IF Tunespan will make all the associations it needs.