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Problem sharing folders only on external USB drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1

    Problem sharing folders only on external USB drive


    Hello,

    I am trying to share a few folders off of my external USB (NTFS formatted) hard drive. I am able to successfully share folders just fine off of my internal (laptop) hard drive. The laptop has installed Windows 8.1.

    The steps I am taking are identical for folders on both drives, and according to the host computer all folders are shared successfully. When I attempt to view these shared folders (from my XP, Vista, Android) devices, all of the folders show up properly when I select the host computers name in the workgroup. The problem arises when I click the folders to open/view their contents...

    The folders located on the host computers internal drive load and display just fine over the network and all read/write functions work. When I try to click on a folder that is located on the external drive however, I get

    "........ 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 permissions. Not enough server storage is available to process this command."

    I have scoured forums online for hours looking for solutions and trying a million and a half different possible fixes to no avail.

    Am I missing something simple here? I'm at a loss. This external drive was previously connected to my (now deceased) XP desktop pc, and I used to share these same folders on this same drive just fine.

    Please help!

    Thank you!

    -Brian

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    I assume you have rebooted all the pc's on your network after you created the share
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Yes, several times.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    how is your current sharing setup? Homegroup or public folder sharing
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    Windows 8.1


    Public sharing.
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  6. #6


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    try adding a shortcut to the folder you wish to share on the ext-hdd - into the public folder

    then access that public folder from another pc and click on that shortcut
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    tried it, didnt work.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    map the extHHD as a network drive?
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  9. #9


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    Windows 8.1


    Tried that too. The same thing happens. The entire drive shows up as a remote folder but the same error comes up when trying to access it.
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  10. #10


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    Windows 8.1


    On a side note... For some reason I can now access the external drive's folders remotely from the Vista computer ONLY. It still does not work with my XP laptop or Galaxy Tab (Android). Like I said before, this used to work perfectly when this external drive was being shared off of my old XP desktop pc.
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