AlbumArt_{xxx}_Small/Large in my Music Folder

October 31, 2009 at 21:32:45
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.802 GHz / 3007 MB
Basically, I accidenlty formatted my hard drive containing 200 Gigabytes worth of music and I managed to do a data recovery and recovered all my files. The biggest problem now is that I get random pictures like:


in ALL my music folders!

How come they are not hidden? Should I delete them and manually hide them myself? How do I get all of these pictures hidden again?

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October 31, 2009 at 23:07:22
superjnf, how'd they get there? Are they part of the recovery software? Trojan?
Seems to me you oughta be able to select the ones you want (ctrl+return) and either move them to a separate folder or delete them as you wish.
Ed in Texas.

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November 1, 2009 at 01:14:17
They would have got there from the ripping software - if you use anything with CDDB access then you often get a thumbnail of the relevant album cover alongside the tracks you've ripped. They were almost certainly always there & shouldn't have been hidden (unlikely to be if they were just standard jpegs). If you don't want them, just do a search for *.jpg in your music folder & delete them. Then go & get an external drive & backup everything, just in case!

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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November 1, 2009 at 09:01:22
Thanks for the replies. I think they were hidden Windows Media Player files which apprear to be not hidden anymore since I used a 3rd party software to recover everything. Its a mess now and I am pissed off for formatting the drive.

Here is my story. Its Windows Vista's fault. I was basically transferring one drive to another. I wanted the 2nd drive to be neat, so I did a defrag on the 2nd drive and formatted the 1st drive, but then overnight, stupid Windows Vista went to Sleep. I powered on the machine and it gave me an error message. Then I looked at the 2nd drive and it told me that its corrupted, then I went berserk and used a recovery software to copy back all the data from the formatted drive into the 2nd drive (after remaking the 2nd drive's partition). I shouldn't have formatted the 1st hard drive if I knew this was going to happen.

This is such a mess.

Getting back to my issue, I decided to search for all JPGs in the music folder and hide all of them. Now, I am seeing desktop.ini files, even when the 'Hide Protected OS Files' is checked, they are still in all my music folders.

How to make them part of the operating system?

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