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auto share USB hard drive when booting PC

Posted on 2006-11-08
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hi Everyone,

I have a Western Digital USB 500GB hard drive.  so far it works great, however, I want to auto share it so everyone can use it on the network.  unfortunatelly, when I share it and I shutdown the PC, I lose the partition on the network.  how can I make this partition available everytime I boot my computer automatically?

I am using Windows XP pro, SP2.

Thank you.
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by:mr_crust
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this wont work as the usb is powered by your power supply, so when you shut down your usb comes of the network.

in order for this to work you will need to connect your usb hdd to a server , or if not you will have to log out of your xp profile, but leave the PC turned on at all times.
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open notepad and copy the following into a new file:

net share usbdrive[sharename]=g:\[or whatever the drive letter is]

So if your usb drive is G: and you want it to appear on the network as usbdrive you need the following:

net share usbdrive /delete
net share usbdrive=g:\


Copy it into notepad, then do a file=>save as

Change the dropdown at the bottom to say "all files and folders" and save the file as c:\share.bat

Close notepad, open explorer, go to c:\documents and settings\all users\start menu\programs\startup
and create a new shortcut to c:\share.bat

This will make it run the script whenever someone logs on.
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by:mr_crust
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it wont work , when the PC with the usb hard drive shuts down the script on the other users PC's cannot connect to a drive thats not conencted on the network.
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