Reorganizing Existing Media with TuneSpan
Thanks for a great application. I've only spent a few hours playing with TuneSpan since purchasing this morning, but I have very few apps that appear as complete and frankly, just beautiful to work with. I would appreciate validation or a different recommendation how to proceed with the following, as moving, backing-up, and restoring 6TB of iTunes data is an all-day affair even with Thunderbolt 2 speeds. :0
I presently have the following:
- External Drive HD1 containing my iTunes Library and Media Folders, with iTunes managing all file organization
- SSD with OS X
- A New External Drive, called HD2 on-the-way
My objective using TuneSpan is:
- HD1 has all Music, AudioBooks, Podcasts Media (1+TB, but I about to start re-rippping 800+ CDs to lossless, which will consume 5-6TB in Music alone)
- HD2 will have Movies & TV Shows Media (4+TB and growing)
- SSD to receive all remaining Media files, including iTunes .itl & .xml files (I want to be able to do searches and basic updating on SSD-only)
My SSD with OS X only has 200GB or so free, so I cannot move my existing media folder of 5+TB first to the SSD, then span from there.
My thoughts having read online TuneSpan documentation and many forum threads, so I wind up with the most organized library and media is to:
1. Backup everything again of course
2. Turn-off iTunes Match & Automatic downloads just in case
3. Create a new iTunes Library on the SSD (including a default, empty Media folder structure)
4. Copy existing HD1 iTunes Library .itl & .xml files over the SSD default versions (preserve years of ratings & play counts)
5. Copy existing HD1 /Album Artwork , /Mobile Applications , /Tones over the SSD default versions (TuneSpan can't help with these, and I don't have any iPod Games to worry with)
6. Use TuneSpan to mark all Music, Audiobooks, Podcasts, Movies, TV Shows & Home Videos left on HD1, then Force Span (to mark them as being in the correct location)
7. Use TuneSpan to span the Movies & TV Shows over to their new location on HD2
8. Remove the remnants of iTunes non-Media folders and files (/Album Artwork, .itdb, .itl, .xml, etc.) which are not now connected with the iTunes Library, assisted by TuneSpan, running from the SSD
...and in theory I'm done.
Thoughts are appreciated!