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Old 02-05-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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Rhythmbox music library disappeared

My music library disappeared totally unexpectedly.
I had music playing in rhythmbox and was cutting and pasting some text documents. When the next song didn't play (it came up with the little red error symbol in rhythmbox) I tried another song and that wouldn't play either. None of the songs play. I went to look at the library directory and it has vanished.

I am totally stumped. I checked the recycling bin and it isn't there. It was 50gb of music so I really want it back. I read that you can quick delete things with shift delete but I was just cutting and pasting and I wasn't even near the library directory. I restarted and nothing changed.

Old 02-06-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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First of all, do you have your songs in your hard drive or did u just lose it from rhythmbox .
Before losing where was your songs located, in internal drive or external drive.

Because sometimes if you have it in your external drive and if you don't mount it then you can lose songs.
can you be more clear...
Old 02-06-2012, 02:22 PM   #3
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I lost the files from my internal hd, which is definitely mounted. The rhythmbox library was still there to look at but couldn't play as rhythmbox couldn't find the missing files.
I searched the whole hard drive and found nothing.

Which method would you recommend out of these two options?

1. Copy the music files from my ipod and use some program to sort them out as they are in folders f00-f49 and named things like BMNQ.mp3. When added to rhythmbox it can read the id3 tags, but won't re-sort them for me.

2. Use data recovery software to recover the deleted library.
Old 02-06-2012, 02:40 PM   #4
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would be to restore from your backup....

However if you don't have that option then recovey from iPod would at least get the dat there and then you just need to rebuild the Metadata I lost all of mine when it changed from Rythmbox to banshee and since then have used a cloud (dropbox) to keep my banshee database. This gives a couple of benefits, I have 1 x cloud vesion and several backups and all my computers, including smartphones are in sync.

Genrally recovery software will only bring some info back so manual intervention (will always be_) is usually required. Howver if you truely lost the lot then you probably have bigger HDD problems (do you have SMART info to look at?) and before you invest in data recovery and manual time and effort I suggest you check the HDD out, replace if necessary, and consider a simple backup policy for critical data.
Old 02-06-2012, 03:46 PM   #5
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I installed banshee and it was pretty easy to reorganise my library using the 'copy files to media folders when importing' and 'update file and folder names' checkboxes in the preferences.

I ran a quick self-test using GSmartControl and it came back with no errors. I'll run an extended test tonight. I don't really expect my hd to be failing, I only bought the laptop two months ago.

I'm still totally mystified as to how my library vanished but at least I've fixed it now so this thread can be marked as solved I guess.


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