want to find all FLAC files and copy them to new directory.

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  1. haruspex, May 15, 2011
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    haruspex macrumors newbie

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    i got it to work with bash, but I have so many files (many with duplicate filenames) that cp overwrites or leaves out too many files, and rsync doesn't really work. i've tried automator (which I suck at) to no avail.

    i have an NTFS drive with a directory full of subdirectories (artist/album). i want to find all the .flac files and copy them to some other folder so i can convert them into an iTunes-friendly format. how do?

    EDIT: i found out spotlight wasn't working because i needed to rebuild the index, plus i stupidly added a non-journaled NTFS drive to my spotlight directories so it was taking ages to do anything
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    I personally would do a search in Finder by selecting the parent folder (Music) and then searching for .flac files via CMD+F.
    Then I would select all of them and drag them to the folder you want to use (open in a separate window or as an alias in the Sidebar).
     
  3. haruspex thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i forgot to add, that isn't working for me because for some reason neither spotlight or find (the finder function) are working for me. i'm also trying to figure that one out. fresh install of Server 10.5, btw.
     
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    That is probably due to the volume being using NTFS as file system.
    Can you copy the Music folder onto a HFS+ formatted volume?
     
  5. haruspex thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry for not being clear. spotlight/find doesn't do anything system-wide, for whatever reason.

    that being said, i downloaded EasyFind and was able to do what I wanted to do right away.
     

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