Dissappearing Music (The actual files!)

Hey guys n gals,
I'm running itunes 8.0.0.35 on Windows XP, and I've got a bit of a problem. Every time I open itunes, 2-3 random, whole albums have been removed from my harddrive. The information remains in the library, but with that evil little exclamation point of doom, signifying that no matter where on my computer I search, I will never see those files again. I'm trying to recover from two lost collections (a long series of hardware malfunctions (and by 'malfunction' I mean I left my macbook sitting on top of my car, dropped my ipod, then knocked over my external backup while it was still running...I'm maybe slightly accident-prone)), one of roughly 80gb, one of a little over 30, and it makes it pretty difficult to make any progress when my music disappears every day. So far, I've yet to come across anyone with the same bug. It seems most people lose library information without losing the actual files, instead of the opposite. Any help, or even just a little commiseration, would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks everyone!

How upsetting, iTunes really oughtn't do this are you certain that you do not have any other software on your PC that might be reorganising/renaming your files?
If the files have been renamed you might not be able to find them.
You don't have any plug-ins do you? there is a safe mode in iTunes now that loads it without plug ins.
Open iTunes in "safe mode" (without external plug-ins) Control-Shift (while opening iTunes)
The only other thing that I can think of is that somehow iTunes keeping the iTunes music folder organised is going wrong although I have never heard of it happening. (A checkbox in Edit>>Preferences>>Advanced)

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