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  1. #1

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    Jun 18, 2010
    how do i recover my damaged itunes library?
    i was importing a CD to my itunes on my mac 10.3 (plus i know i dont have any sort of feature to let me restore to any particular date or time), and my computer froze on me completely. so i did what i always do, and had to power down with the button. this always takes care of the problem. last two times i did it, it repaired the itunes library as soon as i brought up itunes again. but this time it tells me that it changed that library to 'itunes damaged library 3'. the regular itunes now has no music or playlists whatsoever. i didnt do anything i dont normally, and it usually fixes it just fine. can anybody please help me?

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    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2009
    27" i7 iMac, 15" Macbook Pro TB, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 6S, iPod Nano 7th Gen
    Powering down the Mac with the power button is NOT a normal and good way of turning off he computer. Basically when you do that all open files and things that are kept in temporary places are not stored away properly. In most cases, as you've found out, the "corruption" is minimal enough for iTunes or any other application to recover from..but do it enough times and the corruption might start to compound and becomes hard enough to recover from that the application will fail..


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    RavingMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 07, 2008
    In Denial
    16Gb Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
    Your playlists etc are probably gone unless you have a backup to restore from, which I gather you don't.
    But the good news is your music is probably still in your machine. In Finder look for the folders that represent the individual CD uploads (don't have my MBP in front of me to give you explicit directions on where) and then drag them into iTunes. Or, you can double click on songs and they will play and load into iTunes Library. Will take some time but you should be able to reload everything.
    Before I did that I would double check that there isn't an iTunes Menu choice to search your HD for music files as this would be much quicker.
    Hope this helps.

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    Nighthawk4's Avatar
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    Jul 14, 2008
    iMac 2.66 GHz 20", iPad Mini2 32GB, iPhone6 64GB, Watch Sport 42mm Black, iPad Air 2 128GB
    Look in /home/<your user name>/Music/iTunes/

    With a bit of luck, your music files might still be there.

    Good luck

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