Access Mac "Hard Disk" from Windows XP

Posted on 2006-03-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
I am trying to access files on a Mac running OS 10.4.4 from a windows XP desktop. I have enabled windows file sharing and windows login on the Mac. When I browse the Mac from the PC, I can see some of the files on the Mac. There is an icon on the desktop and in the Finder on the Mac called "Hard Disk". I cannot see any of these files. I don't know much about the Mac file system, so I don't where they live relative to the files I can see. I assume that the Mac has a heirarchical file system.

Question by:tomfisher224
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    You need to install the freeware Sharepoints ( ) on  the Mac to gain access to anything beyond the public shared folder.

    Also see these two links for detailed instructions on Mac/PC file sharing:
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    P.S. Yes the Mac does have a hierarchical file system. Think of the icon "hard disk" as being equivalent to "C:\"

    Author Comment

    So I could just move the files i am interested in into the public shared folder and be able to access them on the PC. Is there any unintended consequence of doing this?
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    No. That would work

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