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Libraries - Include a Network Folder

How to Include a Network Drive or Folder in a Library in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by limneos
28 Feb 2009
Default Libraries - Include a Network Folder

How to Include a Network Drive or Folder in a Library in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
By default, Windows 7 and Windows 8 does not allow you to include network drives or folders in a library. This is because folders must be indexed first in order to be added to a library, and network drives cannot be indexed unless they are synchronized.

This tutorial will show you how to include network drives or folders in a library in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Tip   Tip
The full path to the hidden Libraries folder is below.

C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries

OR

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries






OPTION ONE
Synchronize the Network Folder or Drive

WARNING: The disadvantage of this method is that it actually copies (syncs) all network files locally so that they are available offline. It actually makes networking useless since you have to bring everything on your PC. For those not interested for this approach, please use method 2.
1. Right click on the network folder or network drive you wish to include to a library (or create a new one for it) and select "Always Available Offline". A synching process will start, synchronizing your network folder.


2. Now you can add it to a library in Windows 7 or Windows 8.



OPTION TWO
Using mklink Command

NOTE: This open is good if you don't want to make the folder available offline using OPTION ONE above because you don't want to keep the folder contents on your PC. Using this option will make searching, sorting, and filtering in the whole library slow. For best results, it's recommended to create a new library for the network folder alone.
1. Create a new folder (ex: c:\shares) on your hard drive.

2. Create a new subfolder (ex: c:\shares\pictures) in the above folder.

3. Include this folder (ex: c:\shares\pictures) to a library.

4. Delete the folder (ex: c:\shares\pictures), but do not remove it from the library.

5. Use mklink in an elevated command prompt to make a symbolic link. Name the link the same as the folder you created above. i.e -
mklink /d "LINK" "TARGET"

mklink /d "c:\shares\pictures" \\Server\Network Folder

6. Done. Now you have a non-indexed network path as a library.
Limneos





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29 May 2009   #1
johnnyhonk

Windows 7
 
 
This works

There's a free video of how to do this here: http://www.winstructor.com/news/22/W...-Video%29.html

I tried it and it works great. The other option is to use the favorites feature above where the libraries are. Glad I found this out as I was not prepared to index my drive with like 20Gb of photos on it just to add it to a library.

Very good post.


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05 Jul 2009   #2
T3h Badger

Win 7
 
 
There is another skywa.. eh. Library insert

Also try this:
1. make the wanted folder available off-line (if you got the space to do that)
2. link the off line folder to the library.
3. undo off-line properties for the folder.
Done!
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22 Aug 2009   #3
Converseallstar95

Windows 7 RTM SP1 6.1.7601.17517 x64 (Signature Edition)
 
 

Can someone help me out with this
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22 Aug 2009   #4
oliveranthony

Windows 7
 
 

Unfortunately, the symbolic link option will cause windows 7 in-built backup to fail. This happens when the library containing the symlink is included in the backup procedure.

See here.

http://www.sevenforums.com/performan...tml#post235418

Windows 7 should somehow check for symlinks and not try to back them up.
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23 Aug 2009   #5
Converseallstar95

Windows 7 RTM SP1 6.1.7601.17517 x64 (Signature Edition)
 
 

Im stuck on 3 in method 2 can someone ehlp me
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23 Aug 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Converseallstar,

I believe you would want to add the folder to the library in that step.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Aug 2009   #7
PeterM42

Windows 7
 
 

It looks as though the "libraries" function is a showstopper, no corporate will want to go through all that hassle. The user education factor alone is a showstopper for corporates.
From my preliminary look at Windows 7, it seems to be similar to Vista, except that it crashes apps like explorer.exe far more easily.
If this is RC, God help us! It looks as though we are going to have to wait until SP2 for anything that works.

Ref my last comment - adding a networked drive to the library takes so long, users will think it has crashed. Definitely NOT for corporate users and I can't see home users being impressed either.
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25 Aug 2009   #8
oliveranthony

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PeterM42 View Post
Ref my last comment - adding a networked drive to the library takes so long, users will think it has crashed. Definitely NOT for corporate users and I can't see home users being impressed either.
I am a home user and I am impressed - Cheers
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19 Sep 2009   #9
swunger

Windows 7
 
 
NAS / libraries

Its really odd that Microsoft have introduced libraries but without supporting folders on NAS devices. Lots of people use NAS devices now, and they're going to have a pretty poor experience with Windows 7. There seem to be various ways of working round this, but most (like making NAS data available offline) are either inefficient or too complex for the average user. This really needs to be fixed.
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