Switching Hard Drives

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Eric, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. Eric

    Eric Guest

    I have added a 120 GB hard drive for media storage and am
    having some difficulty trying to figure out how to
    redirect "my vides" and "my pictures" to the new hard
    drive where I am now storing those files. Any
    suggestions? I have already used MCE "Settings" to
    redirect recorded programs to the new hard drive.

    Thanks,

    Eric
     
    Eric, Jan 19, 2004
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  2. Eric

    Eric Guest

    Please note that my email address is the one on this
    post. Please disregard the previous one.

    Eric
     
    Eric, Jan 19, 2004
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  3. Eric -

    These should help.

    --

    --- REgards, Walter C. Schmidt, IT CPA Blue(^) ---
    - - Microsoft MVP - Windows XP Media Center Edition - HPMC 873n ---
    - - Associate Expert - Expert Zone - -
    --- http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/ ---
    - - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/columns/schmidt/ ---
    - - 52 Ken http://www.dorsai.org/~walts/ Sun 57 - -


    Q: How do I get the MC to "see" recordings on a Network Drive?
    A: By modifying a regkey it is possible to get your MC PC to read shows
    off of a network drive.

    Important Warning: this tip requires you to have the knowledge of how to
    correctly use the registry editor!

    Also note, the registry value "WatchedFolders" may not yet exist in your
    configuration.

    The default location for recorded shows is:
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Recorded TV

    The related registry entry is:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media
    Center\Service\Recording\
    (with the NAME (/) TYPE (/) DATA)
    WatchedFolders (/) REG_MULTI_SZ (/) <path1> <path2>

    Note: the space in media center:
    ...\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Service\...

    If needed, use the registry editor to add the "WatchedFolders" value in the
    "...\Recording" key path per above. If it already exists, you will only need
    to add another path to this setting.

    This is a multi-string value, so, for example you could have:

    \\patmos\public\Recorded TV
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Recorded TV

    Make sure that after you set this, you close out MC and let it "idle" for a
    moment (about 15 seconds or so) this will allow the recorder to shutdown.
    Then restart and the setting should take effect.

    Do not forget to enable system access to share the network folder with your
    MC PC...

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ----------------------

    Q: How Do You Add a Network Path Recording Store Assuming It Is Already
    Mapped?

    A: Your current drive mappings won't work, because the SYSTEM account on
    your machine (that the Media Center Scheduler Service is running under)
    won't have access to your current drive mappings. It needs its own. It's not
    hard to do this...

    1. You need to start a Command Prompt that's running under the SYSTEM
    account. To do this, start a Command Prompt normally and type "net start
    schedule" (without the quotes) to make the sure Task Scheduler is running.
    If it gives you an error message stating "The requested service has already
    been started.", ignore it.
    2. From the same Command Prompt, type "at 16:47 /interactive cmd.exe",
    where 16:47 is the current time in twenty-four hour format plus a minute or
    two. You should receive a confirmation message similar to "Added a new job
    with job ID = 1".
    3. c. Watch the clock. When the time you specified arrives, a new Command
    Prompt window should appear on your desktop. The title bar should read
    "C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe" or its equivalent. If this doesn't happen
    within a few seconds, go to the Scheduled Tasks folder under Control Panel
    and select "View Log" from the "Advanced" menu. You may need to scroll down
    and find the line "[ ***** Most recent entry is above this line ***** ]". A
    successful execution would be logged as follows: "At1.job" (cmd.exe) Started
    1/1/2003 4:47:00 PM. An unsuccessful execution would include an error
    message in the log. Post it to the newsgroup for further assistance.
    4. Once the Command Prompt has been launched as SYSTEM, type the following
    in the SYSTEM Command Prompt: net use z: \\a\b * /user:c\d /persistent:yes ,
    where:
    "a" is the server containing the share,
    "b" is the share name,
    "c" is the domain of a user account, and
    "d" is the username of a user account
    If you have not implemented a domain on your local network, then use the
    server name ("a") instead of a domain name. You will be prompted for the
    password corresponding to the user account. Once you enter it, you should
    receive the confirmation "The command completed successfully.".
    5. In the SYSTEM Command Prompt, type "net use" to confirm the mapping has
    occurred. Then type "dir z:" to confirm the SYSTEM account can now properly
    access the share.
    6. Change the recording path for Media Center by changing the value of :
    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media
    Center\Service\Recording\RecordPath" to "Z:\" or some path under it.




    Please note that my email address is the one on this
    post. Please disregard the previous one.

    Eric
     
    WaltS [MVP WMC], Jan 19, 2004
    #3
  4. Eric

    Bob Guest

    Eric,

    Walter provided instructions from the FAQ for using a networked drive with MCE. I assume your new drive is local. The easiest thing to do is to create a shortcut in your "My Videos" folder that points to the folder on your new drive where your videos are stored. You can do the same thing for "My Pictures".

    -Bob


    ----- WaltS [MVP WMC] wrote: -----

    Eric -

    These should help.

