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How do I stop sharing specific folders?

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    How do I stop sharing specific folders?


    I have an external HDD that I like to store music and pictures and videos on.
    But I also put personal stuff on it like homework or notes I write to myself.
    I'm sharing the entire drive across my home network.
    So they have access to everything. Even the stuff I dont want them to have access to.
    Can I stop sharing that one specific folder on the drive?
    Or do I just have to take it off the drive and put it on my local disc?
    I right click on the folder I dont want to share.
    And it says "sharing" Then I hover over it. "Stop sharing" I click that.
    But I test it on my sister's laptop and it still is accessible.
    How do I hide that folder from my home network?

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    Quote Originally Posted by breebreebran View Post
    I have an external HDD that I like to store music and pictures and videos on.
    But I also put personal stuff on it like homework or notes I write to myself.
    I'm sharing the entire drive across my home network.
    So they have access to everything. Even the stuff I dont want them to have access to.
    Can I stop sharing that one specific folder on the drive?
    Or do I just have to take it off the drive and put it on my local disc?
    I right click on the folder I dont want to share.
    And it says "sharing" Then I hover over it. "Stop sharing" I click that.
    But I test it on my sister's laptop and it still is accessible.
    How do I hide that folder from my home network?
    When you override the security settings at the root of a drive by adding Everyone to the list on the security tab then all folders will be shared. This isn't the correct way to share a drive but it works to share everything with everyone. It makes a big mess trying to change that setting back with permissions changes going on endlessly.

    In this case I believe it would be easier to store that folder on the local disk in one of the Library folders. At that point you can un-share that particular Library which the folder is stored in by going to the personal folders as is showing in the picture. Here you can find the folder then change the share settings for that particular Library or other personal folders as required.

    Just right click the folder, choose "share with" then choose "Stop sharing". This assumes that you have not messed with the default share settings for the C:\Users folder which is shared out be default.
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    Thanks for the help. I did move it to my local disk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by breebreebran View Post
    Thanks for the help. I did move it to my local disk.
    Local disk, much more control over shares. Glad I could help.
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