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Homegroup does not see my 2nd Hard drive

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I have a windows 7 home group with 2 pcs.  One of the PCs has 2 hard drive.  One hard drive has Windows 7 isntalled.  2nd hard drive has data only.  Homegroup is created successfull.  I made the data drive Shared.  When I go to home group I do not see shared Drive.??  Under network I did see the drive. When I double clicked on it it is asking me for Username and Password.  I never created any username or password.  How to be able to see the data on the drive??
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Did you share with the HomeGroup, or just use the Advanced Sharing?
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When you click a folder, you can see at the top it says "Share with", and the opitons should be ....

Homegroup (read)
Homegroup(read/write)
"Specific people".
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There is no option to share with the Home Group
Advanced Sharing is there.  When I shared this. I was able to see the drive :  Network. Double clicked on Host PC.  Then I saw the hard drive and was able to see all the files.  WOW Great.  However The drive also shows up under network on it's own.  When I double click it , it asks for the username and the password.  I did not create any password.  Also It does show under Home groups.  Any Ideas.
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That's an auto created share, once you have opened a file from a unc share..

Accessing files via standard sharing requires usernames and passwords on the machine.

So you did add this machine to the homegroup?
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Yes I did add this machine to the homegroup.   Under Homegroup the Share Drive does not show.  Under network I see the PCs and Share drive. If I click on Share Dirive it asks me for username and password.  I do not have any passwords on any of the machines.  From the other pc if I I doulbe click on the PC It shows the the Share drive.  It opens up and give me full acess. Which is great.  I want to know how to create the username and password too.  So if some one wants to access the drive on the network directly , so they have the username and password. Thnaks
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If you are accessing a Share on PC1, from PC2, when you see the credentials dialog, you would enter PC1\UserID and the password. The UserID and the password would be for an account set on PC1.

What versions of Windows are we using here? Maybe one machine has had the Sharing Wizard disabled?
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Both the PCs are running Windows 7.  One has Ultimate 32 bit and the other has ultimate 64 bit.
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Are we fighting the same issue as here?

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_27316220.html

User accounts are set in the Control Panel, or in Computer Management>Users and Groups

In all systems, select the bottom option in Folder Options to "Use the Sharing Wizard". Or, if you prefer to use Advanced Sharing (no need really as you are doing ok with the HG), make sure they are both selected...

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Yes we are fighting the same issue. But I have created a network in  a seperate place with 3 PCs.  One of them has a 2nd hard drive to PC 1.  I made it sharable. I have no problem to access it from 2 other pcs.  I just go under network.  I see the PC 1.  I double click it.  I see the shared drive.  It does not even ask me for username or password.

Where as my customer's network. I did the same and it says access denied.  I appreciate your help. thanks
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Hi, I made passwords to never expire.   and Use the sharing Wizard is clicked on all the machines.
Still I am getting access denied. PLEASE CAN any one HELP
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