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how to delete duplicated songs all at one time?

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  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,910 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 10:34 AM (in response to Christoc)

    Yes, that it... With luck it should restore anything deleted in error. You need to delete and then recreate the folder pair to avoid SyncToy simply replicating the deletions. You should still use the same order for left and right and you need to use the Sync action. Check the preview before you let it run to make sure you are happy with what it is about to do.

     

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    Feb 11, 2013 10:52 AM (in response to turingtest2)

    ok, it has listed 13 items.

    4 "overwrite" sentinel, ituneslibraryextras, itunes music library, itunes library.

    then 9 "new" - which are actualy the 4 songs in the recyle bin...

     

    it found 5640 files that did not require action

    total bytes to copy = 74953498

    avoided copying 37291082923 bytes in 5640 files

     

     

    so.... what does all that mean....?

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,910 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 10:59 AM (in response to Christoc)

    I guess it means I'm more confused than ever...

     

    How many songs do you think are missing? Are these missing songs no longer in the library, or do they show with an exclamation mark? If they show with an exclamation mark can they be found by searching your hard drive?

     

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  • Christoc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 11:09 AM (in response to turingtest2)

    i think there are thousands that are not in the itunes application.

    they are no longer in the library.

     

    if i go to the itunes media folder>music on my ext hd it has thousands of folders - so i assume the songs are there somewhere...

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,910 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 11:28 AM (in response to Christoc)

    I'd normally expect you to have all your media files arranged inside the iTunes Media folder and every media file in that folder connected to your iTunes library. And since you've used SyncToy to clone the iTunes library folder there should also be a complete set of the same content on the external drive. You can always use File > Add Folder to Library > Select iTunes Media folder to make itunes scan the folder for any orphaned files.

     

    How does 5640 files compare with the size of your library? There will be album artwork files so that number should be larger than the number of songs in the music section of your library if the library has been backed up properly.

     

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  • Christoc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to turingtest2)

    5640 sounds about right.

     

    shall i use File > Add Folder to Library > Select iTunes Media and add them all back in from itunes on ext HD?

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,910 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 11:56 AM (in response to Christoc)

    No. This is the sort of thing that causes problems. If your active iTunes library is on the C: drive in the usual location of C:\Users\<User>\Music\iTunes and the media is presumably in C:\Users\<User>\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media then this is the folder you scan for orphaned files, not the backup copy of it.

     

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  • Christoc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 12:03 PM (in response to turingtest2)

    OK....How do i scan for orphaned files?

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,910 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 12:21 PM (in response to Christoc)

    File > Add Folder to Library. Choose the iTunes Media folder on the internal drive.

     

    Everything already connected to the library will be ignored. Any other media files not currently connected to the library will be added.

     

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  • Christoc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 12:45 PM (in response to turingtest2)

    Ok, adding now... it is converting some at same time.  it may take some time i guess.  will report back when something happens!

     

    thanks for your continued help.

  • Christoc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:02 PM (in response to Christoc)

    well it has completed...

     

    there are probably circa 40 songs with warnings - meaning the "original file could not be found" - im not overly fussed about that.

     

    is there any way to count the number of songs? i recall on last version of itunes it was realy simple - i see no way of identifying how many songs there are.

     

    so, now ive reloaded the tunes, do i risk the dedupe again? !

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,910 points)
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    Feb 11, 2013 1:29 PM (in response to Christoc)

    You can turn on the status bar with CTRL /

     

    I didn't think of it earlier but you should probably use File > Library > Organize Library > Consolidate Files to make sure that everything that iTunes is connected to is inside the iTunes Media folder and will therefore be included in your SyncToy backup.

     

    To check for certain which files are missing you can use this set of lost & found playlists.

     

    Lost & Found Playlists

    Create a playlist called Found, select everything in Music (use the Songs view) and drag it into the Found playlist (it may take some time to count the tracks that are to be dropped). Create a smart playlist called Lost matching All the rules Playlist is Music and Playlist is not Found. Your lost tracks will be in this playlist.

     

    You can either repair the broken links if you have some other source, say your downloads folder, or delete the broken tracks by selecting them in the Lost playlist and pressing Shift Delete.

     

    Best to clear/repair any broken tracks before deduping.

     

    You mention that tracks were "converted" when you added the folder which suggests there are some .wma files lurking in your iTunes folder. Now that you've converted them to some suitable format you should probably search for these and archive them elsewhere so they're not accidentally conveted & duplicated again in future.

     

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  • Christoc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 4:46 AM (in response to turingtest2)

    ok

    so next steps are

    use File > Library > Organize Library > Consolidate Files

     

    and then create a found folder, drag everything in...

     

    then create lost folder... how do i select "All the rules Playlist is Musicand Playlist is not Found." - will this come up when i drag to lost folder?

     

     

    thanks


  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,910 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to Christoc)

    Lost & Found Playlists

    1. Create a playlist called Found (Use File > New > Playlist, then name it Found)
    2. Select everything in Music (use the Songs view) and drag it into the Found playlist (it may take some time to count the tracks that are to be dropped).
    3. Create a smart playlist (Use File > New > Smart Playlist) add a second rule by pressing the + symbol and edit the playlist so it matches the illustration below. Once you click OK to save the rules you can name the smart playlist Lost.

     

    Lost&Found.png

     

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  • Christoc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 10:35 AM (in response to turingtest2)

    Excellent - done that.

    The drag to 'found' was instant. There are 128 songs, so i can reload any i want.

     

    ok, so q is now.. do i make a second attempt at dedupe!? based on what i've done in the past, does it sounds like i've done something wrong, or the script isn't suitable for my needs?

     

    thanks!

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