About a year ago, I installed Windows 7 on an old laptop to use it as a file server. The laptop itself has a pretty puny hard disk, so I hooked up two 500GB external drives.
After only a few days I noticed that with every reboot, all my shares on the USB media simply disappeared. I therefore applied a fix–presumably a registry tweak, forgot exactly what–that seemed to resolve the issue by simply delaying the start of the Windows File and Printer Sharing service.
That works great, most of the time, but sometimes all my shares (about eight of them) still vanish, forcing me to spend a good ten minutes on setting them up again.
So here's my two part question:
- Does anyone know how to resolve the problem?
- Is there some way I can backup specifically the shares settings, to simply restore them–either when the get lost, or on every boot?