Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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Adding And Indexing Network Folders As Libraries In Windows 7

Most of you might have tried adding network folders as libraries and then having them fail to index, and that raises a question among most of us, if it is possible to do this within Windows 7. 

I managed to fix mine. Obviously this works best if you are trying to include a folder containing Music, Pictures, Videos or Movies etc. although you can also do this for your Documents folder if you like. To include a network folder in a library and have it indexed by Windows 7, follows these instructions:
  • Open Windows Explorer and click Map Network Drive. Set the Drive letter and Folder then click Finish. I mapped M: to \\10.1.1.2\Music for example.
  • In Windows Explorer navigate to C:\Users\Username, right-click My Music folder and select Properties from the popup-menu.
  • Click the Location tab then click the Move... button.
  • In the Select a Destination dialog click Computer, select the new M: drive, then click the Select Folder button, or just type M: in the textbox.
  • Click OK. When asked if you want to move all of the files from the old location to the new location click No.
  • Open Windows Media Centre and navigate to Tasks | Settings. Click Media Libraries.
  • Select the Music radio button then click Next.
  • Select the Add folders to the library radio button then click Next.
  • Select the On this computer (includes mapped network drives) radio button then click Next.
  • Tick the checkbox next to the M: network folder containing your Music, e.g. mine was \\10.1.1.2\Music (M:), then click Next.
  • Select the Yes, use these locations radio button then click the Finish button.
  • Wait for Windows Media Centre to finish indexing your folder.
  • Close and re-open Windows Explorer and navigate to your Music library. You should see that it is now pointing to your network folder. If you try the search in the top-right you'll find that it is also indexed.
Note: 'Do not index the same folder twice' while doing this so make sure you don't do the same thing! If you do you'll need to go back into Windows Media Centre and select the Remove folders from library radio button.

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