iTunes and duplicate files.

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  1. JockandRita

    JockandRita Funster Life Member

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    Hi all,

    It's definitely down to "operator error", but when I downloaded iTunes onto the new laptop, and it imported my music files, I now have 12 copies of every track that was on the old computer, ie, instead of the usual 15Gb, I now have 143.26Gb equalling 39,360 songs lasting over 108.2 days. I store the music folders on an external HD, which backs up daily.

    Could someone please help me to get rid of all the copies, leaving the original files in place. I really don't relish having to uncheck 11 boxes for every song. :Eek!::Eek!::Eek!:

    Yours desperately,

    Jock. :Sad::Sad::Sad:
     
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    From the file dropdown menu in itunes, select show duplicates. ensure that they are all ticked and the delete them.
     
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    I had a similar thing happen to me when I upload new songs on hubby's iphone,it goes weird with his business contacts .....duplicates, triplicates etc I have the box marked "only install ticked boxes" (words to that effect) I have spent hrs deleting as it has happened on several occasions ... decided he has enough music now uploaded:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: sure do wish i knew about the drop down box:Blush::Blush:
     
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    Hi Dave,

    I tried that before, and it deleted all the files. I have tried it again, and this time it deleted all the files again, except those I recently imported from an old HD. This blooming iTunes thing even imported TomTom instructions, ie keep left, keep right, roundabout ahead, etc, etc. :Rofl1:
    I have deleted all of those manually.
    I am now importing the original files again, to see how many copies I end up with this time. :Wink:

    Regards to Ed from Rita and I please.

    Cheers for now,

    Jock.
     
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    Do you have your itunes library on another computer? If so you can make a back up and then wipe all files and restore from the backup?
    I've had the duplicated files thing before (only 1 extra copy of each song - but still lots) and the onlyway I could do it was to manually delete extra files. The 'delete duplicate file' option didn't work for me either , don't know why?
     
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    Thanks Jaygee,

    Unfortunately, I don't have iTunes on another computer.

    I have just imported as before from the external HD, and guess what...........almost everything has been duplicated up to twelve times, including the TomTom instructions again. And yet, when I go into the original folders and files, I can only find one of each. Grrrrrrrrr.

    Baffling or what?

    Jock.
     
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    Have you tried googling 'Itunes backup duplicate'? There are lots of answers (and programmes that may well be dodgy!)

    This link looks promising: LINK
     
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    Hi Janine,

    Thanks. Deleting the duplicates is no problem, it's when I then import the original files, that the copies reappear, but the copies are not in the original folders or files.

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
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    JockandRita Funster Life Member

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    All sorted now

    Hi all,

    Sorry for the delay in posting again.

    Due to the help of a Saddletramping MH'er on A N Other forum :Wink:, I was able to suss out the problem.
    In amongst all my music folders, unbeknown to me was a folder named "Backup" as well as the iTunes folders. :Blush: So when transferring files across to iTunes, I was unwittingly transferring them again, and again, and again, etc.

    I really need to have a sort out of what I have actually got.

    Thanks to all those who contributed and offered help.

    Cheers for now,

    Jock.
     
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