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    Shared dives names don't match

    I had to re-install WinXP on the BigBeigeBox (BBB) yesterday.
    The network is working fine in the sense that I can move files back and forth, print files from the laptop to the HP2600N on the BBB, and so on.

    This morning a program "broke" because, it says, it can't see "BBB80" (being the 80 GB drive C on the BBB).

    "Not a problem", sez I, and on the BBB I rename the "BBB_80" drive to be "BBB80".
    Still the program can't see it.

    "Not a problem", sez I, rebooting both machines to throw-a-six-and-start-again.
    Still the program can't see it.

    The attached screenshot taken after reboots shows the view from the laptop.
    It still sees the shared drive as "BBB_80"; the inset to the right is a screen snapshot taken on the BBB, which clearly knows what it is doing, and reports, correctly, ""BBB80"".

    I don't think this is Windows' fault; I suspect I'm clued-out to my maximum level of sharing drives, and would appreciate anyone who can point out the error of my ways.
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    Re: Shared dives names don't match

    Chris,

    Just for the sake of accuracy, I think that this is the Volume Name, rather than the Drive Name (Drive Name is C: or D: etc.), but there could also be a confusion here with the Share Name (the name you used when you told one PC to share the drive).

    After you changed the Volume Name did you change the Share Name as well? You would do this by going to the drive properties and modifying things on the Sharing tab.

    The best sequence of events is probably to
    <UL><LI>Disconnect the share on the Client (the PC that is accessing the shared data)
    <LI>Stop sharing the drive on the Server (the PC that is offering the shared data)
    <LI>Share the drive again on the Server, using the new name for the share
    <LI>Reconnect to the share again from the Client[/list]StuartR

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    Re: Shared dives names don't match

    Since you rebuilt the C drive, and then defined a NEW share, it is no longer the old share.
    I have seen this many times, more so with printers that with drives.

    Remember that all John Smith's are not the same one. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Shared dives names don't match

    >Disconnect the share on the Client (the PC that is accessing the shared data)
    Thanks, Stuart, but I'm not as clever as I would have you believe.

    I've searched this forum (<post:=692,738>post 692,738</post:>, <post:=298,274>post 298,274</post:>), and Googled for "winxp Disconnect shared drive on the Client ", and I don't see how to do that vital first step.

    On the laptop (that's "client" in this context, right?) I go through Control Panel , Administrative Tools to My Network Places and right-click on the "BBB80 on BigBeigeBox (Bbb)" but see no dis-connect.
    From that Tools menu I choose "Disconnect Network Drive" and am told (screenshot) that there are no drives to be disconnected.

    I can understand your sequence of operations, but can't see how to effect the first step.

    (Should I just buy myself two new computers for Christmas?)
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    Re: Shared dives names don't match

    I understand now, I had assumed that you were using a Mapped drive to access the share but you were just browsing to it on the Network.

    I have never understood how browsing works, and where browsed share names are connected.

    What happens if you type the command NET USE bbb on the Client? This should show the names of all the shares that Bbb has to offer.

    StuartR

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    Re: Shared dives names don't match

    >(Should I just buy myself two new computers for Christmas?)
    Sacred by the prospect of spending money, I decided to skip Step (1) and continue with steps (2), (3) and (4).
    That worked, so Thank You for telling me what to do when you did not understand what I was doing, or how browsing works (happy grin!)

    In my original post I was operating under the impression that I'd done something different-from-what-I-should-have-done, so your little procedure served well as a catalyst to action.

    I have reset my Public Const back to the original name and re-run the program, which now functions quite happily.
    As do I.
    Thanks again.

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    Re: Shared dives names don't match

    > ... all John Smith's are not the same one

    True, but thankfully in my Ken, all Stuart Rs and David C Abernathys are unique!

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