Originally Posted by skip252
You're not supposed to look for the files. That's the job of the media library software you decide to use. MediaMonkey did all the searching for me when I was in the same position you are a few years ago. I pointed it at all the drives where I was storing music and had it scan them all.
After MM found all the files I started by opening the Files To Edit menu and worked all the files it said needed editing. The Auto Tag... functions helped a lot. The Auto Tag from Web and Auto Tag from Filename functions were a big help. Once I figured out that I could use tags to move files I invested in a external drive and started moving files to that. Once I got done with that I discovered that I had left behind hundreds of duplicates that had accumulated across the years.
It was a lot of work that took weeks to complete but it was well worth the effort in my opinion. I can find any song I own now in a few seconds. I don't think, I know that I'm not storing duplicates anywhere unless I want to.
I use foobar2000 almost exclusively now to manage my music so I'm not as up on MM as I was. Don't let that stop you from asking questions here. I help a couple of people in real life with it so I keep up with it at least some. There's a couple of other members that are real power users. They'll no doubt be able to help if there's something that stumps the both of us.
+1. After I finished organizing my collection with MusicBee, I know instantly where everything is. I used MusicBee to organize my collection as "Artist/Album/Track# - Title" and it's so much easier to manage