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Old 02-05-06, 03:49 PM   #1
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oh crap, what have i done?

so i was on my computer, listening to music, when i realized one song wasn't the one i thought it was when i hit "download", and decided i didn't want the song it turned out to be. so i hit delete, without realizing i'd just highlighted my entire play list (3200 some-odd songs. no, no full albums, i'm a little nervous about the RIAA).

it's gone. not in the recycle bin, either. where could it be?

mods, feel free to move/delete/alter this, i know it's not on topic. but i also know that ss/fg is home to a lot of computer savvy types. and some out and out geeks.
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Old 02-05-06, 03:53 PM   #2
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What program were you using?
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Blessed be the pessimists, for they always back up.

If it didn't send them to the recycle bin, it probably just outright deleted them. Were they on removable media? If so it will often bypass the recycle bin completely. I did the same thing to a very important business presentation...

EDIT: If you are using iTunes, they are *probably* still on your hard drive and just need to be readded.
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Old 02-05-06, 03:55 PM   #4
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limewire.

hmmm...bypassing the recy....ummmm....

wow. damn. all my music, save for 10 CDs, is in storage in idaho until i can afford to ship it here. this sucks.
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when you delete a file it doesn't actually get removed from your drive.

find yourself a data recovery program like getdataback and scan your HD with it. It'll find the "deleted" files.
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yeah, i know it doesn't really get removed in many cases. but i don't know about all cases...so i actually need to get a program, then? hmmm, i'll look around.
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Yeah, when you "delete" something your OS sets the files to "ok to overwrite". All of the data is still on disc, its just marked to be overwritten at some point.

Download a datarecovery program and get the songs back.
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hmmm, that's a relief, i guess. are there any free ones? that would be a large part of what relief hinges upon.
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just use limewire to pirate a copy of the software...just like the music
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Did you remove it from the playlist or delete it? It looks like you have to remove from the playlist before you can delete it permanently. Otherwise, yeah a data recovery program. Just hope that when you download/install the data recovery program it doesn't write over the portion of your HD with the songs on it!

From limewire help:

Click "Remove" to delete a song from the Playlist.

The "Delete" button deletes the selected file(s) from your hard drive. Using this button will PERMANENTLY delete the file(s) from your computer. **You must remove the file from the Playlist in order for you to delete it.
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don't use limewire, peer-to-peer is for suckers.

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I know a lot of people hate on windows media player, but when you delete a song or album from your playlist it propmpts you to remove it from your hard drive or just the playlist. This could have prevented your mishap.

I will agree that you shouldn't use limewire, but p2p is not for suckers.
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i kind of like windows media player...i accidentally took it off my computer as part of cleaning up some programs i don't use, so i'm going to use a system restore function to bring it back.

as far as limewire, i sort of like it. except this. stuff was on a playlist, and i didn't remove it, but almost every track in the library was highlighted, so when i pressed "delete", it deleted all them. ironically enough, it didn't delete the track i wanted to delete.

also strange, i dreamt last night that limewire started ****ing up on me. weird.
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Do you have to live in a densely populated area to get good reslts on Limewire? I cannot find anything good when I use it.
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i doubt it. i have trouble finding some obscure stuff, and find other obscure stuff really damn easy. here's a funny example, i can only find one song by the eels, but i found several songs from the nipple erectors (shane macgowan's band before he was in the pogues).
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Don't shut down your computer until you have restored the files. I'm not sure exactly how the deletion process works, but I know Windows clears a lot of temp files, ect for good when the computer is shut down.
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works fine for me. I just download and then shut it down though. I don't use it to listen to songs.
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i doubt it. i have trouble finding some obscure stuff, and find other obscure stuff really damn easy. here's a funny example, i can only find one song by the eels, but i found several songs from the nipple erectors (shane macgowan's band before he was in the pogues).
Yeah, that sounds 'bout right.
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Don't shut down your computer until you have restored the files. I'm not sure exactly how the deletion process works, but I know Windows clears a lot of temp files, ect for good when the computer is shut down.
okay. they might be gone then. my first impulse was "system restore!"

and that, of course...shuts down the computer....so...yep.
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If it makes you feel any better my storage drive just took a crap and I lost 300GB of stuff. Nothing too important, but some of it is irreplaceable. A lot of anime, movies, music, and a few pictures. The music and the pictures suck the most though. Fortunately I had all my school stuff and Windows on a smaller drive.
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well, i was told i should get iTunes. i may as well now, since i have nothing anyway. bye bye 3000+ songs. like i said, mostly pissed because now i have NO MUSIC. IOC, if you read this...i may be a lot longer with making your mix CD now. A LOT.
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so you lost all your stolen music...well thats karma for ya
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I have a good idea! Lets argue about the ethics of music downloads!
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