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How do I move Miro from my old to my new computer?

I can't find this in the FAQs: How do I move Miro + already dowloaded files from my old to my new computer? I have already exported my old OPML channel list and imported it into my new Miro installation; that works. But I want my new Miro to recognize all my already downloaded videos from this list... What do I do?
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  • I’m Quite Irritated
    Exactly, I have the same question. I saved my OPML Channel file, restored it, pointed Miro at the folder where all my...LIKE 200 VIDEOS ARE STORED FROM PREVIOUS DOWNLOADS, and it's not recognizing that certain videos have already been downloaded. I can't believe there isn't either a) a menu command in Miro to sync a channel with a local channel folder or b) an import module to re-import all your previously downloaded videos.
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  • I’m guessing
    Copy over your settings. Copy over your video folders, to the exact same location on your new pc as on your old one. Should work, but still report back how it goes.
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  • They can't be the exact same location. That's bubblegum and rubber bands anyway. When you point the default file location to the directory, it should scan it and discover that you already have 200 videos from this one channel and "oh, I guess he doesn't need to re-download them all again..." There should be a file with the channel information in each sub directory. Then Miro should check all folders in its default file location and say "Is there a channel ini in this dir ? Why yes, there is" and add that channel. Then scan that dir and add all previously downloaded files to that channel in Miro...
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    It can be the exact same location, but let's not go there.
    Anyhow, same principle, another workaround for others:

    Find an external usb hard disk. Assign it a nice drive letter like T:
    Start Miro , and change the video download folder T: in preferences
    Miro will ask you if you want to move the videos as well, you want to do so.
    Save Miro's configuration files and sqlitedb somewhere in %appdata% off.

    On your new system, assign your external usb hard disk the same drive letter T:
    Copy over your old Miro configuration files and sqlitedb back to %appdata%
    Start Miro, it will find all the videos like your system never ever changed.
    Change the location of your videos to wherever in the Miro preferences.
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  • Where are the directories you talk about ?

    Thanks
    Excuse my language. I'm from Canary Islands
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  • I’m wasting time
    Same problem on a MAC. I can't seem to get MIRO to update now that I have moved on to a bigger hard drive with a different name. This problem should be easily resolved but...? I pointed it to the directory with copies of all my files but it doesn't recognize the files that are already downloaded. PLEASE tell me there is an easy way to update the MIRO database to understand what files have already been downloaded. Thanks!
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  • This is a big enough missing feature to turn me off from what seemed like the best video podcast downloader/manager app. Re-sync'ing the download folder should be the immediate next feature, RIGHT AFTER the 'migrate download folder' option. Without the ability to re-sync the moved download folder, the migrate feature is USELESS.
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  • I searched for a definitive answer to this one for a while and found only bits of an answer. Thankfully, one of the things I tried after piecing these together actually worked!

    So, for all those (like me) who have the desire to rebuild their PC every now and again, without having to redownload content, here is the solution.

    Before rebuilding, make sure you back up the following 3 directories (XP - hopefully similar for others):
    C:\Program Files\Participatory Culture Foundation\
    C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Participatory Culture Foundation\

    On new/rebuilt PC, install Miro and run it, then close and make sure there are no Miro processes running.
    Copy the backed up folders to the same locations on the new PC (they need to be the same drives and folder names for Miro to think it's the same content).

    Miro can then be started and all previously downloaded content accessed.

    I'm not exactly sure what files do what, so 1 or more of these steps (eg. the program files ones) might not be necessary, however the above definitely worked for me.

    Hope this helps someone else.
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  • I know this question is a year old, but has anyone find a way to do this without using the same sqlite database?
    I moved from windows xp to 7 so the database is incompatible.
    Instead of seeing 200 files in "Videos" I want to re-sync all the downloads so they appear in the individual feeds (importing worked). As the original question states Miro doesn't recognize where these were downloaded from. The little rss icon next to each file shows "from local files".
    Any ideas?
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  • I’m frustrated
    Anyone been able to answer this question? XP to Windows 7. I have a ton of videos and playlists that I want to move to my new computer. If I copy just the videos they lose their names and icons. I tried pasting in the sqlitedb into c:users/yourusername/AppData/Roaming/Participatory Culture Foundation/Miro/Support/ where there was such a file in a new Win7 installation.

    I get my playlists but the videos in there do not work and then disapppear leaving me with a bunch of empty playlists. My videos are in the Miro Win7 default directory and now have icon after I pasted in the icon-cache folder but the video names are the raw file names not my more informative names.

    I suspect if I were to check back in my xp installation, create the exact orginal path and copy the sqlitedb files, icon cache and video files into the propery folders, it would work. But there must be a better way!
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  • You might be able to do this using symbolic links (see http://www.windows7home.net/how-to-cr....

    Create the folder c:\documents and settings\[username]\Application Data, then create a symoblic link called "Participatory Culture Foundation" and point this to c:\users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Participatory Culture Foundation.
    Miro will read the database entries and try to find the files in the old XP location. The symbolic link will redirect to the new Win 7 location, so it should find them.

    It means creating part of the old XP file structure, but at least you don't have to put any files there, so all of the old and new files can stay in one place.

    I haven't tried this, but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work.
    If you try it, let us know how you get on.
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  • IMHO, this is something that really needs some attention. I have a HTPC and Miro and XBMC are the two main programs on it (it's amazing how easy it is to move the XBMC database). I did a clean installed of my system (Ubuntu) on a different HD and getting Miro working was a nightmare. It took days. The only thing that worked was creating a new username that matched the name of the old system and then copying everything Miro related (all 600+ GB) to the new drive so that Miro would think it was still on the same disc (similar the the suggestion above). My original plan was to leave the video files on the old disc, but there was no way that was going to work. With XBMC all I had to do was export the database information so that it was in the same folders as the video files, fire up XBMC on the new system and everything was automagically back to where it should be. I realize that Miro seems to be geared more towards those who want to watch a podcast and delete, but there really should be some sort of provision for moving stuff around for those of us with slow connections and a hesitation to delete precious TED talks and NASA podcasts. I love Miro, but this sort of thing makes it hard for me to recommend it to others.
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  • I’m excited
    I like miro a lot! I got miro, some great podcasts, and I got rid of my cable bill and the useless nonsense of reality tv programs. It's amazing how much information is out there in free podcasts. I love it. However, I must agree with aarlof and bob in this thread. A migrating tool should be the very next feature in the development road map. A simple File > "Export All Settings, Feeds and Videos" should allow anyone to write out all of their miro settings and videos to an external folder anywhere. A simple File > "Import Settings, Feeds and Videos from Folder" should allow anyone to recopy/import that data back into an new Miro installation on another machine. The Export/Import All Settings, Feeds and Videos should write out all data to a file/folder format/structure that is version and platform agnostic to make the implementation quicker/easier and to facilitate easy forward/backward migrations between various miro versions and various os platforms.
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