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post #1 of 12
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OK, I don't know if the title made sense, but what I am trying to do is delete a whole bunch of sub-folders, and keep all the files that are in those sub-directories in the main folder.

What the deal is, I have 383 folders of music. But the folders are not named anything that makes sense because they were recovered from a hard drive that was formatted. Rather than have all these folders, I just want to take all the MP3's and put them in the main folder together.

Any ideas on how I can do this. I am using Vista, but could move them on an external HD to an XP machine if I need to.

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I think you could WinKey + F and then change the directory to search in to the main folder. Then just leave the search field blank or put an asterisk * and click on search and it should pull up all the files and the folders. Then select all but the folders and cut + paste into the main directory? Sounds complicated I know and I don't know if it would work....
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I think you could WinKey + F and then change the directory to search in to the main folder. Then just leave the search field blank or put an asterisk * and click on search and it should pull up all the files and the folders. Then select all but the folders and cut + paste into the main directory? Sounds complicated I know and I don't know if it would work....
That would probably work, just search for *.mp3 wait for it to find them all cut and paste to where ever
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yeah cut and paste
    
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Ctrl + F "*.mp3" , Enter , Ctrl + A , Ctrl + X , Ctrl +V , Shift + Click + Click , Del , Enter

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That was way to easy.

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Humm remember if you do that to check for any duplicate names before you do the paste. If you do and there is a duplicate name, it will jsut overwite it
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post #8 of 12
If it is a duplicate name, and it deletes the song, chances are it is doing him a favor by deleting the duplicate of the same song and saving that much more hard drive space.

As for the step by step keystroke idea, pwnage.
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If it is a duplicate name, and it deletes the song, chances are it is doing him a favor by deleting the duplicate of the same song and saving that much more hard drive space.

As for the step by step keystroke idea, pwnage.
Thing is though you gotta watch if you have 4 tracks named 'Track 06'
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yes. Or if two albums by different artists have "01 - Intro.mp3"
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