With the new external, I moved the small external to the NAS and each laptop got an external. Then the real shuffling began. The NAS and its external are formatted with a UNIX file system. So there was a bit of file movement to perform. And some other things as well.
- Attach new external to my laptop, and copy (over wifi) complete contents of old NAS-external to new external.
- Connect old external to my laptop, reformat, and copy contents.
- Connect small external to NAS, reformat.
- Connect old external to Jennifer's laptop, redirect iTunes look locally for files
- Redirect iTunes on my computer to look locally for files
- Spend some time deleting music of Jennifer's from my external
- Spend more time renaming folders for consistent naming.
- Realize the majority of folders have been renamed, so re-import music for iTunes.
- Reorganize playlists
- Attach iPod to re-sync, get notice that Windows needs to run a disk check.
- Check disk crashes iTunes, making restart necessary.
- iTunes requires Restore of iPod, but Restore locks up iTunes, and three repeated attempts yields same results.
- Attempt Restore using Jennifer's laptop, locking iTunes again.
- Setup appointment at Appel Store - Genius Bar.
- Go to Apple Store. iTunes not seeing iPod, but Genius gets it working after a few restarts of iPod. iPod is Restored, but iTunes is not seeing the iPod. I am wished luck.
- Plugging iPod into computer brings up Checkdisk requirement again. I hold my breath and do it again. This time no crashes.
- iTunes require a Restore of the iPod. I hold my breath, and do it. Again, no crash. Trying to hide excitement.
- After Restore, iPod begins syncing.
Now, as I mentioned before, syncing the entire iPod (an iPod Classic with 160 GB) used to take from Friday night and often run all weekend and might be done by Tuesday morning. I was about 30% synced in less than 3 hours.
And so, happily, when I got up this morning the sync was complete. So all is well, and I can put off buying a replacement for a while. But I may buy one anyway, just to have a spare.