Old 9th January 2010, 16:38   #1
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Repairing Main.Dat

I was able to recover the main.dat file for the Media Library from a totally crashed hard drive I had a while back. However, it is not completely intact as WinAmp almost finishes loading it before saying it's bad.

Is there a program that I can use to repair it,
or a hidden feature in WinAmp to allow the partial DB to be loaded,
or a listing of the file format so I can write my own small app to repair the file?

The main thing I am after is to retrieve as much play counts and ratings as I can so I can apply that information to the newer Media Library information that I have been using since the old drive crashed (that information was quite valuable when DJing). After two years of working with the newer install of WinAmp, I simply have not been able to get the same level of information reapplied (it took many years of work for the last Media Library data to get to what it was).

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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Old 8th April 2012, 03:50   #2
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i have the same problem here, and seeing how much time since you posted this, i can see there is no solution
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Old 9th April 2012, 03:29   #3
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i'd also be curious to know if there is an app a user can use to open the file, like MS Access or something like that?

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there were some nde file explorer's i thought though i cannot find them at the moment.

as for the 'issue' here, if the database is indicated as being corrupt then it means the self-recovery attempts could not get much or anything back and trying to edit a file at the binary level probably isn't going to get much out, especially if it's the case of one or both of the files being filled with empty space.

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