Originally Posted by Richard G. Harper
Actually, while that is kindof true, it does not mean there is no solution to the problem....
I once had the same problem about a year ago and after a lifetime of searching i found a way... Then recently i needed the same solution but forgot it.. And in the process of searching for my previous post i came across this post and was compelled to sign up and post a solution for you.
It actually is possible for windows to remember shares and permissions on external USB Drives, and this is how you do it:
1. Basically you create a folder on your local hard drive somewhere, eg. "c:\external_HDD1"
2. Then Right click my computer and select manage
3. Select disk management (under storage)
4. Right click your external drive and select "change drive letter and paths"
5. Click ADD
6. Browse to your folder your created in step one . i.e. c:\external_HDD1
7. click ok and you are done.
Then whenever you insert your external drive or usb drive into your pc, you will always be able to access it in the same place, c:\external_HDD1, regardless of what drive letter windows decides to assign to it.
Then, to have windows remember shares and permissions on the usb drive, simply go to c:\external_HDD1\folder_to_share and set it to be shared and whenever you plug the drive into the computer that folder will be shared on the network.