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    Default How do I get windows 8 to index a network mapped drive?

    Hey everyone,

    Let's directly to the point. This windows 8 problem has annoying me quite a long time and i've fix many windows 8 problems in this forums, so i come here for some help. many thanks in advance.

    I would like to change the location of my windows 8 labrary to a network drive but everytime I changed the location. it says it cannot be used because it's not indexed.

    So does anyone can tell me how do I get a network drive to be indexed? or any other ideas?

    any help in this would be highly appreciated.

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    Default Re: How do I get windows 8 to index a network mapped drive?

    you can simply index the network files as a workaround.

    Add a non-indexed UNC as a library

    1. Create a folder on your hard drive for shares. i.e. c:\share
    2. Create another folder in the above share. i.e. c:\share\music
    2. Link the Library to this folder.
    3. Delete the folder.
    4. Use the mklink in an elevated command prompt to make a symbolic link. Name the link the same as the folder you created above.
    i.e - mklink /d c:\share\music \\server\music
    5. Done. Now you have non-indexed UNC path as a library.

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    Default Re: How do I get windows 8 to index a network mapped drive?

    Quote Originally Posted by win8house View Post
    you can simply index the network files as a workaround.

    Add a non-indexed UNC as a library

    1. Create a folder on your hard drive for shares. i.e. c:\share
    2. Create another folder in the above share. i.e. c:\share\music
    2. Link the Library to this folder.
    3. Delete the folder.
    4. Use the mklink in an elevated command prompt to make a symbolic link. Name the link the same as the folder you created above.
    i.e - mklink /d c:\share\music \\server\music
    5. Done. Now you have non-indexed UNC path as a library.
    I tried the above and now when I go into windows explorer I can see the various files and folders via the Library, however nothing is showing up in the Music, Photo or video apps.

    Does it take time to populate or should they be in there instantly.

    Thanks in advance
    Jim

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    Default Re: How do I get windows 8 to index a network mapped drive?

    Hi, not sure if this will work for you but I found a solution that worked for me...

    If you run windows media player and edit the libraries [organize, manage libraries] to add your network share files (add media drives / folders to the relevant library) the share will now apear in the 8.1 explorer libraries

    I could then use the (NAS) files in e.g. MusicBee.

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