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External drive shared, shares are seen but can't be accessed.

Posted on 2007-04-09
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I am sharing an external hard drive on a workgroup. All pc's are running XP w/SP2. The windows firewall is off on all pc’s -- we are behind a firewalled Sonic box.

The drive was sharing fine previously. I formatted it to NTFS to handle the Acronis backups without splitting the archive files at 4GB. I fired up the drive and the other pc's see it but can't access any of the shared folders.

The other pc's can access the other shares on the pc that the external drive is hooked up to, i.e. Shared Documents and other folders we've shared. They can see the shares on the external hard drive too, but can't access them.

I've gone through the Networking wizard to setup the pc to share. I've gone to the individual folders on the external drive and shared them. The other pc's see the shares, BUT, no access. I looked for the permissions to share to Everyone and propagate it down to sub folders, but I can't find that area as I did before in another lifetime.

PLEASE HELP ME.
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by:and235100
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You need the share permissions to be set to Everyone on Full Access - and you need the NTFS permissions (Security tab) set so Everyone can Read/Write/Modify (or whatever requirements you have)

This will enable proper access to the drive.
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For Full Acess - read Full Control (sorry - long day)
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But I'm in a workgroup and can't find the place to share to 'Everyone' with FULL privileges. There is no Security tab available.
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So  -you have shared the hard disk off a PC?

If so - then there will be a sharing and a security tab.
If not - then are you running XP Home? (rather than Pro)

If the pc with the external disk shared off of it is running XP Home - follow the instructions here:

http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/windowsxp/articles/452/1/How-To-See-the-Security-Tab-in-XP-Home

Then you can use the Security tab to configure the file/folder permissions.



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To access the Sharing options, make sure that Simple File Sharing is disabled:

http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/xp_filesharing/01disablesimplesharing.htm
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The above link only applies to XP Pro - the sharing tab should appear if you re-enable the Security tab in XP Home.
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It is XP Pro. I turned off Simple File Sharing and still no Security tab, Sharing Tab is there now. I still can't access it from another pc. I did share with full control for Everyone. I'm going to reboot now and see if there's a difference.
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It still won't let others have access. They see it, but no access.
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They can see it - therefore the sharing permissions are working.

The NTFS permissions are not working - are you sure that the drive formatted properly with NTFS?

No security tab - I find this difficult to believe - anyway:

Use regedit to view the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Policies\Explorer

Make sure that the dword "NoSecurityTab" is not present. If it is - delete it, and reboot.
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If that worked for you - then please ask a new question in Community Support/General (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/General/) to request that this question be PAQ'd and your solution marked as the solution - and your points should be refunded.
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Okay, thanks.
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