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Removing Ophan entries from iTunes

Hi,

We use iTunes on Windows Vista. We accidentally removed a large number of the underlying music files from explorer, and now when we click on some music to play it in the library or playlists, it says the file is missing and do we want to locate it. This is time consuming and annoying. What processes are available for removing orphaned entries from iTunes?
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xemaCommented:
One fast and easy way to do it, if you have your music under one folder, is to delete the playlist and adding the folder containig the music.
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networknAuthor Commented:
This isn't a solution for me, because the playlists are made up of the songs from lots of different folders. We want to keep the music in the existing folders of 1 cd per folder. Surely there must be a way to remove orphaned entries. I know the Mac has some.
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xemaCommented:
What I meant by "under one folder" is that if you have the music under a "parent" folder it will work
My Music
        Black Sabbath
                 Paranoid
                 Master of reality
         Asia
                  Alfa
                  Asia
you just need to import "My Music" folder and all of the "child" folders will be imported
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networknAuthor Commented:
Right but won't that destroy all the custom playlists like "90's music" which I painstakingly went through and added from a bunch of different artists and albums?
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xemaCommented:
I won't be so sure about that,
But you can export your playlist as is, do the procedure and if it fails you can import the playlist.
Also by means of third party software you can recover the playlist from your iPod Touch Copy http://www.wideanglesoftware.com/touchcopy/
Will let you get the playlists from your iPod back to your computer.
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networknAuthor Commented:
This isn't the solution I am looking for. I want something that will remove entries from the DB if the files themselves don't exist, but I don't want to just reimport as this would remove playlists (some of which aren't completely working since they have files missing on the HDD)
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DCMackCommented:
How can this possibly be an accepted solution ?
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