sharing whole hard drive

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  • ok here i go for one i dodnt look at the endless topics on this to see if my answer is ther im sorry im aggravated with vista. anyway i have 3 computers one being a master computer with all the music on it with vista home premium and the other two having xp pro and mce 2005. anyway i have been having trouble tying to share a whole hard drive over my network i see the hard drive in the my network plces in the cp comps but i cant access them. i have put all the computers on the same network name if that matters at all. if anyone can help me it would be greatly appreciated
    thanks brian
    Wednesday, March 11, 2009 7:02 AM

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    Hi Brian,


    Thank you for posting.


    Sharing the root directories may cause some potential issues. For system security, we recommend to share the folders instead of the root directories. (For more information, please refer to the section “Administrative Shares and Sharing the Root of a Drive” of the following document).


    File and Printer Sharing in Windows Vista


    If you still want to share the root directly, please disable the sharing and reconfigure the sharing according the steps of the section “Administrative Shares and Sharing the Root of a Drive”. After the steps, please also go to the partition’s Properties, check both Sharing and Security settings, and make sure that you have assigned the “Full-Control” permissions to "Everyone”.


    Meanwhile, I would like to share the following documents with you.


    Share files with someone


    Enable file and printer sharing


    Hope this helps.

    Nicholas Li - MSFT
    Friday, March 13, 2009 7:56 AM
  • ya thats for in computer sharing i want over network sharing if you can tell me how to do that that would be great 
    Sunday, March 15, 2009 7:36 PM



    Thank you for updating.


    If you have set up a LAN and want to share the folders and files via the network, we can get it work with the information I have given previously. After doing this, other computers on the network can access the shared folders or files. If an issue is encountered, it should be a networking issue or an authentication issue, and we will help you troubleshooting it.


    By the way, I am not sure your opinion of “in computer sharing” and “over network sharing”, could you please let me know in detail, and an example is appreciated? Meanwhile, please also let us know the current network environment, the IP Address assignment, the way of connecting (router or switch, wired or wireless), etc.


    To share the folders or files, we can try the following:


    1.    Please ensure that all the computers are in the same workgroup.


    2.    Please enable the file and printer sharing on all computers.


    3.    Share the folders and files,


    On the Windows Vista computer, you can try the steps of “Share files from any folder on your computer” on the following webpage:


    Share files with someone


    4.    Then all the computers can access the share.


    Meanwhile, this is an overall guide of sharing files on Windows Vista:


    File and Printer Sharing in Windows Vista


    Please let us know if this meets your needs. If not, please feel free to let us know your need and we will try our best to help you.


    I have also noticed you have post other threads, let’s continue our discussion in this thread since they are all regarding this issue.



    Nicholas Li - MSFT
    Tuesday, March 17, 2009 11:46 AM
  • ok im able to see it on the other computers but unable to access it cant open the drive on xp. one of my computers is running vista and all the others is on xp and the vista and that one update for the sharing isn't working on xp i get the same thing. and in computer sharing is when you just share with other users of the computer and over the netwwork sharing is well you can acess it on other compters in different roomsin the house or building
    Thursday, March 26, 2009 5:03 PM
  • Hi,


    Thank you for your update.


    I know that you want to share the files on your home network.


    To share the root of a drive, do the following:


    1.    Right-click the drive in the Computer window, and then click Share. Windows Vista displays the properties for the drive with the Sharing tab selected.



    2.    Click Advanced Sharing.


    3.    In the Advanced Sharing dialog box, click Share this folder and specify the share name, permissions, and other settings as needed.


    Regarding the permission, please ensure the following in the properties of the drive:


    1)     On the “Sharing” tab and click “Advanced Sharing”in the new opened window, click permissions and see if the “Everyone” exists and “Full control” has been checked.

    2)     On the “Security” tab and check if the object “Everyone” exists. If not, please add it first and then check if the “Full control” has been checked.


    4.    Click OK, and then click Close.


    Because the “driveletter$” shares already exist, you cannot share the root of a drive with the name “driveletter$”. However, you can share it with another name, such as “driveletter”. For example, you cannot share the root of your C: drive as “C$”, but you can share it as “C”.


    After performing this, please check if you can access the share on other computers of the network.


    Hope this helps. Thanks.

    Nicholas Li - MSFT
    Monday, March 30, 2009 7:21 AM
  • Yes, indeed, sharing root directories may cause issues. SARBOX, GLBA, HIPPA, DMCA, PATRIOT. And of course CLM (Career Limiting Move).
    M A Reeds MD PhD
    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 10:28 PM