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I noticed a couple of my albums didn't have art so I went and added it to the files but it's still not displaying (just showing the generic USB symbol). I'm assuming that since the system already knew the song, it didn't update.

Is there a way to flush out the systems database so that it completely re-reads the usb drive? (or am I offbase about the reason it's not showing up?)
 

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I noticed a couple of my albums didn't have art so I went and added it to the files but it's still not displaying (just showing the generic USB symbol). I'm assuming that since the system already knew the song, it didn't update.

Is there a way to flush out the systems database so that it completely re-reads the usb drive? (or am I offbase about the reason it's not showing up?)
It is my understanding that everytime you insert a usb drive, the volt will need to load the music into some tempory memory so that it can loadthe song nearly instantly later. There have been.a few threads where people said it took a few minutes for large capacity ipod music collections to load, which tells me that each time it is plugged in that it reads it.

My theory is the method that you used to add the art is different from the other albums. You might try a different program. There are a bunch out there.

When i first got my volt a year ago, most of my music rips from cds years ago didn't have album art. Spent about an hour using mp3 tag and added the art and it was all fine. Later i added a few more albums from a few cds my wife bought but didn't include album art, so again used mp3 tag and it worked.
Good luck.
 

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Thanks, I tried a few different ways but nothing would seem to 'reload' the database. Media Monkey allows you to embed the art in ID3 tags or to put it in an artwork folder but nothing seemed to work.

I finally forced it to update by actually modifying the folder structure the music was stored under. I assume this made the system think it was a different song and it appears to have worked. Seems that once the system 'knows' a song it doesn't do a lot to check for updates.

Just seems like a hassle if you don't do it correctly the first time.
 

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Oh, and it's not everytime you insert the drive. It somehow knows if it's the same drive that's been re-inserted, it doesn't take the ~20 minutes to reload everything then. It may take that long to find new songs that have been added but the songs it already knew will be available nearly instantly (less than a minute).

This tells me that it does actually continually scan the device or new songs would never show up, but nothing I've tried would let me 'reload' a song it already thought it knew.
 

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Have you tried renaming the device? I think the system keeps its indexing info based on the device name. I have music sorted onto multiple thumb drives and I can switch drives without the big indexing penalty.
 

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Yes, I renamed the device through windows and that did not work although I did not reformat the drive. I've found that FAT32 works best and Windows 7 only formats in exFAT and NTFS. exFAT is theoretically backwards compatible but these things seem touchy enough (some usb drives fail to read at all, even when FAT32). USB2 drives seem to work better than USB3 as well.
 

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So I broke down and called to see what I can do. First off, if anyone needs to call the 'Infotainment Specialists' at Chevy the number is 855-478-7767 and they're open Monday-Saturday 8AM-10PM EST.

They directed me to the Return to Factory Settings under Settings which had 3 options: Restore Vehicle Settings, Clear All Private Data and Restore Radio Settings. They told me that the Restore Radio Settings would clear the 'catalog' but it didn't. Even tried it twice, with powering the car down and waiting 5 minutes each time. So I tried the Clear All Private Data option and that did the trick. It's reloading everything now and I'll update if I have any problems but I imagine it will do it fine (since it did it alright the first time, I just didn't have the art embedded). Keep in mind that this option clears all your data so you'll need to re-pair your phone and I assume redo your SSID and password if you use LTE, as well as any radio presets you may have had.

- editing to add that this did not delete my home location and charge rate information. I was assuming I would have to do that when I got home but the location based charging recognized I was at home and delayed charging until 11PM
 
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