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Sharing external HDDs between Windows 7 and Windows 8

  1. #1

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 64-bit

    Sharing external HDDs between Windows 7 and Windows 8

    First off, If this is in the correct location I humbly apologize in advance. I've been searching like crazy and haven't found anything helpful (I may just not be looking in the right place.)

    This may take a bit of explanation so please be patient and bare with me!

    I have recently purchased a new laptop and want to be able to use my two external hard drives and a folder on my desktop on my new laptop. I store the majority of my files on each of these drives as well as comics, music, pictures, etc.

    Devices Involved:

    Desktop Computer:
    HP Pavilion HPE Elite 477e
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
    CPU: Intel Core i5 650 @ 3.20Ghz
    RAM: 8.00 (2x4Gb sticks) Gb Dual-Channel DDR3
    Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5450
    Network: Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller

    Laptop Computer:
    Toshiba Satellite S855-S5377
    OS: Windows 8 64-bit
    CPU: Intel Core i5 3210M @2.50 Ghz
    Network: Realtek RTL8723AE Wireless Lan

    D-Link DIR-825

    What I've Tried:
    • I have went through and made sure that all the sharing options within both Windows 7 and Windows 8 are enabled in Network and Sharing Center. I've also shared the two drives and the folders on the Windows 7 computer. I've attempted to make shortcuts for them on the Windows 8 computer and they randomly work but often times it comes up with an error saying it can't locate the connection.
    • Both computers are actively running Norton 360 (current version) and have went through and made certain that the firewall on both is set to allow it's partner computer.
    • As I mentioned before, the Windows 8 computer will randomly show the connections when I try to access them but more times than not it doesn't work.
    • The two computers are connected to the same router mentioned above. The desktop is on a hard wired Cat5e connection and the laptop is connecting via wireless to the same router.
    • The laptop can access the internet just fine through Wi-fi.
    • I have also attempted to share the drives and folders on the laptop with the same result most of the time.

    Any help in this would be greatly appreciated. I don't normally have these sort of problems but this one has me stumped. What makes this issue even more weird is that some of the shares that I have on one of the network drives is directed to the same physical drive but will access some of the folders but not others.

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  2. #2

    You didn't mention if you have tried to set up a Homegroup between those two machines.

    Setting up a Homegroup will ease up restrictions on file and drive access so you should try that first. If setting up the Homegroup doesn't solve the drive sharing problems there are some adjustments we can try.

    Homegroup - Create in Windows 8

    You should be aware that Norton can cause problems with sharing in a network unless it is configured correctly.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 64-bit

    Yeah! I actually posted this before trying to reconfigure it (I have a networking degree from college). I went back in and made sure all the permissions were set correctly and that the laptop could connect to it and it's actually running flawlessly right now.

    Thanks for the feedback!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Sharing external HDDs between Windows 7 and Windows 8
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