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Rebuilding a music library from randomly named files


I had a failure on my Synology NAS and lost my music volume. I sent the drives to Drivesavers for analysis. This is what I got back - Our engineers confirmed that 144GB of .mp3, .wav and .mov are recoverable but VERY unfortunately not with their names or folders. The files are usable but it would require you opening each one of them to determine what it may be and then manually renaming and reorganizing the files. Our engineers would like to know whether you'd still want the data? or if we should call this a "no recovery", which would incur no charge?

Is anybody aware of any software that can help me rebuild my library?



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8/22/2022 - Mon
Ron Malmstead

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Dr. Klahn

Pull out the MP3 title tag embedded in the file and use that to change the filename.  I don't know of any automated tools for this but it's straightforward using a simple tool such as MP3Tag which can display all tags and change any tag including the filename.

Joe Winograd

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Can they send you one of the recovered .MP3 files as a sample? If it does contain metadata in terms of a valid ID3 tag then Dr Klahn's is absolutely work a shot and you can batch process using the tool listed.
If the metadata is missing then you really are down to picking these off one at a time. There are ways to make that less painful other than beer but it will involve a lot of manual processing :(
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That's a damn good idea. I'll ask.
Jackie Man

I have helped many clients with data recovery and many cases are similar to what you have encountered.

It is very likely that your recovered data are from a raw recovery and there is no way automatic way to recover the metadata.

@Bill Courtney - (Interested lurker here :-) So ultimately the files had no metadata?
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