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Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:53 PM
Posted 08 November 2017 - 09:03 PM
I'm not sure I understand. Windows can read and write to exFAT partitions. Are you saying the drive was formatted to something else?
Posted 09 November 2017 - 02:10 PM
Thanks for replying, JohnC_21.
The drive was formatted exFAT and was accessible . The problem is with connecting to the drive from the Windows PC. The PC sees the Macbook on the network, but can't connect to it... even though the username/password combo I'm using is correct.
Posted 09 November 2017 - 09:43 PM
Thanks, BC Advisor. I don't have Parallels and I'm not running Windows 8. Here's what I've done so far...
I thought maybe the problem was that the USB drive had been initially formatted as exFAT on the Windows 7 Home Premium machine, so I grabbed a new Thunderbolt 2.0 external, plugged it into the Macbook Pro, and formatted it for exFAT on the Mac. Next, I copied all the files from the USB drive onto the Thunderbolt drive. Then I turned on file sharing for that drive, Read & Write, under my main admin user account for the Mac.
The Windows 7 PC can see the Macbook Pro on the network... but when I try to connect to it and access the shared external drive using my Mac admin user account credentials, it says "unknown username or password" -- even though I know I'm using the right ones.
Next, after making sure file sharing was turned on, I shared folders on the PC... and was able to successfully connect to those folders from the Mac. So, while connected to the PC on the Mac, I went back and tried connecting to the shared Mac external drive from the Windows PC. It still doesn't work. I still get the message "unknown username or password" even though I'm pretty sure I'm using the correct username.
I've been a PC person for years, and only recently moved to Mac as my primary machine. Does Mac not allow us to use the main admin account when connecting from another machine on a network? Do I need to create a different user account, and share the external drive from that account?
Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions!
Edited by susanrs, 09 November 2017 - 09:44 PM.
Posted 10 November 2017 - 01:51 PM
Have you tried using the user name in this format: MACNAME\MACUser
Where MACNAME is the name of the Mac computer.
Posted 10 November 2017 - 07:27 PM
Yes, I tried that, but it didn't work.
I just noticed, though... on the PC, where all computers connected to my home network are listed, it shows "macbookpro-9FE4" That is not, however, the name of my Mac according to the Mac. When I go to System Preferences > Sharing, it says the "local hostname" for the Mac is Susans-MacBook-Pro. Nevertheless, I can't get the PC to connect when trying either of these names. <Sigh>
Posted 11 November 2017 - 04:02 PM
Okay... here's an update.
Since all the file sharing settings were correct on both the Mac and the PC, I decided to test this issue from another PC in the house. Here's what I discovered:
The PC running Windows 7 Professional is able to connect to the Mac just fine.
The PC running Windows 7 Home Premium cannot.
So, the question is... does anyone know how to make a Windows 7 Home Premium PC connect to a Mac on a home network? Through a Google search, I found the following:
Registry editing for LAN manager authentication level (in Home edition this can be configured through registry)
How to do it:
1 . Open registry editor ( Start search - regedit)
2 . Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa
3. Create a new DWORD value with the following properties: NAME: LmCompatibilityLevel
I tried this, but it did not work. Does anyone know of any other solution?
Thanks in advance!
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