how to setup sharing folders for 2 websites

Using .net c# to build 2 separate websites and they both need access to a folder on the windows server which contains image files. So file reference would have to go to root and then out to folder ..root/sharedfolder/image/filenames.jpg

In addition whilst the websites are being developed, I would like to be able to access the folder but the local development doesn't use IIS, if that is used a s solution to first part.

Is there a better way than to set up the folder as a separate websites and reference access to the image files by reference to 

Help very much appreciated
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Big MontySenior Web Developer / CEO of Commented:
I would look into using virtual folders

They're used to access folders that aren't always in your Web root, making them ideal for sharing content across sites

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stephenwildeAuthor Commented:
Thank you that link seems to cover the situation and the development machine uses Windows 7 pro so I will update to add IIS to work locally.
stephenwildeAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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