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Partial File Sharing

By milehighpro ·
Dell Desktop 4550/XP Home
Dell Laptop 5160/XP Home
LinkSys Router WTR55AG Dual Band

This is a File Sharing question with a Desktop running XP Home and a Laptop running XP Home. I am having no problems with my Router. I am able to see both computers from either side. I can share files and print from the Laptop. The problem is I can not see all of the drives on my Desktop in "My Network Places" from either computer even though I have granted share access to them.

I have multiple partitions, (A thru K:\) on my Desktop and I am unable to see my "H" or my "K" drive. Now, it gets a little more complicated. During my network setup process I have changed the computer names several times. Also, I have actually changed drives G thru L by re-partitioning the back half of my Desktop hard drive. What I did was combine my G and H drives to become my G drive. Therefor "I" became "H", "J" became "I", "K" became "J" and "L" became "K". So... I no longer have a "L" drive. "J" and "K" are now my CD-RW and DVD-RW drives respectively. Again, I cannot see my "H" or "K" drives in "My Network Places" from either computer.

Now,when I go to "Computer Management" and click on Shared Folders> shared, I see all the drives including "H" and "K". I just can't see them in "My Network Places".

Ok, one more thing to note: When I do go to share a drive, I am unable to edit the comments section of the "Network sharing and security" section of the "Sharing" tab.

If you have any ideas, please let me know. Thanks, Todd

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by FluxIt In reply to Partial File Sharing

You may have to assign the users to the shares. Is this Home or Pro?

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by milehighpro In reply to SHARED ACCESS - USER ASSI ...

How? This is XP Home on both systems

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by FluxIt In reply to

I glazed over that in the write up. In XP when users are created they tend to be dropped into groups that have access to shares automatically. It sounds as though in XP home your users may have gotten mixed up. Home does not provide the resource kit tools to edit these features. You'll have to search online for some tools or obtain the tools from MS.

I had to do something similiar to this when using older software in XP Home. In that case the manufacturer had a bug fix that solved the rights problem.

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by alltronix In reply to SHARED ACCESS - USER ASSI ...

Try this open the Shared Documents folder and place a shortcut of the drive or folder you want shared in this SharedDocs folder then all the access rights are created for you.

Good Luck

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I have the Opposite Problem

by TriActServ In reply to SharedDocs

I have 4 networked PC's, all with WinXP Pro. Each one can see and access all the shared drives on all the other machines (as planned), but the Shared Documents folder on one of them cannot be accessed by the others - you get a "access denied, talk to the administrator" message. All PC's use simple file sharing and all users are administrators. The printers attached to the problem PC are both shared with no problem.
By way of a test, I created a new folder on the Desktop of the problem PC and shared it - all other PC's see it and can access it.

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