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How To Stop Sharing

  1. #1


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    Personal Files Showing In Two Places, One Separate Hard Drive


    I have two hard drives connected to my computer. C drive is my OS E is where I want to put downloads, etc. For some reason, the E drive mirrors much of what I have under my personal files on the C drive, as if it's being shared. If I delete it from the E drive, it will delete it from my C drive.

    Ive tried going to my C drive on these folders/files and right-clicking and choosing Stop Sharing. But it doesnt keep the files from showing on the E drive.

    Anyone know why this started in the first place and how I can stop it?

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    Is sounds like nothing is being mirrored, but simply that your user folders are on E: and C: just has the placeholders to them.
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  3. #3


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    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    Is sounds like nothing is being mirrored, but simply that your user folders are on E: and C: just has the placeholders to them.
    I just found something out. If I uncheck View Hidden Files, the files go away from the E drive. However, why should they show up there in the first place?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davegx View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    Is sounds like nothing is being mirrored, but simply that your user folders are on E: and C: just has the placeholders to them.
    I just found something out. If I uncheck View Hidden Files, the files go away from the E drive. However, why should they show up there in the first place?
    The files aren't going anywhere; they're just being hidden.

    You probably set your user folders (Libraries) to use the locations on E:

    In Windows Explorer, on the left pane, right click any of the Libraries and choose Properties.
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    Thanks Gman, but I verified that I didnt do that. This is so frickin weird.
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by davegx View Post
    I have two hard drives connected to my computer. C drive is my OS E is where I want to put downloads, etc. For some reason, the E drive mirrors much of what I have under my personal files on the C drive, as if it's being shared. If I delete it from the E drive, it will delete it from my C drive.

    Ive tried going to my C drive on these folders/files and right-clicking and choosing Stop Sharing. But it doesnt keep the files from showing on the E drive.

    Anyone know why this started in the first place and how I can stop it?
    It sounds like you have file syncing turned on for both of those drives to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by davegx View Post
    I have two hard drives connected to my computer. C drive is my OS E is where I want to put downloads, etc. For some reason, the E drive mirrors much of what I have under my personal files on the C drive, as if it's being shared. If I delete it from the E drive, it will delete it from my C drive.

    Ive tried going to my C drive on these folders/files and right-clicking and choosing Stop Sharing. But it doesnt keep the files from showing on the E drive.

    Anyone know why this started in the first place and how I can stop it?
    It sounds like you have file syncing turned on for both of those drives to me.
    Oh yeah maybe. Or the new File History service. I don't know what that does though because I've disabled it since day 1.

    I just looked though and it does say it copies user files to another backup location. So that's probably it.
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    I ended up having to re-install Windows. I ended up initially deleting files that showed up on the E drive that were actually on the C drive and it screwed things up.

    I did check that File History was not active. So I have no clue what happened. However, after re-install I am not having any of these problems anymore. Still have my network issue where I have to run troubleshooter after Sleep/Standby but other than that things are fine now.
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