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Network drive not available to other network users

By lissey70 ·
I have a small home-office network. The computers are connected via a 4-port router. Each of the computers can "see" all others on the network, and all can gain access to all others except one, call it DESKTOP. DESKTOP can view and access all other computers, can access the internet via the network connection, and to the best of my knowledge has all of the proper sharing properties set to allow complete access. However, the other three computers can "see" DESKTOP but can not access this drive. When attempting to do so, I get a "\\DESKTOP is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource."

Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? Any clues what I am missing or doing wrong?

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IP Address

by jmgarvin In reply to Network drive not availab ...

Have you tried to search for the IP address? Can you find the computer if you do a Start -> Search?

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Start->Search

by lissey70 In reply to IP Address

I have no trouble finding the computer (DESKTOP) in the "My Network Places" screen. I just can't access the drive or any of the shared folders in spite of having set the share properties. I'm wondering if there is some level of sharing that needs to be set that I am not aware of. I did not have this problem when setting up the other three computers, though. I also have two laptops that I can plug in with no problem.

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Try This

by jzeman56 In reply to Start->Search

I've run across this several times. What I did to fix this was the following: Disable the offline caching of files (explorer>tools>offline); clear your cache of everything (temp internet, history, cookies, etc). Then see if you can connect. This usually works for us when this happens.

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Try Technical Q&A forum.

by deepsand In reply to Network drive not availab ...

This is a tech. problem, in search of a solution.

It properly belongs in "Technical Q&A," not in "Discussions." There you will be more likely to get the attention of those seeking questions that they might answer.

You should re-post there.

Thank you.

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Type of OS?

by PaulCr In reply to Network drive not availab ...

While I agree that this should be in the Q&A forum, here's a really simple question: Is the DESKTOP machine running Windows XP Home Edition? If it is, you can't map anything across the network to that Operating System, despite any sharing settings you may have made.

If the other systems are Mac, Linux (Samba) or Windows 9x, they won't really care and you can use their shares all you want.

If you want to use DESKTOP as some form of file server, either rebuild it as a Windows 2000 Pro station, or upgrade it to XP Pro.

Had this issue with a friend's laptop and pounded my head against several walls when I found out about XP Home's limitations.

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Simple File Sharing Disabled

by Aakash Shah In reply to Network drive not availab ...

Has Simple File Sharing been disabled (Start / Control Panel / Folder Options / View tab / Use Simple File Sharing). The simple file sharing box should be UNchecked.

Also, do you have a firewall on DESKTOP? This may also be causing a problem.

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