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Whats the Easiest Simplest way to share root of a drive?

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    Whats the Easiest Simplest way to share root of a drive?


    Desktop PC wants to share its internal M: drive (all my music studio stuff) with Laptop. Both on Windows 8.1.
    I have a wireless router, dual band, 2.4Ghz/5Ghz.

    Whats the best way to do this?

    Right click the drive and use Advanced Sharing?
    Right click the drive and create a New Library?
    Use HomeGroup?

    (I tried creating a new library from the M: drive and then sharing with HomeGroup. Despite saying "Library now shared." it did have an error message saying that "File Sharing wizard can't share the root of a drive.")

    NOTE: I also want to make sure that once this drive is shared, only my laptop can access it, not everyone else in the building.

    Looking forward to hearing from you....

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    There is no such thing as root of a drive. Root is considered an administrator account. If you are wanting full access to a drive, you have to change security permissions to allow access for the whole drive to an administrator user, or enable the Administrator account.

    The reason for the heavy security on Windows 8, is to protect users from their bad habits.
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    Hi Broe, i appreciate your feedback but it doesnt tell me HOW to proceed to make the entire partition available to the second computer via wireless network.
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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    I did tell you how to make a drive or partition available to a user. You would also need the same account on all machines for access to said computer.

    ezlan.net has all of the info you need.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    There is no such thing as root of a drive.
    The OP would have found the answer himself by googling "root of a drive". It's the second hit, and it's a "How-To" at windows.microsoft.com.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crawfish View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    There is no such thing as root of a drive.
    The OP would have found the answer himself by googling "root of a drive". It's the second hit, and it's a "How-To" at windows.microsoft.com.
    Hey Crawfish, thanks for the link. Seems like thats what I want to do but when I did "Add", I put in my laptop's name and when I did a "Check names" it did not find it. (my laptop is turned on and right next to the desktop machine as I write this).
    Hmm... do you know what I am doing wrong?
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