View Full Version : Lost All Files? Please help, panicking! :o

Jul 19, 2009, 06:07 PM
I have been in the process of ripping all of my CD's into my iTunes library, and I'm about 13,000 songs in w/ all of the music I'd had before (I don't even want to think about how many hours I've spent doing this).

The last CD I put in was pretty scratched up and had problems playing it, so I decided to "force quit" and eject the CD and not rip that album. This has actually happened to me a number of times but had yet to cause a problem until now.

When my iTunes library re-loads, all of my music has the (!) next to it, telling me the files cannot be found. I look in the preferences and it has re-reverted to the mac hard-drive. I had gone through the lengthy process of switching all my files over from my mac hd to my 500 gig external drive a while back and the transition went flawlessly. However, now when I try to go back into my external hd I cannot even find the iTunes folder that I created there anymore.

Can anybody shine some light on what I might want to do? I've been ripping the files DIRECTLY onto iTunes and thus do not have a secondary copy on the drive (aka, they aren't loading the files from another place on the drive but are actually IN the iTunes folder alone).

Thanks for any help, this seems like a disaster...

Jul 19, 2009, 06:16 PM
Does spotlight reveal anything?

Jul 19, 2009, 06:36 PM
Does spotlight reveal anything?


Not sure what happened, but somewhere in the mishap it relocated the iTunes folder on my external drive into a weird spot where I put all my old family pics. Anyway, it's re-relocated and working fantastically again! Thanks for your help :)

A bit of a noob am I...

Jul 19, 2009, 06:42 PM

This ... I know. :D;)

Jul 19, 2009, 08:13 PM
I first want to say that this is the first time I have been on a site like this.
I had to have my hard drive on my Mac replaced and they were not able to save any of my music or photos.
I have a ipod and have the photos on that. Is it possible to recover the photos on the ipod? I have not plugged it into the Mac for fear that I will lose them.
I am not sure why I had problems, I really don't use the computer much except for music and photos.
The disc player now is not responding and ejects the cd.
The photos is the most important to me. I have no idea if this is possible or not.