I thought I would vent my frustration here in the hope of some workable solutions.
What is up with EP corrupting databases and needing to reformat the drive? Here is my latest scenario…yes I have had this many times now and thought I had created the workflows to prevent.
I have not linked my Prime 4 with internal 1TB SSD (Formatted to EXFAT) to my computer for a while. It has been playing fine (Still does in fact). Today I wanted to load up a few crates that I have been working on. Started EP analysed the Serato Cretes and as this was happening I get the message that the Prime 4 Drive is corrupt and needs rebuilding…NO WAY I thought. I have not ejected incorrectly and only recently rebuilt after the last time (Yes I now have a second copy of the database on my PC for safety).
I ejected the drive and the P4 loaded back up with the database…working and playing music???
I ran Chkdsk and it did find a couple of errors and said it fixed them. I went back into EP. Like other times it was fine for a bit and then…“Your database is corrupt and needs rebuilding or formatting”. WHY???
More to the point why is it so easy for this to happen? This is a mission critical element and should be prioritized to make as robust as possible so we can rely on it.
I have read as many posts on this as I can handle so clearly is an issue for many…WHY? The normal response seems to be “yes the drive may look idle but may be caching and this caused the error” (or similar) - Well I did not eject improperly and it was idle…it just reported it corrupt?
I love my P4 and wanted the standalone capability, but am now seriously thinking I should have stuck with Serato (which I also love) as I have not ever had these errors and is far more user friendly in library management…not to mention beat grid management and cue imports from MIK etc.
Dennon seriously need to step up and offer endorsed workflow solutions and recovery options built in. I have a full time job and this is a hobby and side hustle…But if it were my bread and butter I don’t think I could trust it. I woudl appreciate some comments on this as I know I am not alone and frankly the 2 hours it will take to format and rebuild is just not on - and its estimated 2 hours as I got burnt already and have another copy…the first time took me many more hours.
Anyhow, rant over and I look forward to the replies and suggestions so we can expand on this together and get some real workable solutions that are practical in the field as I have NEVER experienced such corruption of drives in all my years of PC ownership (which are many).