Which directories does the Media Scanner scan at startup?

Is it only the sdcard?


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 Mar 20 '12 at 12:47
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    @roxan oh missed that.. thanks. added that in answer.. – Android Quesito Mar 20 '12 at 12:56
  • btw, would it be possible to make it search further dirs? – MobileCushion Mar 20 '12 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. – Android Quesito Mar 20 '12 at 15:23
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    @Basj You're correct. – roxan Jun 18 '14 at 21:04

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