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important mp3 files corrupting

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  1. djcrewz

    djcrewz Thread Starter

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    Hello all, I am as my tag implies a dj, in fact I am a very scared dj right now. I have over 16 gigs of mp3's on my hard drive, 90% of them were scanned in over 5 yrs ago by myself. My problem is this, I began to update my mp3 collection last week and noticed much to my horror that while the mp3 file name remained intact the actual file itself was completely changed, not only was it the wrong song, it started at odd points of the wrong song. I am somewhat unsure as to whether this is a hardware (HD) issue or whether it has more to do with software. I have run Norton and it came up with no known virus so basically I am stumped.

    All I know is that it took me the better part of a year to install these songs and now it seems as if I am losing them one by one. My first thought was that perhaps the files were degrading due to age, but that is not the case as the same thing happened to a brand new file I added last week.

    Help me please!!
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    First, you should use an image program like Norton GHOST and make an image of the hard drive BEFORE you do any more updating! Don't do any more writes to this partition without getting some backup, you at least want to save what's still good. In truth, you should have stopped doing any updates to the disk the FIRST time you noticed any file corruption.

    What about backup, do you have any?
     
  3. LONGHAIR

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    This is exactly the same on the Hardware board. Read and FOLLOW the rules please!
     
  4. djcrewz

    djcrewz Thread Starter

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    In fact I do not have any form of back up. I am aware of just how bad that sounds but essentially I am self taught when it comes to computer and it shows.

    In regards to the duplicate postings you do have my apologies but I was not entirely sure which program or hardware was causing the problem.

    On another poster's advice I downloaded AVG antivirus and found that I was infected with the Win 32. hantater virus times 5 and 1 incident of the .exe virus. I looked up their definitions and both list as non malignant viruses so I remain unsure as to whether or not this is the issue.
     
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Well, regardless of any virus infection, you need backup NOW. I have no idea how you'll go about recovering your MP3 collection, since it sounds like you don't even know which ones are corrupted! I have about 120 gigs of MP3 files, and I have two backup copies, and they're also stored on DVD-RAM periodically. I really don't intend to lose them all! :eek:
     
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