Solved Unable to link files in Win XP to create CD

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January 11, 2014 at 12:13:24
Specs: Windows XP, 512MG RAM
I have a bunch of directories with mp3's and jpg's. I want to make a data cd of the mp3's but don't want to inlcude the jpg's and I don't really want to make an extra copy of the directory structure for the time it will take me to burn the stuff. I could add everything to the cd and take out the jpg's but this would be painfully slow.

I tried creating a new directory and just linking the files I wanted. I tried fsutil, but I could only link a file in the same folder. I them tried Junction from sysInternals, but it only seems to link folders, and mklink is not available until Win 7. Any ideas? Oh an I want to be able to do this with command prompt. I got it to work one file at a time thru Win Explorer but want to do it in a bat file.


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#1
January 11, 2014 at 18:31:48
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How familiar are you with DOS?

Make a new folder for just your mp3's. Then, from the start menu, click RUN, and type CMD. A command prompt window will open.

CD to the folder containing your mixed files.
Example: CD C:\documents and settings\tom\my documents\my music

COPY *.mp3 c:\new folder name

* is a wildcard. It will copy all files with the mp3 extension.
DIR will display the folder names.


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#2
January 12, 2014 at 00:56:33
Yeah, using dos commands would be ideal but getting the syntax exactly right is usually impossible for a beginner.

You could also try a search for mp3 files. Go to START--SEARCH--FOR FILES OR FOLDERS. Click on 'all files and folders' and in the 'all or part of the file name' enter *.mp3. Then go down to 'look in' and choose the location you want to search in. If they're all in a folder not shown, go down to 'browse' and you can navigate to the exact folder. Then start the search.

When it's done you can hold down the CTRL key and scroll down the list to highlight all the files. Then from the search box toolbar click 'edit' and go down to 'copy to folder' and choose where to put all the files.

Hmmm, on second thought maybe dos would be easier.


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#3
January 12, 2014 at 15:40:25
Yet so many folk on the internet say DOS is dead. It can be darned useful.

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#4
January 13, 2014 at 15:54:13
Remember, it is NOT DOS. Just a command prompt with many commands that work like DOS.

When you have the folder containing both types of files you can group the files by type. Simply click on the type column headeer at the top and ALL the MP3 files will be then grouped together.

Then simply click on the first MP3 file, Hold down the Shift key and click on the last MP3 file. This will highlight ALL the MP3 files. You can then right click anywhere in that highlighted column and select Copy or Cut. I suggest Copy as it is safer. Then paste them to wherever.


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#5
January 13, 2014 at 16:07:43
Well to be really exact Windows is DOS (disk operating system).

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#6
January 13, 2014 at 19:41:09
Yeah, that's why I try to be careful to say dos commands. MS purposely made command prompt look and work like dos so when executing commands it makes little difference to the user if their roots are different.

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#7
January 14, 2014 at 09:01:08
DOS or no DOS I still haven't got the linking working. I guess I will go with a temporary copy of the data until I burn it.

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#8
January 14, 2014 at 09:46:44
Why do you save both types of file in the same directory without using folders?

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#9
January 14, 2014 at 10:02:27
I assume you are familiar with using the keys Shift+C for highlighting blocks of files, and Ctrl+C for adding or subtracting individuals (using Windows)?

Copy *.mp3 c:\new folder name should have worked but this is only the concept. You have to include the paths where necessary, or shift to the right folder. If you say where you are copying from and to we can provide a working example to set you on the right track.

EDIT:
Oops, I see much of this has already been mentioned - never mind, putting it another way might help. Mastering these tricks would be quite handy for other situations too. I'll add that Ctrl+A will highlight "all" files.

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#10
January 14, 2014 at 15:54:07
"Well to be really exact Windows is DOS (disk operating system)."

What if you're using an SSD? ;)


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#11
January 14, 2014 at 16:50:56
"What if you're using an SSD"

OK, I know when I'm beat LOL.

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#12
January 14, 2014 at 19:50:46
SSDOS?

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#13
January 14, 2014 at 21:46:39
Hmm, should we mark post # 11 or 12 as the best answer?! :>)

SSDOS, I wish I had a thumbs up emoticon for that one!

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#14
January 21, 2014 at 20:31:24
okay I googled SSDOS and didn't really find anything meaningful so I am not sure what was meant.

maybe I did not explain myself properly. Here is my structure;

mymusic
cd
Alan Jackson
album 1
album 2
Led zeppelin
album 1
album 2
album 3
The Doors
album 1


Now this structure is more like 100 artists long but you get the ID. I want to burn some of the songs to a data cd as I now have a truck that can play an mp3 cd. Instead of having to individually select the songs I want to burn, I wanted to use the mklink command to create a directory that I could just burn, and then re-burn at a later date if I had to. here is what I tried;

cd \datacd1\Alan Jackson
mklink "Alan Jackson - Who I Am" "..\..\mymusic\cd\rob\Alan Jackson\Who I Am"

and here is what I get;

You do not have sufficient privilege to perform this operation.



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#15
January 21, 2014 at 20:33:18
Yeah!!!!!! I finally got it to work. I had to start cmd as administrator. Onward and upward

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#16
January 21, 2014 at 21:06:44
There ya go! We're glad you got it figured out.

(We were just kidding around with the SSDOS above.)

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#17
January 22, 2014 at 07:11:39
Well done and thanks for popping back to let us know. Apologies for the fun asides.

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