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Why does windows tell me I have more files than I actually do in my music folder?


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#1 ArtistInNeed

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 07:11 PM

So basically when I right click my music folder it shows that I have 626 files in there, but I know for a fact that I have 501 songs in there :l
And even more come up when I scanned the folder for viruses, since I am a paranoid little dude. Microsoft Security Essential's scan showed that it scanned 665 files :l

So I wanna know what I can do to reduce this file count. I know that the jpg album artwork adds to the files, but I only have 79 album covers and 626 - 79 does not equal 501...

I went through all of my files using MP3 tag and made sure I didn't have varying cover art, so all my albums have the same cover art for each song :l

What else is amping up the file amout :l
Not really a problem, more of a curiosity thing.

Edited by ArtistInNeed, 24 December 2010 - 07:11 PM.


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Posted 25 December 2010 - 06:59 AM

Some of them will be hidden 'Thumbs.db' files .....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_thumbnail_cache

Some will probably be hidden 'desktop.ini' files.....

Desktop.ini is used to tell Windows how to display a folder. For example, enabling Thumbnail view creates a desktop.ini file in that folder which amongst other things, tells Windows to add an extra item to the View menu for that folder. Desktop.ini files are also used when you customize folders, change their icons etc.

If you use windows media player, that puts hidden files there to.

You can check by going to....... 'tools' / 'folder options' / 'view' / 'show hidden files and folders' and then clicking 'apply'.

Edited by 666philb, 25 December 2010 - 07:01 AM.


#3 ArtistInNeed

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 09:51 AM

Hmm interesting :)
One thing though, I'm using windows 7, and when I was back on XP I knew how to view hidden files, but I can't seem to find out how where the foler options or tools settings are :/

I appreciate the help pal, happy holidays!

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 10:56 PM

How to show hidden files in Windows 7
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