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Hidden music files

by mavis_davis / May 24, 2006 11:52 AM PDT

Ok so I cant see my music files but I can hear them!! I remembered that I have itunes, so I opened it up and tried playing a song in my library and it plays, thus proving that the music file is in the original location. Yet, when I search for the file or go to the folder, I still cannot see it! Anyone know why?

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Kid, The Default Location For iTunes Music...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 24, 2006 12:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Hidden music files

.. is in the "C\Documents and Settings\Yourusername\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music" folder. Have you checked there? Music files shouldn't be hidden unless the folder was manually changed to a "hidden" folder.

Hope this helps.


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kid, it didnt help.
by mavis_davis / May 24, 2006 12:14 PM PDT

for music files to be played by itunes they dont need to be in that folder. My music files are on a separate hard drive, D. I have maybe 1200 files, which all play on itunes, but i can only visibly see about 30 of them.
I checked my folder options and it is checked so that I can see hidden files. Yet I still cant see the files. im very perplexed by this.

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TritonKID, That Would Have Been Good To Know...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 24, 2006 12:32 PM PDT
In reply to: kid, it didnt help. your first post..More information would also help... Which operating system are you using and how is the "D" drive formatted? (NTFS or FAT32?) Is the "D" drive an external USB drive or an internal drive? Have you been able to see the music files previously and this just started happening?

Just a thought about the few iTunes/iPod's that I have used.. After iTunes is installed and the folder for music storage is created on a USB drive, all the files seem to disappear from the drive if you try to find them in Windows Explorer.. Items like the iPod Shuffle drive frequently don't show up in "My Computer".. If the user uninstalls iTunes from the computer, then all the files reappear on the USB drive and it shows up in "My Computer" again.. It's one of those proprietary attributes of iTunes so you don't try to get around their DRM.

That may be the underlying cause of your issue.

Hope this helps.


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