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  1. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro
       28 Mar 2016 #1

    Setup/use a single networked music folder?


    Hello,

    Im trying to figure out a way to use a single network folder for my music across three local computers. Id like to just be able to point the folder to a location on a networked laptop so that I dont have to maintain and use the space on each machine. However, I cannot seem to figure out how to accomplish this. Could anyone please give me advice and options on how to do this? Any similar method that achieves the same thing would be great. Id rather not use cloud space for this although I know its an alternative. So, how would you go about doing this?

    Thanks so much!
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  2. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,586
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       28 Mar 2016 #2

    lifereinspired said: View Post
    Hello,

    Im trying to figure out a way to use a single network folder for my music across three local computers. Id like to just be able to point the folder to a location on a networked laptop so that I dont have to maintain and use the space on each machine. However, I cannot seem to figure out how to accomplish this. Could anyone please give me advice and options on how to do this? Any similar method that achieves the same thing would be great. Id rather not use cloud space for this although I know its an alternative. So, how would you go about doing this?

    Thanks so much!
    Don't know if you want to spend money but my solution was to get a NAS/Network Attached Storage drive and plug into my Router via an Ethernet cable. Then on any computer that can access the Router, such as for using the Internet, I can Map that drive and create any Folders desired. Or just Map only a particular Folder on the drive. Any computer I have can use it, includes Win7, Win10, Mac OS X and Linux Mint. I've done the same with both my printers that have the Ethernet/RJ45 port. One nice feature is no particular computer has to be running like would be necessary if using File and Printer Sharing and Mapping a drive or Folder.
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  3. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro
       28 Mar 2016 #3

    Berton said: View Post
    Don't know if you want to spend money but my solution was to get a NAS/Network Attached Storage drive and plug into my Router via an Ethernet cable. Then on any computer that can access the Router, such as for using the Internet, I can Map that drive and create any Folders desired. Or just Map only a particular Folder on the drive. Any computer I have can use it, includes Win7, Win10, Mac OS X and Linux Mint. I've done the same with both my printers that have the Ethernet/RJ45 port. One nice feature is no particular computer has to be running like would be necessary if using File and Printer Sharing and Mapping a drive or Folder.
    I'll definitely keep this in mind as I have a router that support this. However, I already have a computer that I use as a home server so it's not a big deal on that part. I just can't figure out how to physically map the folder to the music folder.

    If I cannot figure it out any other way, I'll take a look at whether I have any older smaller hard drives that could act as a NAS as you suggested.

    But could anyone please give me some instructions on how to map my Music folder? I generally can figure stuff out but this one has me stumped and Google searches and been surprisingly unhelpful.
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  4. Joined : Feb 2016
    Maribor, Slovenia
    Posts : 3,695
    Windows X (various flavours)
       28 Mar 2016 #4

    Hi lifeinspired!
    If I understand you correctly, you have a notebook with a folder full of music, that you want to share to three other computers?

    On this notebook, did you share this folder? Are other computers in the same network? Or perhaps even in the same Homegroup - this is the easiest way for home sharing...

    And what is you level of computer knowledge? This is useful information, you know.

    Easiest way: share folder / select user to allow or homegroup / map folder on computer you want to listen to music / add that drive to Music library.
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  5. Joined : May 2015
    Central IL
    Posts : 3,084
    EL Capitan
       28 Mar 2016 #5

    Another vote for a NAS, since they have dropped way down in price for the past year.
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  6. Joined : Feb 2016
    Maribor, Slovenia
    Posts : 3,695
    Windows X (various flavours)
       29 Mar 2016 #6

    lifereinspired said: View Post
    I'll definitely keep this in mind as I have a router that support this. However, I already have a computer that I use as a home server so it's not a big deal on that part. I just can't figure out how to physically map the folder to the music folder.

    If I cannot figure it out any other way, I'll take a look at whether I have any older smaller hard drives that could act as a NAS as you suggested.

    But could anyone please give me some instructions on how to map my Music folder? I generally can figure stuff out but this one has me stumped and Google searches and been surprisingly unhelpful.
    It is your choice, whether to go with NAS or using file server as a NAS.

    You were looking for something like this making symbolic links.

    Folder on your server will act just like another folder in your music library.

    Edit: if you are not in the mood for reading, this is essential to you:
    In elevated command prompt type :

    Code:
    mklink /d C:\something\yourmusic \\server\music
    you can replace C:\something with %userprofile%
    Last edited by AndreTen; 29 Mar 2016 at 04:28. Reason: adding info
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  7. Joined : Mar 2016
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro
       29 Mar 2016 #7

    Absolutely brilliant information!

    Thanks you so much!!

    I feel like an idiot. For some reason, my brain just plain got stuck. I had shared the entire external drive that the music folder is on - and it was working successfully as expected. However, when I went to just that music folder, it WASN'T shared!! I don't understand this at all. So, I went through the process of sharing it and was easily able to then create a shortcut in my quick links. I think I'll go back with the wonderful info you posted on symlinks and the make my actual "My Music" folder point to this, which was my original goal. I just cannot understand what it wasn't sharing and why I couldn't get my head around that.

    Just for the background that you asked for, all three computers are on the same local network, workgroup and HomeGroup. I generally am fairly tech savvy and can follow instructions. However, I clearly had brain freeze around this or I would have been able to work out what I should have done. I just got stuck somehow in thinking that because it was one of the primary document files in Windows, that it would be different. Kind of like when you move the user profile to a separate partition but want it to seamlessly integrate with Windows.

    Thanks again for all of your help. Super great info!!
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  8. Joined : Feb 2016
    Maribor, Slovenia
    Posts : 3,695
    Windows X (various flavours)
       29 Mar 2016 #8

    Great and you're welcome.
    Such things happen now and then to everybody . Google is great, but you still have to enter right keywords. Symlinks crosses my mind, since I've once played with them too. You will still have to make those shares...

    Sincerely, I also have NAS for few years now and it is worth all of the money.
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  9. Joined : Mar 2016
    So Cal
    Posts : 12
    w10
       29 Mar 2016 #9

    I tried doing this with my NAS, before it crashed.
    I am learning that a NAS device, or mine anyway, formats the drives in linux.
    I am having an awfully hard time trying to retrieve my data.
    Never again. I built a home server and bought an external drive for it.
    I'll share my stuff like that from now on, from a PC, with a windows drive.
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  10. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,586
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       29 Mar 2016 #10

    sdtag said: View Post
    I am learning that a NAS device, or mine anyway, formats the drives in linux.
    I am having an awfully hard time trying to retrieve my data.
    If that NAS is indeed formatted by Linux, usually ext4, you may be able to get a Linux LiveDVD and boot to it to get your files. The LiveDVD is a downloaded .iso file used by a CD/DVD burning program to create an exact duplicate of the original. I just got a copy of Linux LXLE 64-bit to try, an running Linux Mint 17.3 on a Desktop and an HP Notebook.

    My Windows machines show both of my NAS drives as NTFS but both Linux and Mac OS X can read and write to them.
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