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Windows 7: USB Network as Drive / Disconnecting Drive

18 May 2011   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro
USB Network as Drive / Disconnecting Drive

Hi, I'm having a problem I tried to get resolved with Seagate. I have a External USB Drive that is Networked as a Network Drive, Windows7 will not allow me to disconnect the drive. The only option Seagate gave was to make sure the drive was not indexing which it's not, my goal is to disconnect the drive, connect it to another computer etc Followed by reconnecting it back to the previous computer and it continues on as a network drive or if I connect it to another computer it continues to act as network drive. Seagate told me that I'd have to purchase their NAS drive which I didn't want too. I'm hoping their is a work around to this situation ?

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18 May 2011   #2


Unshare the drive and you should be able to disconnect it.
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18 May 2011   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro

It won't remove, I've tried many possibilities.
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18 May 2011   #4


Have you tried this:
  1. Right-click on the Recycle Bin on the desktop.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Select the Global tab.
  4. Select Configure drives independently (instead of Use one setting for all drives).
  5. Select the USB drive letter tab on the top.
  6. Put a check in the Do not move files to the Recycle Bin checkbox.
  7. Click OK.
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18 May 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro

I tried that as well, didn't work.
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19 May 2011   #6

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS

I think brady might be on the right track. It may be a permissions relic - when sharing a drive or folder in Windows 7, the permissions attributes are propagated down through the file structure, so that all the file or folder objects are available at the correct level for the attached client user.

You may need to attach the drive to the original location where the drive was shared and using advanced sharing, reset the permissions to remove everybody for any shared access whatsoever, and leave the drive attached for a time so that all the permissions are erased.

I have a dual boot machine, with both drives shared for Windows 7 and XP with apparently identical machine names, workgroups, shares, users, passwords et cetera, but totally different behaviour on the network if the shared drives (internal and usb attached) are accessed when XP is the working OS than when it is booted under Windows 7. The one drive that always connects is the USB, whereas the internal drives are often difficult to connect to.
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19 May 2011   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro

Hi, I've already played with the permissions part of the shared drive, unless I'm not following ?
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