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how can i access my second hard drive from another computer?

By zack247 ·
a little while ago, i bought another hard drive for my desktop computer. I also have a laptop though, on the same network throught wireless. I want to access the second hard drive on my desktop but my laptop looks for the E: drive on itself, instead of looking in my desktop. how can i access the files on that hard drive on both computers without having it be an external one?

Both computers run windows 7 home premium, except the laptop runs 64-bit and the desktop runs 32-bit.

I have already set up the two for home networking, so i can access the printer hooked up to the desktop, but the laptop cannot be accessed from the desktop because it doesn't have a password set to it. is there a way i can go around this along with accessing the second hard drive in my desktop?

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You need to share it...

by TobiF In reply to how can i access my secon ...

On the host computer (where the new drive is affixed) you need to share the drive.

As a security precaution, you can't easily share the whole drive. But if you create a folder on the drive, then you can simply right-click on that folder to share it with your home network. This should automatically make the new folder visible to your other computers.

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Thank you

by zack247 In reply to You need to share it...

For letting me know, I have never done home networking before, there is still a lot to set up, i never knew it was so easy!

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If you have ONLY Windows 7, then it's almost too easy.

by TobiF In reply to Thank you

And this is, by the way, a reason to make sure:
- that you never mark a network as "home network" if you specifically want to enable this convenient sharing;
- that the name of your home network is something different than "wifi" or "Linksys", since there's a small risk that your computer suddenly might share things when you're not at home...

It's a little bit trickier to set up sharing if you need sharing with Vista, XP or some non-windows computers. But it's still no rocket science.

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well actually...

by zack247 In reply to If you have ONLY Windows ...

i have already managed to set up a XP computer to my Win7 network, i can access my desktop from it and both my laptop and desktop can access it.

all i had to do was hook it up to my local internet box, and set the XP computer for home networking.

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use junction points to trick the OS into sharing whole drives . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to You need to share it...

on the OS C drive create an empty folder
ie.

C:\Mounted

in disk management
- select the drive that is to be shared,
- right click and select "Change Drive Letters and paths" from the context menu
- click Add
- the radio button for Mount in Empty NTFS folder should already be selected
- click browse and select the empty folder created at the beginning
- now share that mounted folder with whatever permissions desired and the whole drive will be available


this only covers the mounting in NTFS folders part

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753321.aspx

the sharing of the junction is something I tried,
and found it works

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