Ok, here goes.. If the external drive is connected to the comp 1, and comp two needs to access the drive comp two has to connect to comp 1 to get to the drive. Not a big deal when "launch at startup". Here is the problem. Comp 1 crashes and comp 2 has been working with a file on the external drive for an hour. Comp 2 can't save and looses the file becuase comp 1 crashed and the line was severed... Getting the problem now. I am trying to save myself the expence of a file server by splitting the external drive.