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Windows 7: Folder from external drive into Public Library

22 May 2010   #1

windows 7 Ultimate x32
Folder from external drive into Public Library

I don't seem to be able to place an external drive folder (containing just about all my video files) into my C drives' Libraries>Videos>Public Videos. Is this possible?

As background, I have a few videos located on my C drive, where the operating system is located. I can place these in the Public Videos folder. I am then able to view files in this folder via a networked WD TV Live media player, and also via a networked Beyonwiz PVR. It seems that it is necessary for files to be in the Public Videos folder before they are accessible on my network.

I have reviewed many of the usual tutorials about adding folders to Libraries, but none of them addresses my particular problem. The only way I can get my external drives' videos folder into the Public Videos library folder is by "dragging" it into the Public Videos folder using Windows Explorer. (I used a small test folder.) I thought I had solved the problem, but then I discovered that after I had done this, a complete copy of this folder must have now been placed somewhere on my C drive, as the videos were now viewable whether or not I had the drive plugged in.(which would seem to defeat the purpose of using an external drive for network storage in the first place). The problem is that I cant keep fitting all the media that I want to view on my C drive.

Is it a limitation of Libraries that folders from external drives cannot be placed into the Public Libraries locations? Or, is there a workaround?

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22 May 2010   #2

windows 7 Ultimate x32

PS. It would even just be useful to know if anyone else can simply place folders from an external drive into their Public Libraries. If I know it is possible, then I guess I need to then start looking at network options and permissions etc.
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09 Jun 2010   #3

Win7 Pro

Hi Mark1234,

You may already discoverd the two usual solutions of using Offline Files and creating a symbolic link (see here and at some other places: How do I get windows 7 to Index a network mapped drive? )

Yesterday I found a third solution of editing the xml files that contains the information about libraries and after I knew that I coded a little command line program that adds any folder to a library. See here for the tool, sourcecode and some more information Unbenanntes Dokument (lower half is in English language)

regards, Markus
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09 Jun 2010   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

open your library and right click on videos/movies folder and select properties there are options to add a folder to the library , it doesn't really add the folder but watches the contents, you can put folders from your external drives also
also be careful deleting in the library as it deletes from the drive also, at least that happened in my case i ended up using easeus recovery
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09 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

The problem is that you aren't using Libraries correctly. Libraries are only picture icons that represent the actual files that reside in your User folders.

Libraries aren't made for the stardard drag and drop file movement and there are good reasons for this. You would be far better served to use the User folders My Document, My Pictures, etc. to move those files around using the drag and drop method.

You would also be better off not mixing your Public folder with your Libraries and visa versa, it's best to keep those seperate because they both work off of a different set of sharing rules. Libraries aren't made to be used for public sharing, they are only made to be used for the LAN computers which are connected to a common Homegroup using a Homegroup password. This adds an extra layer of security to the Homegroup.

You can move files inside of Libraries but you need to do it by using the tool bar on the upper left pane, it's not enabled by default. The drag and drop method does not work correctly with Libraries, it's made this way for a reason.

In case anyone wants to know how to send or copy files to and from the Homegroup Libraries there is an easy way. You need to use the menu pane for this.

One problem is that the Menu pane doesn't show up by default but thats easy enough to change. You can also go to folder options then view tab and select the "always show menus" option but that isn't checked by default either.

I'll go over the steps needed to access the copy to and move to folder options just so it's very clear for anyone who reads this.

With a Library open as in Library>Documents look to the left and click on Organize> scroll down to > Layout then click to make sure the Menu pane is showing. Now that you have the Menu pane checked you will see file,edit,view,tools,help at the top of the page on the left.

Next highlight the Library folder or file you need to move or copy, then click on the edit button in the Menu pane and choose copy to or move to folder option, click on Homegroup then choose the persons name, then choose the Homegroup folder you want to sent it too and hit the copy button at the bottom of the page. You can easily move files around between Libraries using this method.

This tutorial from Brink also shows you how.
Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder
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10 Jun 2010   #6

windows 7 Ultimate x32

Thanks for the replies. I appreciate it. I'll have a go using your suggestions.
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