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Old 01-26-2013, 05:50 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Joan M View Post
Hey folks, sorry to ignore people who are trying to help. I just got frustrated and unplugged the SOB and decided to read books for awhile instead of $#@^ with files and software.
I too find reading a book is good therapy - and for me the paper ones work best, vellum's even better

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Originally Posted by Joan M View Post
BetterRed - I'm on XP. sp3. Re formatting on the HDD, I was told, "Probably Win 7 (but maybe XP). Should have been formatted as NTFS (which has not changed for the last ten years or so)." But I was getting delayed write fail messages on that drive, so transferred everything over to another identical empty (used) drive. I don't even remember formatting that drive, but I must have in order to use it, right?
This issue is moot, because when you did the chkdsk it 'fixed the uppercase file" - I just wanted to let you and others know it probably wasn't an issue, which you've now confirmed.

NTFS has changed over the last 10 years, I won't bore you with the details. MS does what it can to maintain backward compatibility, so most folks are unaware of the changes.

Its good practice to low level format any new drives on the machine you intend using them.

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Originally Posted by Joan M View Post
piperclassique - Backup? Moi? No, but lesson learned. I think I have the original files still, but who knows if the 184,572 files Windows says I have is what I started out with.
From what you've told us I'm fairly confident that much/most/all of your library is recoverable via a library rebuild, using what's in the current library folder (ie ~61,000 books)

But first it would be really good if you could back up your Calibre library as it is now - just in case.

Do you have another drive with enough free space for a backup - preferably not your system drive [C:]?

Do you do any backups, if so what software/procedures do you use?

From your previous posts appears that you have other data (~300GB), apart from your your Calibre Library on your E drive, - can you confirm that's true?
Have you had any problems reading and writing that data, and what would you do if you lost it ?

Experts : I want to suggest Joan does the following, but I'd like others to comment first

Remove the Library from Calibre

Added Copy metadata.db to a safe place

Delete metadata.db from the Library folder
Create a new Library at the same location
Restore the Library

What will happen if Calibre hits a corrupt opf?


I tested it here on a Library of 11,382 books and it was fine, but it was a good library so all I really did was test the process.

BR

Last edited by BetterRed; 01-26-2013 at 07:00 AM. Reason: clarity + Added backup step
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