[HOW TO] Display contents in root directory (for PC)

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[HOW TO] Display contents in root directory (for PC)

Postby zagnutty » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:40 am

I posted this in the Help section originally. I just realized that there is a tutorial section here. So I'm reposting.

After a long time of trying to figure out how to view movies in my root directory, I figured out how to without having to move ANY files around. This is pretty easy, and simple, just pay attention.

This is tested and working with a Windows Server 2008 R2 as my home server. It should work on Windows 7 for sure, and should also work on Vista.

You need to create a symbolic link (symlink) on the drive you wish to do this with. Linux users, if you're using Linux, you are probably familiar with how to do this. If not, you'll have to google, as it's been a long time since I've used Linux and don't remember how.
1. Open a command prompt as administrator. If you don't know how, click the Start menu button and right click on "command prompt". Choose "Run as administrator".

2. Type cd\ and press enter, just to clean up the command prompt to avoid any confusion.

3. Type mklink /D "virtual_Folder_Here" "Real_Folder_Here" . In other words, if your root directory where your media is located is D:\Public\Movies, you'll need to create a new folder in D:\Public like "Subsonic" first.
So it would look something like this - mklink D/ "D:\Public\Subsonic\Movies" "D:\Public\Movies" and press enter.
(Do not type the " quote marks. I put them there to separate / break things up.)

This will create a virtual directory that has virtual copies of all your root files. Don't worry, being virtual, they don't take up any more space than a regular shortcut would.

4. In Subsonic, add your new virtual directory that you created above (in this case, D:\Public\Subsonic) and scan it.

Now scan the new folder and voila! I am viewing my entire movie collection on my tablet and didn't have to move a single file!

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