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List an External Hard Drive’s Folder’s Contents

Saturday, December 27th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, File & Disk Management

Keith from Australia writes:

I have perused your video on “List A Folder’s Contents For Easy Organization” however this has not worked for my external hard drive (where my movies/music now live) How can I create a text file on the contents of the external drive (E:)?

Keith, there’s a simple solution to the issue you’re having here which requires skipping some of the steps outlined in the video. As you cannot use the CD command to navigate to your external drive, you can instead create a batch file on the external drive to serve the same purpose.

To do this, you can follow these easy steps:

1. Navigate to the folder you want to list, for example E:\Music.

2. Next create a new text file within the folder. This can be done by right-clicking within the folder, then navigating to ‘New->Text Document’ within the menu.


3. Once you’ve created it, you don’t need to worry about naming it. Just right-click and click Edit.

4. Now you’re faced with your standard text document editor. Enter in the following: “dir /B > list.txt”


5. Now go to “File”->”Save as…” and enter in “list.bat”

6. Before you click save, you need to click the “Save as type:” drop-down menu, and select “All files” from the menu. This is so that it will be saved as a batch file, and not a text file.


7. Once saved, you now need to double-click on the newly created “list.bat” file, and command prompt will briefly pop open.


8. Once it has finished, you will be left with a document named “list.txt” under your batch file, this is the end result that you’ve seen in the video.


9. You can now use the newly created “list.bat” file in any folder you want, simply by moving it into the folder like you would any other file.

~ Jake

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4 Responses to “List an External Hard Drive’s Folder’s Contents”

  1. Herb says:

    In my efforts to add an “Apple-TV” to my wireless network I found a different password on each of my two computers in addition to the original password. My question is, which one do I use. Please advise. THX

  2. Cindy says:

    Where is the original video? I’d like to make a list of a network folder and this isn’t working.


  3. Dennis H says:

    I display the file downloaded a free program way back 2000 called BatchMaker. What you do is open the program and add a file you then go to the folder you want listed and do the normal file (multiple also) and then hit the open button. This program gives you many different ways to display the results you then reselect from the files to copy and drop it in Word or Excel And will list it the way you want to. You open up either program and paste it. I haven’t found it to date but you might fin it somewhere or ther may be something similar out there.

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