it's a conspiracy! (windows deleting folders)

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  1. paradive

    paradive Senior Member

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    ok, so i listen to music.... A LOT of music.
    the problem i'm having is that every month or so, a folder (i have it set up as c:\music\artist\album) disappears.
    (c:\example\example wouldn't be so bad, but it's always the higher c:\example so it deletes ALL albums!)

    this is insanely frustrating and i KNOW i'm not getting drunk and doing it myself.

    the only way i thought of to end this is i went to c:\music and set the security so that SYSTEM doesn't have any permissions.

    are there any known better, smarter fixes?
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Windows Forum Admin
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    If you are using Windows Media Player, be sure to go into the options and make sure that your Library settings aren't re-arranging the files. See the screenshot I've posted for optimal settings. You could also un-check the "Delete files from my computer when deleted from library" option. I am making an assumption you are using WMP. Note that I disable the automatic data retrieval because it may sometimes mistag the file and in fact result in incorrect song tagging and many other unpredictable issues. This can happen even if you allow the Library function in Windows Media Player to simply add additional information to a song.

    Check your disk integrity using CHKDSK: http://windows7forums.com/blogs/mike/355-repair-fix-hard-drive-disk-errors.html

    Consider running a System File Integrity Check: http://windows7forums.com/blogs/mike/353-compute-confidence-windows-system-file-integrity-checker.html

    If there are still NO problems found, its time to start checking for viruses, malware, and trojans. Run a free scan: Free ESET Online Antivirus Scanner

    Or get Microsoft Security Essentials.

    The most common causes of missing files on a hard drive are due to file system integrity failures, early signs of hard drive failure, user error, and compromised system security. Be sure the files are not being named or removed on their own by your media player, as well.
     

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  3. paradive

    paradive Senior Member

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    useful info.
    thanks.
    i have a pretty good idea it was the "delete files deleted from library" setting. just makes sense.
    HD integrety, i doubt as this is a pretty new laptop ("that doesn't mean anything, i know. i haven't had any other problems tho. just sayin). and there's NO chance of a virus as i have it secure as hell (fatal last words?).
    i'll see how it goes from here.
    thanks again.
     
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