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Windows 7: How do I change Media Centers save program folder/drive

17 Nov 2009   #1

How do I change Media Centers save program folder/drive

How to make Media Center to save recorded programs to a folder and device
of my choosing. In my case, a external USB drive.

I'm at a total loss on how to get this damn annoying application to save
programs (live TV) to a folder and drive of my choosing.

I look in setup and see no settings for such.

Frankly, I find the Media Center horrible implementation for what I want to do.

Edit. Doh. I managed to stumble around in the settings menu morass and
found the section I needed for changing to another drive.

I still hate MCE. I want my Beyond TV back.
Now to record Red Eye so I wont have to stay up till 3am.

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17 Nov 2009   #2


I am not sure if WMC will allow an External USB Drive be the default location...and I see you have resolved your problem but not informed the masses how:

It is under Settings>TV>Recorder>Recorder Storage. Here you can set the drive to use, the size on the drive allowed for Recorded TV, the quality setting and also see the live TV buffer etc...

I suggest not using the system drive for Recorded TV if you have multiple SATA controllers/Drives.
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17 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit

How much of a performance gain do you really see having a seperate system drive and one for data? I notice a slight pause/stutter when my system does something else while I'm watching TV. I have only 1 drive in my system.
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17 Nov 2009   #4


It depends on a number of factors: the drives themselves, the drive controller(s), the chipset on the mobo, the CPU, can all affect this. W7 64 bit, a 64 bit CPU with the latest instruction sets, a chipset that actually supports multicore x64 CPU processing, and multiple drive controllers can greatly increase disk performance, which is essential for WMC Recorded TV. Again, the better the hardware, the better your results.

A classic example of this is a system with RAID 1 (Mirror) - RAID 1 is great for making sure that when one disk fails you still have retrievable data, but it greatly increases the processing necessary for items such as WMC TV Recording as these large chunks of data have to be written to two drives at the same time. A wiser choice would be RAID 0, where data can be split in half to two drives in an array (theoretically reducing the time it takes to write to disk) but RAID is not even required or even recommended for systems after XP anyway (XP was designed for IDE, later systems work best with SATA drives), and as most new systems do have multiple SATA drive controllers ...well I think (hope) I have made my point....
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