Some weeks ago, my external harddisk started acting up: It simply cut the connection to the computer at inappropriate moments. This meant that playing music on iTunes became a rather erratic experience (with a 60 GB (i.e. 55 GB) internal harddisk, I had to put my 40 GB music library on another disk) and that I couldn’t be certain that I would be able to access my backups in case something nasty happened to one of my computers.
What to do? Buy a new 500 GB (i.e. 450 GB) external harddisk and copy the archives on the old disk to the new one. Piece of cake.
The only problem was that iTunes wouldn’t accept the new position of the music library, so I had to technically “reimport” the music and videos – which meant that I lost information about when the individual numbers were added, how many times they’ve been played and so on. It is not that big a deal – I mostly use this to administer my iPods (hmm – two computers, two harddisks, two iPods … do I lead a double life…?) – but still a minor annoyance.
But there is one more problem: The AppleTV now needs to be re-synchronised. Sure, I could just use the streaming option and listen to or watch music and podcasts via the computer, but it is nice not to have to turn on the computer when I want to watch TV or listen to music. Electricity bills, environmental protection and stuff like that.
The strange thing is that that synchronisation has turned out to be a messy affair. I’m able to synch 200-300 MB of archives before iTunes shuts down the connection – that means restarting to continue syncing. Shut down. Restart. Etc, etc. Right now, I’ve managed to get some 10 GB of archives on to the ATV during a couple of days with 30 GB to go.
Computers are strange.