I am not official support, so… you still might want to wait.
However, it looks like you have the steps right. I would definitely follow the suggestion to stop Roon, it is just cleaner. You want to avoid Roon “seeing” two locations at the same time of the same content.
And, moving the physical files and their storage locations have nothing to do with Tidal library tracks.
You have a Mac as core and just over 100,000 titles in the Roon database. The larger part of it (842GB) is already copied to the external hard drive. Only 58GB are still in the music folder on the Mac.
Both places are recognized and read by Roon, but about 5,000 to 6,000 music tracks you would rather have on the external hard drive and not on the Mac anymore.
Why do you want to delete everything before? Should all be moved to a third still unknown hard disk? If there are already over 95,000 songs in the right place, there is no need to remove or delete this folder.
I can confirm that @Uwe_Albrecht 's last post here is correct. One thing which I will also advise you to do is create a Backup of your database before starting to move the files. If there are any issues, you have a backup to revert to. Let us know how it goes, thanks!
I took the plunge , my 4 Tb library drive was getting very full so I decided to split my Rock and Classical files. Seeing as Roon has less trouble IDing Rock, I elected to move the Rock files to another drive H in this case
My structure was an A … Z split by Artist so I Cut and Pasted each Letter folder from F (current) to an identical structure on H , the new location
It took ages but Roon carried on working fine and caught up with the changes. I must admit I closed Roon down for most of it to conserve resources , but it caught up happily one I restarted
The end result is fine I now have 1.5 Tb space on my F drive, I am just tidying up the File BU to reflect the new structure
It took the best part of a week , lots of waiting/copying time , not to mention the BU time
I must admit I was expecting a lot more catch up from Roon , I assume it was storing a Rename file location rather than a full import and analysis.
Yes this should be every computer user where important as the programs and data themselves.
In this regard, then also Geoff_Mirelowitz has continuously done everything right and can build the new SSD and Roondatenbank with less worries.
However, this doesn’t help as much anymore, if everything is really on a different hard drive, it’s like a complete rebuild after all.
I would have set to work with 100,000 music titles like the previous speaker and depending on the speed of the system, it would be done in 2 to 5 days.
However, there can be a downside when moving. If you have always created your own image, text, tags or anything else for each artist, you will have to repeat this for the new location. Therefore, good long-term planning is important. Nothing should always be set up in such a way that it has to be overturned every year. This is life planning for decades or joyful tinkering for decades. The many texts, images and other metadata that Roon has contributed so far are always there and get better day by day, but if you tinker a lot, you should take this tinkering into account.
Good luck, I think moving takes the longest. I still have old computers with USB 2 and even with that I have written 3 TB hard drives full over many days. With USB 3 it is faster and there again there are gradations and Apple is looking for its own ways to make data transfer faster. Roon will cope much faster with the new situation.
@Uwe thanks for your help. Although I’ve purchased lifetime use of Roon and have used it for a few years, I am unfamiliar with many aspects of it. As long as I can see my library and find the albums I want to play, I’m happy.
So I have to admit I don’t understand what this means:
As far as I know I have not done any of that. All I want from the change of hard drives I am planning, is the same operability I have had up until now.
I am using Carbon Copy Cloner to create the new library on my SSD (from the library that existed on the previous external HD). After that completes I will make the change. Unless I am missing something in your comments that affects what I plan to do.
No one can know everything, no matter how long they’ve been around. Carbon Copy Cloner is already getting good reviews, but I haven’t used the program myself yet. It is described as doing what is possible on Linux and other operating systems with Clonezilla. But it also has a file-only mode, where you can select any music folder or file to put on the new hard drive.
If you haven’t manually inserted any pictures, texts or other things yourself, it’s practically just a reboot with Roon from another hard disk.
For this you don’t even need a backup of the old situation, because it won’t exist afterwards.
By this, I mean to have a Backup created from within Roon, under Settings → Backup.
We have sometimes seen issues if you make a backup of the “Live Roon Database” using 3rd party cloning tools (namely Apple Time Machine), so I just wanted to ensure that the backups you have are proper backups created through the Roon app and not copies of the live database.
Other backup applications
Because the Roon database is frequently being updated in the background with new metadata, cover art, artist information, and more, backing up your “live” Roon database using external programs can result in corrupt backups. We strongly recommend against using Time Machine, Crashplan, Backblaze, or other backup applications to backup your “live” Roon database. If you would like to use any of these applications to back up Roon, set up a Scheduled Backup and tell your backup program to backup the RoonBackups folder.
@noris I want to be certain I understand your caution here.
My Roon backups were created by Roon. They are regularly scheduled in my Roon settings.
I was – mistakenly I now believe – keeping the folder with those backups on the old external hard drive that held my music files. I have since copied the entire Backups folder to my desktop. I did not use Carbon Copy Cloner for that operation. I copied the original Backups folder with a normal “copy and paste procedure” on my iMac.
However, and I want to be certain this is NOT a problem, I am using Carbon Copy Cloner to copy my music files from my old external hard drive to the new SSD external drive. Does that invite problems? Should I copy those files to the new drive in a different way? If so how?