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This is a question for people who really know the in's and out's of file/folder sharing on LAN networks. I don't want suggestions of doing this differently, just the solution to the question if it's possible. Thanks!

OS: Windows XP Professional SP2

-- Is it possible to create a shared folder that displays the contents of two folders as though it is a single folder? I know this is hard to understand, so let me give an example:

• I have a 500gig HDD with two partitions that are 233gigs each.
• Lets say I have a folder called Documents that exceeds 300gigs.
• I cannot have the entire contents under one folder because the partition is too small. However, I'd like the entire contents to visually fall under one folder when viewed on the LAN.
• So, lets say that on one partition, there is Documents1 containing A.doc B.doc C.doc
• On the other partition, there is a Documents2 containing D.doc E.doc F.doc
• Can I set up a shared folder called MyDocs that when opened remotely on the LAN contains the files A.doc B.doc C.doc D.doc E.doc F.doc?

-- I know I could repartition the drive to fit the entire contents, or just set up two shares, or only move in the files that I want to view remotely, but I don't want to go all through that. <-- That's a last resort if there is no solution.

Thanks again,
Xaine99
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I do not believe that this is possible.
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I also don't think it's possible. In theory, displaying the contents as you described may be possible, but the problem is where does this virtual mapping actually write data. It would have to work like a striped RAID array, and there's just no way. Kinda cool though.
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If your using two partitions, make a folder in the second partition, then make a shortcut and put it in the first partition in your shared folder. It might work.
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If your using two partitions, make a folder in the second partition, then make a shortcut and put it in the first partition in your shared folder. It might work.
It would work locally, but not for other computers on the network. Unless you linked it to the other share (in \\\\computer\\share format, not c:\\docs\\ format).
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