iTunes: lost files ?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by micmex, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. micmex macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2007
    **** This is a duplicate from a thread i posted in "basics and help", I´ll delete the riginal one. **

    Sorry for asking again a really newbie question, searching the forum I found a lot on iTunes libraries, consolidating etc, but I´m afraid still I don´t understand it

    My iTunes library is on a external HD connected to an Extreme. I consolidated (thought it was a "merge") MY library with the one of a friend on the same HD, but now it seems that I lost all of MY files
    I still can see "my" covers in CoverFlow, but iTunes marks all my songs with an exclamation mark, the file info says "removed"...

    To avoid more damage by doing stupid things, I ask for your thoughts on that:

    I´d like to search all music and reload it to iTunes, hoping to recover whatever is possible:

    - Search with finder for all *mp3 and *m4a
    - Copy those files to a new folder an the external HD
    - Delete the current iTunes library
    - Start iTunes pressing "alt" to create a new library
    - Drag all files from the new folder into iTunes

    I´m aware that I might loose playlists and covers, but I hope in this way I can get all stuff into the new iTunes library - correct ?

    Thanks in advance for your help..!
  2. Mitch1984 macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2005
    My girlfriend deleted moved some of the songs out of the Itunes folder, I found them, double clicked on them, pressed show duplicates (because it puts another entry in Itunes), then I double clicked the ones with the exclamation mark and delted the newer ones, it fixed it and I got to keep my play counts and whatever.
  3. micmex thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2007
    Mitch, thanks for your hint. My problem is: I can´t find them....! Using Finder I can locate the iTunes music folder, the CD, but there is only one file in there ".DS_store". Time Machine says since december it has saved only ".DS_Store"... Looking into this file using Textedit it shows

    Bud1"Üne De
    Scene De Viedsclbool @Ä @Ä @Ä @EÜDSDB `¿ @Ä @Ä @

    "Scene de Vie" here the albums name

    But I cant find the SONGS...:( ?

    But in all of the album folders that iTunes marked I can find this file ".DS_store"

    Hm... what do you think ? If I´d restore all mp3´s and m4a´s to a new iTunes library, would I loose things like album name, interpreter´s name and al those things ?

    BTW: I really appreciate your hints, but if you know some source (manual?) to learn more about iTunes, please let me know as well. I´m not afraid of reading and learning :)
  4. honeycrisp macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2007
    If I were you, I'd just delete the library on iTunes, but keep the files, then readd everything.

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