1. What's a public computer and where does it differ (hardware, OS, settings) from a non-public computer?
2. Is some third-party software involved to make the PC public, or is this a standard Microsoft feature they didn't tell <i>me</i> about?
2. Only one or all?
3. Also non-Dell public computers?
From your post it seems hardware and OS are fairly standard. So I assume it's a (security) setting. Time to start experimenting, together with the system manager. Start with the OS out of the box (restore to factory settings). Then one by one apply all changes to change this from a private to a public computer, according to the organization's handbook and standards. One the changes should do the trick. Then you know it.
If everything is done and it's a fully certified public computer and everything is fine, the issue is solved. Then repeat on all other machines involved. But I suspect the feature will turn up somewhere during the experiment.
Best of luck and please let us know.
On External USB Hard Disk Drives connected to Windows Vista Business (SP2) public computers (Dell Studio E4500) new files being written to the drives disappear even after controlled drive-removal. Explorer falsely displays the files/directories being written, but when the drive is taken to another computer, NONE of the new files exist! When reconnected to the original computer the new files are shown, however if that PC is rebooted, the files are absolutely gone forever!
Its almost as if the files exist only as entries in RAM, but dont actually get written to the Ext. HDD. Or theyre being written to the drive, but the boot-record isnt updated with the filenames.
Whats more bizarre is that this only happens on Ext. HDD's that require a USB cable. It doesnt happen on Jump-Drives or SD Cards.
Is there some security setting on these public computers that is causing this ghost-phenomenon to occur, or is this a legitimate bug?