WMP Recognize External Hard Drive as a Device

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Ixman, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. Ixman

    Ixman Guest

    Hello All!

    I'd like to sync my Windows Media Player 11 with an external hard drive. Is
    there a way to get WMP to recognize the external hard drive as a device?

    The drive is a La Cie 250GB drive.

    Ixman, Dec 18, 2007
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  2. Ixman

    B.Loney Guest

    Hi Neil, (Or anyone with answers)

    I was interested in the answer to this question also. Whilst I found your
    response useful, because it allows the external drive media to show up as
    part of the media library, I'm not sure it answered the original question as
    this is not syncing the external HDD.
    There are good reasons for wanting Windows Media Player11 to recognise an
    external HDD as a device to syncronise a music library to just as you would a
    portable MP3 player. I particulary want to make use of WMP11's ability to
    convert WMA Lossless to WMA variable bit rate or WMA "standard". I made a big
    mistake when I ripped my whole CD collection in thinking that if I ripped
    all my CD's using the WMA lossless codec they would be playable on any media
    player/centre that supported WMA. I spent a lot of time ripping my library as
    I have a lot of classical, blues, jazz etc where I had to enter all/part of
    the information and scan album covers. If I can get WMP11 to recognise an
    external HDD as a syncable (Is that a word?) device I can convert my whole
    library to WMA "standard" whilst maintaining ALL the information and album
    art. I can then connect the external HDD to my media player (part of my HiFi
    system) and play all my music.

    So do you or anyone else out there know how to get WMP11 to recognise an
    external HDD as a device to sync to?

    Thanks in advance.
    B.Loney, Jan 6, 2008
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  3. Ixman

    B.Loney Guest

    Hi Neil,

    It was worth a try but unfortunately, whilst it converts the files OK to a
    CBR or VBR format which I can playback on my media player, it strips out all
    the album information in the process and I couldn't see any options to fix
    B.Loney, Jan 7, 2008
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