Originally Posted by mike_carton
I know this is an old post, but could you describe how you're doing this?
Certainly...I'll try to be brief (since I know this isn't technically a "ripping blu-rays" topic, more a file management one).
When I started ripping my blu-rays to ISOs, I bought 8 drives. I called them Media1, Media2, ... Media8. I filled up Media1 with blu-rays from A-D, filled up Media 2 with blu-rays from D-H, and so on. I shared each of these drives and was accessing them from my Dunes and my Oppos by drive (by selecting one of the 8 shares).
Then later, I bought something like Avengers 2. Ripped it, but of course, Media1 is all full, so I had to put that ISO on some free space on Media6, for example. But then when I went to sit down and watch a movie, I would have to look up where a particular ISO was (or try to remember)...major PITA.
So I left Media1-8 as is, adding files to them as I rip newer content, but took a flash drive and called it MediaA-Z. On this flash drive there is no content essentially (other than a complex directory structure). All it contains are symbolic links to the directories already present on Media1-8. I now have a single share called MediaA-Z that my Dunes and Oppos access.
I used a program in Windows called "NTFS Link" to create the symbolic links. The program lets you do junctions (old style directory links), symbolic links on directories, and symbolic links on files. I decided to keep it simple and do symbolic links on directories, because it allows me to do a dir listing (e.g. dir /s) on MediaA-Z and see the used size of what MediaA-Z is "pointing" to. Then I look at the used sizes on Media1-8, and if it all adds up, I know my MediaA-Z is essentially a complete "card catalog" (I know, old term) pointing to all the various media directories on Media1-8.
I have 38TB of files, but it only took me a few hours to build up the symbolic link directory structure on the flash drive. There are some slight caveats; for example, the symbolic link directory location pointer is a fixed absolute path. So if I move things on Media1-8, or drive letters change, etc...it can mess up what the flash drive is trying to point to. But if you're careful, you can have a single nice directory hierarchy that can point to a whole mess of files strewn across many drives.
Hope this helps,