iTunes Library Mysteriously Deletes Itself

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by katharrine, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. katharrine macrumors newbie

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    And I have no back up.

    I am so confused! Just a few days ago I was watching my purchased iTunes version of Zoolander and listening to my music. Today, NONE of these files can be found.

    A few facts:
    - I don't have my music backed up
    - My music is all on my computer HD, not an external.
    - I used Mac Helpmate a few days ago (can't remember if it was before iTunes was last functioning) and it cleaned some stuff.
    - Nothing in my Trash but I probably emptied it recently, too.
    - I use iTunes 7.
    - Spotlight search shows NO relevant searches. The files are all gone. It's as if they never existed. No folders, no music files, no previous libraries, nothing.
    - HD says there's 40 some GB available when I should have far less. The music files are gone. Gone. Gone.

    I'm pretty angry that this could even happen. Does anyone have any ideas? Is it something that I did? Has this ever happened to anyone else? Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    sounds like you accidentally deleted them. There's almost no way, unless you downloaded and launched a malicious apple script, that your computer did it itself.
     
  3. sonictonic macrumors 6502a

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    I sincerely feel bad for you because I know the pain... but NO backup?! I hope this can at least be a good lesson to you...

    There are lots of good backup options these days that don't take much effort...
     
  4. katharrine thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah trust me, I'm no longer using my External HD for movies over backing up now. :p Too bad I learned this lesson a few weeks ago when I accidentally deleted my /private folder but I couldn't back anything extra up because my External is in Socal and I'm in Norcal.

    *sigh* Oh well, I must've accidentally deleted them somehow. Thanks for the feedback. :) I was just wondering if perhaps anyone else had encountered a similar phenomenon.
     
  5. kalex macrumors 65816

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    superduper or carbon copy, use them. drives are cheap so no reason not to have one
     

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