duplicate entries ... how do i delete my library and start again?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Ian Bethell, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. Ian Bethell

    Ian Bethell Guest

    Ok, I have Vista x64 with MP11.

    I also share my media.

    I have located the database file etc... but can't delete it as it is always
    in use (Possibly because I'm sharing my media on my network).

    I have thousands of duplicate entries because I originally had a network
    location monitored as well as the SAME location, but under a mapped shared
    drive... so for instance one mp3 is located in \\pc2\D-drive\Audio and
    another is located in \\pc2\Audio (Since "Audio" is a separate share on
    the D Drive of PC2).

    I want to remove all the duplicate entries, so have simply removed all
    monitored folders in the library, and simply added \\pc2\Audio as one
    monitored folder, it adds them all, but my library STILL shows the ones
    where it is directed to the old monitored folder \\pc2\d-drive\audio

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.
    Ian Bethell, Sep 10, 2008
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  2. Ian Bethell

    Vincent Guest

    An obvious one is to CTRL/A all the albums, delete them (system should prompt
    you if it should delete them from the library only but check the setting on
    the library tab first) and do a resca.

    If media sharing is on, you can't delete the library:
    Vincent, Sep 10, 2008
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  3. Ian Bethell

    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    One problem with that is that deleted items are not rescanned automatically,
    since that wouldn't work as expected (you delete an item deliberately: it's
    not going to add back automatically). If you *do* delete the library list
    that way, you have to manually drop that music library folder onto the
    player's library node to reinitiate that scan.

    I recommend avoid deleting items from the library when trying to get them
    rescanned: it'll have contextually annoying side effects. =\
    zachd [MSFT], Sep 11, 2008
  4. Ian Bethell

    Vincent Guest

    I won't say it is elegant, but it works
    What do you suggest as a solution?

    An alternative might be to use the folder in the navigation pane and delete
    items in directories no longer in use.

    Conceptually: WMP uses a Library and the File system. As people do and will
    manipulate the file system, by design Library and Files will run out of sync.
    I think a cross reference option is needed: check the contents of the
    library against the files and visa versa



    Vincent, Sep 11, 2008
  5. Ian Bethell

    Ian Bethell Guest

    Yep, browsing the folders in the library/navigation pane worked a treat...

    Just make sure in the "more options" settings, that the box isn't ticked to
    delete items from computer AS WELL as the library.

    Cheers for all your help.
    Ian Bethell, Sep 11, 2008
  6. Ian Bethell

    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    As far as a solution, I would want to understand how and why they were
    "duplicated" in the library before deleting them. There are situtations
    where you might have valid dupes...
    zachd [MSFT], Sep 18, 2008
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