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my hard drive was switched off without being properly disconnected, has this anything to do with it?
My external hard drive stores all my music and is never properly disconnected before swithing off and I've not lost any of my music. Is it possible they've just disappeared from Itunes and the files are still in your machine? If that's the case it's just a case of dragging and dropping them back into the Itunes window. (if it's a PC - Macs are a mystery world to me)
Hope you find them!
but now am i gonna have to delete all the files with the exclamation mark, cos they're staying put?
ive had to do that every few months now ive given up an just left it a mess, you can 'view duplicate tracks' and then sort them by date added to make deletion esaier
Assuming you're using a PC, of course.
Also if you are using a PC might be worth checking the external drive for future reference:
- My Computer
- Right click on the drive and do properties (actually any hard drive will do for this)
- Go to the Hardware tab and select your external drive and click the 'Properties' button.
- Check under the Policies tab and make sure your drive is optimised for quick removal. Performance makes sense for music but if you expect this to happen again it might be best.
Anyway, I ran my music off an external drive with WinAmp fine for ages. iTunes just seems to be a complete bastard for that sort of stuff.
but I had a bit of an iTunes arse yesterday - I imported a folder of mp3s from my hard drive into my library like I usually do, but I can't for the life of me find them. They were all titled and tagged correctly and they just don't seem to have appeared. Urgh.
if it's the same as mine, you'll find all the files are where you left them, but are completely fucked and unplayable (as in, no music software of any kind will play them).
Then you'll find that there's one track which appears to play nicely, but which contains all the broken up parts of all the songs you lost.
This was down to turning off my hard drive without disconnecting it first. And I thought it was 'optional'. How wrong was I. Basically I lost about half of my music, and I'm still trying to sort it out (2 years down the line).
lost everything. worst day of my life.
Thinking about getting a NAS drive to store music on instead.
Is this kind of files disappearing thing common with itunes?
google it and see the amount of pissed off people
Like I said earlier it has never happened with me but reading the posts above is making me kinda nervous - that's a hassle I really don't want to have to try and cope with. If I'm going to spend 2 weeks solid in front of my computer it will be to win the spanish league with Sevilla in Football Manager not tidy up 30,000 music tracks! Itunes does indeed suck balls at times but I use it just cos it's easier with the ipod and I'm too lazy to figure out a better/safer way of doing it.
Sounds like a bit of a 'mare, need a new mp3 player soon. And I'm too lazy to google as I'm at work.
you can drag and drop from wmp.
luckily they've seen sense that their software is fucking balls so no longer force you to use it :)
I have no idea if there's a Mac version.
so itunes record of where thing should be get messed up
I had this problem once, I'm not sure why it happened. Anyway, I found the missing files in my music folder, saved as 'itunes 1'. All the missing files were in there.
them all over again and now there'[s duplicates everywhere. bit of a mess but they're not completely lost anyways.
Which is a complete pain in the arse, means you have to delete all your library and then add them all again which takes yonks and totally messes up date added
it took me along time and a lot of frustration to work that out. there really should be a way of telling itunes, instead of the individual 'do you want to locate this file'. a pox on itunes.
always leaves me in stitches...nice one