View Full Version : How to transfer the Songbird library from one HD to another

09-10-2011, 09:22 AM
My Songbird library resides on te internal drive of my PC.

How can I transfer the Songbird library from the internal HD to an external drive in one step (without having to select and copy every single album)?

My goal is to bring the external drive with me and use it with another computer with Songbird installed.

Can someone post a step by step guide?

Oh, it would be great if album covers would be transfered too ;-)


09-12-2011, 08:55 AM
Oh, I noticed that using the function "Add to device" adds my FLAC files but converts them to mp3!!! This is not what I want! How can I avoid this annoying automatic conversion?

09-14-2011, 08:04 AM
Hi Edoardo, it's quite easy. I have make a PDF for you (since I have screenshot there... and it's not that easy to upload pic here...)


Hope this helps! :)

09-14-2011, 08:08 AM
For your second posts, not all the MP3 players from Philips support FLAC. :)
If your device support so and you don't want your FLAC to convert to normal .mp3, I suggest to just use drag & drop not via Songbird

09-14-2011, 08:09 AM

nice - another Queen fan :D


09-14-2011, 09:02 AM
Hello Kwinnie!

Thank you very much for your help.

About the option "Add to device": this is very easy to understand and I did actually use this method at first. But this causes SB to automatically convert FLACs to mp3s and as I wrote I don't want that. I have a GoGear Muse 3 and I bought it because of these 2 features: 1) FLAC support; 2) memory expandability using microSD.
You suggest to use drag&drop outside SB and this is what I did buy files dragged&dropped to my SB folder don't appear in the library! Am I missing something? How can I play them if they don't appear in the library? How can I organise them?

09-14-2011, 09:52 AM
Hi edoardo,

I understand your prob now... :)
Let me see, it's a bit difficult to transfer all your media files (including FLAC files) to your another external hard disc...

There are 2 methods, both are not easy:

Method 1: SHOW FILES
1. Select files in your Music Library
2. Right click > Select "Show files"
3. Drag those files to the connected external hard disk

Pitfall: you may have different folders to hold the tracks and hence these steps have to be repeated for a few times.

Method 2: Transfer the files from the GoGear to the external hard disk
1. In your device, it can hold FLAC files. Make sure you have the below settings configured. (So transferring the music to your player wont automatically converted to .mp3 but FLAC.)


2. Then, copy all your files from your player to your external device.
I guess this will make the files more organized as it is?

09-14-2011, 09:55 AM
Hi Toengel,

Yes, Queen Fan :cool:


09-14-2011, 01:36 PM
Hi kwinnie,

thanks again for your suggestions.

My goal is to trasfer files from one HD to another. The transfer to my Muse3 would be a further step but I still need to test better that device because until now I already had some issues. I.e. when I tranfer FLACs to the microSD it doesn't work: even if I selected the SD as the target for "Add to device" and waited for the process to be completed, when I look inside my Muse3 the FLACs are in the internal memory. I thougt that to trasfer the .alb file to the SD would work but it didn't: the .alb is now on the SD but the FLACs are still in the internal memory. Now I don't want to go deeper with this problem since this would be off topic and prefer to go on trying to figure out a way to transfer the files from a disk to another.
I tried the following: HD A (the HD where the SB folder is the place selected for "Allow Philips Songbird to manage files"; HD B is the place where I put my new FLACs to be tranferred to HD A and shown in the SB library. To acheive that (without falling in the trap of the automatic conversion to mp3) I selcted HD B as the folder to be watched (in Media Importer / Watch Folders). This lets SB scan HD B and transfer the FLACs to HD A (and to the library) leaving the FLACs intact. Problem 1: the covers must be selected and assigned manually. Problem 2: If I change something in HD B (i.e. I delete something) do I risk te files to be deleted in HD A too? Problem 3: In WinXP the USB devices get an alphabetic letter F G H I etc. and sometimes (I don't know why) these letters change so that SB cannot find the selected folders in HD A and HD B. As a consequence I need to reassign the 2 folders, the updating process starts again (and for 4000 files is quite long), I end up with 8000 files (because they get copied) then I order the 8000 files per File Location so that all tracks which refer to the old location are kept together, I select them all and I delete them from the library. Is there a way to avoid all this?

Why can't we simply choose NOT TO CONVERT THE FILES? (In Settings / Music Conversion)

GRRRRR.... !

09-15-2011, 02:13 AM
let's make it a suggestion to Philips then shall we?
as I can see, this feature is currently missing from Songbird...
and I understand how desperate one will be to see his FLAC converted to mp3...

in this forum, sometimes, your wish comes true :D (some, not all)
Our experience from Blu-ray forum...
not sure if they will take action for this, just leave this for them to decide...

09-15-2011, 10:20 PM
Hi kwinnie

Yes, I hope so. SB is a great app but it seems still a bit immature.
One more thing I'd like to see implemented is the possibility to choose the directory when importing per drag&drop to an USB device (mp3 format, grrrr...). Unfortunately d&d creates a folder with artist/album/tracks always on the top directory of the device. In my case my external HD contains various things, among them there is a folder called Song Bird Music. Wouldn't be great to be able to import new music to that folder instead than to see it appear on the top directory among other folders? Just a suggestion...

Have a great day!


Philips - Katerina
08-24-2015, 10:28 AM
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