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How can I add a non Windows NAS to a Library

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I have a Buffalo Linkstation NAS and I use it to store all the photos and music so that I can access that from any PC/Device in the house.  
I would like to add it to the Windows 8 Library so that it is visible in the Photos live tiles.  IS this only possible if you have a windows-based NAS?

I can map the drive, but would prefer if it was visible in the live tiles as well.


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I wasn't aware that even a windows-based NAS could be added to libraries without also copying the files to a local disk (i.e. "make available offline").
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by:DanRaposo
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As far as I know it can.  It just needs to be able to be an indexed location which Windows-based NAS can I am told.  
It only makes sense, even home users are starting to have NAS devices to centralize music, video and photos to share with all the devices on their home network.
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by:Darr247
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Well, I followed the instructions on how to add items to a Library at
http://superuser.com/questions/38074/index-a-low-cost-nas-on-windows-7
and it does make them searchable in Win7's Windows Explorer's upper-right search box even though they're physically located on my WD MyBook World white lights NAS, which runs linux.
So I guess I was w...wr...wro... WRONG.  :-)

I assume the same method will work with Win8... I'll have to tote my NAS over to my brother's and see if it works the same on the Win8 laptop he just got.
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by:DanRaposo
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thanks .. I will try this when I get home tonight.  I have found some similar suggestions but in my stubbornness, I wanted to find a more seamless way that anyone could do.  For example the parents.  I would think by now this would be a must for any OS release. .... but I would also be wrong!
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The media center option is only available in windows 8 pro which is a $69.99 upgrade.
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