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Need help - batch renamer software for folders?

by deadmusic / November 20, 2015 2:17 AM PST

I want to make all four entries look like the top two/ standardize folder name formats to this: "Band Name - YEAR - Album Name"
http://i.imgur.com/PdGs6Gm.png

I want them all to look like "Caul - 2006 - Apophasis" instead of having some at the end or without hyphens.

I backed up my CDs collection to MP3 over many years and want to standardize folder name formats but I can't find software that will recognize the number and move it to the right of the first hyphen. I have found several batch renamers that can remove brackets, but none that recognize and move the year within the folder name.

I have 10K+ folders to clean up, so I cannot do it manually. Oh yeah, I also need it to be free and work in Windows 7... any ideas?

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Tried this?
by James Denison / November 20, 2015 2:48 AM PST

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total commander
by James Denison / November 20, 2015 2:47 AM PST
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Just tried both
by deadmusic / November 20, 2015 3:44 AM PST
In reply to: total commander

James,

Thanks for the tips. The first method didn't works because it only adds (1) etc to the end of the folder names.

I tried Total Commander, but it only has options to add new data into the existing folder names. I need to rearrange the data that's already contained in the name.

For example, "Caul - Hidden - 2001" ------> "Caul - 2001 - Hidden" ...I'm sure there's something out there that can pick out the numeral phrase and move it to the right of the first hyphen or place it as the second "word" of the folder name.

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may take two steps
by James Denison / November 20, 2015 4:59 AM PST
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Re: renaming
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 20, 2015 5:27 AM PST
In reply to: Just tried both

You're sure there is such a utility. Why not find and use it then.

I'm rather sure there isn't. So you have to write it yourself. Good tools are the file manager object in vbscript, or powershell. If you don't have experience with those tools, it might take some time, but probably less than doing 10,000 folders manually.

If it's worth $0,05 per folder to you, you might be able to find somebody to write that program. 10,000 * $0,05 = $500 is a nice amount of money for an it-student.

Kees

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Re: renaming
by deadmusic / November 20, 2015 5:40 AM PST
In reply to: Re: renaming

>Why not find and use it then.

That's why I posted here asking for if anyone knows it.

I'm a student as well, albeit returning to school, and have no income to live on. I did mention I was looking for free software.

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Re: sure
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 20, 2015 5:50 AM PST
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So you're not sure.

Then, if it doesn't exist or nobody knows it, and you're not an IT student yourself, rename 30 folders a day manually (that's less than 10 minutes a day) for 1 year (365 days) and it's done.

Kees

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Re: sure
by deadmusic / November 20, 2015 6:22 AM PST
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Not sure why you want to argue with me about the semantics of the word "sure."

> if it doesn't exist or nobody knows it
I posted my query 4 hours ago, so I think it's a bit early to reach this conclusion that no one knows or it doesn't exist.

>rename 30 folders a day manually
This suggestion defeats the literal purpose of the computer.

After four hours of searching and testing, I found the software you were sure didn't exist. In the interest of sharing something constructive, here it is:
Advanced Renamer

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Great find indeed.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 20, 2015 6:49 AM PST
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I get the impression you need to use regular expressions to find the parts you need (numeric part and first dash). That's quite advanced.
Did you know regular expressions already, or did you master them in those 4 hours also? Then you're an IT talent.

Kees

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Now that I'm unsure of...
by deadmusic / November 20, 2015 6:39 PM PST
In reply to: Great find indeed.

I have no IT knowledge and I'm not sure what regular expressions are. I fiddled with the software until I got it to move numerals to the beginning. So I removed the band names in one step, moved the dates, then added the band names back in. It took 3 steps and about 15 seconds to do a large batch that would have taken about 5 minutes manually.

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file renamer
by ct4er / November 22, 2015 1:41 PM PST

In linux ubuntu 15.10 am using pyrenamer

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