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  • #1232
    ellgieff
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    My iTunes library is 117GB. I have thousands of Audio CD’s that I haven’t ripped yet, and about 700 records.

    I buy roughly 20-30 tunes a week, many of which I may never use in a set, but have bought to show support for the artist. Nothing says “I love your work” like cold, hard cash.

    #1278
    U31
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    Mahoosive! At least 300GB of Wav converted Ep’s & 12″s on an external drive from which i choose sets & convert down to 320kbps for the lappy.
    The lappy ALWAYS has a 15gb file of random oldskool choona that i never remove tho, all genres, Italo, House , Prog, Vocal, Chicago, Electro..

    Then on the external drive are all my cd albums… mindblowing amount of music
    And folk ask me to name my favourite choona? Impossible!

    #1304
    Christopher Johnson
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    109,467. Yeah, you heard me. Go large or go home!
    Lol….my situation has been up for debate on DDJT in a previous article. I will say here that using iTunes is the best thing since Moses started a travel agency. I take Phils advice and organize by genre and groupings to make set lists for each gig. Those guys at Apple…they just might go far.

    #1000533
    U31
    Member

    After i tunes automatically renamed a helluva lot of my choons to something completely random, with zero bearing on the actual track title artist or year, i never used it again… that was maybe 6 year ago?

    #1452
    Emma Partnow
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    My Music Libray is in Danger of becoming NIL at the moment; as last night and this morning I could not even Access my External Drive :(; I am playing Tracks off of it at the moment; but the Thought of actually Moving a File from one place to another on the External Drive (which is what I was trying to do last night) just Fills Me With Fear – because all the Company who makes the External Drive tell you to do is Reformat it – and so I Lose 180GB of information 🙁

    #1453
    Christopher Johnson
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    This happens to me sometimes. Try using a different usb port on your computer. Or turn everything off, unplug it, boot up and wait for the pc to finish before connecting the drive. Or if you can play songs and see the drive connected it’s time to buy a new hard drive. Download Beyond Compare to copy files to the new drive. Good luck.

    #1456

    I keep my DJ set separately on my SSD and at the moment it’s running at around 25GB. That’s all music that I’d be happy to play, from many different genres. My iTunes library has more than double that, but I’m using iTunes less and less and really ought to archive all that old stuff somewhere that isn’t on my laptop!

    #1457
    pilotmike327
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    I have my music on my computer’s HD, in my me.com account, and planning on getting an external HD soon. Triple Protection for all 38 tracks!! (that’s right, tracks. not gb) :p

    On a lighter note, today is shopping day at beatport 😎 Time to choose 10-20 new tracks.

    #1458

    I’m hoping for good things from the new itunes match (http://www.apple.com/icloud/features/), I should be able to upgrade all my old 128kbps collection (everything I spent weeks ripping from CD, ie most of my non edm collection) to 256kbps. Pretty cool.

    #1462
    Emma Partnow
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    Christopher A Johnson, post: 1442 wrote: This happens to me sometimes. Try using a different usb port on your computer. Or turn everything off, unplug it, boot up and wait for the pc to finish before connecting the drive. Or if you can play songs and see the drive connected it’s time to buy a new hard drive. Download Beyond Compare to copy files to the new drive. Good luck.

    Thank You Christopher :);
    I will Definitely try the Different USB Port;
    And this afternoon I tried the External Drive on my Foster Mother’s laptop and it worked Fine; so it is ‘Possible’ that this ‘Helped’;
    I have doen a Scan on the Drive with Norton and StopZilla and nothing untoward was found;
    Unfortunately I can’t afford Food right now; so a Replacement External is out of my Range 🙁

    #1465
    B3AM
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    mine is currently around 50 gigs but i’m about to go through and get rid of a lot of music that i wouldn’t play out. On my home pc though i have 2 tb and probably 500 gigs of that is music. But that includes a lot of discographies and such as well.

    #1466
    Lew
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    Emma Partnow, post: 1441 wrote: My Music Libray is in Danger of becoming NIL at the moment; as last night and this morning I could not even Access my External Drive :(; I am playing Tracks off of it at the moment; but the Thought of actually Moving a File from one place to another on the External Drive (which is what I was trying to do last night) just Fills Me With Fear – because all the Company who makes the External Drive tell you to do is Reformat it – and so I Lose 180GB of information 🙁

    When you say that you couldn’t access the drive could you be more specific? Was it showing up in Windows Explorer and refusing to work or was it not showing up at all? Could you hear the disk spinning? The problem could be as simple as a re-format (after copying your data to another drive) or it could be that the disk is on its way out, in which case you’d need to copy your data to another drive ASAP. If it’s the first problem then it’s still possible that your data can be saved without re-formatting.

    I had a similar problem with an external drive a while back where the disk was dying and was able to save most of the data on it, but it was a bit of a faff.

    Emma Partnow, post: 1451 wrote: Thank You Christopher :);
    I will Definitely try the Different USB Port;
    And this afternoon I tried the External Drive on my Foster Mother’s laptop and it worked Fine; so it is ‘Possible’ that this ‘Helped’;
    I have doen a Scan on the Drive with Norton and StopZilla and nothing untoward was found;
    Unfortunately I can’t afford Food right now; so a Replacement External is out of my Range 🙁

    Going by this information it certainly sounds more like a problem with the USB port than the drive.

