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I've got an external hard drive with music on it, around 250 albums. To make it work nicely with Banshee, I've created an .is_audio_player file on the device, containing audio_folders=Music.

Every time I plug it in, Banshee takes around two minutes to index the thing, slowly building up the library - and being unusably sluggish while doing that.

Is there, per chance, any way to speed it up? Should I not mount the hard disk as a music player, but add it's contents to my library? And, if I do, won't that give me lots of annoying X symbols next to the titles, as they can't be found sometimes?

What's the best way to have my library on an external HDD?

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looks like no ones interested in answering any questions about Banshee at the mo Stefano. –  Allan Mar 3 '11 at 18:04
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Is there, per chance, any way to speed it up?

I don't think so. When banshee scans the library, it reads the metadata of all files. This is a slow process, more if it has to scan ~250 albums (eq to 1300 song more or less). Another factor is the speed of the external hard drive and how it is plugged into the PC.

Should I not mount the hard disk as a music player, but add it's contents to my library?

If you do so, and you add it's content to banshee, you will get (as you said yourself) a lot of error messages pointing that the media files could not be found. This is if you open banshee with the external hard drive disconnected.

What's the best way to have my library on an external hard drive?

Summarizing, there is no better way other than having a local copy of your library (which would use ~7 GB).

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It's more in the region of 200 gigabytes, around 5000 songs. –  Stefano Palazzo Mar 4 '11 at 2:04
    
@stefano-palazzo: With more reason. Reading 200 GB in 2 minutes isn't slow at all –  sebikul Mar 4 '11 at 3:17
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