Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Moving MediaMonkey from one PC to another

As you might already know, I use MediaMonkey for all my podcast catching. It is a really great software, one of the best in my view. It downloads the podcasts, auto creates playlists and prunes out those that I have listened to. All that I have to do is to listen to them, which is all that I want to do.

I recently bought a new laptop since my old one was getting a bit too old and wasnt able to run all that I was trying to run on it. As you know, with new laptop comes the migration. I must give myself a big pat on the back to have kept all my files well organised so the copy of the data wasnt too painful. But when it comes to applications, thats another story. I do want to carry my application settings over to my new laptop, so I tried to invest a few minutes into finding out how this could be possible.

This post describes all I did to move the settings from mediamonkey to the new laptop. This meant that I didnt have to recreate the podcast links etc. They were all seamlessly migrated over .. well sorta :).

The steps for the migration are as follows
1. Install MediaMonkey on the new laptop and go through the licensing etc.
2. Start MediaMonkey on the new laptop so that it creates all the folders etc that it needs.
3. Make sure you keep the folder structure same on the new computer to what it was on the old.
4. Copy the folder from C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\MediaMonkey to the same location on the new computer (overwriting the folder on the new computer).
5. Start MediaMonkey on the new computer. It will look at the new settings and inherit it.
6. Once it finishes, you will see some tracks that are grayed out or which you know are present but have a wrong path on them. Highlight all such tracks and click on File\Locate Moved/Missing Tracks.

And presto, you are all done.
Now I am off to have a well deserved dinner, if I can figure out what to have that is .

1 comment:

Stet said...

For Vista users, get to this same file this way instead:

1 - open Windows File Explorer

2 - navigate to

Computer |> Users |> {username}

(Here, I am using |> to represent those little triangles Vista uses now to separate folder steps in a path name.)

3 - Click in the address line at top of Windows File Explorer. This changes the file path name representation style to the calssic "\" mode.

4 - Add "\AppData" to the end of the path name, then hit enter.

** Note: I was not able to see this AppData file until I did this, EVEN WITH "SHOW HIDDEN FILES" turned on.

5 - Now you can continue to navigate via Windows File Explorer as normal -- i.e., click on the folder "Local"

6 - Select the folder "MediaMonkey" and copy it to portable media (flash drive).

7 - Follow rest of instructions above.

-- ZenGeekDad 10-3-09