Which directories does the Media Scanner scan at startup?

Is it only the sdcard?

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Media Scanner scans both SD card as well as USB storage, but not ROM and system storage. Means, it scans from /sdcard/ and /sdcard/external_sd/ mount points. It goes deep inside all non-hidden sub-directories, unless .nomedia file is detected.

Media Scanner skips ROM and system storage because both require root permission to write anything there. And, its very unlikely for an end-user to store music, photo there.

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    and except the hidden folders.
    – roxan
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 12:47
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    @roxan oh missed that.. thanks. added that in answer..
    – iOS
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 12:56
  • btw, would it be possible to make it search further dirs? Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 15:10
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    @MobileCushion Unable to understand what you're asking.. Plz, elaborate it. If you are concerned about .nomedia, it works as follows: When this file is found in a directory, all items (including sub-directories) of this directory are skipped.
    – iOS
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 15:23
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    @Basj You're correct.
    – roxan
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 21:04

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