Re: External (USB) drive no longer shared after reconnect
I believe this is by design.
Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
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"JohnDavid" <JohnDavid@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Have successfully setup sharing through my router -- internal drives and
> one USB external drive (Western Digital Passport). The network consists
> of 2
> computers running Vista Home Premium and 1 running W2K-Pro; and a Linksys
> wireless router.
> After applying the required 'shares' and 'permissions' to the USB external
> drive (which is connected to one of the Vista systems), I was able to see
> modify all files on the external; which is what I wanted. When done, I
> disconnected the USB drive (using the "Safely Remove Hardware" utility),
> since I routinely take that drive to anothe site.
> The next day I reconnected the USB external to the same Vista system as
> before. But although the internal drives could still be seen across the
> network, the USB drive could not. In fact, when I check Properties /
> Sharing, it now shows as "Not Shared". For what it's worth, that drive
> displays as the same drive letter as it did originally.
> This may not be a Vista issue. It may be due to the drive being USB
> connected. Just don't know. Haven't been able to find a reference to
> issue in the Microsoft Community groups or generally on the internet. Any
> Thanks much,