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Old 02. Sep 2014, 08:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Restored files created new location; how to move them to correct folder

Having lost hundreds of .mp3 and .wma files, I attempted to restore them from a backup. (Many of the folders in \users\[me]\Music were empty, so I hoped to restore then to that location.) But the restore process created an entirely new location: \users\[me]\Music\C\users\[me]\Music. Can I simply move the files out of the new directory into the correct one? How would I deal with duplicates? And then rebuild the data base?
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Old 03. Sep 2014, 05:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You've duplicated the path "\users\[me]\Music" which can happen quite easily.

Yes, you should be able to copy/move them into the correct folder.

What exactly happens will depend on the operating system version that you are using. In Windows you will normally be given the option to specify what happens the first time a file already exists in the destination folder:
  • replace the original
  • ignore or skip the replace
  • cancel the remaining copy/move
You also have the choice to handle the remaining duplicates in the same manner or to continue deciding yourself, file by file.

I generally use FreeFileSync or similar software from Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility. That way I can compare the two folders and see what will be done before having to commit to it.
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Old 09. Sep 2014, 06:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you, Remah. I have been using another file management program and now will try FreeFileSync.
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Old 09. Sep 2014, 06:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Personally I find FreeFileSync can be quite confusing at times.

I would say your best option is simply to move all your recovered folders and files from the current "Music" folder to the correct one, that is, the folder named "Music" a few levels up in the path you describe. A simple "cut and paste" procedure would do the job. The empty sub folders which would be left behind in the upper level music folder (i.e. \C\users\[me]\Music) could then be deleted. You shouldn't have to rebuild your database either once the original path to your music files is back in place.
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Old 09. Sep 2014, 07:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, yes! I ended up using my old stand-by, Free Commander. I tried FreeFileSync but it couldn't find the newly created folder--at least not with its default settings. I just finished the transfer (and delete). Now will defrag and then try to play a few things I've missed. Thank you for your help! I love Gizmo!
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Glad to hear it sounds like you've got it sorted.
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