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Windows 7: Media center seperate hardrive(s) question for videos

18 Feb 2012   #1
michaelhinchey

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Media center seperate hardrive(s) question for videos

I am currently maxed out on my 2 tb harddrive and would like to add another harddrive. However, inside video library tab I do not want to have two seperate movie folders. How do I point Media center to add both of those folders into one larger folder.
I thought about doing a raid 0 or jbod setup but I dont want to lose my data if one goes. I understand in jbod they are less likely to lose all data but the risk is still there. Any suggestions would be great?


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19 Feb 2012   #2
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I haven't seen a way to do it in Videos, without the folder views showing up.
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19 Feb 2012   #3
michaelhinchey

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Think im gonna use media browser instead because they allow nesting of folders!! This would be nice if windows included it too!!
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19 Feb 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You could explore the possibilities with a spanned, dynamic drive.
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19 Feb 2012   #5
michaelhinchey

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I dont think I like the downsides to having a spanned volume. LIke having to deal with one of the harddrives crashing. I realize that the chances of boot failure is less than a raid 0 but the chance is still there that all volumes across the hardrives could become corrupt. Also, I have a external sata swap drive so I like to be able to pull the drive out and replace it when I need another one of my drives. Was gonna use all 4 bays with 2 tb harrdrives(maxes out) but then swap out when I needed another one of my drives for something else!
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19 Feb 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Understand. Your plan sounds good - although a little unusual.
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22 Feb 2012   #7
zay

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I replied to this in another post, but if I understand what you wish to accomplish, you can solve this by using a .vf file. You place the .vf file in your libraries\videos folder as well as your C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\StartupFolder folder. Open notepad and make your entries replacing what I pasted below to matach your drive locations. You MUST put the trailing slash as well.
image: C:\Users\Owner\Videos\movies.jpg
folder: C:\Users\Owner\Videos\
folder: C:\Users\Owner\Videos\TV Shows\
sortorder: 000
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