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Combining multiple drives under one drive letter??

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I have a client... he's got 3 PC's networked via his Linksys router.
He's got 2 external USB drives hooked up to one box and 2 extra internal
drives in 2 of the boxes making for a total of 4 shared drives on the
network.

He's having all kinds of trouble staying organized. I was wondering if
there was a way I could "combine" all the drives into 1 drive letter...
maybe use some sort of RAID software or cluster them in some way?

All the drives are of different sizes too... 2 500 giggers, 1 250 gigger
and 1 320 gigger...

I have them setup now with different names and shortcuts on all three
desktops, but it's becoming difficult for him to remember what is on
what drive. They're mainly used for mass storage of pictures. This is my
photographer client. If I could somehow combine all the drives under 1
letter, life would be easier.

Any ideas at all?
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by:pattjin
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you can combine the drives on the same machine by mounting them on a NTFS folder.  I don't know about combining drives across machines though.

Under Computer Management, Disk Management, Change Drive Letter and Paths (you right click the drive)

This is under XP.

That will at least get him down from 4 to 2...
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by:pattjin
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Let me be more clear:

md C:\shared_drives

share c:\shared_drives

go into computer management->disk management

right click 1st drive and mount it to c:\shared_drives\drive1
right click 2nd drive and mount it to c:\shared_drives\drive2

that way he can mount \\machine\share and then when he does a dir, he'll see:

drive1 <dir>
drive2 <dir>
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by:Paul Fisher
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This sounds like a good option. Is there any more documentation that you can send on doing it?
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by:jhend28
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I know this isn't exactly what you were looking for, but I thought' I'd give my two cents:

See if you can possible make a server for him. FreeNAS would be perfect for this. He wouldn't have to spend much money on hardware, and FreeNAS can do a software raid to make all the drives in it seem like one. Then that drive could be accessed from all the other computers.

http://www.freenas.org/
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by:Paul Fisher
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Thanks for the assist!
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