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network share failure, what did I do wrong?


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#1 chromebuster

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 05:19 PM

Hi folks,
I have just now taken on the task of creating a shared folder off of an old and hardly-ever-used external hard drive I have so that my parents can have a local, centralized place to store and save things to. I want only my laptop (running windows 7), my father's laptop (running Vista), and my mother (going to be running 7), and of course my desktop considering the drive is connected over there to be able to do anything with the contents of the files inside of the shared folder. I used the network share wizard under computer management to create the share, however, my laptop can see the network location, (called Katherine-desk), but the share seems to be unavailable to it considering I got the error message "Windows cannot access the network." What did I do wrong? By the way, I changed some of the configuration in the properties of computer, namely, I changed it so that my desktop is on a network without a domain, and I also changed it from home to work network. Anything out of place there? And isn't the folder supposed to show up in my drives list considering it is stored on a 500 GB external drive? Any help or input on this would be excellent. Thanks so much.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 06:51 AM

What OS is running on the computer with the external hard drive connected to it?

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:59 PM

You mean my desktop? It too is running windows 7. My father is the only one not running 7, and because of that, I know that I can't use the homegroup feature.

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