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    Sharing files on removable drives

    A folder sharing question

    If I setup 2 external USB drives that are identical both volume label and folders.
    I next setup two folders for public sharing.
    These drives are for off site rotation of backups.

    If I remove the 1st drive through windows and replace it with the second drive
    are the 2 folders still shared or will the sharing have to be setup again?

    I would like to know if this will be a problem before I suggest it as a solution.

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    What happened when you tried the above? I'm interested!
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    I have not tried it yet, need to get a couple of drives first.

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    Testing gave me some unexpected results.
    Two external drives call them xxx & yyy.
    created two folders on xxx and named them TEST01 & TEST02
    I shared the two folders for everyone wth read/write access.
    Went to second PC and coppied some files to both folders, everything is ok.

    Asked windows to remove/eject drive xxx and inserted drive YYY
    created two folders on YYY and named them TEST01 & TEST02
    I shared the two folders for everyone wth read/write access.
    Went to second PC and now the shares for first PC list the following.
    The shares are: Test01, Test02, Test012 & Test022

    It seems that Windows keeps the share names and if you try to share folders on diffetent
    drives that have the same names Windows will change the share name.

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    If the drives show in Windows as the same drive letter then the shares should return without you having to re-create them.
    Delete the shares you set up.
    Plug the drives in one at a time and make them the same drive letter.
    Turn off indexing of the drives - don't want to confuse Windows.
    Create 2 shares on one drive. Test.
    Swap drives and check if the shares are still available. If not, re-start the "server" service from "services.msc".

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul
    You are correct and thanks for helping.
    I now have the process that I'm going to use.

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