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How can I access a USB drive from another computer

We have some users on our network who use their personal USB drives on their network computers.  Is there a way I can access these drives remotely and "silently" to ascertain if there are any company files on these flash drives?  Because they are personal drives and not always plugged in, there is not an administrative share configured.  For the most part, they are all legitimate uses, I'm sure, but there are a couple who are 'suspect'.
When I try to access remotely using \\system2\e (in Run) it returns the error 'Network path cannot be found'.
Using Computer Management | Storage, I can see it listed under Disk Management (but not Removable Storage).
Is there a way to look in these drives to see what files are on them, unbeknownst to the users?
Thanks.
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matiaslCommented:
If you have a domain network you should be able to use the admin shares for example \\computer\e$ , if you are the domain admin of course.
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salaspaAuthor Commented:
Thank you, matiasl.  I tried that; same result.  I am the network administrator with all the appropriate permissions on the domain.  I'm sort of "learning on the job".
Any other suggestions?
Thanks.
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matiaslCommented:
Sorry it slipped through me that you had tried that already, my bad.
Did you remember to add the "$" when accessing the drive ?
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MavriikkCommented:
If you need to see what a user is doing on there machine and you are the admin. I am sure the company will spring for some key logger app. The good ones will take screenshots and send them to your specified email. Then again you would need to install the sftw on the machine.
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salaspaAuthor Commented:
Matiasl, yes, I used the $ - zero impact.
Thanks.
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salaspaAuthor Commented:
Mavriikk; thanks, but I don't need to see what they are doing.  I want to check their flash drive to be sure they are not copying company files.
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flubbsterCommented:
It is possible if you have remote access to the 'Computer Management' console on that pc and you know the drive letter for the usb drive. if you do then do this:
1. Open 'Computer Management' on your pc, rightclick 'Computer Management' (the very top item) and connect to another computer.
2. Type in or browse to the target pc and hit 'OK'
3. Expand 'System Tools' >> 'Shared Folders'
4. Rightclick Shares and select 'New File Share'
5. In the wizard create the share for that drive and give the permissions you need

Now you should be abloe to access that drive just like any other shared folder.
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salaspaAuthor Commented:
Flubbster, thanks.  I need the share to be hidden.  Anyway to do this with your suggestion?
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salaspaAuthor Commented:
Flubbster - you are AWESOME!  Thanks so much!
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enriquecadalsoCommented:
Hello salaspa. The administrative shares (C$, D$, etc) are not created with USB drives. I use Dameware to remotely create a share, but I have to guess the drive letter the USB device have taken (not so hard to do, if fail just try the next letter).

This can be done also using the Computer Management console in your workstation (Control Panel, Administrative tools). You can connect to the remote computer and in Shares section create the new share.
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enriquecadalsoCommented:
Sorry, did not see it was already answered, just keep writing with no refresh.
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salaspaAuthor Commented:
enriquecadalso - not a problem; thanks for your help, nonetheless!
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