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Weird Icon Appearing on Disk Drives

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    Weird Icon Appearing on Disk Drives

    This morning when I turned on my PC, I noticed these 2 weird icons appearing in front of my two drives (local, and backup disks). The 2 icons were not there before, can someone explain what they are? They look like the standard Microsoft User(s) icon, but why are they suddenly/randomly appearing?

    Here's an image of what I'm talking about.

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    W8 Inspiron 17R W8P+MCE HTPC

    It looks like both drives are set for sharing.
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    That makes sense, I recently enabled them for sharing. Thanks very much for the reply.
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    In fact, I can confirm, you are right smufercom, those icons are indicators that the drives are both set for sharing. I enabled sharing on my laptop's drives just now, and the icons just appeared.

    Again, thanks for your insight, it cleared up the confusion I initially had with regards to the icons.
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    W8 Inspiron 17R W8P+MCE HTPC

    I think they started that in XP if I recall, and your most welcome glad I could clear the air.
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    Windows 8.1 32-Bit

    These come from Classic Shell. There is an option to set this icon overlay to shared folders (which Microsoft natively removed from Win8 - for whatever reason).
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