Changing to a new hard drive with Media Monkey (windows 7)

02 Sep

Let’s say you’ve gotten a new hard drive, and are copying  all of your music over to the new one, and ditching the old one. Sounds simple enough.

If you use MediaMonkey to manage your music, you’ll notice a bit of a problem after you copy everything and unplug the old drive – it can’t find any of your music! It will all be grayed out. So, Let’s fix it:

What doesn’t work: I first tried changing drive letters by opening regedit, going to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > MountedDevices & Finding \DosDevices\”yourdriveletter”  right clicking on it & deleting the old drive letter – then restarting to apply. Then, opened Computer Management (right click on my computer and select “manage”) and went to Storage>Disk Management, right clicked on the new drive and selected “Change Drive Letter and Paths…” and assigned the old letter to the new drive, and restarted once more for good measure. (hopefully someone may find those steps useful for other purposes).

MediaMonkey uses the drive Serial Number as the identifier. So to get MM to cooperate with your plan of using a new drive, you must open up the MM database and forcefully update it. Thankfully, THIS guy has written an excellent little tutorial (and provided tools!) on how to do just that: (took some searching to find, so hopefully more people can find it through here.)

If you tried updating, rescanning etc. in MediaMonkey before you did any of this (like i did), you’ll have duplicates of all tracks.. grey, black, grey, black, grey, black etc. you know what I’m talking about. To remedy that: Click on “Library” in the file tree, click on 1 song, then hit CTRL+A to select all – then with all tracks selected, go to File > Locate Moved/Missing Tracks. Superb! (Finding the missing tracks under Library > Files to Edit > Dead Links like I’ve read in some places – yielded absolutely no results for me.)

This really shouldn’t be necessary to do all of this, but it’s a small price to pay imo, plus… how often are you going to need to do this? – MediaMonkey is one of the only good players out there that can handle large libraries like it’s nothing. iTunes? That’s a joke, even on OSX. It starts choking on a moderate amount of files – With 30,000 files and counting, iTunes is basically unusable & don’t even think about using a home media server with it. Songbird? It’s closer, but it’s a major resource hog – shame because it was very promising.

ANYWAYS… there’s that.


Posted by on September 2, 2010 in Music, Windows 7


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