Recovering Deleted Songs

Discussion in 'iPod' started by cooknwitha, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    If anyone should ever experience the sheer terror I have by accidentally deleting their entire iPod library, I can recommend PodSalvage. I'm not usually one to part with AU$50 for shareware software but considering it would probably take about 2 days to re-rip all my CDs, I thought it would be worth it. So far, it's recovered what looks to be almost all the songs (13.5GB worths) and their tracknames (though not file names) are still intact.

    I still think it's too easy to delete songs off an iPod!!! :rolleyes:
  2. macrumors 65816


    Did that recover from your iPod or your Mac? The problem with data recovery is the longer you leave it after deletion, the less chance there is of success. Especially if its on your Mac as all the little temporary files and things you install risk overwriting where your previous data was.

    Glad things worked out for you though!
  3. macrumors 6502a


    I was recovering the songs from the iPod itself. And the recovery process is now complete. To give an indication of the success I had, my library contained over 2800 songs and I recovered all bar 24. And those tracks I'm re-ripping now.

    And I knew I didn't have much time so pretty much as soon as I realised how much of a dick I'd been in deleting them, I was on google searching for programs that could help me.

    Never again!!
  4. macrumors 65816


    Thats pretty impressive. If that'd happened to me I would have screamed, probably because I wouldnt know which of those 24 songs were missing - and knowing my luck it'd be 24 random ones :)

    The other way to protect you against this is automatic sync'ing in iTunes. I could delete all my songs off my iPod today, then when I plug it back into my PB iTunes will put them all back.. admittedly losing my playcounts since my last sync, but nevermind.

    But thats not much good if you only have a 30 GB hard drive and a 60 GB iPod :)
  5. macrumors 6502a


    The only way I was able to find out which songs were missing was to imported them into the library and auto save copies in the iTunes folder (that got the titles and numbers back onto the file titles)

    Then in column view I just checked each album folder and if the last file number was larger than the file count at the bottom of the window then I knew something was missing.

    And I'm happy to say I'm now all back to normal. Weird thing though, of the 24 tracks, 22 were less than a 60 seconds in duration. I have no idea what that means but it's interesting to see.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    With the benefit of 24 hours I'd now like to retract my praise of PodSalvage as it's not turning out to not be the miracle worker I first thought.

    The amount of corrupt files I'm finding is ridiculous. As soon as I wiped the iPod I didn't add a single thing and went straight for PodSalvage.

    It wasn't until playing some songs tonight when I noticed some were just cutting out. So, I've started sweeping through the tracks (another tedious process) and dispite being only up to the letter G in artists, I have over 50 songs I need to re-rip. Either the file is too small (eg. 2MB for 4 minutes) or very large (100MB for 3 minutes).

    Now this might not be the fault of PodSalvage but it hasn't saved me any time. All it's done is cost me money.

    So, unless you have no way of backing up everything, the amount of time I've spent trying to re-salvage everything with PodSalvage and fixing up the holes, I could have re-ripped all my CDs by now.

    In short, don't wipe your iPod!! :(
  7. macrumors regular

    In short, I would say that anything on your iPod is supposed to be a replica of whatever is in your itunes library right?
  8. macrumors 6502a


    In theory I think that's what they say you should do but I know few who actually do that. I didn't have a spare 15GB for just music on my old harddrive. But I was in the process of setting it all up so my iPod Library would mirror my iTunes Library on my PB when the deletion occured.
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    Making backups can be tedious but it's sooooo worth the trouble!
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Oh yes! Once I've finished re-ripping everything ( I'm about 20% of the way through. Doing 10% a day I've decided) then I'll make back up DVDs of everything (so about 4-5 DVDs worth).

    I've certainly learned a very important lesson here. :eek:

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