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    How do you backup playlists?

    My playlists are stored in C:\Users\User\Music\Playlists which was chosen by the system on installation of LMS. There are a bunch of m3u and opml files in there, I can't do anything with them.

    I can't add C:\Users\User\Music\Playlists to the routine backup of my hard drive with syncback as I can only back up one folder per task. So I'd have to have a separate backup task for playlists, which isn't ideal.

    I have an external backup with backblaze, but this won't help because they won't make a backup from my main system hard drive.

    One idea I had is to change the backup location to the hard drive with my music library, put it in the same folder as all my music files. If I do this, do I just copy all the files in C:\Users\User\Music\Playlists and change the path in the form in server settings? Will LMS write to an external hard drive when I create a new playlist?
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    I no longer use SyncBack, but when I did I always chose to back up C:\ in my task, excluded it, then manually included the folders I wanted.

    Or, just create two backup jobs then create a parent and back that up instead.

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    Have you found something better than syncback?

    I didn't know about parent and child tasks, I wonder if that's in the free version.

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    No SyncBack is still excellent at what it does, but I use Dropbox for all my stuff now so I never have any backups to schedule.

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    This may sound like heresy to some of the SB folks, but I have all my playlists in my root SB music folder. I've found this works very well as long as you use relative file locations rather than absolute file locations in the playlists. This also allows me to move my entire music library between different OS platforms with no trouble. If you use absolute file location in playlists and have the playlists in your SB music folder LMS has been known to show duplicate music as a result of the way LMS scans playlists, this doesn't happen when using relative music file locations in playlists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by w3wilkes View Post
    This may sound like heresy to some of the SB folks, but I have all my playlists in my root SB music folder. I've found this works very well as long as you use relative file locations rather than absolute file locations in the playlists. This also allows me to move my entire music library between different OS platforms with no trouble. If you use absolute file location in playlists and have the playlists in your SB music folder LMS has been known to show duplicate music as a result of the way LMS scans playlists, this doesn't happen when using relative music file locations in playlists.
    This is what happened to me. Can you explain how to use relative music file locations in playlists?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimwillsher View Post
    I no longer use SyncBack, but when I did I always chose to back up C:\ in my task, excluded it, then manually included the folders I wanted.

    Or, just create two backup jobs then create a parent and back that up instead.

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    I just can't work out how to create a parent task!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandryka View Post
    This is what happened to me. Can you explain how to use relative music file locations in playlists?
    Let's take an example where your main library is on a Windows platform and assume "D:\Music" is your root music folder and you have a structure under this that's something like "D:\Music\[Artist]\[Album]\[Songs]".
    For absolute file locations in your playlist the song entries would be;

    D:\Music\[Artist]\[Album]\song1
    D:\Music\[Artist]\[Album]\song2
    D:\Music\[Artist]\[Album]\song3

    For playlists using relative file locations in the root music folder "D:\Music\[Playlists]" the song entries would be;

    [Artist]\[Album]\song1
    [Artist]\[Album]\song2
    [Artist]\[Album]\song3

    In this manner I can copy my entire library (\Music\*), including playlists, from a Windows PC to my android phone and not have to change a thing. The relative position of the song files does not change across platforms. I've not tested with *nix or Apple platforms, but I would guess they would work the same as Android.
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    Thanks -- but most of the music in my playlists is from qobuz (basically I make playlists of all the new releases each month of the music I'm interested in)

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