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How can I find all invalid audio files?

by sbga01 / May 12, 2009 11:09 AM PDT

I've added my collection to iTunes and Winamp, both are reporting 22,978 files, however windows reports 23,000 files. I deleted all jpg's and other assorted files in the mix. I even used a command line to search for files that didn't contain "mp3", and nothing showed up. So my question is, how can I find the culprits? Thanks a lot

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Hidden files?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 12, 2009 7:57 PM PDT

Open My Computer and goto Tools > Folder Options. In the View tab make sure of the following;

1] "Show hidden files and folders" is selected.

2] "Hide extensions for known files types" is not selected.

3] Temporarily de-select "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)". After your test, re-select this.

Then, navigate to your audio file folders and look again. You may find hidden files, (perfectly normal).

Also, in the My Computer display window, click the column header for "Type". This will list your files in file type order. That may help you track down non-audio files.

Mark

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Thanks
by sbga01 / May 15, 2009 12:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Hidden files?

Thanks for the reply, the only problem with this is that I would have to check each folder, and since I have each album in a different folder, I would have to check thousands of folders. Is there an easier way to list all the contents of a folder including sub-directories, and list them by extension? Thanks

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