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(Solved) - Sharing between windows 7 and xp

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  • Started 5 years ago by steveg2a
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steveg2a
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Hi. I would like to be able to share a 120GB toshiba external usb hard drive on my home network. It is connected to my windows 7 laptop. I want to be able to share the drive with an xp desktop computer. Is this possible?

Thanks,
Steve

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ScottW
ScottW
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Steve, you can share the external drive over the network, if that's what you mean. You could also share the drive between the two systems by alternately connecting it to the USB port of each.

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steveg2a
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Do you know how to share the hard drive between windows7 and xp?
The problem is, the xp computer does not recognize the usb device. So, I need to hook it up to the network.

Steve

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ScottW
ScottW
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If the XP system can't recognize the device, then you need to leave it connected to the Windows 7 system and share it over the network. In Win7, share the whole drive, then in XP find the Win7 system in My Network Places. You will probably have to login to an account on your Win7 system to access the drive. Also, it helps a lot if both systems are in the same workgroup.

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steveg2a
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I have done all that but, the problem now is giving full access to xp. The xp user can't delete or modify files.

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ScottW
ScottW
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When you share the drive in Windows 7, you need to set the permissions in Advanced Sharing so that the user or users you select will have "Full Control". The user(s) must have an account on the Windows 7 system.

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ScottW
ScottW
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I just tested this and it works as expected.

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steveg2a
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OK, thanks

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ScottW
ScottW
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Steve, did you get it working?

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steveg2a
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Yeah I did. Thanks.

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Fuzzmaster
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I've got pretty much the same problem. I', trying to access the external drive (which is on my win7 machine) from my other machines on my home network. One is XP and one is Vista (don't ask). Both can see the drive on the network, but when I try to open it I'm told I don't have permission.

I have set the drive to "full access" as instructed above with no luck. Drive is set to "share" in Win 7, permissions= "full control" for "everyone".

What am I missing??

Thanks.

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LH
LH
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Fuzzmaster, Hi. Please start your own New Topic with your problem. Thanks.

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