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Digital music forum: A SERIOUS Problem: Disappearing MP3 Files On Hard Drive

by: LiQuiD_FuSioN December 28, 2005 3:35 AM PST

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A SERIOUS Problem: Disappearing MP3 Files On Hard Drive

by LiQuiD_FuSioN - 12/28/05 3:35 AM

I tried googling ''MP3s Disappearing'' and it led me to a thread made in the CNet forums. Sadly, no one even replied to that thread, so I want to make a new one.

This really needs to be addressed, imo. Why would MP3s disppear on my or anyone else's HD anyway? This SHOULD NOT happen.

I only have these possible reasons as to how this could happen, and also questions:

1) Is the feature ''compressed old files'' the problem?

When this feature is turned ON, does it compress files and then are these ''compressed'' files still accessible?

I once used a computer which is now downstairs, I've been using it for about 5 years now. When I opened up a particular music program, it asked me to ''scan'' for any music on the hard drive. So, I let it for music.

I know where my music is, I know I have a certain amount and it's organized. Funny enough, when the music program was finished scanning.. guess what? I had found music that I had downloaded about 3 years ago!!!

Tell me, how is THAT possible? I tried searching for these files because, I KNEW I didn't have these 3 year-old files on my hard drive before.. how was this possible? Were they just hidden away, If so, why?

2) MP3s still disappear while I am tagging them or moving them around.

I was tagging music one day (this happened atleast 3 times) with MusicMatch and as I was almost finished tagging the newly encoded music CD, I then noticed with my own two eyes that TRACK-02 had DISAPPEARED!

What is going on there? WHY would it just disappear like that... as if it fell into a bottomless pit of no return? That is NOT right at all, that's insane.


This is a very strange and annoying problem, I had to go back and re-evaluate my entire library to check for any more MISSING songs and to my luck, I found atleast 3 more CDs with 1 or 2 tracks missing. Just FANTASTIC!

Who knows, I bet I have hundreds of missing MP3 and I will probably never know! My father has atleast 100 gigs of classic tunes from HIS CD collection.. and there's no way he'll ever find out.

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