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How to recover lost mp3's for free-p7 of 8.

Posted 05-12-2010 at 12:23 AM by GlennsPref

The majority of the problem libraries were version labels, except one that I found had a replacement with a new name, so effectively these libs just needed renaming to allow the program EasyTag to work. I've left the required lines uncommented(#). You will need root access to change these files. I thought about linking the files rather than copying them with new names and decided that at the rate of development with Mandriva and GNU/Linux in general it would make little difference to my system, but feel free to experiment (ln and ln -s instead of cp) This way, at least, the system should be able to find and use the libs when called by the program.
In short...
sudo cp /usr/lib64/ /usr/lib64/
sudo cp /usr/lib64/ /usr/lib64/
sudo cp /usr/lib64/ /usr/lib64/
sudo cp /usr/lib64/ /usr/lib64/
sudo cp /usr/lib64/ /usr/lib64/
sudo cp /usr/lib64/ /usr/lib64/
Using the EasyTag program
When first started the program offers little until a directory has been scanned. Make sure the directory is writeable by the user (you) and the select the folder in the browser section of the window. EasyTag will now scan the files for the tag information of all the available files in that directory, don't worry it won't do anything else yet. Now the buttons for options appear usable. The directory I used (/home/glenn/storage/recovery/mp3) has 2775 files that were recovered from the formatted disk, some of which were deleted by MSEC.
Go to the 'scanner' menu and select 'Rename file/s and directory', this shows a dialogue where you can type or select from the drop down list what tags to search for (and in what order) and eventually use for renaming. Check the website for details. Also the settings for the scanner and re-namer are available here too, and by selecting the 'Scanner Options' icon, the settings panel appears. I have not changed much here, except to replace the %20 strings with a space. A helpful information comment appears when the mouse cursor is over an option to help understanding. I have chosen create directory-name/file-name, %a - %b/%n - %t. (%a = Artist, %b = Album, %n = Track number, %t = Title) On revision, %a/%b/%n-%t, may suit better, artist/album/track-filename. ;-)
This process takes much longer, but is required to read the tags from the files. Once it has finished, do not go to the 'file' menu and 'select all', It Crashes the program, Instead go to the 'file' menu and select 'sort by tag', 'browse results by artist'. Select a group of files by one artist then select 'save'. This should rename the files and create directories for the files, from the tags. Repeat this action for all of the individual artists. That tool care of 80% of my files and saved me a lot of time. To clean up the rest (about 600 files) I used Kde's Amarok. Here I listened to the files and renamed them, amazingly, Amarok had some of the tags right before I started. Cool, more time saved.
I'm still sorting through the list, many of the files are from Hl2/CS:S background sounds.

I hope this helps you too. :-)
Cheers and Regards Glenn
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