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Laptop Cannot See Changes In Directory Of Files On Another Computer Attached To The Same Home Network

Posted on 2016-09-13
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Hello Experts -

I have a home network to which two computers are attached. One of the computers is a laptop. The other is a desktop computer. The desktop has a very large disk drive - a terabyte model.

I am trying to use the desktop computer to backup a particular directory on the laptop that changes quite frequently.

I have mapped the terabyte drive so that I can see it from the laptop. Since this is a home network, there are no restrictions on the laptop user have full control over the files on the desktop.

But, the problem is that if I have modified the directory structure on the desktop by keying my changes directly to the desktop system, when I return to the laptop and try to see those changes, the laptop doesn't show the new updated file structure. I am baffled.

If I try to reboot both computers, this anomaly still exits. By "anomaly" I mean that the laptop can't see the different directory structure. It is as if the laptop refuses to update the current view of the file structure on the other computer.

Does anyone have any idea what's going on here?

Thanks.
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From the laptop, try to create a file on the share. Does it work?

Sounds like a permission issue to me. Just because one computer has "full rights" to a folder, doesn't mean the other one does without some form of authentication typically.
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Yes, I can copy a new file on the laptop to the desktop. No problem.

Actually the directory change on the desktop consists of only one directory. It's called \Documents Current.

When I erase this directory by keying into the desktop, the laptop still sees \Documents Current and all the web of subdirectories and files beneath it.

On the desktop that root directory no longer exists. But, on the laptop it is as if I can't kill it.

If I try to delete \Documents Current by keying into the laptop, it will say I don't have permission.
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How have you "Shared" this common disk, by a normal Windows share, or via some other method?

If you have done a normal Windows share then this is definitely anomalous behaviour

If you have done it by iSCSI or other SAN technology, then this expected behaviour! You cannot normally share a SAN connected device outside a cluster
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by:gbmcneil
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Thanks for responding.

It's a normal Windows share drive that I am trying to connect to.

A clue maybe the fact that the network in the lower right corner does not seem to be functioning successfully. I say this because their is a red X imprinted on the network icon.

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The problem here seems to be that my laptop computer can't connect to the "Homegroup", and I have tried everything to make it join.

I think that I should reword the question are try again.

I'm going no where at present.
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Ok, close this one down, just make sure you put a reasonable explanation and open a new one detailing your real problem
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I have no idea how to close a question down.
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