Okay, I have a small ‘problem’ I’d like to sort out, and was looking for some advice. I have a couple of potential solutions, but I’m not sure if they’d work.
I have around 500 films on several HDDs, soon to go on to two My Book Studio 6tb drives. These will be plugged into the 2 USB ports on my new WDTV Live SMP. I love browsing the films in Gallery View - very swish.
I then have around 1.5tb of TV programmes, music, and photos which I’d also like to access on my WDTVLSMP.
However (and this is the problem) I don’t want to have my lovely ‘gallery’ of films interrupted by hundreds of TV programmes. Indeed, not only am I happy to access the non-film media in Folder View, that’s how I’d prefer to view them.
So, I need to be able to see all my TV programmes, music and photos in Folder View but not Gallery View. In short, I want them visible in folders, but not added to the Media Library.
Possible Solution 1 :
Can I somehow ‘hide’ a folder in one of my HDDs so that the Media Library doesn’t see them, but I can still access them in Folder View?
Possible Solution 2:
I will very soon have my wireless router (my BT Home Hub) situated in my lounge (same room as the WDTVLSMP), and the player hard-wired to this with an Ethernet cable. I could put my TV programmes, music and photos on a WD My Book Live and plug it in to the same router, again with an Ethernet cable.
Will that work (will I be able to access this media)? I suspect the answer is yes - indeed, I’m pretty sure this is exactly what the ‘Live’ is for.
Now I understand there’s a ‘bug’ at the moment which prevents networked media being added to the media library. Now for everyone else this is a problem, but for me it’s exactly what I want! The problem is what happens if I buy a ‘Live’ and connect it and WD fix the bug? Will I be able to disable media on the ‘Live’ from my Media Library, but still access it in folder view?
Finally, if I move my old WDTV Live to my bedroom and invest in a nice wireless dongle, will I be able to access the media on my ‘Live’ in my bedroom.
Possible Solution 3:
I haven’t thought of a third solution…but you might.
Any help and advice gratefully received.