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On the main family system, a P4 Packard Bell, I have connected a LaCie 500GB USB external drive. This system is running XP Home. I want to share the entire 500GB drive as a network drive.

No problem, so I right click the LaCie on the XP system, and share it and allow people to write to it. The shared name is LaCie.

I mapped it as a network drive from my HP laptop, running 7 Home Premium. Assigned it as Drive X, yes, it works fine.

If the LaCie is turned off, the drive still shows, no problems. But it still reckons the drive is online, but it has no bytes, and reckons it's empty. And it doesn't automatically reconnect if I turn the drive back on. I either have to remap the drive or reboot the computer I'm using.

No problem for me, I understand that. My parents, however... I need to find a way to make the drive show up as offline when it's turned off, and to automatically reconnect.

It's a method that needs to work with XP and 7, and ideally Vista and Ubuntu 10.04 as well.

Any ideas?
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tell them to leave the xp box on along with the drive. mapping drives like this, just like in the corporate environment the system is expecting it to normally be on a server and wont look to refresh it periodically it expects it to be on constantly like a server normally is.
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post #3 of 7
Quote:
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tell them to leave the xp box on along with the drive. mapping drives like this, just like in the corporate environment the system is expecting it to normally be on a server and wont look to refresh it periodically it expects it to be on constantly like a server normally is.
Pretty much this.

Just leave the machine on. Or stop whining.
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I suppose, the chances are that when we want to share files, we'd have the PC on.

Is there any side effects with leaving the drive on 24/7?
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Quote:
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I suppose, the chances are that when we want to share files, we'd have the PC on.

Is there any side effects with leaving the drive on 24/7?
As long as the drive(s) stay cool <35c then there won't be any issues. But it is always important to have a backup of your data regardless of the amount of time you have the hard drive running.
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post #6 of 7
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I did tell my parents not to put anything they didn't have another copy of on there.
Temp is a concern: It's on top of the computer itself (Prescott P4 with next to no ventilation, surrounded by wood), and is underneath a Netgear VMDG280 modem/router.

The drive is one of the Porsche ones: http://www.lacie.com/dk/support/supp...t.htm?id=10240 but without Firewire.
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You can use AIDA64. to check your temps on the machine. It also does a lot of other nice things as well. Definitely a worthwhile program to have.
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