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Can't Share External Drive in Windows Server 2012

I've just migrated one of my clients to Windows Server 2012 from Windows Server 2003 and can't share one or two USB-connected external hard drives.  Nor, can I share a folder one either drive.  Setting up sharing in either case goes well, from the steps I take on the server (no errors, Shares/Permissions list normally).  But, when I try to access either a shared drive or shared folder from any PC in the domain I get "access denied" errors.  Shares that I setup on the internal hard drives have no problems.  Both external hard drives are NTFS (one is a Seagate 1 TB, the other is a Verbatim 2 TB).  The only thing that I haven't tried is reformatting NTFS from within Windows Server 2012 (this would involve moving over 700 GB to another drive), but it may be the only solution.  Anyone run into this before and have a solution?
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Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:

Solution thread:
MSFT Support finally came through with a recommendation that fixed the problem for me: Disabling Auditing of Object Access in local and domain (default group policy and in my case default domain controller group policy). Specific comment from support was as follows:
We have found that if we turn off auditing of Object Access (in our case it was changing it from Failure only to 'Not Defined') the problem goes away.  This is in Computer\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Audit Policy. >>>(Disable from Domain and from local policy both)
rsmcomputerAuthor Commented:
This solution was worth every penny, I mean point, to me!  Thanks, friend and colleague.
Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
No problemo.
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