ahh...after looking a bit more i found a problem. when you set the datafile in windows...it aparently only copies one of the necessary datafiles. the rest of the datafiles it keeps in a Mysql Server/data/ directory. anyway, i copied those files into the shared partition, however, after editing my.cnf and pointing it to the shared datafiles directory, mysql gives me a "datadir is empty or invalid" upon starting up...i have all the necessary files. i'm figuring it can't be done. lemme know what you think//