Recently I’ve cancelled my Google Music subscription and went back to good old music-files-on-hard-drive approach. I took my HDDs from various years from the vault and copied media files there.
There are ~25000 tracks in total, and now I want to clean/sort this collection. I hear the recommendation to do that in batches of 5000 files or so, but what should be exactly the procedure?
Initially I tried to run it with all 25000 files. It took 5 hours for initial processing, and then after 20 minutes of manual sorting the Picard app hanged (when I right-clicked the changes pane and selected “Show changes first” checkbox – it’s a separate issue, and I can reproduce it, e.g. when “Clustered tracks” is selected in the left pane).
My intention was to have a clean directory as an output.
As the music comes from multiple locations, it has lots of overlaps, and it would be nice to reconcile e.g. partial albums from those different epochs…
And the question finally come here:
What’s the best way to do the sorting/tagging/de-duplication in batches?
Suppose I sort and tag the first 5000 tracks from the first batch.
Will the second batch of 5000 tracks automatically detect duplicates in destination directory? Or I should add the destination directory as source too? Or I should do that and have a new clean location?