Joy to Despair

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A few weeks ago, due to a lack of available space on my MAC, I decided to make some changes. I bought a smaller (300GB) External Hard Drive to use with Time Machine when backing up my hard drive.

Then I took my 1TB Eternal Hard Drive and reformatted it and moved my iTunes files over there. It freed up about 50GB of space and my plan was/is to move my iPhoto files there also, opening up another 40GB or so.

Before I deleted the iTunes files from my hard drive I made sure everything worked correctly. I added new files to the library. I transferred songs to my iTouch...everything was just fine.

Once I got through the holidays I would also burn each playlist (by genre) to DVDs as a tertiary backup.

Christmas morning I went in to send the Christmas playlist to the sound system. Ummm...iTunes Library can not be found...


Open the external hard drive and I can see them there, but iTunes is not opening

Let the day go to enjoy the holiday and Monday morning I go in and restart the computer When I do, the External Hard Drive does not appear on the desktop.

I go and run Data Rescue 3 and it tells me no files can be found! OH CRAP!

Well, then I go and use the Deleted Files function of DR3 and as I write this 48.9GB of audio data is being recovered. A process that will still take 12 hours (been running for about 5).

So, that is the size of my iTunes library (7,600+ tunes), so the data is being recovered, but looking at it before recovering a bunch of file names are all comfuzzled.

Until this process is done, I will not know what I may have lost. 80% of the music is still available to me...where I am concerned are the cassettes I digitized with the Warner-Chappelle Collection on them. 25 90-minute cassettes covering that publishing house's music from the 20's to the 90's.

AND all my live concerts. they may e missing, but since it says 48.9GB and I KNOW that was the size of the library, I am hopeful.

I will let you know. By the time many of you read this, the scan will be completed and I will have an idea of how much has been saved.

SO, how was your Christmas weekend?

9 Of Your Sparks

  1. Mimi Lenox Says:
  2. STRESS!!! That is stress.
    Hope all is well.

  3. Jessica Says:
  4. Itunes is evil! :p I hope all of your music is salvaged! I totally feel you!

  5. Hope it all works out alright. Just about everyone I know who tried to move their iTunes library had all kinds of problems with it.


  6. BeckEye Says:
  7. One of my biggest fears is losing all of my music files. But the fear still doesn't make me remember to back up on a regular basis.

  8. Travis Cody Says:
  9. Oh man. I hope it all comes back.

    Two digital fears of mine...losing all my music and losing all my books now that I have Kindle.

  10. You know what they say, my friend. One should always have faith. After all, isn't that what this season is all about? Miracles. :)

  11. DrillerAA09 Says:
  12. I would be so lost, I'd just shoot the computer, buy a new one and start over. Life is too short for that much stress. Hope it all works out though. I have a mere 9G's of tunes on my laptop.

  13. TopChamp Says:
  14. Shame.. still - could be worse. (am sitting in a relatively undamaged house after horrible storms counting blessings!)

  15. Coco Says:
  16. Oh Vinny ... I haven't read all the more recent posts but I pray you were able to recover your stuff. How awful.


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