> I am trying to enable sharing on an external hard drive.
> I have sharing and permissions enabled. When I try to access
> the drive from another computer, I get the following error
> (name of drive) is not accessible. You might not have permission to use
> this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find
> out if you have access permission.
> The drive is physically connected to a Vista machine and I want to be
> able to access it from an XP machine.
I'm assuming that you have correctly set up file/printer sharing on all
computers and can otherwise transfer files between the machines. If my
assumption is incorrect, please post back with more details about what
operating systems the computers are running, etc.
Otherwise, you are probably trying to share the entire drive. Either create
a folder on the drive and then share that (better solution) or do the
following (provided by Michael Bell - MS):
When you share out the root of a drive in Vista, the UI only allows this
through the advanced sharing option. When the advanced sharing option is
used it only sets the share permissions. The actual permissions on a file
share are a combination of Folder and Share permissions. In Vista the
everyone group doesn not have permissions so when you connect without a
password the system you can see the folders but not access them or possibly
connect to the share but fail to open it.
1. Open Computer
2. Right click on the shared drive and select properties from the context
3. Select the Security Tab in the displayed properties sheet.
If you are connecting to the computer with no password then you are
connecting with the guest account. In order to access the files on the
drive, the everyone group needs to have access set here.
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