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Can the path be shorter?

By Blackcurrant ·
Hi

Does anyone know if it is possible to force the Windows Search function to display the path to a CD drive as:

\foldername

rather than:

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning\foldername

It is very inconvenient trying to determine which folder a file is in when you have to ajust the column width so that the entire path is shown, and then having to scroll backwards and forwards.

I am using Drag and Drop to copy files from a CD drive to several other locations on my network, so I need several instances of Explorer to be open and visible at the same time.

It is not too bad for the 'shorter' paths, but some of the folders are 7 levels deep.

If anyone has a solution or a work-around, I will be very grateful.

Thanks

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Can the path be shorter?

If the cd has not been burned then that is the location of the files, not the cd drive.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to

CM5400 - thanks for answering. What do you mean? I am sorry but I am not sure I understand your answer.

If you are talking about files that are copied to the CD drive preparatory to being written to a CD, then yes - you are correct, but I am copying "files from a CD drive to several other locations on my network".

Also, see my comment above.

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by superjn In reply to Can the path be shorter?

I would suggest using NERO or Roxio burning software. You can download a demo, or one or the other is bundled with every $30 CD-RW on the market, and it should allow your folder viewing on the "To Be Burned" disc to be alot easier.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to

Thanks for answering. But, as I have intimated above, and stated in my question, the files being referenced in the path exist on a CD.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Can the path be shorter?

I think it may have something to do with the fact that some of these paths refer to compressed (.zip) files.

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by Don Christner In reply to Can the path be shorter?

The path that is being returned from the Windows Search function is correct. In Windows Search, instead of telling it to search the C drive or all local hard drives, tell it to search the CD drive (your D drive for example). Otherwise, Windows search is only looking on your harddrive, not your CD drive.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to

Thanks for answering. I am wondering if I have phrased my question incorrectly, or I am being particularly dumb. Please see my latest comment.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Can the path be shorter?

Ok Folks, this is what I am doing:

I insert a CD containing data into the CD drive. Explorer pops open displaying the contents of the CD. I right click the root folder (often there is just one folder), and select Search. I type my search query, then click the Search button.

The results appear as C:\Documents and Setiings\...

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Can the path be shorter?

OK, I think I see where the confusion has come from. When I talk about using drag and drop, I am dragging files from the search results onto network locations. Therefore, I have several windows open, and that is why I would like to see a shorter path, so that the search window can occupy a smaller area on the screen.

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by Don Christner In reply to Can the path be shorter?

When I try to replicate what you are saying, in the 'Look In' box, it says L (which is my CD drive). The results are then listed as L:\foldername, just as you want. I guess that I'd try another computer, because mine works OK. Are you sure that you're not confusing yourself by having multiple instances of Explorer open?

Don

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