    #1000556
    Emma Partnow
    Member

    Hello Lew :);
    Thank You for your Help;
    What happened last night was ‘Suddenly’ out of Nowhere; my CPU went up to 100%; and my External Drive had this Orange loading Bar at the top of the window that just went on Forever;
    When I pressed the ‘Start’ button to see what was going on I couldn’t even Access my ‘C’ Drive or even the ‘Control Panel’; and there was a Lot of Noise coming from the External Drive; I Restarted my laptop and it all went Quiet again; but as soon as I Selected my External Drive (I was able to Access ‘My Computer’ after the Restart); my CPU shot up to 100% again; and all I had Access to was my email and Internet (which was Fortunate); but of course it is my Music I am concerned about Mostly;
    The Drive still has one more Years Warranty; but of course they will just tell me to Reformat before I send it back;
    I Wish I had the Opportunity to Copy the Music to another External Drive; but I don’t have Access to one; my Music is only in fact 60GB or something and I have that Free on my ‘C’ Drive; and so I could do that at least – If the Drive allows me to Access it – as last night all I was trying to do was Copy a 100MB on my External Drive to a Different Folder on my External Drive :(;

    #1000559
    Lew
    Member

    Emma Partnow, post: 1465 wrote: Hello Lew :);
    Thank You for your Help;
    What happened last night was ‘Suddenly’ out of Nowhere; my CPU went up to 100%; and my External Drive had this Orange loading Bar at the top of the window that just went on Forever;
    When I pressed the ‘Start’ button to see what was going on I couldn’t even Access my ‘C’ Drive or even the ‘Control Panel’; and there was a Lot of Noise coming from the External Drive; I Restarted my laptop and it all went Quiet again; but as soon as I Selected my External Drive (I was able to Access ‘My Computer’ after the Restart); my CPU shot up to 100% again; and all I had Access to was my email and Internet (which was Fortunate); but of course it is my Music I am concerned about Mostly;
    The Drive still has one more Years Warranty; but of course they will just tell me to Reformat before I send it back;

    Hmmm… That does sound to me like the beginning of a disk failure. These things can tend to be intermittent at the start, which could explain why it suddenly started working again. BTW, I work in technical support so I can understand why they’d initially ask you to reformat the disk as it would help to rule out a simple corruption problem. Obviously if you get the problem again after reformatting then it helps them to justify a hardware fix or replacement.

    I Wish I had the Opportunity to Copy the Music to another External Drive; but I don’t have Access to one; my Music is only in fact 60GB or something and I have that Free on my ‘C’ Drive; and so I could do that at least – If the Drive allows me to Access it – as last night all I was trying to do was Copy a 100MB on my External Drive to a Different Folder on my External Drive :(;

    If you have enough space on your C drive then you should copy your music there. Don’t try to copy the whole lot in one go, though; do it a folder at a time. This way, if the copy fails part way through it’s easier to tell how far you’d got so that you know what you still need to copy. If you only get some of the music copied across and the drive starts playing up again, disconnect the drive and leave it turned off for a couple of hours and then try again. Sometimes allowing the drive to cool down can get it working again for a while, long enough to rescue your files. When my external drive failed it took me about 10 attempts to get my data back before the drive died completely, but I was able to get most of my data back.

    #1480
    Emma Partnow
    Member

    Lew, post: 1468 wrote: Hmmm… That does sound to me like the beginning of a disk failure. These things can tend to be intermittent at the start, which could explain why it suddenly started working again. BTW, I work in technical support so I can understand why they’d initially ask you to reformat the disk as it would help to rule out a simple corruption problem. Obviously if you get the problem again after reformatting then it helps them to justify a hardware fix or replacement.

    If you have enough space on your C drive then you should copy your music there. Don’t try to copy the whole lot in one go, though; do it a folder at a time. This way, if the copy fails part way through it’s easier to tell how far you’d got so that you know what you still need to copy. If you only get some of the music copied across and the drive starts playing up again, disconnect the drive and leave it turned off for a couple of hours and then try again. Sometimes allowing the drive to cool down can get it working again for a while, long enough to rescue your files. When my external drive failed it took me about 10 attempts to get my data back before the drive died completely, but I was able to get most of my data back.

    Thank You Lem; this is of Great Help :);
    Obviously my Music is my Priority; but I have 30GB of Tutorial Videos (for Ableton); and Live DJ Sets going back to the ’80’s and if I were to lose them I Truly would be Devestated :(;
    So tomorrow when I get back from my NHS Training I will begin to Transfer my Files (what and if it will allow me to) to my ‘C’ Drive; and of course there are some things that I can just take off and put on DVD; stuff I Know I will Always Want;
    Thank God I wasn’t in the middle of Writing a Novel this time as I Lost a Complete Novel 2 years ago when my laptop Died;

    I will be Very Angry and Disatisfied with the Whole External Drive System if it is Dead though; as if we have to buy 2 External Drives (as is Recommended); just to have a Back-Up; it is a lot of money really;
    That is me just ‘Sounding Off’ though because I can remember my Gran having an Amstrad 128K PC !

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