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two computers, one portable hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rocky.collins, Sep 10, 2007.

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  1. rocky.collins

    rocky.collins Thread Starter

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    I used Acronis True Image to clone the C: drive on my office desktop to a portable USB hard drive. Then I took it home and plugged it into my laptop. The laptop recognized the hard drive immediately and seemed to be able to popen all of my folders, EXCEPT my main Documents Folder appeared as empty. I took the drive back to my office and the Documents Folder is definitely NOT empty.

    I think this has to do with "sharing" the folder, but all the advice I get refers to networks rather than just taking a physical hard drive from one computer to another.

    What do I do to make the Documents Folder available and editable on both computers?

    FYI, I used to have just a few key folders backed up on this portable hard drive (using synctoy) and I could access them perfectly from both computers. I did the full drive clone as an extra bit of safety.

    thanks
     
  2. mattyc

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    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

    You need to take ownership of the files.
    The main trick is in XP Pro, you must disable Simple File sharing.
    In XP Home you must boot up in safe mode.
     
  3. rocky.collins

    rocky.collins Thread Starter

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    Thanks, mattyc. I'll try that tonight.
     
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