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Why do my USB device shares disappear after re-boot?

I have a Belkin USB memory card reader attached to my PC for reading in photos. When I was riunning Win XP prior to SP2 I shared this device and my husband, whose PC is in the same workgroup, could access it no probem.  Since I upgraded to SP2, every time my PC is re-booted the share is lost and I have to go through the whole rigmarole again.  This is not convenient to hubby if he wants access when I'm not there.
Is there any way to force XP to hold the share over a re-boot?
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JoanEdington
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SysExpertCommented:
Not sure.


Probably a new "feature" of SP2

I would also try seeing how the drive looks in the Disk manager, and perhaps delete the share, and change the drive letter in Disk Manager.

Lastly, try another USB port.

I hope this helps !
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theric76Commented:
This issue happens when you connect the removable device after the OS is started. The reason is that network shares are managed by the "Server" service, that is started at boot time.
To solve this, you can try different ways:
1) Restart the service each time you connect the disk (using autoplay function http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/01/11/autoplay/ to run a script like
NET STOP Server | NET START Server
1) Re-create the share using a startup script or autoplay function with the command
NET SHARE sharename=X:
where X: is your removable device letter.
Hope this helps,
theric
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JoanEdingtonAuthor Commented:
theric76 pointed me in the right direction when he said that the removable device was only connected after the OS started. Even though the card reader was connected it wasn't being seen if there wasn't a card in it. I solved the problem originally by leaving the old 32MB card that came with my camera in the drive all the time we weren't using it. On reflection I thought that this might be using resources/power unnecessarily so now I leave it by the drive and only load it when I re-boot.
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