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jesus, i just lost 20 gig of music. i was trying to connect the music on an external drive, to a second account on my macbook, so she could sync her iphone, and have the music too. after pointing itunes to the library an copying the itunes library to the account, there all of a sudden, those questionmarks, for missing files. 20 gig are gone, they are not on the external dribe anymore. jesus, what the fuck happened?
Well, you spelled "drive" with a "b." That'll fuck your shit up. Hers too, from the sound of it.
sounds like you fcked up not itunes.
i'm sure the files are kicking around somewhere. do a search.
The worlds largest Kenny G collection suddenly vanishes.
if you were using windows the files could be recovered.....
for you mapple users.....sorry for ya.
did you maybe move it instead of copy it?
has the available space reported for either drive changed?
Your problem is that you copied the library file instead of the music itself, tricking iTunes into not having any music. "Her" music should still be on "her" external HD.
eh? are you saying copied over the itunes library (itdb) file?
- not recommended.horton
- put everything back where it was, restart and cross fingers music will be found again when you relaunch itunes.horton
- already did that... no worky...
i am assuming that may be i cna recover the deleted files from the external drive.rockdog
Tell exactly step by step what you did.
- logged into the other account
- pointed itunes to the itunes music folder on external harddrive
- no files did show up
- copied my own library file in the itunes folder of the other account, files showed up, but some had immediatley the questionmark
- connected her iphone, sync some files
- the realized, that quite a few files are "physically" gone, not in my itunes folder, not in the other accounts itunes folder, not on the external harddrive
- I take it you've viewed hidden files?Jnr_Madison
- i browsed through the hardrive with terminal... couldn't spot any hidden files. drives me nuts.rockdog
- ah well, was worth a look I guess.Jnr_Madison
- Btw, what's your favorite euphomism for that splendid anomoly, the whale tail?mg33
The new account might have started organizing the files, also there might've been some drm issues. Were disappeared files drm'ed? It's good to switch "keep itunes folder organized" off when pointing to an existing and used library.
I would go with this to a mac nerd forum, this one is for luddites.
I actually did some research earlier today on iTunes library sharing. Normally I'd point her account to my folder, uncheck "keep organized" and import all music in place. It would miss covers, but would be fairly complete. However, every new song would have to be imported twice, on each account.
I found this today, haven't tried yet:
Look at all you guys and your fancy apple gear....
meh. 20Gbs ain't nothing to lose sleep over... i wouldn't bother with file recovery, if they really are gone.
cue up some downloads, go get a beer... your library will be restored in no time.
Wouldn't it take longer than "all of a sudden" to actually delete 20gb worth of stuff?
I’m sure I posted in here just before.
If it’s all purchased music, iTunes Store will remember that you have already purchased it when you re-download.
Not sure if the iTunes store lets you re-download. I've seen reminders every so often to "back your shit up!!!"
It's recovery time! You can recover a good chunk. Shut down the computer right away and find another to computer to start recovery. Good Luck.