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Windows 7: Using multiple Recorded TV folders


01 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 
Using multiple Recorded TV folders

I have multiple drives in my computer and I have one folder which is on the first drive with a "Recorded TV" folder. I created another "Recorded TV" folder on the second drive and told Media Center to use that directory as well. Wacky thing is, it is writing everything to both of the folders. It will show "show name (2)" and then have two copies of the episode listed. Viewing the directory itself, the file is there in both. If I delete one of them from withing Media Center, both copies are deleted from Media Center and both hard drives. What I want it to do is to write to drive 1 until it reaches its recorder limit and then switch to drive 2. Has anyone else experienced this wackiness? Does anyone have a resolution?


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12 May 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

I am not aware that WMC supports more than one \Recorded TV folder to RECORD new content. I'm not even sure I know how you went about doing what you think accomplished that. Can you elaborate?

You can add multiple \Recorded TV folders (to the "Recorded TV" list in WMC settings) on other drives for playback, so that you can manually move WTV content from your primary one-and-only recording folder to these secondary "playback only" holding tank folders. This allows you to have LOTS of capacity for storage of previously recorded content, while still keeping the one-and-only primary recording folder relatively empty... if it's not really large enough to meet your ongoing regular needs without housekeeping every now and then to move to other locations.

As far as actually designating that the new recordings go into "multiple recording folders" and expecting WMC to "load balance" the recordings (i.e. spreading them evenly across the multiple folders in the pool) much as real DVR's do when an external SATA drive is attached, or when other TV/DVR products like BeyondTV do (they actually have a notion called "recording pool" of multiple folders that you can specify)... well again, I've been using WMC for a long time and I am not aware that anything but one and only one \Recorded TV folder is used for recording new content.

Again, multiple \Recorded TV folders are available for playback (you simply add as many of these other drive locations as you want, with each one automatically created by WMC as "\Recorded TV" on that drive). They will all participate in your recordings list. But there's only one folder used for new recordings... at least to the best of my knowledge.

And it's up to you to manually maintain that one-and-only recording folder if necessary, to manually move WTV files to your secondary \Recorded TV folders thus freeing up space for new ongoing recordings.
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