    --

    --- REgards, Walter C. Schmidt, IT CPA Blue(^) ---
    - - Microsoft MVP - Windows XP Media Center Edition - HPMC 873n ---
    - - Associate Expert - Expert Zone - -
    --- http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/ ---
    - - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/columns/schmidt/ ---
    - - 52 Ken http://www.dorsai.org/~walts/ Sun 57 - -


    Q: How do I get the MC to "see" recordings on a Network Drive?
    A: By modifying a regkey it is possible to get your MC PC to read shows
    off of a network drive.

    Important Warning: this tip requires you to have the knowledge of how to
    correctly use the registry editor!

    Also note, the registry value "WatchedFolders" may not yet exist in your
    configuration.

    The default location for recorded shows is:
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Recorded TV

    The related registry entry is:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media
    Center\Service\Recording (with the NAME (/) TYPE (/) DATA)
    WatchedFolders (/) REG_MULTI_SZ (/) <path1><path2>

    Note: the space in media center:
    ...\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Service\...

    If needed, use the registry editor to add the "WatchedFolders" value in the
    "...\Recording" key path per above. If it already exists, you will only need
    to add another path to this setting.

    This is a multi-string value, so, for example you could have:

    \\patmos\public\Recorded TV
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Recorded TV

    Make sure that after you set this, you close out MC and let it "idle" for a
    moment (about 15 seconds or so) this will allow the recorder to shutdown.
    Then restart and the setting should take effect.

    Do not forget to enable system access to share the network folder with your
    MC PC...

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ----------------------

    Q: How Do You Add a Network Path Recording Store Assuming It Is Already
    Mapped?

    A: Your current drive mappings won't work, because the SYSTEM account on
    your machine (that the Media Center Scheduler Service is running under)
    won't have access to your current drive mappings. It needs its own. It's not
    hard to do this...

    1. You need to start a Command Prompt that's running under the SYSTEM
    account. To do this, start a Command Prompt normally and type "net start
    schedule" (without the quotes) to make the sure Task Scheduler is running.
    If it gives you an error message stating "The requested service has already
    been started.", ignore it.
    2. From the same Command Prompt, type "at 16:47 /interactive cmd.exe",
    where 16:47 is the current time in twenty-four hour format plus a minute or
    two. You should receive a confirmation message similar to "Added a new job
    with job ID = 1".
    3. c. Watch the clock. When the time you specified arrives, a new Command
    Prompt window should appear on your desktop. The title bar should read
    "C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe" or its equivalent. If this doesn't happen
    within a few seconds, go to the Scheduled Tasks folder under Control Panel
    and select "View Log" from the "Advanced" menu. You may need to scroll down
    and find the line "[ ***** Most recent entry is above this line ***** ]". A
    successful execution would be logged as follows: "At1.job" (cmd.exe) Started
    1/1/2003 4:47:00 PM. An unsuccessful execution would include an error
    message in the log. Post it to the newsgroup for further assistance.
    4. Once the Command Prompt has been launched as SYSTEM, type the following
    in the SYSTEM Command Prompt: net use z: \\a\b * /user:c\d /persistent:yes ,
    where:
    "a" is the server containing the share,
    "b" is the share name,
    "c" is the domain of a user account, and
    "d" is the username of a user account
    If you have not implemented a domain on your local network, then use the
    server name ("a") instead of a domain name. You will be prompted for the
    password corresponding to the user account. Once you enter it, you should
    receive the confirmation "The command completed successfully.".
    5. In the SYSTEM Command Prompt, type "net use" to confirm the mapping has
    occurred. Then type "dir z:" to confirm the SYSTEM account can now properly
    access the share.
    6. Change the recording path for Media Center by changing the value of :
    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media
    Center\Service\Recording\RecordPath" to "Z:\" or some path under it.




    Please note that my email address is the one on this
    post. Please disregard the previous one.

    Eric
     
    Bob, Jan 19, 2004
    #4
  5. Eric

    Guest Guest

    Bob,
    Thanks for the handy way to quickly take care of my
    concern. However, there's just one concern I have: how do
    I create the short-cut you mentioned and how do I
    redirect it to the new drive? In the mean time, I'll just
    do some experimenting.

    Thanks,

    Eric
    networked drive with MCE. I assume your new drive is
    local. The easiest thing to do is to create a shortcut
    in your "My Videos" folder that points to the folder on
    your new drive where your videos are stored. You can do
    the same thing for "My Pictures".
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/ ---
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/columns/schm
    idt/ ---
    http://www.dorsai.org/~walts/ Sun 57 - -
    the "WatchedFolders" value in the
    equivalent. If this doesn't happen
    follows: "At1.job" (cmd.exe) Started
     
    Guest, Jan 19, 2004
    #5
  6. Eric,

    Additionally to what others have suggested, you can actually redirect your
    "My Pictures" and "My Videos" to the new drive (not just creating a
    shortcut, but moving the actual folders to the new drive)

    This is util if you ever need to re-install, so you won't lose your data, or
    won't need to copy back and forth. That's the way I have it. My 'My
    Documents folder has been redirected to a driver on a network server.

    To do this, simply download and install Windows XP Tweak UI power toy, which
    you can download from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp

    regards,

    Luis
     
    Luis A. Burgos [MCE MVP], Jan 20, 2004
    #6
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