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dminches
2007-08-13, 20:21
Can one build a library by scanning more than one drive? I have a couple different drives attached to my computer which slimserver can see. However, when I select a 2nd drive and rescan it removes everything that it found scanning the first drive. In the "Rescan Music Library" I have tried both the "Look for New and Changed Music" and "Only Rescan Playlists" options but neither works.

wr420
2007-08-13, 20:31
Hi
you need to create links or shortcuts under a common top level directory.

ie MyMusicFolder
| |
| > Link to Drive1
> Link to Drive 2
etc..

point SS at MyMusicFolder

Keep in mind if you are using network drives or drives with tight permission make sure the user that SS runs as has rights to access and read those drives.

wr420

dminches
2007-08-14, 20:14
Hi
you need to create links or shortcuts under a common top level directory.

ie MyMusicFolder
| |
| > Link to Drive1
> Link to Drive 2
etc..

point SS at MyMusicFolder

Keep in mind if you are using network drives or drives with tight permission make sure the user that SS runs as has rights to access and read those drives.

wr420

I am not sure what you mean. I understand how to create subdirectories. Do I set the playlist folder to Drive 1, rescan drive 1, set the playlist to drive 2, rescan drive 2 and then set the playlist to the parent folder, mymusicfolder?

Thanks.

erland
2007-08-14, 20:57
I am not sure what you mean. I understand how to create subdirectories. Do I set the playlist folder to Drive 1, rescan drive 1, set the playlist to drive 2, rescan drive 2 and then set the playlist to the parent folder, mymusicfolder?

Point the "Music Folder" attribute to the main directory on drive 1. Somewhere inside that folder you create a shortcut and the target of that shortcut should be the main music directory you have on drive 2. If you have a third drive you create another shortcut inside the music directory on drive 1 and point that to the music directory on drive 3. If you have a fourth drive .... well you get the point....

On Windows shortcuts are used for this. Just right click in the Windows file explorer and select to create a new shortcut. On Mac and Linux you can do the same with soft links.

dminches
2007-08-15, 10:46
Point the "Music Folder" attribute to the main directory on drive 1. Somewhere inside that folder you create a shortcut and the target of that shortcut should be the main music directory you have on drive 2. If you have a third drive you create another shortcut inside the music directory on drive 1 and point that to the music directory on drive 3. If you have a fourth drive .... well you get the point....

On Windows shortcuts are used for this. Just right click in the Windows file explorer and select to create a new shortcut. On Mac and Linux you can do the same with soft links.

Gotcha. Just a follow up question. When I am building the music folder for each drive do I set "Playlists Folder" to the path for the drive 2, point the server to where the music is and rescan so slimserver will populate the music folder with the information? Then, when I am all done I point back to the main folder with the shortcuts for the other folders?

dminches
2007-08-15, 10:51
Forget my last question. Now I understand your answer. All I need are shortcuts in the main folder containing my music which point to other drives with more music.

dminches
2007-08-16, 17:25
I put a shortcut of my external drive (drive n) in the root directory of drive F where I have other music. I defined my music folder as F:\ and scanned. It found everything on F: but did not grab anything from N:. The shortcut points to N:\ so I assumed it would read everything on N including all subdirectories.

Where have I gone wrong?

mherger
2007-08-16, 20:52
> The shortcut points to N:\ so I assumed it would read everything on N
> including all subdirectories.

If N: is a network drive, you'll have to use the UNC path instead
(\\server\share style).

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dminches
2007-08-17, 04:41
N: isn't a network drive. It is the drive letter assigned to my external (USB) drive. It recognizes the drive if I set the location of music files to N:. I am trying to get it to see the music on F: and N: at the same time.

Siduhe
2007-08-17, 05:04
Bit of terminology confusion, I think. A USB type external disc is a "network drive". When you have assigned this network drive a letter for the purposes of easy access on your main pc (assuming a windows build here), it is a "mapped drive".

What Michael is saying is that Slimserver needs to see the shortcut to the network (USB) drive as a UNC path, not the mapped reference in order to pick up all the information. It's possible that the shortcut you have created isn't in a format that Slimserver can read.

When you go to your F:\ directory and right click on the shortcut you have created to N:\ and click Properties - what is the text that comes up showing the properties for the link?

Is it in the format of something like "//workgroup/USBMedia/My Music" ? or does it say "N:\My Music"?

dminches
2007-08-17, 05:08
First, thanks for helping me out.

I am not at my home computer now (already plugging away in the office), but my recollection is that the shortcut looks more like a local drive shortcut (N:\) as opposed to a network drive shortcut.

As I mentioned earlier, I was able to get Slimserver to see the drive just by defining the music location as "N:\". Thus, I assumed that the shortcut should be of the same type as opposed to the network drive syntax, so to speak.

Siduhe
2007-08-17, 05:11
Not my specialist area, but I believe only Windows (or MS related products) can do that - Slimserver can't anyhow.

The UNC style path of shortcut should sort you out. If you're not sure what the UNC path is, go back to "Map Network Drive" and look at the value you typed in to make the N:\ drive a mapped drive in the first place. That's what you want the shortcut to look like.

If that doesn't work, there may be a different problem, which is that Slimserver needs "user access" to access your network drive, but from what you say, that shouldn't be necessary if it can scan the N:\ drive for music.

Let us know if it works out.

Listener
2007-08-17, 10:42
Bit of terminology confusion, I think. A USB type external disc is a "network drive". When you have assigned this network drive a letter for the purposes of easy access on your main pc (assuming a windows build here), it is a "mapped drive".



A USB drive IS NOT A NETWORK DRIVE! It is a removeable drive attached to one PC. You don't do assign it a drive letter.

When Windows detects a USB drive, it assigns it a drive letter.

Bill

dminches
2007-08-17, 10:46
That makes sense. So, why doesn't slimserver search that drive if I have a shortcut to it in the drive that I have designated as my music folder?

Siduhe
2007-08-17, 11:16
A USB drive IS NOT A NETWORK DRIVE! It is a removeable drive attached to one PC. You don't do assign it a drive letter.

When Windows detects a USB drive, it assigns it a drive letter.

Bill

In the context that Michael used the phrase, I beg to differ - a USB drive is still a network drive in that it is one where the drive is mapped by Windows (whether automatically or manually).

My explanation was intended to assist in explaining how to make the shortcut work, and having failed to do that, I will withdraw.

dminches
2007-08-17, 14:55
Siduhe, you were correct. When I created the shortcut by using the network drive syntax and copied the shortcut into my music folder Slimserver recognized it and is now scanning the drive.

That is, I pasted "\\Jjg\SEA_DISK (N)" into the shortcut and copied the shortcut into the root of f:\ where my music resides. I selected f:\ as my music folder location and rescanned. Now everything on my external drive is being scanned and cataloged.

Thanks everyone for helping me out on this.

Siduhe
2007-08-17, 18:31
Very glad it worked out. Enjoy!